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Shanghai commutes average 47 minutes

IT takes a commuter an average of 47 minutes to get to work in Shanghai, the third-longest time of 50 Chinese cities, according to a survey issued by China's Academy of Sciences.

The worst commuting city is Beijing, where people on average spend 52 minutes on their way to work. It takes Guangzhou residents an average 48 minutes and Shenzhen residents 46 minutes to make their commute.

People in 17 cities, out of a total 50 cities analyzed, spend more than 30 minutes in traffic.

The 2010 China New Urbanization Report, generated after a year-long survey, considered population distribution, distance and public transit.

The report also quoted a survey on commuting times in 13 countries conducted by Regus, a British consultant company, which said China commuters take an average of 42 minutes to get to work.

That's 19 minutes slower than the United States and 20 minutes slower than Canada. The report quoted analysts saying the longer commute time for workers in China is due to the dense population in big cites.

However, the 47-minute average commuting time in Shanghai was considered an understatement, according to Shanghai Evening Post yesterday.

One commuter said he spent 100 minutes each day on his trip to work, according to the newspaper.


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