China | Xi is spark for China's unlikely passion for England's north

The scramble for Manchester

The Chinese president's 2014 trip to Manchester has fueled a surge in investment and tourism to the UK's former industrial heartland

Salford, Manchester, November 7, 2016 11:14 AM (UTC+8)
Chinese President Xi Jinping listens to a speech during his visit to Britain's National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester in Manchester in October of 2015. Photo: AFP/Richard Stonehouse
Chinese President Xi Jinping listens to a speech during his visit to Britain's National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester in Manchester in October of 2015. Photo: AFP/Richard Stonehouse