Yesterday, China Media Group released its annual results of the Survey of Economic Life in China — and Kunming made it into the top ten of most liveable cities in China for the second time. Other cities on the list are Shanghai, Changsha, Changchun, Beijing, Qingdao, Jinan, Haikou, Shenzhen, and Xiamen.
The survey was conducted by the National Bureau of Statistics, China Post and the National Development Institute of Peking University. The survey looked at happiness and security, amongst other factors that could influence the quality of one's livelihood. 130,000 questionnaires were handed out by postmen and airline crew.
One noteworthy detail is that residents in second- and third-tier cities have higher satisfaction when it comes to environmental quality and city image. People living in first-tier cities, on the other hand, enjoy a higher level of medical services and elderly care. According to the survey, Kunming is especially ideal for people aged between 18 and 35.
For Kunming's international residents, some of the points that factor in the favorable outcome of the survey may have influenced our decision to settle in the City of Eternal Spring. A relatively good ecological environment for a city of Kunming's size is one of them — Kunming is one of top five provincial capitals when it comes to air quality in China. Improving water quality of Yangzonghai lake and Dianchi Lake is a work that continues to be in progress. Being a well-connected hub for neighboring countries in Southeast Asia is another perk of living in Kunming — when travel will once again be an option that is.
The outcome of this latest survey contrasts that of another one conducted in 2017, when Kunming didn't make it into the top 20 of the happiness survey — a nationwide survey by Oriental Magazine.
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