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China`s top 10 liveable cities

1. Qingdao, Shandong Province

China`s top 10 liveable cities

Qingdao,is a major city in eastern Shandong province, China. It borders Yantai to the northeast, Weifang to the west and Rizhao to the southwest. Lying across the Shandong Peninsula while looking out to the Yellow Sea, Qingdao today is a major seaport, naval base, and industrial center. The fresh air of Qingdao always impresses visitors. The sea gives a refreshing smell and relaxing atmosphere. In 2008, Qingdao was named China`s 7th-most livable city.

2. Suzhou, Jiangsu Province

China`s top 10 liveable cities

Suzhou, is a city on the lower reaches of the Yangtze River and on the shores of Lake Taihu in the province of Jiangsu, China. The city is renowned for its beautiful stone bridges, pagodas, and meticulously designed gardens which have contributed to its status as a great tourist attraction. Since the Song Dynasty (960-1279), Suzhou has also been an important centre for China`s silk industry and continues to hold that prominent position today. The city is part of the Yangtze River Delta region. Suzhou, the cradle of Wu culture, is one of the oldest towns in the Yangtze Basin. In Suzhou, the hometown of Chinese gardens, visitors may appreciate the beautiful architecture and scenery.

3. Taizhou, Jiangsu Province

China`s top 10 liveable cities

Taizhou is a prefecture-level city in central Jiangsu province, People`s Republic of China. Situated on the north bank of the Yangtze River, it borders Nantong to the east, Yancheng to the north and Yangzhou to the west. Due to its proximity to the Yangtze River and the Grand Canal, Taizhou experiences a subtropical monsoon climate with humid changeable winds and a rainy season is usually from the middle of June to July.Taizhou is an ancient city with long history and rich culture. So far, it has more than 2100 years history.

4. Xiamen, Fujian Province

China`s top 10 liveable cities

Xiamen, also known as Amoy, is a coastal city in southeastern China and the second largest city in Fujian province next to the capital Fuzhou. It covers a total area of 1,516 square meters. As one of the five earliest special economic zones, with heavy investment from Taiwan and Hong Kong, it has been a city growing in strength. It was recently named one of the most suitable city for living in China.

5. Ningbo, Zhejiang Province

China`s top 10 liveable cities

Ningbois a seaport with sub-provincial administrative status. The city is situated in northeastern Zhejiang province, China. Lying south of the Hangzhou Bay, and facing the East China Sea to the east, Ningbo borders Shaoxing to the west and Taizhou to the south, and is separated from Zhoushan by a narrow body of water. To the north of Ningbo there are a series of beautiful lakes, including the West Lake and the Tai Lake, which are perfect for year-round visits. Ningbo was one of China`s oldest cities, with a history dating back to 4800 BC the Hemudu culture.

6. Changsha, Hunan Province

China`s top 10 liveable cities

Changsha is the capital city of Hunan, a province of south-central China, located on the lower reaches of Xiang river, a branch of the Yangtze River. It covers an area of 11,819 sq. kilometers. Changsha was important from the time of the Qin dynasty (221–207 BC). In AD 750–1100 Changsha was an important commercial city, and its population increased greatly. Under the Qing dynasty, from 1664, it was the capital of Hunan province, and it was a major rice market. It was besieged during the Taiping Rebellion but never fell. Changsha was the site of Mao Zedong`s conversion to communism. It was the scene of major battles in the Sino-Japanese War of 1937–45 and was briefly occupied by the Japanese. Due to the humidity carried by the river winds from Xiangjiang River, Changsha is a city with abundant fresh air. September is a good time to visit, during the short but pleasant autumn period when the leaves on the maple trees on Long Island (Juzizhou) change color from green to red.

8. Hechi Prefecture in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region

China`s top 10 liveable cities

Hechi is located in northwestern Guangxi province on the southern end of the Yunnan-Guizhou highlands. The area is 35,500 km². The northwestern part of Hechi is the highest elevation with the city slowly sloping down to the southeast. Hechi is very mountainous with ranges including in the north the Jiuwangda Mountains, in the northwest the Phoenix Mountains, in the east the Fengling Mountains, in the west, the Duyang Mountains, and in the southwest the Green Dragon Mountains. The tallest mountain is "Nameless Peak" with an elevation of 1693 m. Hechi`s climate is sub-tropical wet and monsoonal. It enjoys a pleasant climate and abundant rainfall.

9. Baotou, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region

China`s top 10 liveable cities

Situated at the foot of the Yinshan Mountains, on the bank of the Yellow River in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Baotou is a prefecture-level city and the largest city in Inner Mongolia,China. The city`s Mongolian name means "place with deer", and an alternate name in Chinese is "Deer City" . There is the Saihan Tala Grassland which is the only grassland in China located in a city center.

10. Xinyang, Henan Province

China`s top 10 liveable cities

Xinyang is a prefecture-level city in southeastern Henan province, People`s Republic of China. Xinyang is located in the most southern part of Henan Province, on the south bank of Huai River. It borders Zhumadian to the north, Nanyang to the northwest, and the provinces of Anhui and Hubei to the east and south respectively.The weather there is humid and moderate. There is enough sunshine, abundant rainfall and four distinct seasons.


Editor: Nancy

Date:2009-12-2 15:52:37     
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