All but 2 of China's 278 cities with municipal status have proposed low-carbon or eco-city targets, and over half have already begun construction to achieve these goals. However, the term "eco-city" is not clearly defined in China, and it is uncertain how many of these projects are living up to their hype. Eco-City Notes, is an online multimedia web platform that aims to provide a unique perspective on eco-city development on the ground in China. Our interdisciplinary analysis draws from the fields of architecture, international development, environmentalism, anthropology, and engineering to understand the impact of the explosive growth and development of eco-cities in China. This presentation highlights our latest research on the complex and evolving eco-city concept in China.