Where are China students coming from?
With nearly 285,000 China passport holders entering on F-1 visas during the 2008-2012 period, China is the source of the largest number of foreign students to the United States. While Beijing (50,000) and Shanghai (29,100) provide the greatest number of students, a large number of students come from smaller cities.
This chart from Shorelight Education illustrates that even students from smaller cities are interested in studying in the US. You can read more at the source.