Shang­hai ranks 12th in cul­ture

China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI - By LI YANG in Shang­hai

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.

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