Major Cities in China
Shanghai – Largest City of China
Urban Population: 22.3 million
Urban Population: 18.8 million
As the capital of China, Beijing ranks as the top on the major cities in China. Reputed as the world’s historical city and one of the top seven ancient capitals in China, Beijing has been the capital of China since Lioa Dynasty, 800 years till now.
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Chongqing – The Largest Industrial Center in China
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Tianjin – The Commercial and Shipping Centre in Northern China
Urban Population: 11.9 million
Tianjin, one of the four municipalities directly under the Central Government in China, is one of the biggest industrial and port cities in China and it is also known as 'the diamond of the Bohai Gulf'. Tianjin covers an area of 11,000 square kilometers and has a population in excess of 11 million people.
Located on the lower reaches of Haihe River, the largest river in north China, Tianjin is the join point and the estuary of the 5 main tributaries of Haihe River. With the Opening and Reform policy pushing forward, Tianjin developed rapidly and became the shipping centre of Northern China in 2009.
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Urban Population: 11 million
As one of the most prosperous trade and business cities in China, Guangzhou is a symbol of China’s trade and economy power. It is the largest and most important gateway in south China, with an urban population of 4.17 million. As the oldest trading port in China, Guangzhou was a foreign trade hub as early as in 200 B.C. The Huangpu Port, where ocean-going ships can anchor, has navigation lines reaching all continents in the world. Since 1957, a bi-annual Chinese export commodities fair has been held here, one in spring and the other in autumn. As an important entry/exit port for overseas tourists, Guangzhou boasts a great number of modern hotels.
Shenzhen – Business and Transportation Hub in South China
Urban Population: 10.3 million
160km away from Guangzhou and 35km from Hong Kong, Shenzhen borders Dapeng Bay in the eastern, the Pearl River mouth in the west and New Territory of Hong Kong in the south, is an importation transportation hub of mainland China and Hong Kong. Besides, it is one of China major ports for foreign trade and international exchanges, and China earliest special economic zone and newly-rising tourist city.
Covering a total area of 2,050 square kilometers, with a coastline stretches 470km along the facing the South China Sea, Shenzhen is also a beautiful newly-rising tourist city reputed for its marine resource.
Dongguan – An Important Manufacturing City in South China
Urban Population: 8.2 million
Located in the Pearl River Delta, Dongguan is a prefecture-level city in central Guangdong province, which borders the provincial capital of Guangzhou to the north, Shenzhen to the south, and the Pearl River to the west. As an importation manufacturing city in South China, which has entitled “the world factory”, it ranked 4th in China for exports, only behind Shenzhen, Shanghai and Suzhou.
Owning to its superb geographical condition, Dongguan enjoys easy access to Guangzhou and Shenzhen, and actually, it is a must-pass-by locality from Guangzhou to Hong Kong by road or waterway.
Covering a total area of 2,465 square kilometers, its permanent resident population is around 8.2 million, among which, 3/4 are permanent migrants from other cities in China and also includes some overseas Chinese.
Chengdu – Economic, Transportation, and Communication Center in Western China
Urban Population: 7.12 million
Located in the southwest part of China, Chengdu is the capital city of fertile Sichuan Province. Owning to its superb geographical and natural environment, and advanced development concept, Chengdu became one of the most important economic, transportation, and communication centers in Western China during the recent decades. It was recently named China's 4th-most livable city by China Daily.
Chengdu is also an important historical and tourist city of China since ancient times. It is the cradle of “Shu Culture”, one of the major inland farming civilizations in China. It is also home of Giant Panda, one of the rarest animals in the world.
The total population of the Hong Kong is 7,000,000. Hong Kong was returned to China in 1997. Now Hong Kong has become on the world’s major manufacturing and financial centers.
Hangzhou – Commercial Centre of Yangtze River Delta
Urban Population: 7 million
Hangzhou is located on the lower reaches of the Qiantang River in southeast China, a superior position in the Yangtze Delta and only 180 kilometers from Shanghai, which gives it economic power. Hangzhou's economy has rapidly developed since its opening up in Hangzhou is one of China's major textile industry centers, and the largest producer of gunnysacks in China, it also be considered as an important manufacturing base and logistics hub for coastal China.
Besides, Hangzhou is one of China's big tourist attractions, which renowned for its abundant historical and natural resources.
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