Shanghai’s long history of ties to the West make it mainland China’s leading city for English as a second language, survey says. Photo: Reuters

Beijing talks its way past Hong Kong in English proficiency, but Shanghai tops China rankings for sixth year in a row

  • Company behind survey of young, English-speaking Chinese professionals credits travel and international trade for Shanghai’s commanding position
  • Growing middle class with aspirations to educate children overseas also plays big part in greater English use
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Shanghai’s long history of ties to the West make it mainland China’s leading city for English as a second language, survey says. Photo: Reuters
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Mandy Zuo

Mandy Zuo

Mandy Zuo joined the Post in 2010 and reports on China. She has covered a wide range of subjects including policy, rural issues, culture and society. She worked in Beijing before relocating to Shanghai in 2014.