|National Central City|
National Central City (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: ) was a concept proposed by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of the People's Republic of China in 2005 as a first step in reforming urbanization in China. The National Central Cities are described as a group of cities in charge of leading, developing, and performing tasks in political, economic, and cultural aspects.
In February 2010, the ministry issued the "National Urban System Plan" and designated five major cities, Beijing and Tianjin in the Bohai Economic Rim, Shanghai in the Yangtze River Delta Economic Zone, Guangzhou in the Pearl River Delta Economic Zone, and Chongqing in the West Triangle Economic Zone as the National Central Cities. In May 2016, Chengdu was announced to be the sixth National Central City by the government. Later, in December the same year, Wuhan and Zhengzhou are also added to the list of National Central Cities.
The National Central Cities sphere of influence have great impact around the surrounding cities on modernizing and integrating services in fields such as infrastructure, finance, public education, social welfare, sanitation, business licensing and urban planning.
|Division||Hanzi (S) & Pinyin||Total GDP
|Beijing||; B?ij?ng||$443.8 billion||$20,446.58||18.76 million||16,411||1,323||21.70 million||Bohai Economic Rim||North||List|
|Tianjin||; Ti?nj?n||$294.7 billion||$19,452||12.91 million||11,920||1,306||15.57 million||Bohai Economic Rim||North||List|
|Shanghai||; Shàngh?i||$477.63 billion||$19,750.5||21.21 million||6,341||3,813.8||24.18 million||Yangtze River Delta Economic Zone||East||List|
|Chongqing (Districts)||; Chóngqìng||$309.1 billion||$9,433||19.71 million||82,400||373.2||30.75 million||West Triangle Economic Zone||Southwest||List|
|Chengdu||; Chéngd?||$220.2 billion||$13,831.98||11.54 million||14,312||1,121||16.05 million||West Triangle Economic Zone||Southwest||List|
|Guangzhou||; Gu?ngzh?u||$341 billion||$22,317||12.49 million||7,434||1,950.2||14.50 million||Pearl River Delta Metropolitan Region||South||List|
|Wuhan||; W?hàn||$212.6 billion||$19,627.7||8.72 million||8,494||1,282||10.89 million||Yangtze River Mid-Reaches Metropolitan Region||Central|
|Zhengzhou||; Zhèngzh?u||$144.7 billion||$14,276.13||7.14 million||7,446||1,327||9.88 million||Central Plains Economic Zone||Central|
|Xi'an||; X?'?n||$118.4 billion||$12,055.41||5.9 million||10,135||893.6||9.06 million||West Triangle Economic Zone||Northwest|
For more information, please see the People Daily article.