Tuesday, June 14, 2011


Downtown Ningbo
Today I discovered that Nottingham University has a campus in Ningbo, which is an otherwise unremarkable city south-east of Shanghai with a population of 2.5m. It was set up in 2004, one of the first Sino-foreign universities to do so, and now has 5,000 students. 

But it got me thinking about Chinese cities. There are (depending on all the usual criteria) 160 cities with populations of over 1m (pah, villages!) and 93 with over 5m (mere towns!). In China a big city would be 10m+ and there are eight of these... but I'd struggle to name them all. 

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