The Shanghai metropolitan area, which recorded a GDP of 9.1 trillion yuan ($1.33 trillion) last year, is China's most promising region, according to a report published June 20 by Evergrande Research Institute.
The report analyzed 24 metropolitan areas in China, considering their populations, GDPs, and numbers of A-share or H-share listed companies, as well as their numbers of patents.
The Beijing metropolitan area, which ranked second on the list, reflects a shift from one single-core urban sprawl to multi-core intensive development.
The Shenzhen-Dongguan-Huizhou metropolitan area, known for attracting young migrants and home to China's youngest demographic, took third spot.
Let's take a look at the top 10 metropolitan areas in China with the greatest potential.
No 10 Changsha-Zhuzhou-Xiangtan metropolitan area
No 9 Wuhan metropolitan area (including Wuhan, Huangshi, Ezhou, Huanggang, Xiaogan, Xianning, Xiantao, Qianjiang and Tianmen)
No 8 Chongqing metropolitan area
No 7 Hangzhou metropolitan area (including Hangzhou, Jiaxing, Huzhou, Shaoxing, Quzhou and Huangshan)
No 6 Chengdu metropolitan area (including Chengdu, Deyang, Ziyang, Meishan and Ya'an)
No 5 Nanjing metropolitan area (including Nanjing, Zhenjiang, Yangzhou, Huaian, Maanshan, Chuzhou, Wuhu and Xuancheng)
No 4 Guangzhou-Foshan-Zhaoqing metropolitan area
No 3 Shenzhen-Dongguan-Huizhou metropolitan area
No 2 Beijing metropolitan area (including Beijing, Langfang and its northern three counties, Gu'an, Zhuozhou and Wuqing, etc)
No 1 Shanghai metropolitan area (including Shanghai, Suzhou, Wuxi, Nantong, Ningbo, Jiaxing, Zhoushan and Huzhou)
from China Daily