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Changsha Enters World Cities Third Tier and Awarded New World City Card

Updated: 2018-09-05

The Changsha Evening News, reported on July 21 (Reporter Liu Tianle) that Changsha won a new honor. It was rated a “the third level world city” by the world-recognized authority. Recently, the "BLUE BOOK OF WORLD CITIES: ANNUAL REPORT ON WORLD CITIES (2018)" was jointly launched by the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences and the Social Science Academy Press (China). It compares the newest world city rankings published by a world urban research authority - GaWC (Globalization and World Urban Research Network). It has five rounds of rankings that began in 2000. It evaluates how cities around the world have evolved in recent years.

According to the World City Blue Book, the number of Chinese cities that have been so honored has increased five-fold over the past 16 years. In 2016, there were 33 making China second only to the United States in number of rated cities. Hong Kong, Beijing, and Shanghai all have the chance to attain the top "global cities" honor. Changsha has risen to the third-tier.

Cities around the world that were shortlisted in GaWC are divided into 5 classes and 12 levels beginning with Alpha tier being the first and descending through Beta, and Gamma. The second level starts with high sufficiency and sufficiency. Changsha is the third echelon world city.

33 "World Cities" in China

Undoubtedly, Changsha will become a global city someday – which means that when people chat together, they are no longer just talking about New York, Tokyo and Paris, but will talk about Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Changsha.

Changsha’s glory is far more. On April 26, the 2018 China Commercial Charismatic Cities List was released. The First Financial and New First-Line City Research Institute ranked 338 prefecture-level cities in China based on 170 brand business data from the latest year, user behavior data of 19 Internet companies, and city big data from the data institutions.

The rankings of 15 “new first-line” cities were also officially announced, and Changsha ranked 10th in the list of “new first-line cities”.

On November 1 , 2017, UNESCO published its global Creative Cities Network list in Paris, France. Changsha was designated as a City of Media Arts in the world and became the first Chinese city to receive this honor.

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) was launched in 2004. It is one of the highest, most extensive and most influential cultural flagship projects in the global cultural and creative industries. There are more than 110 cities from all over the world in the Network. There are presently three world famous cities such as Lyons, York, and Austin that are rated as “Creative Cities Network – City of Media Arts”. Changsha was the only Asian city that participated in the selection of the City of Media Arts. Ultimately, five cities including Changsha, Toronto, Guadalajara, Braga (Portugal) and Kosice (Slovakia) were designated as the “media capital of the world”.

Changsha became a China first City of Media Arts and has added a new international city card.

On 17th of this month, Tencent Research Institute and Standard Research of City Rank Institute jointly held a New Culture Creative and New Dynamics City -2018 New Culture Industry Summit. The most striking thing is that this summit has launched the country's first new city rank in the field of cultural and creative fields - China's Urban Creative Vitality Ranking, Changsha stood out in the sample of 100 cities, ranked 14th.

Source: Changsha Evening News