List_of_cities_in_the_People's_Republic_of_China_by_population

List of cities in the People's Republic of China by population

This list ranks cities in the People's Republic of China (PRC) by population.

According to the administrative divisions of the People's Republic of China, there are three level of cities, namely municipalities, prefecture-level cities (), and county-level cities.

Municipalities and prefecture-level cities are not each a "city" in the strictest sense of the term, but instead an administrative unit comprising, typically, both an urban core (a city in the strict sense) and surrounding rural or less-urbanized areas usually many times the size of the central, built-up core. Prefecture-level cities nearly always contain multiple counties, county-level cities, and other such sub-divisions. To distinguish a prefecture-level city from its actual urban area (city in the strict sense), the term shìqū ("urban area") is used. However, even this term often encompasses large suburban regions often greater than , but doesn't include rural areas. Thus, the "urban core" would be roughly comparable to the US term "city limit", the "shìqū or urban area" would be roughly comparable to "metropolitan area", and the municipality is a political designation defining regions under control of a municipal government, having no comparable division.

The population of the urban area is listed below; the larger figure municipality figure is the wider administrative area population, which includes suburban and rural areas.

This list contains all cities with the administrative designation sub-provincial city (). The majority are "Provincial Capital City" (). Also we list out the "SEC City"(Special Economic Zone City)(). .

