Biggest Cities in China Quiz

How many of China's most populous urban agglomerations can you name?
Based on urban area population, not city proper
According to citypopulation.de, January 2020
Quiz by Quizmaster
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Last updated: April 29, 2020
First submittedJuly 5, 2012
Times taken66,351
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Population
City
46.7 m
Guangzhou area
* includes Shenzhen, Donguan
33.6 m
Shanghai area
* includes Suzhou, Wuxi
19.8 m
Beijing
12.7 m
Tianjin
10.0 m
Xiamen
9.60 m
Chengdu
9.05 m
Wuhan
8.45 m
Hangzhou
8.15 m
Chongqing
8.00 m
Shenyang
Population
City
7.65 m
Shantou
7.50 m
Hong Kong
6.95 m
Xi'an
6.60 m
Nanjing
6.10 m
Qingdao
5.35 m
Wenzhou
5.10 m
Harbin
4.95 m
Hefei
4.95 m
Zhengzhou
4.93 m
Changsha
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Level 33
Jul 10, 2012
I got seven!
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Level 44
Feb 25, 2015
I also got seven, the average... I got a pH of 14 I'm so basic.
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Level 82
Aug 21, 2016
My high score is 17 but I think this is the next quiz I'm going to practice until I master.
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Level 82
Nov 27, 2016
Missed Wenzhou, Dalian, and Hefei this time. I think some of those are new.
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Level 24
Aug 12, 2020
My high score is 15...
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Level 54
May 28, 2020
Got more than 3!!! Only missed Changsha.
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Level 46
Aug 3, 2021
Got them all!
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Level 48
Jul 10, 2012
I feel lucky to have even got 5...
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Level 74
Jul 10, 2012
16 but I missed tianjin :(
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Level 33
Jul 10, 2012
You're right! I only got 3. Shanghai, Beijing, and Hong Kong.
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Level 32
Nov 12, 2014
I got the same three Lauren
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Level 47
Feb 16, 2018
Shanghai and Beijing... This is why I take these quizzes
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Level 55
Jul 11, 2012
I got 5 lol
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Level 73
Jul 11, 2012
6, hihaa
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Level 58
Jul 19, 2012
I got 11!
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Level 34
Sep 25, 2012
I got 7. I'm surprised that Kunming wasn't on the list.
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Level 34
Apr 1, 2013
I'm surprise why Fuzhou isn't on the list
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Level 63
Aug 8, 2020
According to citypopulation.de, Fuzhou has around 4 million people. Not quite enough to make this quiz.
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Level 82
Apr 29, 2013
You need to know a lot more than 3 of these if you want to do well on any of the biggest cities in the world-type quizzes.
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Level 47
Apr 11, 2018
Yep, that's why I'm here..
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Level 32
Oct 2, 2013
Chinese always gets it all! I'm lucky
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Level 20
Nov 9, 2013
You should accept "Nanking" for Nanjing....
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Level 61
Aug 6, 2021
You shouldn't. Would you accept Leningrad for St Petersburg or Peking for Beijing?
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Level 53
May 14, 2014
I had a C in geography just 6 months ago and now I have only A's! Thank you JetPunk and thank you QuizMaster.
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Level 74
Aug 31, 2015
That's awesome! Great job. I recommend this site to all of my friends kids that are in world geography. It's studying, but fun.
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Level 67
Mar 4, 2020
It's addictive, it's 4 am. It's... why am I guessing Chinese cities?..
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Level 60
Mar 25, 2021
I wish I had a Geography class :( but now schools are insistant in everyone being bilingual rather than study the places the languages come from
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Level 53
May 14, 2014
Missed Taiyuan and Jinan.
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Level 48
Jun 19, 2014
Where did the source website get their data? Guangzhou is nowhere close to the biggest city by any measure. It's certainly much smaller than Shanghai, Chongqing, or Beijing.
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Level 48
Jun 19, 2014
I get that they're going by urban population rather than by prefecture borders, but either way Guangzhou is definitely not the largest.
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Level ∞
Jun 19, 2014
The Pearl River delta is one of the most densely populated regions on Earth. The only debate is where to draw the boundaries of urban regions. Guangdong has a population of over 100 million!
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Level 32
Nov 2, 2014
Guangzhou is the city within Guangdong, it's not a surprise to see Guangdong having a population over 100 million. We Sichuan used to have a population over that as well, but because Chongqing split with us. We aren't anymore. Also there's a state in India has a population over 200 million
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Level 32
Nov 2, 2014
Also when it comes to population, under certain circumstances Guangzhou is more populated than Shanghai, but in overall, Guangzhou the city itself is only about 12 million at least while Shanghai is about 17 mil at least. In general Shanghai is China's largest city.
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Level 46
Mar 7, 2015
Guangzhou is the biggest agglomeration in China - it includes Shenzhen, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Macau and parts of Foshan, Jiangmen, Zhuhai, and Huizhou. As per some sources, in February 2015 the Pearl River Delta Megacity has already surpassed the agglomeration of Tokyo and now it counts more than 42 million people.
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Level 66
Nov 14, 2020
Macau can never be considered part of Guangzhou. It's a Special Administrative Region with a different law, a different currency, different official languages, different police and it even has a border with mainland China. It's like if it were another country...
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Level 35
Aug 2, 2014
got 18!
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Level 75
Oct 7, 2014
16!
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Level 66
Dec 18, 2014
I got 12 and I'm happy with that.
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Level 34
Feb 25, 2015
I almost had Tianjin, reminder to self: not jian for that specific case
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Level 63
Feb 26, 2015
u missed alot of cities.
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Level 47
Feb 26, 2015
Got 20.. But I've been living in China for 7 years. Missed Shantou. Had no idea it was that big
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Level 23
Feb 26, 2015
shanghai is the biggest city in china
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Level 63
Dec 3, 2015
urban area, my dear...
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Level 74
Mar 3, 2015
4 :D
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Level 36
Mar 4, 2015
Got 19 out of 21.
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Level 60
Mar 4, 2015
I can only attribute my success here to having a sibling living in China.
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Level 71
May 22, 2015
I can never completely finish this quiz. This time, I got them all except Wenzhou. Not too bad you might think, since it's the least guessed answer, but I'm living in Wenzhou right now...
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Level 43
Jul 9, 2015
Tsingtao is called Qingdao now?

