Waaah. “China’s Economic Life Survey 2013-2014”, released by CCTV at the beginning of March, does not mention Shanghai in its selection of the top 20 happiest Chinese cities. While the news may be disheartening, the seriousness of the research contrasts with last year’s rather unrealistic study conducted by students from Nankai University in Tianjin, which ranked Shanghai as one of the top three happiest regions in China.
Being the largest national public survey, “China’s Economic Life Survey 2013-2014” was sponsored by respectable institutions: the National Bureau of Statistics, China Post Group Corporation, and Peking University. It not only looked at economic factors but also incorporated “indices such as […] social security, and life quality,” according to People’s Daily.
Sina.com reports that the happiest cities are Haikou, Changsha, Taiyuan, Nanjing, Tianjin, Hefei, Chongqing, Hohhot, Hangzhou, Xining, Lhasa, Qinhuangdao, Yongzhou, Yichun, Huangshan, Huzhou, Chuzhou, Mianyang, Shangrao, Bozhou.
The focus on happiness instead of the GDP goggles, championed by a group of political advisors four years ago, has yet to come in Shanghai’s developmental strategy.
At least everyone here is still living on the edge.
Previously on Shanghaiist: Hong Kongers are far less happy than mainlanders, report shows.
By Aliaume Leroy
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