Majority of Chinese dissatisfied with urban life

15:28, May 19, 2010      

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The theme of the Shanghai World Expo – "Better City, Better Life," has also raised growing concerns over urban life. Last week, the China Youth Daily's Social Investigation Center surveyed 2,211 city dwellers via and The center found that nearly 56 percent of respondents were not satisfied with the current urban life and less than 43 percent were satisfied.

China's urbanization has entered an accelerating period and it is estimated that 50 percent of the Chinese population will live in cities by 2020, and 70 percent by 2050, according to the 2009 China Urban Development Report released by the China Association of Mayors on May 11.

As for the disadvantages of city life, "sky-high housing prices," chosen by more than 84 percent of the 2,211 people, ranked first, followed by "traffic jams," 84 percent, "environmental pollution," 77 percent, "high living costs," 70 percent, "public apathy," 62 percent, "heavy pressure," 59 percent, "fierce competition," 54 percent, "fast pace of life," 46 percent, "serious school choice problems," 43 percent, and "lack of opportunities to commune with nature," 23 percent.

What can common people do to create a better city, better life? Nearly 84 percent of respondents chose "complying with public morality from little things," nearly 70 percent chose "observing traffic regulations," nearly 67 percent chose "helping people in need," nearly 62 percent chose "saving energy through a low-carbon life," and nearly 61 percent chose "working hard and fulfilling duties."

By People's Daily Online


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