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Top 10 innovative Chinese cities Updated: 2023-02-15

China's capital city Beijing retained top spot on the scientific and technological innovation index according to Beijing Youth Daily, which cited a report on Chinese development in those fields.

From 2012 to 2021, Beijing's scientific and technological innovation index increased 78.5 percent with strong growth momentum in areas including innovation resources, environment, services and performance.

The city's innovation level has increased continuously since 2012 and its speed in building itself up as a science and technology center has been accelerated.

Shanghai surpassed Shenzhen for the first time to grab second place and Guangzhou took fourth, followed by Hangzhou and Nanjing.

Let's take a look at the top 10 cities for scientific and technological innovation.


No 10 Xi'an

A heavy truck is assembled on the assembly line of the heavy truck capacity expansion project at the Shaanxi Automobile Holding Group in Xi'an, Northwest China's Shaanxi province, on Sept 27, 2022. [Photo/Xinhua]


No 9 Tianjin

A night view of Tianjin on Jan 27, 2023. [Photo/VCG]


No 8 Wuhan

A woman touches a robot in Wuhan, Hubei province, on Jan 15, 2023. [Photo/VCG]


No 7 Suzhou

Visitors observe a drone at an expo in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, on Sept 18, 2021. [Photo/VCG]


No 6 Nanjing

A man experiences VR training in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, on Feb 13, 2023. [Photo/VCG]


No 5 Hangzhou

An aerial view of West Lake in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, on Nov 23, 2022. [Photo/IC]


No 4 Guangzhou

A view of Guangzhou's CBD area. [Photo/Sipa]


No 3 Shenzhen

A photo taken on Feb 6, 2023 shows a bird's-eye view of Shenzhen in South China's Guangdong province. [Photo/VCG]


No 2 Shanghai

Twin towers are seen in Shanghai on Feb 8, 2023. [Photo/VCG]


No 1 Beijing

A view of Beijing's CBD area on Aug 19, 2022. [Photo/VCG]