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China's 10 fastest-growing cities

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Forget Beijing and Shanghai, businesses seeking to expand in China are looking at second and third tier cities to take advantage of booming consumption and infrastructure opportunities.

New analysis from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has found the mainland's most promising cities, based on growth indicators such as changes in gross domestic product, population, and income.

Several of the cities on this list were little known five years ago, but investment and innovative policy approaches, have put them firmly on the map.

Inland cities dominated, taking 18 of the top 20 growth hotspots, instead of the traditionally strong eastern provinces.

"At the regional level, cities from central Chinese provinces perform the strongest. They are benefitting from industrial relocation and improved transport infrastructure. In contrast, north-eastern cities are struggling, grappling with unfavorable demographics and structural economic weaknesses," the EIU said.

Click ahead to see China's 10 most promising cities.

By Nyshka Chandran. Posted on July 24, 2015

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