In a new worldwide liveability survey, China performed about how you’d expect.
Carried out by The Economist’s Intelligence Unit, the Global Liveability Ranking 2016 endeavors to find which places in the world have the best and worst living conditions by measuring 140 cities across 30 different qualitative and quantitative factors in five broad categories (Stability, Healthcare, Culture and environment, Education and Infrastructure).
In the end, the eight mainland Chinese cities surveyed all fell roughly in the same place, behind Japanese and South Korean cities, but ahead of those in Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines.
Meanwhile, Hong Kong ranked 45th on the list, while Taipei came in at 60th.
These results are actually quite the opposite of a survey carried out last year by the Chinese Academy of Sciences which found that of 40 Chinese cities surveyed, Qingdao was the most liveable while Beijing was the least. Apparently, The Economist is less bothered by the occasional airpocalypse.
In case you’re thinking of moving to more liveable pastures, here’s the list’s top 10:
1) Melbourne, Australia
2) Vienna, Austria
4) Toronto, Canada
5) Calgary, Canada
6) Adelaide, Australia
7) Perth, Australia
8) Auckland, New Zealand
9) Helsinki, Finland
10) Hamburg, Germany
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