This book provides a definitive overview of contemporary developments in our understanding of urban life in China. With multi-disciplinary perspectives, contributions outline the most significant critical theoretical, methodological and empirical developments in our appreciation of Chinese cities in the context of an increasing globalized world. This book provides an in-depth insight into urban change and the lifestyle/qualitative experiences for those inhabiting and visiting Chinese cities. It considers in what ways theoretical engagement with Chinese cities contributes to our understanding of ‘global urbanism’. It also explores how new critical perspectives on economic, political, social, spatial, emotional, embodied and affective practices adds value to our understanding of urban life in, and beyond, China.