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List of the largest cities in China by population.
This page shows China's city population for the year 2010 and 2015. The population figures are estimated, showing the most populous cities in China in terms of number of inhabitants, not of physical size. Data source is United Nations World Urbanization Prospects: The 2011 Revision.

Chinese cities are among the fastest growing cities in the world. Millions of young people from the rural area migrate to the cities in search for better living conditions and higher-paying jobs with the possibility to support their families back home financially.

keywords: most populated cities in the People's Republic of China, cities of the People's Republic of China, city proper, Urban Agglomerations of China
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Chinese Cities with a Population over 2 millions.
City Name
Province Inhabitants
    2010 2015
Shanghai (上海), is China's most populous city situated on the eastern coast of the country, a port on the estuary of the Yangtze River. Until World War II, Shanghai contained areas of British, French, and American settlement. It was also the site where in 1921 the founding of the Chinese Communist Party took place. Shanghai 19,554,000 23,000,000
Beijing (北京), the capital of China, in the northeastern part of the country. It became the country's capital in 1421, at the start of the Ming period, and survived as the capital of the Republic of China after the revolution of 1912. Also called (esp. formerly) Peking. Beijing 15,000,000 18,079,000
Guangzhou (广州), (also Kwangchow) a city in southern China, the capital of Guangdong province. It is the leading industrial and commercial center of southern China. Also called Canton. Guangdong (Canton) 10,486,000 12,385,000
Shenzhen (深圳), an industrial city in southern China, north of Hong Kong. The city was China's first Special Economic Zone and southern China's major financial center. It is also the second busiest port in mainland China (after Shanghai). Guangdong 10,222,000 12,337,000
Chongqing (重庆), (also Chungking) a city in Sichuan province in central China, on the Yangtze River. It was the capital of China from 1938 to 1946. Chongqing 9,732,000 11,054,000
Wuhan (武汉), a port in eastern China, the capital of Hubei province. Situated at the confluence of the Han and the Yangtze rivers, it is a conurbation of three adjacent towns (Hankow, Hanyang, and Wuchang) that have been administered jointly since 1950. Hubei 8,904,000 10,256,000
Tianjin, (天津, also Tientsin) it is one of the four cities with a provincial-level status, a port city in northeastern China located in Hubei province. Tianjin 8,535,000 9,670,000
       
Foshan, a University city and a rail hub in Guangdong province, it basically forms together with Guangzhou and nearby Dongguan a huge metropolitan area. Guangdong 7,650,000 8,910,000
Dongguan (东莞) formerly Tung-kuan; an industrial city in the Pearl River Delta, the city is home to South China Mall, one the world's largest shopping malls, but actually vacant. Guangdong 7,160,000 7,859,000
Hong Kong (香港), the former British dependency on the southeastern coast of China that was returned to China in 1997. The area comprises Hong Kong Island, ceded by China in 1841; the Kowloon peninsula, ceded in 1860; and the New Territories, additional areas of the mainland that were leased for 99 years in 1898. Hong Kong has become one of the world's major financial and manufacturing centers. Hong Kong SAR 7,053,000 7,431,000
Chengdu (成都), the capital of Sichuan province in western central China. The city is one of Southwestern China's most important economic centers and a transportation and communication hub. Sichuan 6,397,000 7,815,000
       
Nanjing (南京), is a city in eastern China, on the Yangtze River, capital of Jiangsu province. Jiangsu 5,665,000 6,723,000
Haerbin (哈尔滨), also Harbin is a city in northeastern China, the capital of Heilongjiang province, located on the Songhua River. Heilongjiang 5,496,000 6,502,000
Shenyang (沈阳), is an industrial city in northeastern China. It is the capital of the province of Liaoning and the transportation and commercial center of China's northeastern region. The city was formerly known as Mukden. Liaoning 5,469,000 6,037,000
Hangzhou (杭州), is a city in eastern China, the capital of Zhejiang province, on an inlet of the Yellow Sea called Hangzhou Bay, at the southern end of the Grand Canal. Zhejiang 5,189,000 6,532,000
       
Xian (西安), Xi'an is an industrial city in central China, capital of Shaanxi province. The city has been inhabited since the 11th century bc, having previously been the capital of the Han, Sui, and Tang dynasties. Former names Changan, Siking. Shaanxi 4,846,000 5,545,000
       
