Sinopolis Editions

Our third Sinopolis guide delves into Chengdu, the ancient Land of Abundance, exploring how this once remote capital has asserted itself as the commercial hub of Southwest China.

In our second issue of Sinopolis, WIC explores the southern metropolis of Guangzhou: China’s window on world trade.Historically the only port open to foreign traders, and the launch pad for Deng Xiaoping’s economic reforms, Guangzhou’s legacy has seen the city grow into a major commercial hub, and it harbours ambitions to become the financial services centre for southern China.

Read on to learn more about the city that used to be Canton.

McKinsey recently noted that China’s “mega cities are are starting to become economically like little countries”. Week in China has shared this view for some time and we are pleased to offer a new guide to some of these individual cities. We have called it Sinopolis, a play both on the term for the original Greek city-states and the term ‘Sino’ (i.e. China).

Our first Sinopolis is on Hangzhou, a city with an ancient heritage that is home to one of China’s most dynamic companies, Alibaba, and is just 45 minutes by bullet train from Shanghai. Another reason to learn more about Hangzhou: it will play host this year to the prestigious G20 meeting, when President Xi Jinping will welcome world leaders to the city.

Read on to find out more about a city that grew 10.2% in 2015 and which produced Jack Ma and many of China’s foremost tycoons.