44 million I think covers the entire 'Lower Pearl River' area, including other cities like Shenzhen (which is over 10 million people itself).
Guangzhou proper is "only" around 12-13 million.
I lived in Guangzhou for a year back in 1998-1999. I remember it taking over an hour for the bus to leave the city line from downtown without any traffic jam. Eight stories buildings and factories everywhere. The train to HK was one continuous urban sprawl.
Basically the urban area sprawls into the cities of Foshan, Dongguan, and Shenzhen.
The first reference to "Capital of the Third World" is Los Angeles in a book title.
The reason for Guangzhou Proper getting this nickname in Chinese media is because there are a lot of African residents integrated in the city, making it a popular place for visitors from the third world.
The 44 million number is only true if you include other cities that are also on the list, like Shenzhen and Dongguan, where the above nickname no longer has any relevance.
With a nice picture of Tokyo's Shinjuku district!
I've flown through there before. The sprawl is real. Their airport is also somewhat new but absolutely trashy looking and dirty, they just don't maintain anything in China nor clean anything. On the way out the smog was so bad you couldn't see other planes on the tarmac.
okay i looked at the wiki and none of those numbers match or make sense.
also if you look at google maps Guangzhou (click on its name and borders will be highlighted) is nowhere near the size of CA.
Well, at least we now know where the future location of Panem will be :-P
edit: Again, what is with the downvoting bitches on reddit this weekend? Im not enjoying myself here lately...