The City Dreams series depicts plump figures with pairs of small wings that express the distinctive smile ever-present in Gao's art. The figure aspires to soar like an angel. However, in reality, his clumsy body is unwieldy and his little swings are unable to support his weight. This represents the helplessness of those living in the metropolitan area - who never give up their dreams even if they conflict with reality. Gao writes: "Everyone is born naive and romantic. There is nothing more beautiful in the world than this. Men created civilizations and cities. Meanwhile, we are distancing ourselves from human nature. The dream I had in my childhood when I was in the countryside, was of the city. The dream I dreamt while I was in the city, was of the countryside. I am busy and tired of living in the real world."