A recent CCTV poll of more than 100,000 families across the country found that the happiest city in China is the Tibetan capital of Lhasa.
The poll ranked cities based on factors like family, marriage or emotional life, health conditions, social security, income, environment, education. According to their calculations, 70% of Lhasa residents felt “extremely happy” in 2016.
We can only assume that this is closely tied to the grand opening of Lhasa’s first KFC last March.
While enjoying 70% extreme happiness may seem impressive for a city that saw violent unrest less than a decade ago, it’s not nearly as fantastic as another government study from last November which found that 99.59% of Tibetans are “satisfied” with their region’s public security.
And who could doubt these numbers? Especially since a couple of years ago China announced that Tibet had finally entered its “golden age.”
Here’s the rest of the top 10:
1) Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region
2) Chengdu, Sichuan province
3) Changchun, Jilin province
4) Yinchuan, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region
6) Hefei, Anhui province
7) Changsha, Hunan province
8) Wuhan, Hubei province
9) Haikou, Hainan province
10) Shijiazhuang, Hebei province
Oriental Outlook magazine released its annual happiness ranking of Chinese cities last December. While Chengdu ranked at the top, strangely, Lhasa was nowhere to be found.
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