Chinese cities evaluated on environment, economy and society

Published:  15 Nov at 6 PM
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The annual ranking by the government of Chinese cities gives newly arrived expats the best idea where to go.

The China Integrated City Index evaluates and analyses 297 Chinese cities based on environment, economy and society, with the top ten giving a great choice for expats in all sector and professions. The three top are Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, all of which are popular destinations for expatriates looking for the most suitable home for their talents. The ranking takes place annually and was first done in 2016 by the development planning department of the National Development and Reform Commission in tandem with the Cloud River Urban Research Institute.

Beijing, unsurprisingly found at the number one position in the rankings, won out for its status as the capital, its international influence and the high quality of its entertainment and cultural life. However, its population growth rate was one of the worst in the survey and its traffic safety index was off the charts in the wrong direction. Its housing costs to income comparison also let it down, but for business opportunities it scored a high rating.

Shenzhen led all its rivals in the environmental quality rankings, and lesser-known Chongqing performed well as an economic centre as well as being the transport hub for its Southwest China region. Expats who shiver at the thought of Beijing’s crowded streets and roads should be more than happy in Chongqing a it’s the only city in the top 30 rankings with actual population outflows.

The top 30 Chinese cites represented 40 per cent of the entire country’s GDP, showing the advantages of mega-cities in terms of entrepreneurship, innovation and economic development as well as justifying the push for high-quality urban clusters a part of the urbanisation process. At the same time, a documentary on Beijing’s development over the past 40 years has now been released, with the emphasis on expat professionals’ input as regards a new national perspective seem thought the eyes of foreign experts. For the expats who took part, it gave a rare platform on which to showcase their thoughts and feelings about living in the city, most of which were favourable.
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