The 9 Most Developed Mega Cities in China

The 9 Most Developed Mega Cities in China
Dec 22, 2016 Translated by

Editor’s Note: Which cities in China are the most economically developed? This translated article lists China’s nine largest and most developed cities. The author includes each city’s population and per capita GDP.
There are 41 cities in China with two million or more residents. The United States has 21 cities of more than two million. India has 15, Brazil has 12, and Japan has six. 79 of the 478 world’s most populous cities are located in China. 55 are in India, 53 are in the United States, and 50 are in Europe. China has more than 100 cities with populations over one million.
These are China’s most developed cities. Each city has a population of over 7 million people.

1) Shanghai: Shanghai is China’s largest and wealthiest city. Its name is synonymous with global trade. Large, busy districts light up each side of the Huangpu River, helping make Shanghai one of the more prosperous cities in the world. Shanghai is home to a large financial district, two major airports (Pudong and Hongqiao), the world’s fastest train (the Maglev), and a network of elevated expressways.

Location: Yangtze River Delta
Population: 22 million
Per Capita GDP: $14,000


2) Beijing: China’s capital has a population of 19 million and a per capita GDP of $15,000. Beijing is the political, educational, and cultural center of the country. The Forbidden City lies in the center of Beijing’s six ring roads. It is home to the world’s largest airport, and a new and ever-expanding metro system. However, traffic is an on-going issue in the capital city.  

Location: Bohai Bay
Population: 19 million
Per Capita GDP: $15,000


3) Guangzhou: Guangzhou is a strong manufacturing base and attracts millions of farmers to work in its factories. Huge numbers of clothing, electronics, plastic products, and toys are made in Guangzhou and shipped to the rest of the world. Guangzhou holds the China Import Export Fair (also known as the Canton Fair) twice every year.

Location: Pearl River Delta
Population: 11 million
Per Capita GDP: $19,000


4) Shenzhen: Shenzhen is located in the Pearl River Delta between Guangzhou and Hong Kong. The city has become a huge manufacturing city, and ranks fourth in China for industrial output. Shenzhen manufacturers more high-tech products than Guangzhou and has several local tech companies.

Location: Pearl River Delta
Population: 10 million
Per Capita GDP: $22,000


5) Tianjin: Tianjin is a huge port and manufacturing center in the Bohai Bay. It is located on the Grand Canal which connects the Yangtze River and the Yellow River. Tianjin is the seventh largest container port in China and processes more than 10 million containers every year. It is located 70 kilometers southeast of Beijing and is the shipping gateway to the capital city.

Location: Bohai Bay
Population: 11 million
Per Capita GDP: $16,000


6) Hong Kong: Hong Kong is one of Asia’s “Four Tigers.” Standards of living in the Hong Kong are comparable to those in Western cities, despite the city’s dense population. Hong Kong is the most developed city in China and has the highest cost of living. Its main sector is the service sector which includes finance, communications, and foreign investment. Hong Kong is the world’s third largest container port and its exports mainly come from other Chinese cities.

Location: Pearl River Delta
Population: 7 million
Per Capita GDP: $39,000


7) Dongguan: Dongguan is a little-known manufacturing city between Guangzhou and Shenzhen. It is ranked fourth in China for its large number of exports. A large number of rural workers work in factories in Dongguan producing electronics and hardware.

Location: Pearl River Delta
Population: 8 million
Per Capita GDP: $10,000


8) Hangzhou: Hangzhou is one of the most prosperous and fast-growing cities in China. It is home to a variety of manufacturing from machinery to textiles to IT. Hangzhou is also one of China’s main e-commerce centers. In 2016, Chinese media ranked Hangzhou as the second-tier city most likely to soon become a first-tier city.

Location: Yangtze River Delta
Population: 7 million
Per Capita GDP: $15,000


9) Chengdu: Chengdu is the only city with a population of 7 million or higher that is not located in east China or on the Pacific coast. The pace of life in Chengdu is more relaxed than in China’s other major cities. Chengdu’s economy is not industrial, but recent urbanization has spurred the city’s economic growth. A large wave of rural workers has come to the city to look for better jobs which has helped the city’s economy. Chengdu is the only large city in Sichuan and therefore attracts many migrants.

Location: Sichuan Basin
Population: 7 million
Per Capita GDP: $10,000


Source: QQ News

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I wonder which place Shenyang takes? =)

Jan 21, 2017 19:44 Report Abuse