The Music City: Harbin’s Re-branding and Creative City Planning

Wenwei Tang, Yuhan Wang


In contemporary society, the notion of creative cities plays an increasingly important role in city regeneration and redevelopment, especially for those second-tier cities with rich history and cultural treasures and facing economic issues. This essay will critically analyze creative city theories and debates based upon Harbin, and discuss how Harbin re-identifies itself as ‘City of Music’ and utilizes creative city planning to stimulate its economic growth and enhance global competitiveness.

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