Never knew that.

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Level 71
Aug 29, 2015
It happened the same time Peking/Nanking/Canton etc changed to Beijing/Nanjing/Guangzhou respectively, so it's been called Qingdao for a long time now.

The beer is still called Tsingtao though.

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Level 65
Nov 27, 2019
Worry do not, the beer is still called Tsingtao
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Level 38
May 1, 2020
Its called Qingdao long before the Westerners struggled to pronounce it properly.
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Level 49
May 30, 2020
I think westerners are still struggling! The idea of using "q" for that particular sound may make sense, but I'm afraid for newcomers it's more of an obstacle than a help to getting it right.
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Level 37
Nov 28, 2020
Probably not. Westerners have probably been struggling to pronounce it since long before pinyin existed.
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Level 67
May 1, 2016
I got 17!
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Level 63
Dec 7, 2016
Hong Kong isnt part of China technically
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Level 77
Apr 30, 2018
Technically it is. It is a Special Administrative Area of the People's Republic of China.
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Level 52
Nov 30, 2019
Well then you can claim that Puerto Rico and Hawaii are not "technically" part of USA either.
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Level 34
Jan 30, 2021
Hawaii is definitely part of the US as one of its 50 states. Meanwhile, Puerto Rico is only one of the territories of the US. And legally, Hong Kong is part of China, just with much greater autonomy, like Macau.
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Level 67
Jul 16, 2020
RIP Hong Kong´s autonomy, July 2020
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Level 56
Mar 9, 2017
got 9 first try
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Level 69
Apr 29, 2017
I got all 21. I must have spent too much time on this website cause most of them, I just know the name and nothing else about them.
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Level 72
May 3, 2020
I know, me too. While I could name almost all of them (thanks to these quizzes), I could probably locate only 8 or 9 on a map without really searching.
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Level 64
Aug 27, 2017
Ought to note whether it includes the RoC
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Level 63
Nov 23, 2017
Usually on JetPunk, we consider Taiwan as a separate entity.
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Level 79
Dec 7, 2017
Being good at this quiz is a short cut to being good at many other quizzes on here. That said, I only got 11
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Level 68
Feb 3, 2018
2:54 left
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Level 47
May 22, 2018
I'm a Chinese-Australian and on my first try got all but Shantou. Nice but challenging quiz, and I will be the first to say I got this result because I'm partly Chinese!
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Level 77
May 22, 2018
Only missed three, which I'd be reasonably happy with if one of the three weren't HK. Kinda an obvious one, especially considering I used to live there (although back then it wasn't part of China).
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Level 67
May 22, 2018
Only got 6. I'm terrible at cities quizzes though, so this actually more than I expected to get.
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Level 45
May 24, 2018
I knew all..but couldn't guess them all. I don't know how but i got Hefei.
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Level 17
Jan 12, 2019
I've never seen anyone combining Guangzhou and Shenzhen, if u do so, Shanghai should also be combined with Suzhou, Beijing with Tianjin.

