According to a recent report by Beijing’s International Institute for Urban Development, Shanghai ranks third among Chinese cities in quality of life. The “key factors” used to concoct this study were not published, but with four of the top 10 cities located in malarial Guangdong province (first-place Shenzhen literally translates to “deep irrigation ditch”, while Dongguan has been called the armpit of China), we can be fairly certain that the first “key factor” was the size of each city’s contribution to the IUD. Shanghaiist won’t completely dismiss the study, though, since it correctly ranks Shanghai above Beijing (fourth).
However, life in Shanghai does have its downsides. We’re not sure whether it’s the nylon ankle socks with sandals or an effect of the pollution, but MSNBC reports that living here has been shown to reduce fertility in men. Aside from lack of viable sperm and ignoring the overpriced drinks fortified with formaldehyde, unscrupulous real-estate developers and outrageously expensive housing, Shanghai is a great place to live. What other city can boast of “animal husbandry in the suburbs” and such tasty native produce as rabbit hair and instant-frozen vegetables?