China's Year Of The White Elephant

Leaders resolve to get a grip on Guangdong's maniacal growth

The sparkling $240 million airport in Zhuhai speaks volumes about how this southern Chinese city wants to be perceived. The ultramodern structure--the country's largest airport after the one in Tibet--boasts an arrival and departure board in both Chinese and English, a cushy first-class passenger lounge, and shops filled with everything from XO rare reserve cognac to locally grown lychees. "We think this airport represents the image of China and of our special economic zone," says Yu Rongai, general manager of Zhuhai Airport Group Corp.

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