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About the event | Updated: 2017-12-27 09:54

The "2017 Amazing China" election is the only Chinese city ranking based on votes from expats living in China. Votes are cast by expats from a wide array of professions and social ranks, ranging from Nobel Laureates and Chinese Friendship Award recipients to foreign employees based in China.


The program aims to showcase the glamor of Chinese cities and their readiness at attracting foreign talent and intelligence, to explore the priority and values when they begin job-hunting and entrepreneurship in China; to guide cities to pay greater attention to creating a favorable working and living environment so as to bring in more high-level foreign personnel.


International Talent Monthly

China Society for Research on International Professional Personnel Exchange and Development

Major Partners:

China Daily

China Daily will be designing and maintaining the official website (English version) of the election.

International City/County Management Association(ICMA)


This year's election is divided into four stages from Nov, 2017 to April, 2018.

Preparatory Stage (Nov, 2017)

1. Discuss the election process and assess focus of research with Horizon Research Consultancy Group and the Chinese Academy of Personnel Science research group. The committee will collect suggestions and adjust the election accordingly.

2. Design the official website and discuss media publicity with China Daily.

3. 37 cities will be competing for the 10 most attractive city for foreginers in China 2017: Shanghai, Beijing, Hangzhou, Qingdao, Tianjin, Shenzhen, Suzhou, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Changchun, Chongqing, Shijiazhuang, Shenyang, Harbin, Fuzhou, Jinan, Wuhan, Chengdu, Kunming, Lanzhou, Nanning, Yinchuan, Taiyuan, Hefei, Nanchang, Zhengzhou, Changsha, Haikou, Guiyang, Xi'an, Xining, Hohhot, Lhasa, Urumqi, Dalian, Xiamen and Ningbo. 10 cities will be selected through voting and recommendation.

Election Stage (Dec, 2017 - Jan, 2018)

1. Election begins.

2. Online voting: Voting starts for foreign experts living in China. Aside from the 37 candidates, voters can nominate three cities of their choice. 20 finalists would be chosen based on the number of votes.

3. Judging stage: 10 finalists would be selected based on judgements from 30 foreign experts (at least five of which are very specialized experts, including Chinese Friendship Award recipients and foreign experts in the Thousand Talents Program). Online ballots will be sent to expats and expats experts in all candidate cities with a minimum of 30 paper ballots per city. There is no maximum.

Data Analysis Stage (Feb to Mar, 2018)

1. Collect online voting results and paper ballots. Rank candidate cities.

2. Analyze the election through written reports and offer suggestions.

3. Interviews with mayors and experts from China Daily will be held. Featured news will be prepared to expand the influence of the election.

Publicity Stage (April, 2018)

1. Final results will be released through the International Talent Magazine, online and offline media partners.

2. Feature the election through International Talent Magazine, China Daily and People's Daily.

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