The 2020 list of “Happiest Cities in China” was unveiled at the Happy Cities of China Forum held in Hangzhou, East China’s Zhejiang Province on November 18, 2020. Of all the cities that made it onto the list, Qingdao was one of them.
The list was determined by the 2020 China’s Happiest Cities Survey and Selection Program which, involving more than one billion participants, is recognized as the most influential survey on cities in the country.
Xue Qingguo, member of the Standing Committee of CPC Qingdao Municipal Committee and vice mayor of Qingdao, gives an introduction to Qingdao.
Under the theme “Happy and Moderately Prosperous Cities for the People,” this year’s survey and selection focused on cities’ initiatives to tap into the country’s “dual circulation” development strategy as well as the efforts they made to improve local governance and accelerate upgrading of city functions, striving to build a moderately prosperous society in an all-round way and achieve high-level development. Its aim was to promote good practices of happy cities with high-quality development. The “Happiest Cities in China” were selected through a process of big data analysis, questionnaire surveys, review of application documents, field surveys, and expert evaluations.
Following Chinese President Xi Jinping’s instructions on Qingdao’s development, which are to build a modern international metropolis, provide a new platform for Belt and Road international cooperation, and integrate into the ecological protection and high-quality development of the Yellow River basin, Qingdao is ratcheting up its efforts to promote a higher-level opening-up for higher-quality development. As a result, the happiness index of local residents has increased and their sense of the city’s livability has risen.
Qingdao is honored as one of the 2020 “Happiest Cities in China.”
In recent years, the CPC Qingdao Municipal Committee and the People’s Government of Qingdao have been endeavoring to increase local residents’ sense of happiness by improving urban facilities and offering more considerate services. The city launched the “Passion to Contribute to Qingdao Development” campaign early this year to inspire local government leaders to provide more efficient services for the city’s development, and is propelling the rapid development of an open, modern, vigorous, and fashionable international metropolis. Moreover, fiscal investment for the benefit of local people has been expanded, and the local urban governance system and capacity are continuously improving. The city’s reputation and appeal as a result of all this has continued to rise, and the people have acquired higher senses of gain, happiness, and safety.
“As an important city in the coastal area of China and an international port city, Qingdao ranks top among cities of the country in terms of living quality, city attractiveness and educational resources among other factors,” said Dou Dejing, head of Big Data Lab and Business Intelligence Lab at Baidu Research, when giving a big data-based analysis of Qingdao’s advantages in the survey and selection program.
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