In a post entitled, “Map: Half of China’s GDP Comes From Major Cities”, Tea Leaf Nation uses a Foreign Policy map to graphically (both literally and figuratively) show “how much China’s GDP growth machine depends on a few regions.” Its post also sets out China’s leading twenty cities in terms of contribution to GDP. All of the twenty cities below contribute 1% or more to China’s GDP:

  1.  Shanghai (3.80 percent)
  2. Beijing (3.43 percent)
  3. Guangzhou (2.71 percent)
  4. Shenzhen (2.55 percent)
  5. Tianjin (2.53 percent)
  6. Suzhou (2.29 percent)
  7. Chongqing (2.22 percent)
  8. Chengdu (1.60 percent)
  9. Wuhan (1.59 percent)
  10. Hangzhou (1.47 percent)
  11. Wuxi (1.42 percent)
  12. Nanjing (1.41 percent)
  13. Qingdao (1.41 percent)
  14. Dalian (1.34 percent)
  15. Shenyang (1.27 percent)
  16. Changsha (1.26 percent)
  17. Ningbo (1.25 percent)
  18. Foshan (1.23 percent)
  19. Zhengzhou (1.09 percent)
  20. Tangshan (1.08 percent)

Makes for a pretty good roadmap for foreign companies looking to do business in China.

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