List of city nicknames in China

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This partial list of city nicknames in China compiles the aliases, sobriquets and slogans that cities in China are known by (or have been known by historically), officially and unofficially, to locals, outsiders or their tourism boards or chambers of commerce.

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City Province English slogan Chinese (simp) Chinese (trad) pinyin source
Yichun Jiangxi A City Called Spring 一座叫春的城市 一座叫春的城市 Yīzuò jiào chūnde chéngshì [1]
Beijing (none) Patriotism, Innovation, Inclusiveness and Virtue 爱国、创新、包容、厚德 愛國、創新、包容、厚德 àiguó, chuàngxīn, bāoróng, hòudé [1]
Shanghai (none) Wonderful everyday 精彩每一天 精彩每一天 Jīngcǎi měiyītiān [1]
Chongqing (none) Red City 红色之都 紅色之都 Hóngsè zhī dū [1]
Chongqing (none) If you've never been to Chongqing, you don't know China 没到过重庆,不了解中国 沒到過重慶,不了解中國 Méi dàoguò Chóngqìng, bù liǎojiě Zhōngguó [1]
Chongqing (none) World's Chongqing, Everlasting Three Gorges 世界的重庆 永远的三峡 世界的重慶 永遠的三峽 Shìjiède Chóngqìng, yǒngyuǎnde Sānxiá [1]
Rizhao Shandong Blue skies, Emerald seas, Golden beaches 蓝天碧海金沙滩 藍天碧海金沙灘 Lántiān bìhǎi jīnshātān [1]
Kunming Yunnan Every day is Spring 昆明天天是春天 昆明天天是春天 Kūnmíng tiāntiān shì chūntiān [1]
Guangzhou Guangdong In one day you understand two thousand years 一日读懂两千年 一日讀懂兩千年 Yīrì dúdǒng liǎngqiān nián [1]
Chengdu Sichuan Capital of success, Capital of color, Capital of cuisine 成功之都、多彩之都、美食之都 成功之都、多彩之都、美食之都 Chénggōng zhī dū, Duōcǎi zhī dū, Měishí zhī dū [1]
Dongguan Guangdong Let fresh splendor blossom every day! 每天绽放 新精彩! 每天綻放 新精彩! Měitiān zhànfàng xīn jīngcǎi! [1]
Ningbo Zhejiang Honest, Pragmatic, Open-minded, Innovative 诚信、 务实、开放、创新 誠信、 務實、開放、創新 Chéngxìn, wùshí, kāifàng, chuàngxīn [1]
Hangzhou Zhejiang Exquisite and harmonious, magnanimous and open-minded 精致和谐、 大气开放 精緻和諧、 大氣開放 Jīngzhì héxié, dàqì kāifàng [1]

Additionally, several city governments have promoted the name "Oriental Geneva" (simplified Chinese: 东方日内瓦; traditional Chinese: 東方日內瓦; pinyin: Dōngfāng Rìnèiwǎ) for themselves. These cities include Shijiazhuang and Qinhuangdao in Hebei, Zhaoqing in Guangdong, Kunming and Dali in Yunnan, Chaohu in Anhui, and Wuxi in Jiangsu.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Unnamed article published in Oriental Outlook magazine (瞭望东方周刊, Liàowàng Dōngfāng Zhōukān) in 2010, which was cited by and supplemented in Cartier, Carolyn; Tomba, Luigi (2012). "Symbolic Cities and the 'Cake Debate'". In Barmé, Geremie R; Goldkorn, Jeremy; Cartier, Carolyn; et al. (eds.). China Story Yearbook 2012: Red Rising, Red Eclipse. Canberra, Australia: Australian Centre on China in the World, Australian National University. p. 35.