Changsha takes home national happy and sustainable honors
Changsha was ranked among the top 10 happiest cities in China for the ninth consecutive year, and honored as the "2016 China Sustainable City" at the international forum on happy and sustainable cities held on Dec 1 in Beijing.
During the forum, the report entitled "The 2016 China Sustainable Cities Report: Measuring Ecological and Human Development" was released by the United Nations Development Programme. Changsha and Hangzhou were awarded thanks to their achievements in terms of promoting clean energy, developing green transportation, and scientific waste treatment.
The survey of happiest cities in China, jointly conducted by Xinhua's Oriental Outlook Weekly and the China Association of Mayors, has been held for 10 years. It is currently considered China's most influential and credible survey for city investigation and evaluation.
Since June, the survey has collected samples from more than 11.28 million people across the country. The other cities on the list were Chengdu, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Xi'an, Changchun, Suzhou, Zhuhai, Shanghai, and Beijing.
The rankings are based on the advice of domestic and overseas specialists and scholars, and collected data and 50 indicators in 16 categories, including income, quality of life, tourism, employment, environment, public security, education, and transport.
Chen Zhong, vice mayor of Changsha, attended the forum and received the prize. He said, "Changsha will maintain its livable environment and keep public order to improve people's sense of well-being."
Changsha county under the jurisdiction of Changsha, was awarded as one of the happiest county-level cities of 2016 the same day.
Source: Changsha Evening News