Located in one of China’s poorer provinces, Guiyang is a mid-sized city with a population of over 3.5 million.But Guiyang is different from your average mid-sized Chinese city still entrenched in low-tech, polluting industries.
Doing away with much of its former heavy industry, Guiyang has made a conscious effort to fuel its economy via tech and big data. Guiyang is putting so much effort into becoming a city of the future that The Economist recently ranked Guiyang as China’s top emerging city.
But Guiyang is also a rare example of a Chinese city on the rise that’s yet to lose its provincial character. It’s more laid-back and slower paced than its big brothers.
Guiyang get tops marks in China for quality of life, relative lack of pollution and easy access to nature.