top ten most livable cities in China
drops out of top 10 "best city" list:
www.chinaview.cn 2006-01-03 08:55:30
Jan. 3 -- Beijing is the nation's capital, but according to
a recent survey, it does not even rank in China's top 10 cities
in terms of suitability for living.
city came 15th in the list, as compared to third in 2004, due
to its bad traffic, high housing
prices and heavy pollution.
city Dalian in Northeast China was selected as China's most suitable
city for living,
followed by Xiamen, also a coastal
city, in East China's Fujian Province.
were Mianyang in Southwest China's Sichuan Province and the provincial
Chengdu; Wuhan, provincial capital of
Hubei; Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang; Shanghai; Nanjing, provincial capital
of Jiangsu Province; Qingdao in Shandong Province; and Chongqing
was not the only other well-known city to miss the top 10: Tianjin,
Shenzhen, Xi'an and Guangzhou also
list was compiled last month by Beijing-based polling agency
Horizon Group after interviewing 3,434 urban residents
18-65, and 1,604 investors.
urban habitable index, which takes traffic, environment, social
welfare and security
into account, averaged 65.7 out
of 100 points. "The
findings indicated that there is much room for improvement
in Chinese cities," the polling agency said.
agency listed major problems faced by Chinese cities such as
shortage of housing supplies, tough job markets,
or poor waste water and garbage treatment, and pollution.
groups differ over the degree of satisfaction with cities.
Investors and high-income groups showed a high degree of satisfaction,
but low-income groups were generally dissatisfied
because of soaring housing prices and grim employment situation," said
the polling agency.
Chinese mainland has about 660 cities and 41 per
cent of its population are urbanites. By 2020, the rate is
expected to surpass 60 per cent.
have lived in a number of cities in China and indeed, the large
cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou have never made
the easy availability of modern cafes and supermarkets in these
larger cities, somehow, the crowded streets, the traffic congestion,
the polluted air, the noise and the hustle and bustle of these
cities just made life a bit uncomfortable.
the other hand, smaller cities such as Xiamen, Qingdao and Dalian
had clean streets, regulated traffic, low noise level and minimal
pollution, making them ideal for living. In addition, many of
these smaller cities has very good city officials, and are easy
to work with as they welcome foreigners with open arms.
you are looking into trade or commerce, you may have no choice
but to located yourself in Shanghai or Beijing. However, if you
are looking into teaching or setting up a factory, these smaller
cities may be more ideal as they offer both better governance
advantages as well as better living conditions.
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