01 June 2011

China SignPost™ (洞察中国) #37: The 10 Biggest Cities in China That You’ve Probably Never Heard of

Gabe Collins and Andrew Erickson, “The 10 Biggest Cities in China That You’ve Probably Never Heard of,” China SignPost™ (洞察中国), No. 37 (1 June 2011).

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China already has more than 150 cities with populations of more than one million people and could have as many as 221 cities with one million or more people by 2025, according to the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI). Yet relatively few of China’s larger cities, each with its own special history and contributions to China’s development, are known outside of China.

Indeed, we suspect that even Chinese from major coastal metropolises are relatively unfamiliar with many of the sizeable but lower-profile cities in China’s vast hinterlands. Thus, this research note selects 10 of China’s largest, but less well-known cities and provides a brief profile of each. Our list is based on taking the most populous cities in China and excluding Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Harbin, Qingdao, Wuhan, and several other large Chinese cities that are reasonably well-known outside of China. …