A total of 14 provincial level regions in China have had their research and development expenditure exceed 50 billion yuan ($7.14 billion) as of 2018, according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics.
Regions, especially in China's coastal areas, speeded their industrial upgrade and invested heavily in R&D.
Let's take a look at the top 10 regions in China with the highest R&D input in 2018.
R&D input: 65.83 billion yuan
An electric cleaning robot developed by Zoomlion Environment Industry Co Ltd demonstrates road washing and rinsing, in Changsha, Hunan province, on Oct 15, 2019. [Photo/www.chinanews.com]
R&D input: 67.15 billion yuan
R&D input: 73.71 billion yuan
A patient receives a 5G real-time remote video consultation at a ward in Changning County Hospital of TCM in Changning, Southwest China's Sichuan province, on June 19, 2019. [Photo/Chinanews.com]
R&D input: 82.21 billion yuan
A drone delivers a life ring to a man in Wuhan, capital of Central China's Hubei province, May 12, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]
R&D input: 135.92 billion yuan
A visitor touches an automated hand at an exhibition during the second CIIE in Shanghai on Nov 6, 2019. [Photo by Zhu Xingxin/chinadaily.com.cn]
R&D input: 144.67 billion yuan
R&D input: 164.33 billion yuan
A boy experiences a VR device at the 2019 China International Consumer Electronics Show in Qingdao, East China's Shandong province, July 19, 2019. [Photo/Xinhua]
R&D input: 187.08 billion yuan
A student tries Hyphen's AI-enabled learning system at a brand-upgrading conference in Beijing earlier this year. [Photo provided to China Daily]
R&D input: 250.44 billion yuan
An employee installs an intelligent pipe winding machine at an industrial park in Lianyungang, East China's Jiangsu province, on Nov 27, 2019. [Photo by Geng Yuhe/For China Daily]
R&D input: 270.47 billion yuan
A robot concierge is seen next to an elevator in a hotel in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, Aug 29. [Photo/Agencies]