The darkened halls of the Global Go shopping centre in Yujiapu district in Tianjin. Photo: Simon Song

Despite 104pc growth, China’s ‘Manhattan’ remains cautionary tale of economic zeal

A decade ago, officials embarked on a plan to turn a marshland in the port city of Tianjin into a world-class financial centre. Yujiapu has a high-speed rail, malls stocked with Japanese goods and luxury car dealerships. All that’s missing are people.

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The darkened halls of the Global Go shopping centre in Yujiapu district in Tianjin. Photo: Simon Song
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