The city of Xi'an, capital of Northwest China's Shaanxi province, made the list of China's happiest cities for the ninth consecutive year, according to the 2020 Happy Cities of China Forum held in Hangzhou, capital of East China's Zhejiang province, on Nov 18.
Supported by the weekly magazine Oriental Outlook and the Liaowang Institute, which are both managed by China's official Xinhua News Agency, the list was formulated based on nine major indicators, including residents' incomes, the environment, an attractive urban area, public safety and education.
Locals have a relaxing stroll with children in Xi'an. [Photo/Xi'an municipal government's WeChat public account]
Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, this year’s list also paid attention to the number of confirmed cases per capita, the resumption of work and production and the recovery of inter-city travel.
In recent years, Xi'an has comprehensively promoted the development of lifestyle communities, to meet the basic needs of citizens in their daily travel, shopping, fitness, leisure, reading and education.
At present, the city's urban transportation is in a critical period of major construction, transformation and upgrading to improve the level of urban services and make travel more convenient.
Xi'an is currently engaged in a major upgrade of its transport network. [Photo/Xi'an municipal government's WeChat public account]
In addition, Xi'an has gradually established a family doctor contract service system. This is giving priority to treating the elderly, pregnant women, children, the disabled, the poor, family members requiring special family planning, as well as patients with hypertension, diabetes, tuberculosis and severe mental disorders.
The city is also making full use of its already rich natural landscape and historical and human resources to create a greenway.
By the end of 2022, the total length of greenways in the city will reach 303 kilometers, connecting 103 recreation spots and 42 historic sites.
This greenway is just one of the being built in Xi'an. [Photo/Xi'an municipal government's WeChat public account]