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Biggest Cities in China Quiz

How many of China's most populous urban areas can you name?
Based on urban area population, not city proper
According to citypopulation.de, January 2018
Last updated: February 01, 2018
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Population
City
45.6 mil
Guangzhou
(includes Shenzhen)
29.5 mil
Shanghai
20.0 mil
Beijing
12.7 mil
Tianjin
9.80 mil
Xiamen
9.30 mil
Chengdu
8.70 mil
Wuhan
Population
City
8.25 mil
Hangzhou
7.85 mil
Shenyang
7.80 mil
Chongqing
7.70 mil
Shantou
7.35 mil
Hong Kong
6.75 mil
Xi'an
6.60 mil
Nanjing
Population
City
5.90 mil
Qingdao
5.40 mil
Zhengzhou
5.30 mil
Harbin
5.30 mil
Wenzhou
4.68 mil
Hefei
4.55 mil
Changsha
4.50 mil
Dalian
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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 66
Feb 27, 2015
Same here. Though there were three more I recognized when I saw the answers.
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level 75
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 75
Nov 27, 2016
Missed Wenzhou, Dalian, and Hefei this time. I think some of those are new.
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level 45
Jul 10, 2012
I feel lucky to have even got 5...
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level 68
Jul 10, 2012
16 but I missed tianjin :(
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level 34
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 37
Feb 16, 2018
Shanghai and Beijing... This is why I take these quizzes
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level 70
Jul 10, 2012
11...couldn't spell congqing
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level 75
Feb 25, 2015
Chongqing. I'm of the generation that spelled them Chunking, Peking, and Nanking, and I still find it hard to remember the correct spellings.
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level 66
Jun 24, 2018
The new spellings they insist upon "to more closely resemble native pronunciations" are all completely unintelligible to native speakers when garbled by us foreigners. Bring back Bombay, Rangoon, Ceylon, Canton, Persia, etc! It kept a continued history and recognition of these places. Nobody remembers you when your name looks like an eye chart.
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level 55
Aug 7, 2018
it can't possibly that hard to pronounce "Mumbai", "Yangon", "Sri Lanka", "Guangdong" (or Guangzhou), and "Iran", could it be? besides, the old colonial names often represent a troubled history of turmoil, and the new names better reflect the actual pronunciations
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level 78
Dec 10, 2018
Yeah but why Chennai instead of Madras?
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level 55
Jul 11, 2012
I got 5 lol
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level 71
Jul 11, 2012
6, hihaa
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level 57
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 35
Apr 1, 2013
I'm surprise why Fuzhou isn't on the list
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level 75
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 37
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 22
Nov 9, 2013
You should accept "Nanking" for Nanjing....
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level 10
Apr 17, 2014
I got..........one.
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level 43
Apr 26, 2014
Do Chinese people actually see Guangzhou as their biggest city? All the Chinese people I've asked say Shanghai. I'm not saying the stats are incorrect it's just a bit strange.
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level 58
Jun 9, 2016
Many people from China might say Shanghai, as Guangzhou only ranks so high due to its combined population with other nearby cities on this site (urban area), such as Dongguan and Shenzhen.
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level 68
May 22, 2018
Nope. The figures for Guangzhou are massively inflated. I live in China, and nobody considers Guangzhou/Shenzhen/Dongguan etc to be the same city.
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level 66
May 22, 2018
That may be, but as Jiaozira says, the key is the whole "urban area" thing - it's possible that the source is actually underestimating the population of the whole Pearl River Delta. There are restrictions on internal migration in China and there's lots of speculation about the number of people who live in the region without documentation. I think 60 million is usually considered the low figure, with something around 120 milion the high figure. This is for a more or less continuously built up area about 170 kms. long from north of Guangzhou to Hong Kong; about 140 kms to Macau; and about 150 kms wide at its widest between Foshan and Huizhou). Of that whole area, it seems that the only areas not included by the source for this quiz as part of "Guangzhou" are Hong Kong, Huizhou, Zhuhai, and Macau, which, in their calculations, only add up to about 11,500,000. So, "Guangzhou" - with Dongguan, Shenzhen and the rest - might actually be quite a bit bigger.
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level 55
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 73
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 55
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 44
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 25
Aug 2, 2014
got 18!
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level 72
Oct 7, 2014
16!
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level 48
Dec 18, 2014
I got 12 and I'm happy with that.
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level 8
Feb 22, 2015
I got 18! Never thought Shantou would be in place
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level 35
Feb 25, 2015
I almost had Tianjin, reminder to self: not jian for that specific case
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level 54
Feb 26, 2015
u missed alot of cities.
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level 31
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 57
Dec 3, 2015
urban area, my dear...
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level 68
Mar 3, 2015
4 :D
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level 29
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 68
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 68
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 33
Oct 4, 2015
got all of it! so proud being a Chinese lol
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level 57
May 1, 2016
I got 17!
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level 40
Sep 8, 2016
Got full marks, but I live in China so I guess I'm clued up on the geography!
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level 54
Dec 7, 2016
Hong Kong isnt part of China technically
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level 69
Apr 30, 2018
Technically it is. It is a Special Administrative Area of the People's Republic of China.
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level 41
Mar 9, 2017
got 9 first try
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level 66
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 54
Aug 27, 2017
Ought to note whether it includes the RoC
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level 58
Nov 23, 2017
Usually on JetPunk, we consider Taiwan as a separate entity.
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level 73
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 57
Feb 3, 2018
2:54 left
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level 49
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 69
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 68
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 42
Feb 6, 2019
I literally missed an obvious one : Hong Kong 😠😠😠😠
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level 44
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