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Shanghai is sexiest China city: survey

Shanghai has just been granted a new title - sexiest city in China.

A survey that sought to gauge the sex appeal of Chinese cities has put Shanghai on top, thanks to the city's metropolitan style and prosperous economy that people around the country deemed "quite gorgeous."

Hong Kong followed as the runner-up in the survey by Horizon Research. Respondents said Hong Kong's glamorous stars in show business give the port city a sexy aura.

Chongqing's reputation for beautiful women pushed the southwestern city to third place in the 30-city survey of nearly 6,600 people aged between 18 and 60.

"Cities are made up of people and they share some common temperaments," said He Fan, a manager of Horizon Research. "There are sexy people. So are cities."

He said the survey was open-ended, allowing respondents to name any city they considered sexy and to give their reasons.

This time sexy seemed not to be about beauty, bikinis, beaches, bars or clubs, but other aspects of a city, according to the respondents' answers.

Completing the survey required some imagination, He said. Although most of the interviewees could identify their sexiest cities, 33 percent could not identify any cities as sexy.

According to the survey, 17 percent of all the respondents considered Shanghai the sexiest city. The top three reasons: "modern city, strong economy and prosperous," "landmark buildings," and "big events such as Expo."

"It really surprised us," He told Shanghai Daily yesterday. He thought Chongqing would take the title for its beautiful women.

"The interviewees taught us what's sexy about cities and their value."

Among people who mentioned Shanghai as sexy, 22 percent pointed to Shanghai's modernization and strong economic environment, and 20 percent mentioned landmarks such as the Bund, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower and the Huangpu River. Seventeen percent said the World Expo gave Shanghai its sex appeal. Only 5 percent said the town's attractive women made Shanghai sexy.

"This survey can just give us another angle to observe the city values and it could be a good reference for cities to promote themselves," He added. "Sometimes urban planners may not know what people really like about the city."

The rest of the top 10 sexiest cities of China are:

Beijing, for being the capital and for its cultural treasures; Guangzhou, for its openness; Shenzhen, for the special economic zone; Hangzhou, for the attractive West Lake, weather and beautiful women; Sanya, for its beautiful beaches and tropical scenes; Dalian, for the good environment of the coastal city; and Macau, for night life and casinos.


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