Special report: China's leading cities

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The hubs in the New Silk Road

Source: CLSA


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Highways paved with gold
China’s push for a New Silk Road under its ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative has been described as the most important economic development of the 21st century. But can President Xi Jinping deliver on his lavish promise of a new world order in trade and commerce?

Crossing continents
The New Silk Road is not a single thoroughfare but – like its ancient predecessor – a long and winding network of cross-continental trade routes by road, rail and sea that will impact upon the lives and livelihoods of billions of people.

Milestones along the New Silk Road
China has turned the concept of a New Silk Road from rhetoric to practical reality in the two years since the initiative was revealed by Xi Jinping. Here are some of the key dates along the journey so far.

History-making Hangzhou is China’s best city
Its famous West Lake has been celebrated by poets and writers since the ninth century. Now Hangzhou – which will host the 2022 Asian Games – has been named Best China City 2015 in the first survey of its kind by Euromoney.

China cities 2015: Results
Overall and by sector.

Published in conjunction with Xining Municipal People’s Government