Beijing a top 10 city

28 Apr

Beijing, despite its horrendous smog, has become one of the top 10 global cities, moving to no. 8 on a city ranking list done by a consultancy firm. Shanghai is in 18th place while Hong Kong is number 5 (Taipei is no. 40). Beijing’s political clout is obvious, and a growing number of  “international schools, museums, and broadband subscribers” have helped it rise.


4 Responses to “Beijing a top 10 city”

  1. Ray H April 29, 2014 at 3:48 am #

    Does ‘global city’ only refer to how international it is, how much business and expats and worldly influence the city has?

    Can’t be a measure of the livability and overall value of the city, can it?

    Museums and international schools are one thing, but come on Bejing has serious problems.

    If anything, perhaps the number of international schools shows how expats don’t trust to raise their kids in local schools…

    • hcyip April 30, 2014 at 5:02 pm #

      Yes, that’s pretty much the definition according to that consultancy firm.
      When it comes to world influence, political status, international business and expats, I’d say Beijing is a top 10 city.
      But in terms of livability, I agree, Beijing has a long way to go in several aspects.
      Though, I’m not sure many expats send their children to local schools in wealthier nations like Japan and S. Korea either.

      • Ray H May 1, 2014 at 3:07 am #

        Ok Beijing be proud of globalness but lack of livability.

        I suppose my point on international schools isn’t fair. Perhaps it’s a cultural thing/language thing anywhere. However, in America immigrants would want to send their kids to local schools…

      • hcyip May 1, 2014 at 11:04 am #

        Well, the reason there are international schools is presumably many locals want to receive a Western-style education (at high costs), with American being the most popular, as well as British, French and even Canadian. This is one indicator to me of how the West is still dominant, despite all the media and business notions about Asia leading the world.

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