Shanghai ranks 12th in culture
Shanghai residents borrow 0.84 books a year per person on average, much lower than Toronto’s 12.24 books and 8.32 books in New York, said a public culture service development report issued by Shanghai Normal University (SNU) on Tuesday.
The report surveyed 21 major cities in the world, including Paris, London, New York, Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Shanghai has 90 museums, a far cry from Los Angeles’s 221, London’s 173, Berlin’s 158. The report ranked Shanghai 12th out of the 21 global cities, followed by Hong Kong at 14th and Beijing at 15th. The top three cities on the list are Paris, London and New York.
The research, which was funded by the Education Ministry, concluded that although Shanghai remains the leading city in China in terms of public culture services, other Chinese cities are catching up fast. Shanghai still lags far behind other global cities.
Sun Xun, a professor of city culture studies with SNU and author of the report, said: “Chinese cities still have a long way to go in public cultural service infrastructure. And most of the museums and libraries are concentrated in big cities where people have a strong demand for various public cultural services.”
Guangdong, Jiangsu, Shandong and Zhejiang are the top four provinces providing the best public cultural service. The four provinces are also the four largest provincial economies, in exactly the same order.
The report suggested the Shanghai government should increase its input in public culture services especially in the suburban area, and support private investors and enterprises to fund libraries, museums and theaters.
Pudong, Huangpu, Changning and Xuhui are the top four districts in Shanghai giving the best public cultural services to their residents.