As a reference for investors and decision-makers, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, a major think tank in China, released its ninth edition of the Blue Book on Urban Competitiveness on May 6, 2011.
The report surveyed 294 Chinese cities for a wide range of indicators including comprehensive growth, economic scale, economic efficiency and development cost in 2010.
According to the report, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing take the first three spots in the overall ranking. Shenzhen, Taipei, Guangzhou, Tianjin, Dalian, Changsha and Hangzhou also made their way into the top ten list.
In terms of development cost, the following are the top ten most competitive cities in this regard.

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