China is the world's most populous country. According to the Demographic research group in 2017, there are 102 Chinese cities with over 1 million people in the "urban area", as defined by the group's methodology.

Definition and classification

According to the
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, there are three levels of cities, namely direct-administered municipalities (), prefecture-level cities (), and county-level cities (). The Special Administrative Regions () of
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and Macau and the areas controlled by the Republic of China (Taiwan) are not included in this administrative classification. 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
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 "" (''shì qū''; "urban area") is used. However, even this term often encompasses large suburban regions often greater than , sometimes only the urban core whereas the agglomeration overtake the city limits. Thus, the "urban core" would be roughly comparable to the American term "city limit", the "shì qū", 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, which has no comparable designation.

List of major cities by population

The list contains all the cities with the administrative designation of " National Central City" () and " Sub-Provincial City" () – including five " Municipalities with Independent Planning Status" () and ten large " Provincial Capital Cities" (), as well as some large " Special Economic Zones" (), " Open Coastal Cities" () and "prefecture-level city, Prefecture-Level Cities" ().

Urban population

N.B.: The source did not include Suzhou on the list. With 4,242,500 residents, Suzhou is the second largest city in Jiangsu, Jiangsu Province, behind only Nanjing, the capital city. If included, Suzhou could be 25th on the list, just ahead of Hefei, the capital city of Anhui, Anhui Province.

Locations of the 50 most populous cities in Mainland China

See also

* List of capitals in China * List of cities in China * List of largest cities, List of largest cities in the world * List of urban areas in China * List of villages in China


External links

National Bureau of Statistics of China official website

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