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Old May 17th, 2017, 05:43 PM   #541
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China's Copy of Manhattan Is No Longer a Ghost Town

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When Zhang Zhenhua arrived to Tianjin in 2014 to take on a job as a security guard at a luxury apartment complex, he didn’t expect to work in a surreal ghost town of vacant office canyons and half-finished high-rises.

Yet that’s pretty much what Zhang, who hails from a village in nearby Hebei, encountered when he reported for duty in Tianjin’s Xiangluowan district, the epicenter of the northern port city’s audacious proposal to create a 1.59 square kilometer replication of Manhattan. "The place was empty," Zhang recalled. "I could barely see anyone on the street."

The unreal emptiness of China’s vision of a new Manhattan and other mega-city developments has drawn unflattering international press coverage and come to symbolize the folly and financial risks of debt-fueled infrastructure projects and runaway urbanization.



A man bikes past an artist’s depiction of the Yujiapu and Xiangluowan districts in Tianjin.Photographer: Qilai Shen/Corbis via Getty Images

There still may still be a financial reckoning for Tianjin looming in the future, but right now there are green shoots of economic life in the urban districts at the center of the city’s unprecedented construction boom.
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I don't quite get why they call it a 'copy' of Manhattan. Is it because it has tall buildings?
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I don't quite get why they call it a 'copy' of Manhattan. Is it because it has tall buildings?
Some media still use the term to call anything that has a cluster of tall buildings. Including Tianjin or Shenzhen Qianhai. Yes, that's a bit old and not cool anymore.
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