Also, Peking/Nanking should be allowed.

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Level 43
Feb 6, 2019
I literally missed an obvious one : Hong Kong 😠😠😠😠
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Level 44
Jul 25, 2021
Yes, likewise. As a SAR, it's actually a separate entity by definition so doesn't come to mind when running through a mental list of Chinese cities.
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Level 49
Mar 26, 2019
Combining Guangzhou with Shenzhen and Zhuhai areas is like combining san diego with Los Angeles or baltimore with DC. Nobody does that so you should probably get a better source.
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Level ∞
Mar 27, 2019
The U.S. government combines DC and Baltimore at times:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baltimore%E2%80%93Washington_metropolitan_area

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Level 44
Jul 25, 2021
It's a single urban agglomeration - you can drive all the way up from Shenzhen through Dongguan to Guangzhou without leaving a built-up area. The same way it's Tokyo-Yokohama, Leeds-Bradford etc. That's nothing like LA-San Diego.
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Level 83
Aug 8, 2019
I don't know when your link was updated, but the numbers are way off at this point (and the order) compared to this quiz
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Level 58
Aug 14, 2019
Chongqing has over 30 million people, not 7. Also, I live in Xiamen and the metro population is 5 million (with only three million on the island), not 9.7 million.
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Level ∞
Apr 29, 2020
Fascinating insights.
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Level 49
May 30, 2020
I understand by one way of counting Chongqing has about 60 million people. I'm not sure exactly what way that is!
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Level 55
Feb 23, 2020
My scores in these tests have rised significantly after having lived in Hong Kong for a while
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Level 54
Apr 2, 2020
You should accept Shantau for Shantou.
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Level 32
May 1, 2020
If anyone doesn’t get wuhan...
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Level 55
May 1, 2020
Wuhan was one of the not well-known chinese city, but now, everybody knows it!
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Level 63
May 4, 2020
I was thinking the same thing!
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Level 66
May 1, 2020
Isn’t Hong Kong within the urban area of Guangzhou?
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Level 75
May 3, 2020
It is, in the same way A.A. Milne is the favorite writer of the current chairman.
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Level 82
May 2, 2020
The first good thing to come from this whole coronavirus thing...I finally remembered Wuhan on a China quiz! Wu-hoo!

