China has more than 1.3 billion people based on population and is still the largest country in the world. About one fifth of the total world population lives in China. In China, there are more than 160 cities with over one million people. The top 10 cities with the most residents are spread all over China. Hong Kong has just over 7 million inhabitants and is the 11th largest city in China and so doesn’t make it to the top 10.
10.) Nanjing – 7,165,828 people
The city of Nanjing is located in eastern China in the delta of the Yangtze River. The city has a long history and has played an important role in the culture of China. Nanjing was even the capital of China.
9.) Chongqing – 7,457,600 people
Chongqing is located in southwest China. It is an economic center for the upstream Yangtze River basin. There are today many factories located in Chongqing and it is a major transportation hub for the region. In July 2012, the city was named as one of the 13 emerging megacities of China.
8.) Chengdu – 7,677,122 people
Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan Province and is located in southwest China. The city was voted the top four best cities to live in China. Chengdu is famous for the archaeological discoveries of Jinsha.
7.) Dongguan – 8,220,937 people
The city known as the “Sex Capital of China” is located in the Pearl River Delta. In addition, the world’s largest shopping mall is located in Dongguan. However, most stores are empty. It is estimated that between 500,000 and 800,000 people working in in the sex industry.
6.) Wuhan – 9,780,644 people
Wuhan is the largest city in the center of China. It is also called the “Chicago of China” because it is a center of transportation in China. Many train tracks, roads and highways converge here. Wuhan is a very old city.
5.) Shenzhen – 10,357,938 people
Shenzhen is a big city, which lies directly in north of Hong Kong. Shenzhen is best known for the Economic Zone. It is a modern city with many foreign companies and a major financial center for the region. Shenzhen is one of the fastest growing cities in the world.
4.) Guangzhou – 12,390,000 people
The city is best known under the old name Canton. It is the capital of Guangdong province and is located in the Pearl River Delta. It is the administrative center of the region, along with the cities of Shenzhen and Dongguan. Guangzhou is also known as the Pearl River Delta Mega City.
3.) Tianjin – 13,550,000 people
Tianjin is located in the north of China, adjacent to Beijing. The city lies on the Gulf of Bohai and is an important port in China. The city is especially popular with large foreign companies keen to invest here.
2.) Beijing – 19,295,000 people
Beijing is the center for administration, education and culture. It is one of the four historical capitals of China. Beijing literally means Northern Capital and is the administrative capital of China.
1.) Shanghai – 22,265,426 people
Based on population Shanghai is the largest city in the world. The city is located in the Yangtze River Delta in eastern China. The city is literally grown by trade. The commercial city of Shanghai attracts many people every year.
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