BEIJING, Mar. 29 -- Is Shanghai the most livable or
the most leaveable city?
A heated debate has been sparked with the naming of
the eastern metropolis as the "most livable city in China".
According to a recent survey, the majority of
Shanghai natives believe the city is a good place to live in.
|Two foreign visitors stroll in Nanjing Road, Shanghai's bustling commercial center in this undated file photo. A recent survey finds that Shanghai is the best place to live in. (newsphoto)|
One impressed resident, office worker Xu Qian, said:
"I enjoy a very convenient life. You can find whatever you want and the
environment is improving every day."
However, for Li Xiang, who works for a trading
company, Shanghai is definitely not a livable city but a most leaveable city.
"The roads are narrow, the subways are crowded, the
air quality is bad and housing costs are incredibly high," Li said. "And it's
really surprising that it stays at the top of the list."
Li said he understands Shanghai natives want to be
loyal to their hometown but he believes the city only excels in the category of
"the best city for business," and certainly not the category of "most livable
Business Watch Magazine and the Horizon Group jointly
released the results of the survey looking for the top 10 most livable cities in
According to their findings, the most livable city is
Shanghai, followed by Dalian, Beijing, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Qingdao, Hangzhou,
Guilin, Zhuhai and Xiamen.
Liveablity factors rated in the survey included
convenience of transportation, pollution, air quality and other less tangible
factors reckoned to make a city more livable.
One of the researchers responsible for the survey,
Yao Lan, said the main reasons Shanghai triumphed were its strong economic
position and its efforts to model itself as an international city.
Guangzhou is attractive for its employment
opportunities and business environment, while Beijing's strengths are its
position as an unrivalled cultural and political centre, she added.
The majority of the livable cities on the list are
well-known small resort cities.
They gained their votes for their cleanness and
beautiful scenery, said Yao.
The views of at least one proud Xiamen resident, Wu
Tao, gave weight to this theory.
"Perhaps the first thing a new comer notices in
Xiamen are the pleasant tree-lined avenues, clean streets and free flowing
traffic," Wu said.
Xiong Xibei, a university teacher in Guilin, said she
was satisfied with Guilin's position of eighth on the list.
With the development of the local economy, she said,
her city will surpass Beijing and Shanghai in the near future.
(Source: China Daily)