This paper aims to shed light on how mega-events lead to urban transformation and the making of urban identity. It will use the case study of Hangzhou, China, to elaborate how large-scale urban renewal and beautification projects for two events ( the 2016 G20 Summit and the 2022 Asian Games) and urban development affect each other. This paper attempts to explain how a city attracts investment and tourism in the neoliberal and post-socialist contexts at the same time. It will also discuss how citizens view and evaluate their city, the impacts of the two events, and how hosting events creates urban temporality.
Mots clés : Urban renewal|mega-event|identity|neoliberalism|Hangzhou