Chengdu Named the Happiest Place in China, Hangzhou Follows in Second Spot

When you think of the happiest countries in the world, China is rarely the place that pops in your mind. But the truth is, there are actually places in China that are pretty happy.

According to Shanghaiist, if you’re looking for the happiest place in China, the city of Chengdu is for you.

In a survey conducted by Oriental Outlook magazine, approximately 11 million respondents were asked to rank their cities. This is based on 50 indicators in 16 categories including income, education, transport, and environment.

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The magazine started their poll in 2007 and has been doing the survey since then. Every year, the results are almost similar, with Chengdu and Hangzhou topping the two happiest places in the country.

Aside from its relaxing atmosphere, Chengdu is also known for their many hotpot restaurants and beautiful women.

“Chengdu is a relaxing city, one of the most tolerant cities in China. And it’s an international city right after Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou,” a 30-year-old native described the city.

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Although an outsider might view Chengdu as nothing more than a place where you visit pandas, it offers more than that. In a report from Forbes magazine, Chengdu has been known since the dynastic years as a chill and easy-going place. Think of people kicking back in bamboo chairs in the park or a side street where people grab a drink, sip tea, while chatting with friends and even after all these years, people in Chengdu still make sure that leisure is a top priority.  

Listed below are the other happiest cities in China according to the survey:

2) Hangzhou, Zhejiang province

3) Nanjing, Jiangsu province

4) Xi’an, Shaanxi province

5) Changchun, Jilin province

6) Changsha, Hunan province

7) Suzhou, Jiangsu province

8) Zhuhai, Guangdong province

9) Beijing

10) Shanghai

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