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The power of five

— Global


Not everyone’s favourite place can be included in Monocle’s top 25 destinations. But we’ve made a little room for five cities close to our editors’ hearts. From tech hubs to design capitals, you’ll be hearing more from these very soon.

Up and coming, Cities, Urban development

01 - Chengdu

Technically gifted

In 2000, the Chinese government had a message for the country: “Go West, young comrades.” It also invested huge sums and created financial incentives to lure businesses – and workers – westward.

The strategy paid off handsomely in Chengdu, which is emerging as the IT hub of China. The city has become a magnet for foreign investment due to its highly educated workforce, low cost of living, and the pro-business environment. Chengdu also has a reputation for a high quality of life, fiery cuisine and a thriving rock scene…


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