GUANGZHOU -- The population of Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong
Province, is approaching 12 million, said an official with the city's Communist
Party of China (CPC) committee on Monday.
Zhu Xiaodan, secretary of the CPC city committee, announced that the migrant
and permanent population in Guangzhou almost hit 12 million last year, making it
the eighth largest city in the country.
Zhu warned this economically booming city can accommodate no more than 15
Statistics show that 66,410 babies were born to permanent residence while
79,812 babies were born to migrant workers last year.
Zhu noted that the city's population is expected to grow steadily, putting
increased pressure on its resources, environment, social and economic
The largest cities in China include Chongqing, Shanghai, Beijing and Tianjin,
all of which are independent administrative regions not connected to provinces.