The number of Chinese cities with GDP figures that exceeded one trillion yuan ( 146 billion USD) increased from ten to twelve in 2016, according to a report by news outlet 21st Century Business Herald.
Nanjing in east China's Jiangsu Province and Qingdao in east China's Shandong Province broke the one-trillion-yuan mark for the first time last year.
According to a report by Bloomberg, the expanding one-trillion-yuan club demonstrates a changing economy in China. Nanjing and Qingdao are benefiting as the Chinese economy transitions from relying on old smokestack industries to fostering sectors like services and consumption.
Shanghai and Beijing took the lead with 2.75 trillion yuan ($399 billion) and 2.49 trillion yuan, respectively, of GDP, followed by Guangzhou and Shenzhen.
In 2006, Shanghai became the first Chinese city with a GDP figure that exceeded one trillion yuan, followed by Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chongqing, Suzhou, Tianjin, Wuhan, Chengdu, Hangzhou and now Nanjing and Qingdao. Among them, the GDP of the top two cities, namely Shanghai and Beijing, have reached 2.74 trillion yuan (400 billion USD) and 2.49 trillion yuan (362 billion USD), respectively.
Let's take a look at the top 10 cities with the largest GDP last year.
No 1 Shanghai
GDP: 2.75 trillion yuan
Visitors take photos on the Bund in Shanghai, March 6, 2017. [Photo/VCG]
No 2 Beijing
GDP: 2.49 trillion yuan
A pedestrian takes photos of magnolia flowers that blossom along Chang'an Avenue in Beijing, March 10, 2017. [Photo/VCG]
No 3 Guangzhou
GDP: 1.96 trillion yuan
Kapok trees bloom on the streets of Guangzhou, capital of South China's Guangdong province, March 17, 2017. [Photo/VCG]
No 4 Shenzhen
GDP: 1.95 trillion yuan
Neon lights glow against the darkening sky in this night view of the Ping An International Finance Center and other skyscrapers in Shenzhen, South China's Guangdong province. [Photo/VCG]
No 5 Tianjin
GDP: 1.79 trillion yuan
A child feeds seagulls along the Hai River in Tianjin, Jan 21, 2015. [Photo/VCG]
No 6 Chongqing
GDP: 1.76 trillion yuan
Runners race down the street during the Chongqing International Marathon in the Southwest China city, March 19, 2017. [Photo/VCG]
No 7 Suzhou
GDP: 1.55 trillion yuan
A tourist takes photos of flowers at the Humble Administrator's Garden, one of the most famous gardens in Suzhou, East China's Jiangsu province, March 28, 2017. [Photo/VCG]
No 8 Chengdu
GDP: 1.22 trillion yuan
Participants enjoy hot pot they made at the end of a hot pot contest in Gaoxin district, Chengdu city, capital of Southwest China's Sichuan province, on March 25, 2017. [Photo/VCG]
No 9 Wuhan
GDP: 1.19 trillion yuan
A hundred students, residents and foreigners greet the New Year with Chinese calligraphy at the Yellow Crane Tower, a landmark building in Wuhan, Central China's Hubei province, Jan 1, 2017. [Photo/VCG]
No 10 Hangzhou
GDP: 1.11 trillion yuan
Participants concentrate during a tea art contest held in the West Lake scenic area in Hangzhou, capital of East China's Zhejiang province, March 28, 2017. [Photo/VCG]
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