Qingdao (青岛), a port in eastern China, in Shandong province on the Yellow Sea. Shandong 3,680,000 4,302,000
Changchun (长春), literally "Long Spring", an industrial city in northeastern China, capital and largest city of Jilin province. Jilin 3,598,000 4,119,000
Jinan (济南), is the capital of Shandong province, located in eastern China. Shandong 3,581,000 4,197,000
Dalian (大连), a port and shipbuilding center on the Liaodong Peninsula in northeastern China, now part of the urban complex of Luda. Former name Dairen. Liaoning 3,505,000 3,623,000
Taiyuan (太原), capital of Shanxi province located in northern China, Shanxi 3,392,000 3,945,000
Kunming (昆明), the "Spring City" is located in southwestern China, it is the capital of Yunnan province. Yunnan 3,388,000 3,847,000
Suzhou (苏州市; Sūzhōu Shì), a city in eastern China, west of Shanghai on the Grand Canal. A famous tourist destination, renowned for its stone bridges, pagodas, and designed gardens. The city is an important center for China's silk industry. Jiangsu 3,248,000 4,367,000
Changsha (长沙), is the capital of Hunan province in eastern central China. Hunan 3,212,000 3,858,000
       
Ürümqi (乌鲁木齐), also spelled Wulumqi, is a city in the northwest of China, it is the capital of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Xinjiang 2,954,000 3,831,000
Hefei (合肥), an industrial city in eastern China, capital of Anhui province. Anhui 2,830,000 3,778,000
Fuzhou (福州), is a port city in southeastern China, capital of Fujian province. Fujian 2,799,000 3,317,000
Shijiazhuang (石家庄), the "The Stones' Village" is located in northeast central China, it is the capital of Hebei province. Hebei 2,741,000 3,270,000
Xiamen (厦门), is a city in Fujian province, in southeastern China. It has a huge deepwater port, being one of China's important seaports. The city is also called Amoy. Fujian 2,702,000 3,634,000
Taipei (臺北), is the capital of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in the northern part of the island state. Taiwan 2,654,000 2,730,000
Wenzhou (溫州), is an industrial city in Zhejiang province, in eastern China. Zhejiang 2,635,000 3,151,000
Ningbo (宁波), is a seaport in China's northeastern Zhejiang province. Zhejiang 2,632,000 3,271,000
Lanzhou (兰州), a city in northern China, on the upper Yellow River, capital of Gansu province. Gansu 2,487,000 2,858,000
Guiyang (贵阳), (also Kweiyang) an industrial city in southern China, capital of Guizhou province. Guizhou 2,458,000 2,822,000
Zibo (淄博), a city in eastern China, in central Shandong province. The city is well known as the historical state of Qi. Shangdong 2,456,000 2,797,000
Nanchang (南昌), is a city in southeastern China situated at Poyang Lake, the largest fresh water lake in China. It is the capital of Jiangxi province. Jiangxi 2,331,000 2,757,000
Xuzhou (徐州), is a city in Jiangsu province, in eastern China Jiangsu 2,144,000 2,656,000
Nanning (南宁), the "South Prosperity" is the capital of Guangxi Zhuang, an autonomous region in southern China. Guangxi Zhuang 2,096,000 2,328,000
Baotou (包头), the largest city in Inner Mongolia, situated in northern China, on the Yellow River. Inner Mongolia 1,931,000 2,074,000
Jilin City (吉林市) Jílín Shì, is an industrial city in Jilin province at Songhua River. Jilin 1,889,000 2,175,000
Yantai (烟台), is a port in eastern China, on the Yellow Sea, in Shandong province. Shandong 1,526,000 1,701,000
Linyi (临沂), trading town (Linyi Wholesale City). The city is about 2400 years old. In the 1970s Sun Tzu's Art of War was unearthed here. Shandong 1,426,000 1,585,000
Datong (大同), is a city in northern China, in the northern Shanxi Province. Shanxi 1,355,000 1,551,000
Zaozhuang (枣庄), (also Tsao-chuang) a city in eastern China, in southern Shandong province. Shangdong 1,175,000 1,367,000
Nanyang (宛), is a city in southwestern Henan province. Some really old Dinosaur egg fossils have been discovered in the Nanyang Basin. Henan 1,164,000 1,496,000
       
Nanchong (南充), is a city in the northeast of Sichuan Province. Sichuan 808,000 930,000
Jinxi, was renamed in 1994 to Huludao (葫芦岛), a city in southwestern Liaoning province, Liaoning 795,000 971,000

1 City proper is defined as a locality with legally fixed boundaries and an administratively recognized urban status that is usually characterized by some form of local government.

Data source: United Nations World Urbanization Prospects: The 2011 Revision.
 

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