5: Among all Chi­nese cities, Beijing has the largest pop­u­la­tion.

Global Times – Metro Shanghai - - CITY PANORAMA -

The state­ment is false. Beijing is the cap­i­tal of China, but it has a slightly smaller pop­u­la­tion than Shang­hai. Ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Bureau of Sta­tis­tics, Beijing’s pop­u­la­tion stood at 21.73 mil­lion at the end of 2016, com­pared to Shang­hai’s 24.2 mil­lion.

Seven of the par­tic­i­pants’ an­swers were cor­rect. “I guess Shang­hai rather than Beijing has the largest pop­u­la­tion,” many of them said.

In fact, nei­ther of the two me­trop­o­lises are China’s most pop­u­lated. Chongqing Mu­nic­i­pal­ity in South­west China ranks first with a pop­u­la­tion of more than 30 mil­lion.

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