"Happy" Shanghai tops major city poll
Updated: 2006-01-05 10:55
Shanghai is the happiest
place in which to live out of China's three biggest cities, a recent survey
People in Shanghai celebrated the New Year's eve in Nanjing
Road, one of Shanghai's most properous streets.
Residents in Beijing and Guangzhou polled by the Shanghai Urban Investigation
Team under the local government also rated it as their preferred place to live
Forty-nine per cent of those questioned in the three cities considered living
in Shanghai the most comfortable, while 29 per cent chose Beijing and 22 per
Eighty-five per cent of Shanghai locals feel happy with the city, while only
half of Guangzhou citizens like their city. Seventy-nine per cent of Beijing
citizens who were questioned are satisfied with the capital city of China.
One of the perceived benefits to living in Shanghai is better wages.
"I want to find a comparatively better-paid job in Shanghai, then hopefully I
can afford to buy a house here in less than 10 years," said Wang Dandan, 21, a
graduate student at the Shanghai International Studies University, who was born
in Guangzhou and came to Shanghai four years ago.
Wang said: "Guangzhou is good, but Shanghai is better, as Shanghai recognizes
the individual. If you live in Shanghai you live in a world of opportunities and
Wang's dream of settling in Shanghai was echoed by non-local fellow students
at the university.
"Shanghai is the place where you can fulfil your life more excitingly," said
Zhao Min, one of Wang's fellow students, who came from Anhui Province.
A series of statistics in Li's book explains more about these
Shanghai-dreamers. More than 90 per cent of Shanghai citizens who were polled
are content with their quality of life as a whole.
Half of Shanghai residents think that the rise in the cost-of-living index
has been at least matched by an improvement of living quality, with the more
they earn the more they can spend.
Average annual disposable earnings per person for urban citizens came to
16,683 yuan (US$2,035) in 2004, an increase of 12.2 per cent compared with 2003.
The research also showed that around 72.5 per cent of people aged from 18 to
35 who had obtained bachelor's degrees or above agreed that income was an
important guideline for the quality of life and an even higher percentage of
people (87.5 per cent) with a monthly income above 10,000 yuan (US$1,220)