City Urban Area Population Level Administrative Area Population
Shanghai 14,404,000 (2007) Municipality 18,542,200 (2007)
Beijing 12,133,000 (2007) Municipality 17,430,000 (2007)
广 Guangzhou 10,045,800 (2007) Provincial Capital City 15,000,000 (2007)
Shenzhen 8,464,300 (2006) Special Economic Zone City 13,300,000 (2007)
Hong Kong 6,840,000 (2007) Special Administrative Region, SAR
Dongguan 6,450,000 (2007) Prefecture-level city
Tianjin 5,190,000 Municipality 11,500,000 (2007)
Wuhan 4,890,000 Provincial Capital City 9,400,000 (2007)
Harbin 4,754,753 Provincial Capital City 9,873,742 (2007)
Shenyang 4,420,000 Provincial Capital City 7,500,000 (2007)
Chengdu 3,750,000 Provincial Capital City 11,300,000 (2007)
Zhengzhou 3,500,000 Provincial Capital City 7,500,000 (2007)
Chongqing 3,270,000 Municipality 32,700,000 (2007)
Qingdao 3,200,000 Sub-provincial city 8,000,000 (2007)
Yantai 2,000,000 Sub-provincial city 6,468,200 (2003)
Shantou 3,200,000 Special Economic Zone City 7,600,000 (2006)
Nanjing 3,110,000 Provincial Capital City 7,100,000 (2007)
Zibo 2,900,000 Prefecture-level city 4,500,000 (2006)
Fuzhou 2,600,000 Provincial Capital City 7,000,000 (2006)
Changsha 2,520,000 Provincial Capital City 6,103,000 (2007)
Nanchang 2,440,000 Provincial Capital City 4,507,000 (2007)
Wuxi 2,400,000 Prefecture-level city 4,800,000 (2006)
Suzhou 2,400,000 Prefecture-level city 6,400,000 (2006)
Hangzhou 2,350,000 Provincial Capital City 7,000,000 (2007)
Changchun 2,290,000 Provincial Capital City 7,400,000 (2007)
Guiyang 2,180,000 Provincial Capital City 3,320,000 (2007)
Kunming 3,055,000 Provincial Capital City 6,800,000 (2007)
Ningbo 2,182,000 Sub-provincial city 5,646,000
Dalian 2,090,000 Sub-provincial city 6,200,000 (2007)
Jinan 2,090,000 Provincial Capital City 6,300,000 (2007)
Shijiazhuang 2,090,000 Provincial Capital City 9,500,000 (2007)
Lanzhou 2,060,000 Provincial Capital City 3,400,000 (2007)
西 Xi'an 1,960,000 Provincial Capital City 10,500,000 (2007)
Xuzhou 1,900,000 Prefecture-level city 9,600,000 (2006)
Ürümqi 1,830,000 (2007) Provincial Capital City 2,500,000 (2006)
Tangshan 1,700,000 Prefecture-level city 3,000,000 (2006)
Luoyang 1,500,000 Prefecture-level city 6,700,000 (2006)
Nantong 1,500,000 Prefecture-level city 8,100,000 (2006)
Qiqihar 1,438,000 Prefecture-level city 6,000,000 (2006)
Hohhot 1,300,000 Provincial Capital City 5,000,000 (2006)
Kaifeng 80,100 Prefecture-level city 4,800,000 (2004)
Hefei Prefecture-level city 4,650,000 (2006)
Lianyungang Prefecture-level city 5,000,000 (2006)
Chuzhou Prefecture-level city 4,500,000 (2006)
Shaoxing Prefecture-level city 4,347,200 (2004)
Taiyuan Prefecture-level city 4,000,000 (2006)
Jilin City 1,900,751 Prefecture-level city 4,350,000
Xinyang 1,732,000 Prefecture-level city 7,425,000
Datong 1,426,000 (2004) Prefecture-level city 3,119,000 (2005)
Nanning 1,400,000 Provincial Capital City 3,200,000 (2006)
Baotou 1,400,000 Prefecture-level city 2,400,000 (2006)
Handan 1,390,000 (2004) Prefecture-level city 8,499,000
Fushun 1,384,000 Prefecture-level city 2,300,000
Xiamen Special Economic Zone City 1,370,000
Zhuhai Special Economic Zone City 1,332,000 (2004)
Anshan 1,285,849 Prefecture-level city 3,584,000
Yangzhou 1,125,200 (2003) Prefecture-level city 4,536,100 (2003)
Zhoukou Prefecture-level city 1,060,000
西 Xining 1,029,400 administrative area 2,095,000 (2006)
Zhenjiang 1,013,600 Prefecture-level city 2,672,100 (2004)
Liuzhou 950,000 Prefecture-level city 3,512,000
Baoding 920,000 administrative area 11,000,000 (2006)
Pingdingshan 891,814 (2006) Prefecture-level city 4,800,000 (2000)
Nanping Prefecture-level city 2,860,000
Wenzhou 873,000 administrative area 7,777,000 (2006)
Quanzhou administrative area 7,520,000 (excluding Quemoy)
Nanyang, Henan 800,000 administrative area 11,000,000 (2006)
Langfang 763,000 Prefecture-level city 3,910,000 (2004)
Hengyang 761,888 Prefecture-level city
Xinxiang Prefecture-level city 5,505,000
Anyang Prefecture-level city 5,250,000 (2002)
Qinhuangdao 759,000 Prefecture-level city 2,758,000
Yinchuan 736,300 Provincial Capital City 1,377,000
Chaozhou 670,000 Prefecture-level city 2,534,000 (2006)
Guilin 670,000 Prefecture-level city 1,300,000
Linyi administrative area 11,300,000 (2006)
Anqing 650,000 Prefecture-level city 6,500,000 (2006)
Dandong 643,000 Prefecture-level city 2,390,000 (2001)
Mianyang 600,000 Prefecture-level city 5,200,000
Changzhou Prefecture-level city 3,489,000 (2004)
Bengbu 585,000 Prefecture-level city 3,469,700 (2004)
Jiamusi 555,000
Cangzhou 550,000 (2004) Prefecture-level city 7,100,000 (2006)
Macau 520,400 (2007)
Huainan 400,000 Prefecture-level city 2,335,798 (2004)
Wuhu Prefecture-level city 2,245,600 (2004)
Lhasa 257,400 Prefecture-level city 521,500
Beihai 135,500 Prefecture-level city 1,450,000 (2001)
Karamay Prefecture-level city 290,000 (2002)
Lijiang Prefecture-level city 1,126,646 (2000)
Benxi prefecture-level city 937,805
Huangshi prefecture-level city
Jinzhou prefecture-level city
Fuxin prefecture-level city
Hegang prefecture-level city
Yingkou prefecture-level city
Mudanjiang prefecture-level city
Liaoyang prefecture-level city
Kashgar Prefecture-level city
Altay Prefecture-level city
Aksu Prefecture-level city
Zhoushan Prefecture-level city
Taizhou Prefecture-level city
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