Asian cities such as Busan, Hanoi and Xiamen are quickly emerging as the next economic powerhouses, making them crucial to the UK’s economic future. In light of this Heathrow has teamed up with Asia House to produce a series of guides to understanding and doing business with these culturally diverse Rising Cities of Asia.
Ahead of the official launch event for the guides this evening, we’re sharing some of our favourite facts from each nation. Enjoy!
Busan, Republic of Korea
- The Shinsegae department store in Centum City, Busan, became the largest department store in the world in 2009 when it surpassed Macy’s, New York City.
- The Busan International Film Festival is one of the largest in Asia. While perhaps not as widely known as the Venice or Cannes film festivals, it is one of the best for aficionados of Asian cinema.
Dalian, People’s Republic of China
- Dalian, as China’s northernmost warm water port, was a valuable location to control and has changed hands several times over the last 100 years or so. At one point it was even the final stop on the Trans-Siberian Railway!
- Due to the frequent, if short-lived, Japanese occupation of Dalian it is more common to find people’s second language to be Japanese.
Hanoi, People’s Republic of Vietnam
- Hanoi is the capital city of Vietnam, but the second most populous after Ho Chi Minh City.
- Hanoi was once the colonial capital of French Indo-China, as a result of this much of the city’s architecture, particularly in the Old Quarter, bears a striking colonial French influence. St Joseph’s Cathedral near the old quarter is an excellent example of this.
“As Asia’s consumer class expands, UK firms’ potential to trade with them must be realised and developed. These guides give an insight into some of the cities we may have heard of but never visited, but will one day be as significant to the British economy as Guangzhou or Chennai. We are a trading nation, and need to be directly connected to global growth.” - Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye
Medan, Republic of Indonesia
- Indonesia is the world’s most populous nation with a Muslim majority.
- Football is a very popular sport in Indonesia, with Medan alone operating 5 separate football clubs: PSMS Medan, Medan Jaya, Medan Chiefs, Bintang PSMS and Medan United.
- The Naadam festival, also sometimes known as ‘eriin gurvan naadam’ – The Three Games of Men, is a tradtional festival in Mongolia. The eponymous ‘Three Games’ are the 3 national sports of Mongolia: archery, horse racing and Mongolian wrestling.
- Mongolia is the least densely populated country in the world. Ulaanbaatar is home to more than 45% of the country’s population.
Xiamen, People’s Republic of China
- Xiamen was historically known as ‘Amoy’ due to the differences in dialect among the citizens, it is still known as Amoy today among some dialectal speakers. The name means ‘The Gate of the Grand Mansion’ and is often called ‘The Gate of China’.
- Gulangyu is known locally as ‘Piano Island’ as piano music can regularly be heard from the European-style villas found on the island..
Follow the @yourHeathrow Twitter feed tonight as we cover the launch of the documents with Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye using the hashtag #RisingCitiesAsia. The guides can be downloaded here.