Shanghai has for the third time topped the list of the 10 most attractive Chinese cities for expats in a survey carried out by the International Talent magazine and China Society for Research on International Professional Personnel Exchange and Development.
Between July and December last year, around 20,000 foreign professionals throughout China participated in the survey, which evaluated four major indexes including cities’ policies for foreign professionals, the political environment, working environment and living environment.
Shanghai was followed by Beijing, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Qingdao, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Suzhou, Xiamen and Kunming.
Participants in the survey were also asked to evaluate aspects of the city that could be improved. A surprisingly low 40 percent said that the environment (air and water quality) was not good enough, while 14.3 percent of expats deemed government services including the social security system and traffic system as needing the most improvement. The rest of the participants hoped that the city government could improve medical insurance and service for foreigners and help simplify the entry process (to China).
China’s no.1 city is home to more than 88,000 resident foreign expects, one-sixth of all the expats in the country, the survey said.