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Top 10 Chinese cities by urban resident population Updated: 2022-11-18

Shanghai ranked first across China by resident population in urban areas, with the figure reaching 19.87 million, followed by Beijing, Shenzhen, Chongqing and Guangzhou, according to an official report on the seventh China population census.

As of Nov 1, 2020, there were 17.75 million urban residents in Beijing, 17.44 million in Shenzhen and 16.34 million in Chongqing, respectively.

Among the 683 Chinese cities being surveyed, seven megacities saw urban residents exceeding 10 million. The number of cities with urban residents between 5 million and 10 million reached 14, and the figure between 1 million and 5 million hit 84.

China's 683 cities have a total of 575 million urban residents, accounting for 41 percent of the overall population.

Shenzhen in Guangdong province posted the highest urbanization rate at 99.7 percent.


No 10 Xi'an

Urban residents: 9.28 million

People line up to get a nucleic acid test at a testing station in Xi'an, capital of Shaanxi province, on Dec 21, 2021. [Photo/China Daily]


No 9 Dongguan

Urban residents: 9.56 million

Candidates look for jobs at a career fair dedicated to college graduates in Dongguan, Guangdong province. [Photo/CHINA DAILY]


No 8 Wuhan

Urban residents: 9.95 million

Yellow Crane Tower, or Huanghelou, a landmark in Wuhan, Central China's Hubei province. [Photo/IC]


No 7 Tianjin

Urban residents: 10.93 million

A giant Ferris wheel, called the "Tianjin Eye", is seen in North China's Tianjin. The wheel is 110 meters in diameter and equipped with 48 capsules. [Photo/VCG]


No 6 Chengdu

Urban residents: 13.34 million

Customers enjoy food and snacks on a street in Chengdu, Sichuan province. [Photo/IC]


No 5 Guangzhou

Urban residents: 14.88 million

An aerial view of downtown Guangzhou, Guangdong province, on July 18, 2020. [Photo provided to China Daily]


No 4 Chongqing

Urban residents: 16.34 million

Residents stroll along a food street in Chongqing, on July 26, 2022. [Photo/IC]


No 3 Shenzhen

Urban residents: 17.44 million

Skyscrapers border a lush green landscape in Shenzhen's central business district. [Photo provided to]


No 2 Beijing

Urban residents: 17.75 million

Tourists visit the Palace Museum, also known as the Forbidden City, during the National Day holiday in Beijing, Oct 5, 2022. [Photo/Xinhua]


No 1 Shanghai

Urban residents: 19.87 million

Lujiazui, the financial center in Shanghai, forms a perfect backdrop to the Bund area. [Photo by Wang Gang/For China Daily]