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Given a priority in economic development, Hohhot in Inner Mongolia autonomous region has undergone dramatic changes since China's reform and opening-up began in 1978.

In 2017, Hohhot's GDP reached 274.37 billion yuan ($39.5 billion), 132 times higher than that in 1978. The city's economy has grown by an average of 24.3 percent a year since the beginning of 21st century, leading the 27 capitals in the country.

People's living standards have also greatly improved, with per capita disposable income of urban residents and rural residents in the province reaching 29,458 yuan and 15,170 in 2017, 119 and 122 times respectively that of 1980.

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