China’s Pearl River Delta overtakes Tokyo as the world’s largest urban area

China’s Pearl River Delta overtakes Tokyo as the world’s largest urban area

The Pearl River Delta in China has exceeded Tokyo in size and population, making it the largest urban area in the world, according to the World Bank. The colossal mega-city – a conglomerate of several cities, including Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Foshan, and Dongguan – is a central part of China’s manufacturing and trading industries.

Today it is home to 42 million people, more than the countries of Canada, Argentina or Australia. And, given that nearly two-thirds of the East Asian region’s population (64%) is still “non-urban,” the region is expected to grow exponentially.

Warning of the potential consequences of unplanned growth, the report argues for affordable housing and efficient public transport as a way to avoid increasing inequalities, stating: “While this transformation is underway, there is it is always possible to set the course. of urbanization on a more sustainable and equitable path … In a few decades, this window of opportunity will close and future generations will have to face the consequences of our mode of urbanization today.

The Pearl River Delta is one of the region’s eight mega-cities of over 10 million people: the Pearl River Delta, Shanghai and Beijing in China; Tokyo and Osaka in Japan; and Jakarta, Seoul and Manila. Several hundred million people will move to cities across the region over the next 20 years.

Read the full report, here.

News via The World Bank, The Guardian, Urbanland

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