Beijing residents have a low level of well-being that includes both happiness and general life satisfaction, according to life quality survey, issued jointly on Saturday by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the Capital University of Economics and Business.
The Beijing News reports that the survey was made in 35 cities of China from March to May this year. It covered five categories: living standards, living costs, human capital, social security levels, and general satisfaction. Beijing was 28th on the list.
The top 10 cities with the higher indexes of life satisfaction are Changchun, Hangzhou, Shijiazhuang, Jinan, Hefei, Fuzhou, Ningbo, Qingdao, Xiamen, and Yinchuan. In addition, Haikou, capital of Hainan, the China's southernmost province slipped to 23 in the survey's rankings from number one last year.
More than 218,000 random calls were made for the survey, which generated 9,516 valid responses.
"A high cost of living reduces the life quality of residents," said Zhang Liancheng, president of China Economic Experimental Research Institute. He believes the reasons why big cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou have a low level of satisfaction are because of high housing prices and inflation.
"Only by curbing excessively rising property prices and effectively stabilizing the prices as well as increasing government spending for social security and welfare, can we further improve the quality of life for urban residents," Zhang stressed.
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