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Top 10 Chinese cities by social development index Updated: 2022-12-06

Beijing won first place in the China City Social Development Index, followed by Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Hangzhou, according to a report released by the Institute of Social Work and Social Policy at East China University of Science and Technology.

Cities ranked from sixth to tenth were Chongqing, Nanjing, Wuhan, Chengdu and Tianjin.

The list not only evaluated the cities by economic performance, but paid attention to their social development level with criteria such as social services, public medical care and population potential.

A total of 13 cities in Guangdong were listed in the top 100, and five won spots in the top 20.

Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces saw 11 cities each in the top 100.


No 10 Tianjin

A giant Ferris wheel called the "Tianjin Eye" in North China's Tianjin. The wheel is 110 meters in diameter and equipped with 48 capsules. [Photo/VCG]


No 9 Chengdu

Children are seen surfskating at a park in Chengdu, Sichuan province, in August. [Photo/CHINA NEWS SERVICE]


No 8 Wuhan

Yellow Crane Tower, or Huanghelou, a landmark in Wuhan, Central China's Hubei province. [Photo/IC]


No 7 Nanjing

Fuzimiao in Nanjing, East China's Jiangsu province. [Photo/VCG]


No 6 Chongqing

Residents stroll along a food street in Chongqing on July 26, 2022. [Photo/VCG]


No 5 Hangzhou

West Lake in Hangzhou, East China's Zhejiang province. [Photo/VCG]


No 4 Guangzhou

An aerial view of downtown Guangzhou, Guangdong province, on July 18, 2020. [Photo provided to China Daily]


No 3 Shenzhen

People rest at a park in Qianhai of Shenzhen, Guangdong province, on Oct 29, 2022. [Photo/VCG]


No 2 Shanghai

A view of the Lujiazui area in Shanghai. [Photo/VCG]


No 1 Beijing

A view of the CBD of Beijing. [Photo/VCG]