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ian h asked in TravelAsia PacificChina · 1 decade ago

Where do the majority of people in China live and how does China produce electricity?

5 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    The vast majority of people in China live in the eastern one-third of the country. Within that one-third, the densest areas are:

    1. The entire region between Shanghai and Beijing.

    2. Along the length of the Chang Jiang (Yangtse River), stretching from Shanghai by the sea to the inland cities of Wuhan and Chongqing.

    3. A much smaller but extremely dense industrial cluster in the southeastern Guangdong province centred around the cities of Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong. This is where most of the factories are located.

    See this map of population density in China:

    Of the areas I mentioned above, 1 and 2 are really obvious on the map. 3 is barely noticeable... look for Guangzhou in the southeastern corner, but take my word for it, that small patch of red is extremely densely populated with over 100 million inhabitants (see

    Nonetheless, density aside, the majority of China's population is still rural.

    Most of China's electricty is generated from coal, which accounts for around 70% of the country's energy needs. However, China is trying to harness hydroelectric power on a large scale: the Three Gorges Dam is the world's largest (and most controversial) hydroelectric dam.


    Re: gary o

    No, China has lots of small cities with populations of far less than a million. Besides, the Chinese government's definition of a "city" is somewhat bizarre by international standards: some "cities" in China are actually 90% farmland and larger than some small European countries.

    China (including those "red areas") is actually far less dense than other East Asian countries such as Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam. Well, Guangdong is arguably an exception to this rule...

  • 4 years ago

    Where People Live In China

  • gary o
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    China is a coal burning country....They are working on electrical power...Read about the Three Gorges Dam project on the Yangtze River.

    The people live all over the country...millions of them !!!! The smallest cities ogfChina have populations of over a million people.

    Better yet.......go there and visit...The prices are great now !!!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    70~80 % chinese people live in the east of china. about 60% people live in rural area.

    the rest live in cities. Shanghai,beijing both are the most big cities. each of them has population over 15 millions.

    major electricity is from coal burning ,wind power,water power. And goverment is advocating using nuclear power.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    in rural areas...

    power plants, expecially nuclear...

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