12 cities with GDP as large as 12 top leading countries (part 1)

These 12 Chinese cities have economies as big as whole countries. The scale of China is something that we all have heard of, but have not really understood before comparing it with something familiar. We all know, cities like Shanghai, Beijing, and Hong Kong which are mega cities and economic powerhouses. However, China has a lot more to offer. Are you familiar with places like Shijiazhuang, Wuxi, Changsha, Suzhou, Ningbo, Foshan, Nanjing, Xinyang, Qingdao, Xi’an? It’s also important to remember that these cities are parts of the so-called megaregions.

No.12. Xi’an estimated GDP  95 Billion USD per year equal to Ukraine

With population of 8 million Xi’an is the capital of Shaanxi Province. One of the most deep-rooted places in China, Xi’an is the oldest of the Four Great Ancient Capitals, having held the position under several of the most important dynasties in Chinese history. It was a capital for 13 empires under 70 emperors. The name Xi’an, as it is written in Chinese has a meaning. ‘Xi’ means west and ‘an’ means peace. In full, it is translated as peace in the west. Xi’an holds the wonder Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. Xian is home to China’s research and development facilities, national security and China’s space exploration program and increasingly become a center for culture, industry and education for the central northwest region. If you visit, make sure you enjoy food such as Roujia Mo, Xi’an Kabobs, Guan Tang Baozi, Biang Biang Noodles, and Yang Rou Pao Mo. Xian is one of the few cities around the world that can boast a history spanning over 3 millenniums.

No.11. Qingdao estimated GDP 266 Billion USD per year equal to Portugal

With population of 9 million people, Qingdao also spelled Tsingtao is a city in eastern Shandong Province on the east coast of China, overlooking the Yellow Sea. Qingdao has one of the world biggest ports and holds the world’s longest sea bridge, the Jiaozhou Bay Bridge, links the main urban area of Qingdao with Huangdao district, straddling the Jiaozhou Bay sea areas. It is also home of Tsingtao Brewery,  the most famous beer Brand in China. First established in 1903 as Germania Brewer From 1898 to 1914 The Germans held the city. They transformed the Chinese fishing village into a modern city known as Tsingtao, building wide streets, installing a sewage system, and providing drinking water and electricity to the residents. During this period in history, schools in the city were among the best in China, and in general, Qingdao was a model of urban living for developing Asia. Qingdao was named China’s most liveable city by the Chinese Institute of City Competitiveness.

No. 10. Wuxi estimated GDP 270 Billion USD per year equal to Pakistan

With population of 7 million people Wuxi borders with two other large cities, Changzhou to the west and Suzhou to the east, and borders Zhejiang Province as well in the south. It also covers a coastline of the Yangtze River in the north and two separate coasts of Lake Tai. Wuxi is a major tourist area of the Lower Yangtze Delta. Tourist places includes The Turtle’s Head Park, Taihu Xiandao, the classic royal Ji-chang-yuan Gardens, the Grand Canal and the Grand Buddha at Ling Shan. Wuxi is famous for being one of the birthplaces of China’s modern industry and commerce, as well as the hometown of many important businessmen who have played essential roles in building commerce in Shanghai since the early 20th century. Wuxi has many biological and mineral Resources. It has over 300 watercourses, with a total length of 2,500 km, water storage.  It is rich on marble flora and fauna it has more than 500 species of trees and more than 300 unique species of animals.

No. 9. Hangzhou estimated GDP 280 Billion USD per year equal to Malaysia

With population of 10 million Hangzhou , is the capital and most populous city of Zhejiang Province in east China. Hangzhou’s rich history can be traced back over 2,200 years to the Qin Dynasty (221 BC). It flourished after being linked with the Grand Canal, which starts in Beijing. Marco Polo loved Hangzhou. Marco Polo, a famous European traveler and explorer from Venice, visited Hangzhou in the late 13th century. He was overwhelmed by the city and spent long time describing the spectacular city of Hangzhou. He referred to it as  “the city of heaven” and “the finest and most splendid city in the world”. As always been regarded as the “Silk City” Hangzhou is about 170 kilometers from Shanghai. It can take as little as 45 minutes to travel from Shanghai. With bullet train. In the last decade Hangzhou developed in to an emerging technology hub and home to the e-commerce giant Alibaba, also hosted the eleventh G-20 summit in 2016. Hangzhou grew to one of the most renowned and prosperous cities in China for much of the last millennium. In September 2015, Hangzhou was decided to host the 2022 Asian Games.

No. 8. Nanjing estimated GDP 300 Billion USD per year equal to Denmark

With population of 11 million Nanjing has always been one of China most important cities. It served as the capital of China during several historical periods. Nanjing was the capital of the Republic of China before the Chinese Civil War in 1949. Nanjing  is a city situated in the heartland of the lower Yangtze River region in China, which has long been a major center of culture, education, research, politics, economy, transport networks and tourism. The ratio of college students to total population ranks No.1 among large cities nationwide. Nanjing is one of the top three Chinese scientific research centers, especially in the chemical sciences. Nanjing is famous for human historical landscapes, mountains and waters such as Fuzimiao, Ming Palace, Chaotian Palace, Porcelain Tower, Drum Tower, Stone City, City Wall, Qinhuai River, Xuanwu Lake and Purple Mountain. Key cultural facilities include Nanjing Library, Nanjing Museum and Art Museum.

No. 7.  Wuhan estimated GDP 350 Billion USD per year equal to Austria

With population of 12 million people Wuhan is the capital of Hubei province, in central China and is popular destination for international students. Moreover, the Chinese government has recently improved its regulations regarding work visas for international and implemented new policies allowing foreign students to do internships, seek part-time jobs and even start their own businesses in China  after graduating from university. This had been something many international students struggled with and many are now relieved to be able to extend their stay in China. The city is a major transportation hub, with dozens of railways, roads and expressways passing through the city and connecting to other major cities. Because of its key role in domestic transportation, Wuhan was sometimes referred to as “the Chicago of China”. Holding sub-provincial status, Wuhan is recognised as the political, economic, financial, cultural, educational and transportation center of central China. Wuhan is a sister city of Arnhem, The Netherlands.

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