2021-01-13 17:00


Shanghai Ranks No.8 Most Cultural City in the World


Shanghai is No. 8 in a ranking of the top 50 cultural cities in the world.

The ranking was produced by a team from Shanghai Jiao Tong Universitys China Institute for Urban Governance and another from the University of Southern California.

The Top 10 are New York City, London, Tokyo, Paris, San Francisco, Beijing, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Seoul, and Berlin. Both Beijing and Shanghai ranked one place higher than in the first edition. Another three Chinese cities C Hong Kong, Guangzhou, and Taipei C are 15th, 31st, and 35th respectively.

Shanghai was ranked in the Top 10 in five areas C cultural tourism, public participation in cultural activities, cultural education, Internet development, and public cultural supplies.

Shanghai was highly ranked in several specific areas C including No. 1 for the number of teahouses and cafes and No. 2 for the number of restaurants. Shanghai also scored well in Internet development with its number of 4G/5G base stations ranked No. 2, just behind Beijing.

As for longevity, Shanghai ranked sixth with an average life expectancy of 83.66 years last year.

However, Xu, vice dean of the Shanghai Jiao Tong University's China Institute for Urban Governance, pointed out that Shanghai currently lacks cultural landmarks.

Top cities have top cultural landmarks, such as Broadway and Times Square in New York and the West End of London, said Xu. Shanghai lacks such landmarks. Even some famous areas, such as the Bund, are treated by tourists as backgrounds for taking photos rather than cultural hotspots.

He thinks Shanghai should develop the 45-kilometer waterfront area along the Huangpu River into a super cultural landmark mecca.

Apart from that, Shanghai tops China's 'super cities' list.

Shanghai, Beijing, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Tianjin, with an urban population of more than 10 million have been ranked as super cities in a report by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development.

China has more than 90 cities with over 1 million people living in urban areas. Those between 1 and 3 million are Type-II large-sized cities and those below a million small and medium-sized.

The numbers include only those living in urban areas, excluding county and rural residents.

Source:  Shine 


COVID-19 Update Jan. 13th.

1. Shanghai: 

+5 imported COVID-19 cases

2. Chinese mainland:

+115 COVID-19 cases, include:

+8 imported COVID-19 cases

+107 confirmed cases: 90 in Hebei, 16 in Heilongjiang, and 1 in Shanxi

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