A survey by New York-based magazine Conde Nast Traveler has ranked Guangzhou and Shenzhen among the world’s top 20 most unfriendly cities.
No Chinese cities appear in the accompanying list of the world’s “most friendly” cities, though Mandalay in neighbouring Burma comes in at number eight. “Democratic elections have improved morale among locals,” the hilarious description reads, because after all, what is the point of democratic reforms other than to make places more palatable for rich western tourists?
Following responses from 46,476 of its readers (which is actually a fairly respectable sample size for silly magazine surveys like this) the “unfriendly cities” list has some surprises. For example, what did tiny little Wilmington, Delaware do to attract enough ire to rank as the 17th least friendly city in the world? The 70,000 people that live there must be real assholes.
Respondents complained about both Guangzhou and Shenzhen (#11 and #14 respectively) as being “too crowded”, saying they would only visit the cities for work or if they “have to”.
While Guangzhou doesn’t seem to be winning over many people, tourists or residents, Shenzhen was voted the third best Chinese city to live in by expats. Shanghai and Beijing topped that list, both are also the happiest places in China.
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