Starting in 2014, as China’s new-type urbanisation construction moved into a high-speed development stage, PwC China and the China Development Research Foundation jointly launched our “Chinese Cities of Opportunity” series of studies to observe urban development in China from a global perspective. The studies consider the realities of China’s development and urban characteristics from multiple angles and broad perspectives. This year’s report is our eighth edition.
The “Chinese Cities of Opportunity” report uses PwC’s city assessment tools to examine the selected cities. The tools provide targeted observations of the cities from 10 dimensions, including economic growth, society and people’s livelihood, urban infrastructure, the natural environment, population, city governance and influence. The range of cities we monitor has expanded over the years, from an original 15 in 2014 to 47 in 2021.
The 47 cities of the “Chinese Cities of Opportunity 2021” are as follows (broadly from North to South, West to East): Harbin, Changchun, Shenyang, Dalian, Urumqi, Lanzhou, Xi’an, Hohhot, Taiyuan, Beijing, Tianjin, Shijiazhuang, Tangshan, Baoding, Jinan, Qingdao, Zhengzhou, Nanjing, Wuhan, Changzhou, Wuxi, Suzhou, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Ningbo, Hefei, Fuzhou, Xiamen, Changsha, Nanchang, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhaoqing, Foshan, Jiangmen, Zhongshan, Dongguan, Huizhou, Zhuhai, Chengdu, Chongqing, Kunming, Guiyang, Nanning, Haikou, as well as Hong Kong and Macao.
China’s new urbanisation process is about to enter a new phase of further high-quality development. The development of city clusters will be the main model of urbanisation in the future. It will also pose new challenges to the capabilities of large cities to incrementally develop city functions and develop sustainably. Therefore, the development of city clusters and metropolitan areas, as well as the sustainable development of cities, are the key focus areas of this year’s report.