As hubs of social development, cities are faced with a myriad of diverse opportunities, bolstered by economic growth and scientific advances, as well as multiple obstacles and challenges. 2020 has brought challenges and uncertainty for a great number of cities, and has also presented us with a chance to slow down the pace of modern life and reconsider whether cities, in the midst of this rapid development, really possess the resilience to stave off risks and overcome challenges. Since 2014, the annual Chinese Cities of Opportunity report, jointly published by PwC and the China Development and Research Foundation has continued to monitor opportunities arising from China’s urban development and track the progress of its urbanisation from different angles and perspectives. For each edition, we adjust our research priorities subject to the social and economic priorities of the year in China. This year, against the extraordinary backdrop of the COVID-19 outbreak, the 2020 edition pays attention to urban resilience and the sustainable development of cities, while incorporating some additional key elements and angles such as the refined management of cities and smart cities.