Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, is the most livable city in mainland China, according to a study by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
Using an evaluation system called the Environmental Livability Index, which factors in parameters such as air and water quality and the management of solid waste and the environment, the ADB concluded that Chengdu tops the list.
Guangzhou and Ningbo ranked second and third. Beijing ranked 18th and Shanghai 22nd while Lanzhou, Harbin and Taiyuan finished at the bottom of the list, China Daily noted.
The ADB surveyed 33 cities for its report. The ranking suggests that the livability index is higher in southern China, in its eastern coastal cities and in economically developed regions. It was lower in North China, the northwest and in less-developed regions.
“Livability is also higher in cities with good natural conditions, such as Hangzhou, Kunming and Xiamen,” the ADB report said. “Environmental management was particularly strong in China’s more-developed regions.”
The study shows that though the overall livability and quality of life in some cities have improved, they all face environmental challenges that could impede sustainable growth.
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