Today’s infographics come from The Economist, and they provide a fascinating visual comparison of Chinese provinces with countries. This chart below gives you a good idea of how each province stacks up globally in terms of GDP. Economic powerhouse Guangdong is approximately equivalent to an Indonesia, while Jiangsu and Shandong are both not too far behind, each with a GDP exceeding Switzerland’s. Shanghai’s GDP is a tad bigger than Finland’s, and on the far west, Xinjiang’s economy is as big as Libya’s, and Tibet has a GDP the size of Malta’s.
In terms of GDP per capita (PPP), it’s perhaps as no surprise that Macau and Hong Kong are up there at the top of the charts. Macau’s GDP per head is ahead of its nearest equivalent Qatar by a long shot, while Hong Kong is comparable with Singapore. Shanghai’s GDP per person is as high as Saudi Arabia’s, while Guizhou, the Chinese province with the lowest GDP per capita (PPP), does just as well as India in this regard. Looks like India still has a lot of catching up to do.
Two more charts comparing Chinese provinces with other countries by population and exports are available here.