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The Largest Cities In China

The world's most populous country has 15 metro areas with more than 10 million people apiece, with Shanghai metro leading the way with 34 million.

China, which is also known as the People's Republic of China, refers to the mainland nation of China. China is the most populated country in the world, with the last national census reporting more than 1.381 billion inhabitants. Statistics show that 91.51% of the population are Han Chinese. Internal immigration research showed that since 1979, the Chinese population has been moving to urban centers in large numbers. A large number of the population are located in urban areas in the eastern part of China.

This article will take a look at interesting facts about the largest cities in China.

The Biggest Cities in China By Population 5

5. Hangzhou - 21,102,000

Hangzhou is the most populated city in China's Zhejiang province, with 21,102,000 people living in its metro area. It is also the fifth largest city in China. Hangzhou is famous for being home to West Lake, a serene lake in the middle of the urban environment that is popular among tourists.

4. Beijing - 22,500,000

Beijing is fourth largest city in China, with 22.5 people in its greater metropolitan area. It is also the country's capital. An increase of 7% was seen in Beijing's population between 2012 and 2013. The city is popular among tourists for its proximity to the world-famous Great Wall of China, as well as its attractions such as the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, and the Summer Palace. In 2008, Beijing hosted the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. It is due to host the Winter Games in 2022. This will make Beijing the only city to ever host both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games.

3. Chongqing - 25,165,500

Chongqing is located in central China with a population of 25.16 million in the metropolitan area. Chongqing is notable for being the only major Chinese city that is located a far distance away form the coastline. Chongqing has a significant historical past and is notable for serving as the wartime capital during the second Sino-Japanese War from 1937 to 1945. Chongqing is also sometimes referred to as the "Bridge Capital of China", due to its numerous bridges that cross the Yangtze and Jialing Rivers.

2. Shanghai - 35,965,403

Shanghai is the second most populated city in China, with a total population of 35.9 million. Although growth began in the late 19th century, Shanghai has expanded rapidly in recent times, experiencing a population growth of 37.53% since the year 2000. It is the financial and industrial center of China, known for its architecture, temples, and gardens.

1. Guangzhou - 44,294,245

With 44.2 million people in its metro area, Guangzhou is the biggest city in China. Once a major terminus on the silk road, Guangzhou is now ranked as a Beta+ Global city. Guangzhou has been an important port in southern China for hundreds of years. It is a major transportation hub within the country. Guangzhou is a warm, muggy city with an average relative humidity of 77 percent. The main language used in Guangzhou is Cantonese.

Cities With Over 1 Million Residents

Notably, China has more cities with 1 million residents or more than anywhere else on Earth. In fact, China has more than 50 cities with more than 2 million residents. The population of China has followed a trend of urbanization over recent years, and today China is home to some of the fastest-growing cities in the world.

20 Biggest Cities In China

Rank´╗┐CityPopulation (Metro Area)
1Guangzhou44,294,245
2Shanghai35,965,403
3Chongqing25,165,500
4Beijing22,500,000
5Hangzhou21,102,000
6Wuhan19,780,644
7Chengdu18,000,000
8Tianjin16,000,000
9Xi'an13,569,700
10Jinan13,000,000
11Shenzhen12,357,938
12Nanjing12,652,000
13Shenyang 12,263,612
14Harbin12,000,000
15Shantou11,630,447
16Suzhou10,658,000
17Wenzhou9,122,102
18Qingdao9,046,200
19Dongguan8,220,207
20Quanzhou8,128,533

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