According to a government survey, Shanghai and Beijing top the list of the 10 most attractive Chinese cities for foreigners in 2018.
The survey results were revealed by a magazine published by the Ministry of Science and Technology. Other cities on the list include Hefei, Hangzhou, Shenzhen, Suzhou, Qingdao, Tianjin, Xi'an and Wuhan, the Science and Technology Daily reports. Xiamen, Nanjing, Urumqi, Guangzhou, Xuzhou, Haikou, Kunming, Jinan, Dalian and Chengdu were considered the cities with the highest potential.
The survey has received 239 votes from foreign experts - including Nobel Prize, Turing Award and Friendship Award (created by the Chinese Government) laureates -, 2,815 votes from other foreign professionals, and 94,849 online votes from foreign internet users.
Conducted for the first time in 2010, the annual survey aims to assess the attractiveness of China's major cities, in the eyes of foreigners, in terms of work, life and environment. In 2018, China issued 336.000 work permits for foreigners. There are currently 950.000 foreigners working in the country