According to the Beijing Times, at the 2006 China City Forum (Beijing Summit) held yesterday, the Beijing International Institute for Urban Development announced the 2006 rankings for quality of life in Chinese cities. Beijing regressed from 4th place in 2005 to 14th place.
Mr. Lian Yuming, President of Beijing International Institute for Urban Development, said that the group had compared and analyzed the quality of life in 287 cities in China. The appraisal weighted subjective and objective factors equally, such as facilities, government services, clothing, food, accommodation and travel. The objective information was garnered mainly from government statistics. The subjective information mainly originated from a public survey on the Internet.
This year Shenzhen, Qingdao and Hangzhou were ranked the highest, followed by Ningbo, Shanghai, Wuxi, Yantai, Suzhou, Dongguan and Dalian.
Mr. Lian attributed the Beijing's decline to two reasons. The first is that the number of cities included in the survey increased dramatically this year. The second is that the public survey on the Internet was reinforced in this appraisal. Beijing ranked well objectively, taking 4th place, but poorly subjectively, taking 27th place, which impacted heavily on its overall ranking.
Professor Hong Dayong from the Sociology Department of Renmin University of China said that this was a good and significant attempt to appraise the quality of life various cities in China. However, the size of cities needs further consideration. Furthermore, Internet surveys not a scientific way to collect information, because of its limitation. Not all people use the Internet, so participants do not represent all groups of society. The authenticity of the methodology should be guaranteed. If the appraisal process and procedure are not scientific, the reliability of the result is doubtful.
By People's Daily Online