Image credit: @santochino.
Qingdao is the happiest city in China according to a recently released survey of 100 major cities by the China Institute of City Competitiveness (cn). Shanghai came 99th (2011 rank: 97), with only residents of Red Tourism hotspot Wuhu being unhappier.
The China’s happiest cities evaluation index is made up of a satisfaction index, quality of life index, ecological environment index, social civilization index, economic welfare index.
The criteria for evaluating local happiness, according to the institute, are: a feeling among the public that the city is a place both easy to live in and to work, a unique regional culture, has beautiful and comfortable features, good quality of living, an optimal ecological environment, good public security and a good standard of social welfare and protection.
If this is the final straw for any Shanghai residents, neighbouring cities Nanjing and Suzhou both ranked highly on the list, 6th and 9th respectively. For those searching for consolation, Beijingers are a mere 2.2 points happier than their Shanghai counterparts, and are becoming more miserable daily as the 18th National Congress takes over the entire city and steals their email.
N.B.: New Yorkers and Londoners would point out that surveys like this don’t mean shit when your city is awesome (which Shanghai is).
[Via: Beijing Cream]