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Top 15 'new first-tier cities' in China

Updated: May 28, 2019 Print
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More cities in China have entered the first-tier city club as they catch up with traditional metropolises like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen.

Financial news portal recently released its 2019 ranking of China's new first-tier cities, with Southwest China's Kunming of Yunnan province a newcomer this year. Wuxi in East China's Jiangsu province, on the other hand, has missed out in this year's list.

Evaluation statistics include big data from 170 major consumer brands as well as consumer data from 18 internet companies from different sectors in 337 cities. Criteria include the cities' business resources, potential to function as a hub, resident activity, lifestyle diversity and future adaptability.

Let's take a look at the top 15 new first-tier cities in China this year.

No 15 Kunming

Shoppers examine flowers in Kunming, capital of Yunnan province. [Photo by Yang Zheng/For China Daily]

No 14 Ningbo

To better manage its exports, Ningbo Customs has strengthened actions during a four-month national campaign code-named Longteng. [Photo provided to China Daily]

No 13 Shenyang

An aerial photo of Shenyang, Northeast China's Liaoning province, shot by a drone on May 6, 2019. [Photo/Xinhua]

No 12 Qingdao

Cargo is unloaded from a container ship docked at Qingdao, East China's Shandong province, on Jan 11, 2019. [Photo/IC]

No 11 Dongguan

A girl poses in front of Golden Trumpet trees at a park in Dongguan, South China's Guangdong province, on Feb 26, 2019. [Photo/VCG]
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