A survey released on November 6, 2013 stated that Shanghai managed to top the list as foreigners’ favorite city in China in 2013. The list had more than 29 candidate cities and Shanghai managed to surpass them all when it comes to working and living environment, administrative capacity and expat-friendly policy.


The survey results were published by the Beijing magazine International Talent Monthly, along with the China Association for International Exchange of Personnel. The annual survey saw the participation of about 72,000 expats, as well as English speakers. The survey was conducted in two ways, by an in-person questionnaire or by voting on the website of China Daily.

The survey was titled ‘Amazing China – The Most Attractive Chinese Cities for Foreigners’ and was launched in 2010, in order to discover which cities in China are the most appeaking to foreigners.

The 2013’s survey had Guangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Xiamen, Nanjing, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Qingdao and Tianjin in the top ten list. Beijing and Shanghai were the top ones to score overall, but these two cities also scored the lowest for their environment quality. For many weeks, Beijing was engulfed by heavy smog at the beginning of 2013 as pollutants such as vehicle emissions and coal burning created smog which reduced the visibility severly.

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