Changsha honored as one of China's happiest cities
The city of Changsha has been honored as one of China's top 10 happiest cities, it was announced at the China Happiest City Forum held in Beijing on Dec 7, with the Hunan capital coming in at number seven.
The event, sponsored by Oriental Outlook, an affiliate of Xinhua News Agency, takes an in-depth look at well-being across China.
Changsha has now appeared on the top 10 list for 10 straight years.
The results of the 2017 China's Happiest Cities survey are announced in Beijing, Dec 7. The city of Changsha in Central China's Hunan province is placed in the top 10 of the happiest cities nationwide for the 10th time since the survey's establishment in 2006. [Photo/icswb.com]
Launched in June, the survey measures local residents of a given city on 16 indicators including education, medical service, income, transportation, and safety, through surveys, sample surveys, and big data acquisition with 986 million people taking part.
The program has been carried out since 2006, covering 139.5 million people across the country.
Shu Xinggang, executive vice mayor of Changsha, briefed the audience on the city's economic and social development and affirmed continued efforts to improve people's livelihood and amplify their sense of happiness.
Children play traditional musical instruments at a primary school in Changsha. [Photo/icswb.com]
The city government has released new policies to attract talents, launched a series of livelihood projects, upgraded infrastructure and public facilities and improved public services, Shu said.
In early November this year, the central Chinese city was recognized as a UNESCO Creative City in media arts, marking the city's efforts in developing its soft power.
The latest survey shows that top 10 cities in terms of residents' sense of happiness are – Chengdu in Sichuan province, Hangzhou, Ningbo and Taizhou in Zhejiang province, Nanjing and Xuzhou in Jiangsu province, Xi'an and Tongchuan in Shaanxi province, Changchun in Jilin province, and Changsha in Hunan province.
The west bank of Changsha's Liuyang River is well landscaped. [Photo/icswb.com]
Source: Changsha Evening News