For years Tokyo has been considered the largest city in the world.
But not any more.
City Population is a website that tracks the largest metropolitan areas. The site includes suburbs and surrounding areas in a city’s measurement of population. It is updated periodically based on better information. A few months ago Guangzhou (formerly Canton – where the language Cantonese is spoken) was counted at more than 30 million, nearly as large as Tokyo. The city nearby Guangzhou, is Shenzhen, which was a fishing village when Reagan was US President. Today Shenzhen has somewhere near 13 million people.
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The distinction between Guangzhou and Shenzhen is so blurred today that they are counted as the same metropolitan area – making Guangzhou the largest city in the world with 46,500,000 citizens! (Note that Hong Kong which is only a few miles away has a population of 7 million).
For the next couple of days I will be staying in the Guangzho and Shenzhen, China.