From Mao Central To Capitalist Hotbed

When Beijing's central government ordered 14 coastal cities to build special economic zones a decade ago, Qingdao's city fathers were so opposed to the idea that they chose a peninsula 40 minutes by boat or two hours by road from downtown. Ever since 1949, Qingdao had developed a reputation for hewing close to old-line communism. So, while Shenzhen, Shanghai, and other cities in southern China became centers of red capitalism, Qingdao stuck to trawling the Yellow Sea for its rich catch of crabs and lobsters.

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