According to a recent index report, released jointly by Horizon Research Consultancy Group and China's First Financial Daily, Ningbo, a city in Zhejiang province, has topped a list of China's best cities to live in for 2006.
The survey was carried using a multi-stage random sampling method, consulting 2553 residential citizens aged 18 to 60 in 20 cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Wuhan, Chengdu Shenzhen, Dalian, Jinan and Ningbo. The survey focuses mainly on people's living conditions and feelings toward their immediate living space, community space and public space. It also asks people to make a subjective evaluation of their current housing conditions, community environment and the city's supply market.
Following Ningbo is Xiamen, a coastal city in Fujian Province, Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province, Suzhou, in Jiangsu Province, and Sanya, China's southernmost city in Hainan Province. The 15 cities that followed are Shenzhen, Qingdao, Guilin, Zhuhai, Shanghai, Tianjin, Nanjing, Dalian, Hangzhou, Kunming, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Xi'an, Beijing and Wuhan.
The index report notes that in medium-small sized cities with rapidly developing economies, cities like Ningbo, people lead more leisurely and comfortable lives. While Shanghai, Beijing and other big cities have greater opportunities for development, living conditions, public transportation and the environment are relatively worse, which causes them to rate poorly. The report indicates that poor transportation heavily affects a person's evaluation of their city, as does noise and environmental pollution. A tough job market also affects ratings.
By People's Daily Online