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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
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First submittedMarch 25, 2021
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City
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
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
Its annual ice festival is internationally famous
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 68
Mar 27, 2021
Great quiz Gassu, hope this series continues
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Level 89
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 86
Apr 1, 2021
Yes, Chongqing should be included, and maybe the quite obscure Haikou removed.
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Level 82
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 75
Apr 2, 2021
I came to comment the same thing
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Level 72
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 76
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 61
Apr 18, 2023
I would second this; the four ancient capitals and four provincial-level municipalities all make sense as cities that should be known. Still a great quiz though!
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Level 79
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 70
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 76
Apr 4, 2021
Island.
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Level 89
Apr 14, 2021
Two syllable word

Just as informative as

A pointless haiku

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Level 65
Apr 25, 2021
It is a very popular tourist destination among the Chinese
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Level 43
Apr 26, 2021
Even Sanya, located on the same island as Haikou, is more famous in China.
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Level 69
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 89
Jul 4, 2021
Poor Chengdu. Mention pandas and everyone thinks of San Diego.
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Level 53
Apr 18, 2023
same for me with cardiff...it's off-topic but i have never remembered the capital of wales when i need to
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Level 69
Apr 19, 2023
I'm proud to say I have grown in the past two years and my brain now holds space for Chengdu. I'm sure the residents of that fine city, both human and panda alike, are thrilled to learn this.

Unfortunately, Kunming and Haikou still have not found a home in my memory.

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Level 86
Apr 2, 2021
Chengdu, home to many panda videos that I watch daily.
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Level 77
Apr 5, 2021
Haikou seems slightly obscure.

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

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Level 77
Apr 19, 2021
Haikou is well known

Only because of poems

Wait...I mean Haiku

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Level 44
Apr 25, 2021
I did terrible.
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Level 49
Nov 10, 2021
-100 social credit
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Level 67
Apr 18, 2023
re-education time
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Level 53
Apr 18, 2023
*labor camp time
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Level 75
Apr 20, 2023
Start with adverbs - terribly rather than terrible.
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Level 75
Apr 25, 2021
Very good list. A lot of people don't think Haikou is significant enough to merit the top-20. I agree, but Shangri-La is clearly the one that most deserves to drop out, unless you have a fetish for bad novels. (The city was renamed after the book in 2001). Changsha, Yan'an, Chongqing, and Kashgar might be replacements.
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Level 82
Apr 27, 2021
Kind of agree, even though Shangri-La could be guessed by someone whom had never heard of the city before so that's probably a plus to QM. But you could add Chengdu, Ningbo, Luoyang, Xiamen, Anyang, Kaifeng, or several others with cultural/historical significance.
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Level 52
Apr 25, 2021
The front picture for the quiz is a Korean royal palace called Gyeongbokgung, which is in the center of Seoul and is totally irrelevant to this quiz. I suggest you change it.
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Level 62
Apr 25, 2021
Unfortunately we all know about Wuhan now.
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Level 69
Apr 25, 2021
Accept Urumchi? Wikipedia shows both spellings.
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Level 57
Apr 26, 2021
Chongqing is another city I think people should know about. Maybe Shenyang as well
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Level 26
Apr 26, 2021
I got 14, missed Nanjing, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Shangri-La, Kunming, and Haikou. Good Quiz Though :D
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Level 45
Apr 26, 2021
got 18/20, missed Haikou and Shangri-La
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Level 75
Apr 27, 2021
Interesting quizzes, but the clickbait titles that suddenly get more coy in the explanation are a tad irritating...
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Level 33
Apr 28, 2021
That picture is Seoul, Korea though
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Level 64
Apr 29, 2021
Yeah, the picture used in the quiz headline is of Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul, which is an egregious shame because there is a lot of beautiful historic architecture in all of the listed Chinese cities
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Level ∞
Apr 29, 2021
Replaced it with one from Shenzhen.
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Level 64
Apr 28, 2021
I got pretty far by just listing all the Chinese cities I could think of. Afterwards I read the clues and learned fun facts about them.
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Level 38
Apr 29, 2021
WhAt HaPpEnEd At TiAnImEn SqUaRe In 1989??
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Level 82
May 1, 2021
someone broke their capslock key?
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Level 69
Aug 7, 2021
is Shangri-La which was renamed after the fictional location in 2014 really notable?
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Level 44
Mar 30, 2022
i got shangri-la and urumqi but forgot about shanghai
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Level 82
Jun 11, 2022
I'm surprised Guangzhou wasn't on here. I've had to memorize it for all those populaiton quizzes, and yet doesn't appear here!
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Level 63
Dec 30, 2022
I thought taipei would be on this list
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Level 55
Apr 18, 2023
nice quiz
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Level 67
Apr 18, 2023
What about Wuhan?
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Level 68
Apr 18, 2023
Perhaps include Chongqing and Hangzhou? These are important cities in China. Sanya is also known more than Haikou as a resort city on Hainan Island.
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Level 68
Apr 19, 2023
Yes I guessed Chongqing and Hangzhou to no avail. Didn't get the least four guessed. But I learned something.
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Level 68
Apr 19, 2023
18/20 first try. Cute quiz but not information "Everyone" should know. I can't imagine that knowing Haikou is the largest city on Hainan would enrich the lives of the Ticuna tribe.
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Level 60
Nov 17, 2023
Shenzhen is usually part of Guangzhou on JetPunk. I would swap Shenzhen and Haikou for Chongqing and Hangzhou.