China's Urbanization Quality Ranking Now Unveiled
2013.09.22

The China’s Urbanization Quality Report (hereinafter referred to as the "report") has recently been made known. By comparing the quality of urbanization of 268 cities at prefecture level and above, a total of five cities in Guangdong are listed in the top 10 with Foshan ranking fifth.

 

Relevant data shows that by the end of 2012, China's urban population had reached 712 million. Urbanization rate has increased to 52.57%, the world's average level. But the fact that urbanization rate is high does not necessarily mean the quality of urbanization is high. In the light of national urbanization in recent years, Wei Houkai, deputy director of urban development and environment research institute at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, thought of the trend as " fast speed, low quality, not harmonious.”  The main problem is that the urbanization degree is low, development mode is extensive, urban and rural development is not harmonious.

 

It is reported this is the first report alike that the China Economic weekly "and the institute of urban development and environment at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences launched. The report has made an attempt to study systematically and comprehensively the quality of urbanization. The report shows the top 20 cities are in the order as follows: Shenzhen, Beijing, Shanghai, Karamay, Foshan, Zhongshan, Dongguan, Xiamen, Suzhou, Guangzhou, Tianjin, Nanjing, Changzhou, Wuxi, Dalian, Dongying, Zhoushan, Qingdao, Hangzhou, and Urumqi.

 

From the point of the report, Foshan’s urbanization quality is relatively higher due to Foshan’s strive to narrow the gap between urban and rural residents, improve the quality of life, and promote the industry transformation. The report of the 18th Party Congress clearly puts forward new requirements that we should improve the quality of urbanization; in the future we should no longer relate a hero with urbanization rate; and a wake-up call should be given to this blind pursuit of urbanization. In the process of advancing urbanization, if the pursuit of quality of urbanization is not achieved, it is easy to produce imbalance between urban and rural development, environmental pollution, resource over-consumption, and many other problems with the rural population to urban agglomeration.