That’s according to an annual survey by Oriental Outlook Magazine which polled 13.95 million people from across the country and asked them to rank their cities based on 50 different indicators across 10 categories, includng education, environment, public security, and tourism.
The magazine has been conducting this same survey since 2007, and essentially every single year Chengdu and Hangzhou rank in the top two. Such is the case again this year:
1) Chengdu, Sichuan
2) Hangzhou, Zhejiang
3) Ningbo, Zhejiang
4) Nanjing, Jiangsu
5) Xi’an, Shaanxi
6) Changchun, Jilin
7) Changsha, Hunan
8) Taizhou, Zhejiang
9) Tongchuan, Shaanxi
10) Xuzhou, Jiangsu.
Shout out to all our readers in Tongchuan!
After squeaking in at number 10 last year, Shanghai is nowhere to be found on this year’s top ten list. Obviously, this survey was carried out before the opening of the world’s biggest Starbucks.
Earlier this year, CCTV released the results of its own happiest city survey with Lhasa ranking at the top, and Chengdu coming in a close second.