The northern port city of Tianjin’s Xiangluowan district has a 1.59-square-kilometer replica of Manhattan, complete with skyscrapers, office towers, hotels, and apartments. The development’s low occupancy rate and half-finished high-rises have made it a favorite of media reports about “ghost cities” that epitomize centrally planned debt-fueled excesses of construction. But like many of the ghost cities that make for click-worthy photo essays, the Manhattan clone has been gradually filling up with people, according to Bloomberg. The Xiangluowan district and the city of Tianjin as a whole — home to 14.7 million people — is just a half-hour bullet train ride from Beijing, and stands to benefit from two of the country’s biggest economic projects: the One Belt, One Road initiative and the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei integration project, known as Jing-Jin-Ji.
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