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With the high speed of urbanization and economic growth, the Chinese urban areas are suffering from tremendous pressures. Using an assessment framework of DPSIR, this article evaluates the performances of 49 Chinese cities in 2008 and 2013 in terms of sustainable development and addresses three facts. Firstly, urbanization increases the environmental and social pressures in Chinese cities that highly dependent on resources and industry will challenge the long-term development of cities.fatcat:lgtg6ejshrbt3mf4ev4awtjxny