5. Tianjin - 15.2 million

Tianjin lies in China's northern coastal region, and it has over 15 million residents. Tianjin developed as a trading center after the Grand Canal was opened in the era of the Sui Dynasty. The City particularly grew under the Qing Dynasty as well as the Republic of China, and it has served as a treaty port since 1860. Tianjin is also a gateway to Beijing, and European architecture represents its colonial history. The city's GDP in 2014 was 1.572 trillion yuan with the highest GDP per capita in the country at $17,126.




4. Lagos - 16 million

Lagos began as a settlement named Eko which was the main trade hub of the Benin Empire. The Portuguese renamed the area as Lagos in 1427 and in 1851 the British annexed the territory. Lagos is among the fastest-growing cities in Africa and the world with over 16 million residents. The city is home to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, one of the largest in Africa and about 82% of all the international airline departures in West Africa come from Lagos. The city of Lagos generates 75% of its revenue internally, and it contributes 32% of the Nigerian GDP. The city is at the center of the country's movie sector popularly known as Nollywood. Numerous films are shot in the Festac region of Lagos. The city is fashioning itself into a global city complete with cultural festivals and tourist destinations.

3. Delhi - 16.7

The City of Delhi is made up of two regions. Old Delhi lies in the north, and it is the historic Delhi while New Delhi was established in British India as its capital in the 20th century. The national capital territory comprises the two divisions, the surrounding metropolitan area, and also the adjacent rural areas. Delhi is situated on the west bank of the River Yamuna. Delhi has had inhabitants from the 6th century BC, and it has been the capital of several empires and kingdoms. Delhi's wealth is estimated at $450 billion, and it is home to 23,000 millionaires in addition to 18 billionaires. The city's proper population was more than 16.7 million in 2011.

2. Beijing - 21.5 million

Beijing is the capital of China, and it sits on the North China plain in the country's north-central region. The city, also called Peking, has an eventful history from being one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China to foreign occupation as well as civil war in the 20th century. Beijing established itself as an industrial sector in the aftermath of the Communist Revolution of 1949. Automobiles, textiles, petrochemicals, aerospace equipment, and semiconductors are some of the products produced by the city's industrial sector. Beijing is home to over 20 million residents. As a cultural center, Beijing boasts of seven World Heritage Sites listed by UNESCO.




1. Shanghai - 24 million

Shanghai's population of 24 million makes it the top populous city proper not only in Asia but the world as well. Shanghai strategically lies in the Yangtze River Delta and the city's port is ranked as the world's busiest having handled 37 million TEUs in 2016. Qinglong Town, founded in 746, preceded Shanghai and it grew as a trading port in Imperial China. Shanghai's economic potential made it a center of conflict in the 19th century as the British and French fought to control the city. The Japanese also invaded Shanghai during the 2nd World War. Shanghai is an economic and trading hub in modern day China, and it has reported double-digit growth since 1992 excluding the global recession of 2008 and 2009. Shanghai's top three service sectors are real estate, financial services, and retail while manufacturing accounts for about 40% of the total output. Shanghai hosts numerous industrial zones such as the Shanghai Hongqiao Economic and Technological Development Zone. Shanghai attracts populations of local immigrants as well as foreign settlers from Japan, the US, and Korea.

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