Published On: Thu, Nov 9th, 2017

31 Cities of China having Larger Economies than Countries

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ShanghaiChina a country of around 1.4 billion people has a huge economy. There are cities of China that have bigger economies than countries.

People have not even heard of some of these cities and these cities have big economies with millions of people living in those cities.

It is also essential to remember that these cities do not exist in remoteness, and are instead cogs in the wheels of larger megaregions.

cities of China

Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong are the popular cities of China. However, cities like Shijiazhuang, Wuxi, Changsha, Suzhou, Ningbo, Foshan, or Yantai are not very well known but have big economies. Here is the list of cities of China which have economies comparable to countries:

cities of China

Megaregions

It is vital to grasp the point that these cities do not exist in isolation and are instead cogs in the wheels of larger megaregions. Such areas may be comparable to the Northeast U.S., in which New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. are all hours apart and remain largely integrated as a regional economy.

In China, the three main megaregions:

Yangtze River Delta

It has a combined GDP of $2.17 trillion, which is comparable to India, the Yangtze River Delta comprises of cities like Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Wuxi, Ningbo, and Changzhou.

Pearl River Delta

It has a combined GDP of $1.89 trillion, which is comparable to Italy, the Pearl River Delta is composed of cities like Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Foshan, Dongguan, and Macao.

Beijing-Tianjin

It has a combined GDP of $1.14 trillion, which is comparable to Australia; this megaregion holds the two biggest cities in northern China, Beijing and Tianjin.

Source: Business Insider

About the Author

- Junaid Ashraf has a Master of Philosophy degree in government and public policy. He has international publications through Taylor & Francis, a leading British publishing body. He regularly write columns for newspapers. His interests include international political economy, geopolitics and good governance. He writes for Asia Times.