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It’s true, Hong Kong’s a better place to live than five years ago, report says

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 10:25am


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  • No: 87%
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Hong Kong appears to have become a better place to live compared to five years ago, an international think tank says in its annual report on 140 cities.

Worldwide, the city is ranked 31st in the latest "liveability" ratings - up 10 places from 2008, despite the world becoming a less habitable place in general, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) said.

Hong Kong scored full marks for education, compared with 83.3 out of 100 for Singapore, which was up two places to 52.

However, City University economist Chan Yan-chong sounded a note of caution, pointing out that the report reflected only the opinions of English speakers. Each of the 140 cities rated were given a score out of 100 for each category, based on the judgment of the EIU's in-house analysts and in-city contributors. That meant the rankings relied on the perceptions of the unit's own analysts instead of being survey-based, Chan said.

EIU economist Edward Bell said the ranking "is geared towards the challenges for somebody not from that city to live there; what they would be anticipating and looking forward to if they move there".

He added: "Ratings reflect specific improvements in the quality [of living], or the deterioration in other cities."

The report considered more than 30 factors broadly grouped under stability, health care, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

Melbourne, Australia, ranked first, with Vienna second and Vancouver third.

Hong Kong scored higher than Singapore in four of the five categories.

The city scored 92 for overall liveability, while Singapore scored 88.7.

"There is no objectivity [when comparing cities]; it always depends on who you ask," Chan said.

Both places scored 87.5 for health care.

Chan said Singapore's health care had been developed as an industry, so basic medical services and hospital beds were much more expensive than Hong Kong, which had one of the cheapest public medical services in the world.

Chan said pupils in Singapore were known for good exam grades; however, they were under more pressure than those in Hong Kong as they had four public exams - two in primary school and two in secondary school - before they even entered university.



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I have lived in HK for 20 years & in SG for 30 years, and still travelling between the 2 cities. HK has indeed made tremendous progress in terms of environment since 2003 and it has a wide array of cultural programmes for enjoyment & learning. Its public transportation is top notch (taxi drivers who know the streets so well, buses and trains that are so predictable and frequent). Public transportation affects a lot of people and it's irritating if its not efficient. The survey results are pretty true in my experience.
and if the magical F1 night race and the upcoming WTA championships tournament in the Lion City aren't world class entertainment, I don't know what is.
I think this report is not far from the truth except that they omit the Price/Money factor.
I mean if I have the financial capabilities to eat everyday in a 5 stars restaurant, live in a flat like Opus and drive expensive car, yes I will be better.
Dai Muff
There's more than one kind of civil servant. And even for those with full contracts, the old perks, and even pensions, are things of the past. The government is no longer the great employer it once pretended to be. In fact, it sometimes delights in not being bound by labour laws that private companies are. It doesn't even pay ITS half of your MPF as any other employer would have to.
Simple Life
When it comes to education, students under the spoon-feeding teaching style are under huge pressure ( for those who cannot afford international school fee). They dare not to be innovative (some may call it 'taking risk') but to follow the marking scheme in order to produce the so-called model answer. In the coming future, when the students join the labor market, they can no longer be guided by the straight model answer. It all depends on their interpersonal skills and creative mindsets. I dont think the educational system here can build an all-rounded students, sad to say.
Also, the existing medical industry is receiving less resources then before. Some doctors said the medical instruments are old but the hospital authority seems lack of money to renew the instruments. As everybody knows, the waiting time for medical check is unbelievably long. Are the government putting patients in jeopardy? Of coz, the government officials would go private hospitals instead of the public one. ''It is none of my business'', right?
Education in HK is poor for locals compared to other industrialised countries.
Only for English speaker or wealthy local families who can afford sending their kids to international schools you have a high standard of education in this city.
HKnese live in shoeboxes called apartments and they are paying high premiums for this.
So, HK is only a better place to live for the rich and wealthy.
"the report reflected only the opinions of English speakers" what else to say except "****" to this report. Just look at the poll on the right! 90% voted "NO!"
Another Social Critics...
Is this Report also Employed & Utilized by that 'CY' & Its Related Group!!!???
Liveable Place ranked Upwarding!!!???
That 'CY' & Its Related Group is Intending to utilize the Shortest Time, to Sell-Off the Most Treasured of HK's, especially in its Land & its Developments...Self-Profiteering Only...
Becoming the Most Un-Liveable Place for general Populations of HK 's...
Step by Step if Let's that 'CY' & Its Related Group remained its Position...
It's that Evil Nature of that 'CY' & Its Related Group...That Inevitably leads to its Own Destructon...
Step by Step should Central China Governmnent exeute Its...
IMMEDIATE DISMISSAL of that 'CY' & Its Related Group...
Do HK's Peoples another Great Achievement...BRAVO!!!
In my daily stroll this morning
down a leafy slope along a brook above St Stephen’s Girls’
crisscrossed Dr Sun Historical Trail
and passed by Man Mo Temple
I experienced our answer
to Kyoto’s philosophers’ trail
and paths frequented by the Vienna Circle
In fact I met Daniel Tsui in the vicinity
shortly after he won the Nobel laurel
and other notables
Despite our various problems,
HK is a much better place than most people fairly realize
It’s every resident’s duty to make ours an even better place
How many of you would analyze your wife and your children in great details
merely for comparison with those of your neighbor?
It’s family and we don’t have a choice.
We’d live with ours and try our best to improve
according to our own standards to achieve our purposes.
These reports are always nonsense. For a start you could ignore the HK results totally if they only asked English speakers! And as an English speaker I would rate HK about 20% on culture (obviously different if you are a Cantonese speaker).
I also note that the top cities in these reports are always pleasant enough places but also utterly dull. Melbourne, anywhere in Canada, Geneva for god's sake!
Do they not ask for ratings on 'having a spark of life'? HK would score far higher than sleepy Melbourne or vacuous Vancouver.



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