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Shanghai women's happiness index falling, survey shows

SHANGHAI women are increasingly unhappy these days over the rising costs of living, especially home prices, a national survey shows.

The All-China Women's Federation, a governmental organization, conducted the survey to find out urban women's feelings about their lives, and Shanghai ranks sixth among 10 major Chinese cities in women's happiness index -- after Beijing.

Shanghai women's happiness index has been dropping since 2007, the year the city topped the list in the same survey.

The latest survey shows that majority of the respondents attributed their growing anxiety to pressure from rising costs of living.

Inflation, soaring home prices, and low family income are the top three causes of their unhappiness, the women said.

Women in other Chinese cities gave the same reasons when asked about what make them unhappy, according to the survey.

Taiyuan, capital of Shanxi Province in north China, Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong Province in south China, and Changsha, capital of Hunan Province in central China topped the list in the survey. Lanzhou, capital of northwestern Gansu Province is at the bottom.


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