Sec­ond-tier cities top of the rat­ings for fu­ture

Shanghai Daily - - NATION - (Xin­hua)

A SUR­VEY has re­vealed that 63.4 per­cent of re­spon­dents are op­ti­mistic about the fu­ture devel­op­ment of sec­ond-tier cities com­pared to first-tier cities, third-tier cities, and ru­ral ar­eas.

A to­tal of 2,014 peo­ple par­tic­i­pated in the sur­vey, which was con­ducted by China Youth Daily.

There are no uni­fied stan­dards to cat­e­go­rize Chi­nese cities but the Na­tional Bu­reau of Statis­tics mon­i­tors the hous­ing prices in 70 Chi­nese cities and has cat­e­go­rized the cities into three tiers.

Ac­cord­ing to the NBS, China has four first-tier cities — Bei­jing, Shang­hai, Guangzhou and Shen­zhen.

Cap­i­tal cities of provin­cial re­gions and some other ma­jor cities are listed as sec­ond-tier cities, in­clud­ing Hangzhou, Chengdu, and Xi­a­men.

China’s ur­ban­iza­tion rate (the per­cent­age of per­ma­nent ur­ban pop­u­la­tion) surged to 58.52 per­cent by the end of 2017, up from 17.92 per­cent four decades ago be­fore the re­form and openingup pol­icy.

The growth of China’s ur­ban­iza­tion rate will main­tain a rel­a­tively high speed, reach­ing 68.5 per­cent in 10 years, said Hu Xiaowu, an ex­pert of ur­ban devel­op­ment at Nan­jing Univer­sity.

“The cities will see progress in terms of the eco­log­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment, ed­u­ca­tion, em­ploy­ment, el­derly care, and traf­fic,” he said.

The re­spon­dents con­sider rail tran­sit, em­ploy­ment poli­cies, and job op­por­tu­ni­ties as the most im­por­tant fac­tors when eval­u­at­ing the prospect of a city’s devel­op­ment.

Hu said high-speed trains can bring new devel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“High-speed trains sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce travel time be­tween cities, which can pro­mote busi­ness ex­changes and tourism,” Hu said.

“In ad­di­tion, cities with both high-speed rail­ways and sub­way lines have more ad­van­tages.”

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