Kunming polls strongly in best Chinese cities survey

Published:  9 May at 6 PM
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Chine continues to hit the headlines in expat media outlets, with the latest survey identifying the ten most popular expat destination for lifestyle and work.

The latest survey took place last September and involved 175,400 expats at all levels from Nobel laureates to a large number of expats working in China. The cities compared well all at prefecture level or higher, and included Nanjing, Quingdao, Kunming, Sujhou, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Xiamen and Hangzhou.

Beijing and Shanghai featured strongly, although the pollution in Beijing weighed heavily against its reputation as an expat hub for business people, and Shanghai also lost out on environmental grounds. Also against the two massive conurbations was the recent trend amongst Chinese employers to reject expat workers in favour of Chinese nationals returning from a stint working in the West with knowledge of English and western business models.

Yunnan in Southern China held up well against the giants of the north and east, although Kunming was cricitised for its education and healthcare standards. The province is becoming popular as an alternative expat destination for its less crowded cities, healthier living conditions and the beauty of its natural environment.

Known as the ‘Spring City’ for its gentler and warmer climate, Kunming did well on most points in the survey, with many Chinese leaving the overpopulated, polluted eastern cities for its quieter charms. It’s also popular with expats from Vietnam and Thailand, giving the city more of a multinational flavour.
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