We did it! We’re #1! Err actually were #2, but at least we beat those big, smelly, good for nothing, uncivilized louts from Beijing! According to a new study conducted by the Institute of Economics of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the Capital University of Economics and Business (CUEB), “Guangzhou tops Chinese cities with a Life Quality Index of 64.07, followed by Shanghai’s index of 60.5 and Nanjing’s index of 59.49.
Beijing ended up with a Life Quality Index of 56.23, ranking eighth out of 30 provincial or regional capital cities.”
The “Life quality index” used to evaluate Chinese cities is comprised of 60 % objective factors (income per capita, inflation rates, green areas etc.), and 40% subjective factors (resident opinions on the city and quality of life they currently have).
To give you an idea of what that 8th place means, Hohot (the capital of Inner Mongolia) is actually ranked higher on the index. Ouch.
Li Xia, an anthropologist, provides a few reasons why Beijing may be ranked so low “Residents would feel much better about it if the management of the city would improve…not only is traffic bad, but there are not enough green places….”
We are not anthropologists, but maybe it also has something to do with how when people actually do cool stuff up there – like taichi while street cleaning – they get fired! How lame!
By Patrick Keefe