PQC: YEAH!!! Congratulations! At least after MAO’ stupidity which pulled the whole China backward and robbed the Chinks out of their brains, the Chinks have learned back how to use their brains again! While their “communist” bothers or rather vassals, namely the fucking Vietnamese, Cambodians, Laos just remain pure dumbshits .
Anyway, when we see these “people’s economies” have grown big and bigger, we should ask how do the people of those cities live? Do they enjoy the share of their cities’ “big economy” that they mainly contributed? Has anyone around the world migrated to these big cities “economies” to share their affluence and happiness?
I myself visited Kunming in 1998. I was impressed by the orderliness and cleanliness of those designated cities, which situated from the southern border with Vietnam to Kunming . Going through just these “far away” Southern cities, one could not help but impressed with many modernized facets, especially the so-called “new freedom” these Chinks have now enjoyed back again. Namely people now have been allowed to make more money, to be rich. In one word. the Chinks are now allowed to be capitalists again. The whole China has become “back to” capitalist from head to toe, from the brain to the heart, except the country title and the names of its system’ s institutions and apparatuses .
At any rate, I could see something very strange and “weird”, at least to me. The people facial expression, the way they interacted with each other, especially with “foreigners” would change abruptly when there was the presence of “authority” around i.e police or some local officials. Overall, people didn’t look relax and enjoying though they were talking loudly almost all the time. I must say the people I met and interacted with during my short visit were very kind and simple though they were tense and not very open, or rather I must say they were trying their best to refrain themselves from being open!
Now 2017, almost 20 years have passed. I guess things must have changed beyond my imagination. China used to be on top of the world in many aspects . There are signs that they have gained back the capacity to think. I wish them all the best. But I know for the fact that big economy does not mean or guarantee the affluence and happiness of the people who live , work , and contribute to the “bigness” of that economy. The fucking USA is the case in point!
35 Chinese Cities With Economies as Big as Countries
35 Chinese Cities With Economies As Big as Countries
The Chart of the Week is a weekly Visual Capitalist feature on Fridays.
Gaining perspective on China’s monstrous economy isn’t always the easiest thing to do.
With 1.4 billion people and the third-largest geographical area, the country is a vast place to begin with. Add in explosive economic growth, a market-oriented but Communist government, a longstanding and complex cultural history, and self-inflicted demographic challenges – and understanding China can be even more of a puzzle.
City by City
To truly grasp the emergence of China, one approach is to look at the impressive economic footprint made by the country’s cities.
Of course, cities like Shanghai, Beijing, and Hong Kong are the metro economic powerhouses that most people are familiar with. But have you heard of cities like Shijiazhuang, Wuxi, Changsha, Suzhou, Ningbo, Foshan, or Yantai?
There are literally dozens of Chinese cities that most people in Western countries have never heard of – yet they each hold millions of people and have an economic output comparable to nations.
Here’s a list of 35 of them, the size of their local economy, and a comparably sized national economy:
It’s also important to remember that these cities don’t exist in isolation, and are instead cogs in the wheels of larger megaregions. Such areas would 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, there are three main megaregions worth noting:
Yangtze River Delta
With a combined GDP of $2.17 trillion, which is comparable to Italy, the Yangtze River Delta contains cities like Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Wuxi, Ningbo, and Changzhou.
Pearl River Delta
With a combined GDP of $1.89 trillion, which is comparable to South Korea, the Pearl River Delta has cities like Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Foshan, Dongguan, and Macao.
With a combined GDP of $1.14 trillion, which is comparable to Australia, this megaregion holds the two largest cities in northern China, Beijing and Tianjin. The two cities are a 30-minute bullet train ride apart.
Note: After publication, it was pointed out that GDP figures for the Chinese cities seemed to be adjusted for PPP and that our source (Brookings Institution) incorrectly had labeled them as nominal in the tables of this document. We have since updated the infographic so that everything is based on PPP, and added four new cities as well.