Top 10 Largest Cities in China

By | March 15, 2023

With more than 1.3 billion people, China is still the largest country in the world by population. About one-fifth of the world’s total population lives in China. There are more than 160 cities in China where more than a million people live. The top 10 cities with the most population are spread all over China. Hong Kong has just over 7 million inhabitants and is the 11th largest city in China and is therefore just not in this top 10. Check a2zgov for list of biggest fans in the world.

10. Nanjing – Population 7,165,828

The city of Nanjing is located in eastern China in the river delta of the Yangtze River. The city has a long history and has played an important role in the culture of China. Nanjing was once the capital of China.

9. Chongqing – Population 7,457,600

Chongqing is located in the interior of southwest China. It is an economic center for the upstream Yangtze River basin. Today, many factories are located in Chongqing and it is an important transportation hub for the region. In July 2012, the city was named as one of China’s 13 emerging megacities.

8. Chengdu – Population 7,677,122

Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan province and is located in southwest China. The city has been voted as the top four best cities in China to live in. Chengdu is best known for the archaeological discoveries of Jinsha.

7. Dongguan – Population 8,220,937

The city known as the “Sex Capital of China” is located in the Pearl River Delta. The world’s largest shopping mall is also located in Dongguan. However, most stores are empty. It is estimated that between 500,000 and 800,000 people are employed in the prostitution and sex industry.

6. Wuhan – Population 9,780,644

Wuhan is the largest city in the central interior 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 that was a large and modern city long before the era.

5. Shenzhen – Population 10,357,938

Shenzhen is a very large city located directly north of Hong Kong. Shenzhen is best known for its Economic Zone. It is therefore a modern city, with many foreign companies and an important financial center for the region. Shenzhen is one of the fastest growing cities in the world.


The city is best known by its old name Canton. It is the capital of Guandong province and is located in the Pearl River Delta. It is the administrative center of this region and together with the cities such as Shenzhen and Dongguan, Guangzhou is also called the Pearl River Delta Mega City with 40 million inhabitants.



Tianjin is located in northern China and borders Beijing. The city is located on the Gulf of Bohai and is an important port in China. The city is especially popular with large foreign companies who like to invest here.

2. Beijing – Population 19,295,000

Beijing – Population 19,295,000

Beijing is the center of governance, education and culture. It is one of the four historical capitals of China. Beijing literally means Northern Capital and administratively it is the capital of China.

1. Shanghai – Population 22,265,426

Shanghai – Population 22,265,426

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 has grown literally and figuratively through trade. As a favorite trading city of Europeans, Shanghai attracted many people.