Living in the City

City Life

More than half of China’s population lives in the cities — this is more than 750 million people!

Living in the city makes it easy to access important things such as schools, stores, and banks.

Most cities in China have very large populations. Shanghai is the largest city with more than 24 million people.

Big cities like Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou are Westernized. Many people speak English, and there are Western restaurants and stores. Living in these cities is usually more expensive than living in smaller cities.



Sugar Craft

Sugar craft is a traditional art in northern China. This video was made in Beijing, which is the capital of China. As an ancient city, there are many historic buildings that retain Chinese culture. People have been doing sugar craft in Beijing for many years. People can earn money from selling these crafts. This video shows how to make sugar craft objects.



Here are two videos showing a man doing sugar craft in Beijing. One has English voice and sub-titles the other has Chinese voice and both Chinese and English sub-tiles.









Nanjing (南京) is a major city in southeast China. It is the capital of Jiangsu province, and a city of great historical significance. Nanjing has existed for nearly 2500 years.

It has been the capital of Jiangsu for nearly 450 years. It is known as the “capital of six dynasties” and “capital of ten dynasties”. A lot of the historical buildings in the city have been preserved.

One of the famous historical buildings is the city wall from the Ming dynasty. It was 35 kilometers in total, and built for the purpose of fortification, but some of the wall was damaged. The rest of the wall has been restored and is still in use now, but as a tourism site.


Town of Xitang

Xitang is located in Zhejiang province. It is 1000 years old and filled with ancient residences. It is renowned for its many bridges, lanes, and covered corridors. Inside the town, there are many well-preserved sites of architectural significance constructed during the Ming and Qing dynasties. These sites boast high artistic and research value, which is why they have been highlighted by local and international experts who study antique buildings. Due to the fact that this town is built along the river, boats are one of the main methods of transportation.
People visit the traditional pavilion in order to play traditional Chinese instruments and sing.