China's second-tier cities are the "flavour of the month" - if not the next few years. In this extensive survey of the economy, foreign direct investment environment and infrastructure of 24 cities across China, we provide data and descriptions that will help you find the right place for your new manufacturing facility, retail outlet or service industry office. These 24 cities account for 12% of China's population, and in 2005 generated 21% of national GDP, and consumed 45% of national used FDI. This extensive article, written in-house by Dezan Shira & Associates staff on a national basis, features demographics, descriptions, investment incentives and provide details of investment zones in the following cities throughout China: Changchun, Chengdu,
Chongqing, Dalian, Dongguan, Guiyang, Haikou, Hangzhou, Hefei, Kunming, Lanzhou, Nanjing, Ningbo, Qingdao, Shantou, Shaoxing, Shenyang, Taiyuan, Urumqi, Wenzhou, Wuhan, Xiamen, Xi'an, and Zhuhai. It includes data on GDP, FDI, Per capita disposable income of local Chinese residents, local Chinese university rankings, air passenger volume at local Chinese airports, cargo volumes, numbers of western branded hotels, international schools and hospitals in each Chinese city, foreign retailers, an overview of selected foreign investors in each location and local Chinese government contacts. This issue also includes an introduction to Dezan Shira & Associates, who provided the research for this issue, by the firms Senior Partner, Chris Devonshire-Ellis.