On a different not, surprised not to see Taipei on here... (ducks)

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Level 28
Dec 18, 2020
if 2020 learned the world one thing it's "Wuhan exist"
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Level 57
May 28, 2020
I definitely know more than 3, but all
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Level 55
May 28, 2020
I think everyone is familiar with Wuhan now
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Level 64
May 28, 2020
My stats indicate this is the first time I've taken this quiz and guessed Wuhan. Yet now I got it so easily, I wonder....
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Level 38
May 28, 2020
i got 9
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Level 60
May 28, 2020
So hear me out. I got every single one of them on the first try, EXCEPT FOR HONG KONG WHAT AM I DOING WITH MY LIFE?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
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Level 58
May 28, 2020
Your life is stuck in the 80's.
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Level 71
May 28, 2020
Clearly you've already classified HK as separate from China in your mind - you're in an idealized political future!
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Level 44
May 21, 2021
If you were like me, I assumed Hong Kong would be under Guangzhou since the population figure was over 40 million.
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Level 43
May 28, 2020
Why do so many people miss Guangzhou?
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Level 28
Dec 18, 2020
If you say "because spelling", Canton is accepted too.
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Level 51
May 28, 2020
“Most people only know 3”

Me, knowing I’ll only get 2: Is that a challenge?

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Level 25
May 28, 2020
As a Chinese, I even missed Hefei. Actually I have been living in Hefei for 2 months and I don't think Hefei is that populous
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Level 44
May 29, 2020
#FreeHongKong
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Level 34
Jun 1, 2021
#ChinaBelongsToMongolia
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Level 45
Jun 1, 2020
Omg, I'm so lucky I got Wenzhou on the last second
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Level 60
Jul 7, 2020
Worst country ever.
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Level 74
Aug 18, 2020
Says Pablo Escobar, who's never even been there.
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Level 26
Apr 3, 2021
+1
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Level 53
Dec 1, 2020
I would certainty rather live in China than Yemen, Somalia, Venezuela, North Korea and the like.
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Level 63
Sep 14, 2021
I'd move to China before Yemen or Somalia
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Level 56
Jul 9, 2020
Wow I got all 20 first try because I have been practicing my Chinese cities on other Jetpunk quizzes.
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Level 31
Jul 23, 2020
Got all correct!!!
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Level 66
Jul 23, 2020
I've taken this quiz so many times and still can't remember Zhengzhou and Hangzhou! Don't know what it is about those two but they aren't sinking into my brain
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Level 28
Sep 5, 2020
This is such a bad quiz lol doesn't match any other list of biggest Chinese cities but ok
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Level 41
Sep 12, 2020
Where the heck do these numbers come from? Xiamen is crazy high and Changsha is crazy low. Some cities are counted together as urban agglomerations, while others have been tabulated independently despite being physically conjoined. Crazy, crazy stuff in these numbers!

Looks like the stats on that German site were done by somebody who doesn't know China except through a computer screen.

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Level 82
Sep 18, 2020
I don't think being there in person particularly helps when you are trying to count 46 million people.
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Level 66
Nov 13, 2020
got 19 kept thinking it was Wuzhou instead of Wenzhou
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Level 44
Nov 16, 2020
In general, the Chinese name has been the accepted spelling. But according to the 2020 edition of citypopulation.de, the Chinese spelling for Harbin is Hā'ĕrbīn (or from keyboard minus accents, Haerbin). The quiz does not accept Haerbin. Why not? All the other Chinese spellings are accepted.
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Level 28
Dec 18, 2020
English spelling is Harbin
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Level 68
Dec 6, 2020
Why is Hong Kong not part of Guangzhou?
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Level 66
Jan 28, 2021
It's spelled Dongguan with two g's.
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Level 36
Mar 12, 2021
This is my last quiz for the china badge and i finally got it done.
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Level 39
Jun 7, 2021
I am sad for Zhou... (Hangzhou)
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Level 33
Jun 9, 2021
i thought hangzhou is a mispelled guangzhou. missed that along with chengdu and zhengzhou
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Level 28
Jul 9, 2021
Forgot Hong Kong, can't believe it.
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Level 55
Jul 10, 2021
hong kong is not part of china. was this quiz created by the CCP?
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Level 46
Jul 24, 2021
I expected 100% of users to get Wuhan
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Level 43
Aug 8, 2021
16 of 20. Missed hangzhou,Hefei,Qingdao and Changsha.