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Thanks Adam for this insightful article and great photography. I strongly agree that Chinese cities are on a crusade to improve its brand image.
However, would you agree with me when I say that the skyscrapers we see now in major cities in the Guangdong province (Guangzhou and Shenzhen), could be understood as part of their transition from a clearcut low-cost production economy (moving to West- and Inner-China or Vietnam) to a more service based economy?