20 Chinese Cities Everyone Should Know

China has many, many cities, most of which are rather obscure. Try to name the following twenty cities, which are among the most well known.
Quiz by Gassu
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Last updated: April 1, 2021
First submittedMarch 25, 2021
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Capital of China
Beijing
Former British colony returned in 1997
Hong Kong
City immediately north of the above, whose population has increased by 20,000% since 1980
Shenzhen
Former Portuguese colony returned in 1999
Macau
This "southern capital" was the venue of a brutal Japanese massacre in 1937–1938
Nanjing
Including nearby cities such as Suzhou, this megalopolis has a population over 30 million
Shanghai
Capital of Tibet
Lhasa
This northwestern hub is partly inhabited by ethnic Uyghurs
Ürümqi
City which experienced the first Covid-19 outbreak
Wuhan
Home of the Terracotta Army
Xi'an
Largest city on Hainan Island
Haikou
Port city of 15 million people located about 100 km from the capital
Tianjin
City on the Pearl River Delta, formerly known as Canton
Guangzhou
Large city, starting with X, which borders the Taiwan Strait
Xiamen
Southwestern city which served as the terminus for the Burma Road in WWII
Kunming
Their annual ice festival is known far beyond China
Harbin
Capital of Sichuan, known for its Giant Panda breeding center
Chengdu
Yunnan city named after a Himalayan utopia whose residents are immortal
Shangri-La
Biggest city on the Liaodong Peninsula (Hint: starts with D)
Dalian
Formerly German-occupied city known for its brewery
Qingdao
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Level 63
Mar 27, 2021
Great quiz Gassu, hope this series continues
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Level 59
Mar 27, 2021
Great quiz! I think that ShangriLa, with no space in between, should work as a type in. I often type things in without a space because it is faster but the hyphen makes it so no space in between doesn't work.
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Level 72
Mar 28, 2021
Spaces are irrelevant in JetPunk's answers, ShangriLa should work fine. Could you maybe double check?
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Level 83
Apr 1, 2021
Just to be that guy, Chungking / Chongqing is another major city long known in the West. After government reorganization it is technically the most populous city on Earth within city limits. The city limits are, however, over 80,000 square kilometers. That's a "city" larger than 12 of the 50 states in the U.S.A. and more than 40% of the nations in the world. Maine and Austria are the closest in size, respectively.
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Level 82
Apr 1, 2021
Yes, Chongqing should be included, and maybe the quite obscure Haikou removed.
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Level 75
Apr 1, 2021
I'd back this idea. Chongqing was even a temporary capital during the Japanese invasion, so it certainly seems to be a better candidate than Haikou for inclusion in this quiz.
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Level 73
Apr 2, 2021
I came to comment the same thing
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Level 70
Apr 2, 2021
It was probably the first Chinese city I ever knew due to the Chun King brand of Chinese food.
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Level 74
Apr 4, 2021
I would have included Luoyang, which is the only one of the "Four Great Ancient Capitals" missing.
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Level 72
Apr 2, 2021
I've been to 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 13, 15, 16 and 19! (I live in Suzhou)
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Level 68
Apr 2, 2021
Can someone explain me why Haikou should be known by everyone?

(I'm a geography nerd like most of you here but I never found this city in quizzes alike)

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Level 74
Apr 4, 2021
Island.
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Level 61
Apr 2, 2021
I can't explain it, but my brain has a blind spot when it comes to Chengdu.

Every time I take a quiz involving Chinese cities, I forget about Chengdu. Then when the quiz is over, I see the answers and think, "Ah, Chengdu!".

It's a massive city with a long history and yet. . .my brain refuses to remember it.

My apologies to the residents of Chengdu but my subconscious clearly refuses to believe you exist.

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Level 69
Apr 2, 2021
Chengdu, home to many panda videos that I watch daily.
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Level 68
Apr 5, 2021
Haikou seems slightly obscure.

Shangri-La renamed recently to attract tourists, so it was the only one that slipped my mind.