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Thursday, August 18, 2016, 23:03

HK rated 'most livable' city in China


HONG KONG - Hong Kong ranked highest in China in a "most livable city" list this year, according to the latest findings of the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) released on Thursday.

The city ranked 43rd worldwide, slightly up from last year's 46th. In that year Hong Kong had suffered a slump of 15 places in the ranking from 2014's 31st place due to the 79-day illegal “Occupy Central” movement, according to EIU's report for 2015.

The EIU said Hong Kong could stand as the most livable city in China largely because it kept its performance during the year while other Chinese cities suffered losses.

Among other Chinese cities, Taipei ranked 60th. Suzhou, ranking No 72, was the most livable city on the mainland.

The port city of Tianjin saw the sharpest fall in its score among Chinese cities surveyed, with the drop compounded by a decline in its environment score following an explosion at a chemical warehouse a year ago. However it still ranked 77th, ahead of other major Chinese cities – Shanghai, Shenzhen, Dalian and Guangzhou.

Among regional cities, Tokyo ranked as Asia's highest and the world's No 13. Hong Kong's long-time competitor Singapore ranked 46th.

According to the EIU, cities were ranked in categories including stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure, but cost of living wasn't taken into account.

This year Melbourne was rated the most livable city in the world, Vienna was second and Vancouver third. Toronto, Calgary, Adelaide and Perth rounded up the top seven. Following were New Zealand's Auckland, Helsinki and Hamburg.

The lowest-scoring cities mostly are troubled with civil unrest, war and continued terrorism threats. The least livable was Damascus in Syria, which ranked 140th. Slightly above were Tripoli in Libya and Lagos in Nigeria.

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