Editor's note

This year marks the 40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening-up implemented in 1978. North China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region has witnessed the tremendous development over the past 40 years, reflected by its increase in economy and improvement in people’s living standards.

In 2017, the regional GDP reached 1.6 trillion yuan ($230 billion) with a per capita GDP of 63,786 yuan, which was 75 times and 54 times higher than that in 1978. The income of urban and rural residents increased by 117.6 times and 96.4 times respectively.

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