Recently, a list of the top 10 worst cities in China to live in appeared in a post on the Internet. Shanghai comes in at the top of the list and Hong Kong ranks eighth. According to the post, getting married in China today is no longer a simple matter of bonding and an oath.
The prerequisites to marriage today include nothing less than a house, cars, and money. This high economic pressure has caused many men to postpone marriage. Some netizens revealed that a marriage in Shanghai can cost as high as 2 million RMB (US$325,000).
Beijing, ranking second on the list, has turned many people off because of how distinctly the social classes are divided. On one end of the social spectrum, the rich are swimming in money; whereas on the other end, the poor are barely surviving.
Guangzhou is third on the list. Some people point out that like Beijing, Guangzhou is also sharply divided by class. The people in Guangzhou are among the highest in terms of social status; people from other cities in Guangdong Province fall in the middle, and people from the rest of the province are at the bottom, and are clearly ostracized.
Fourth on the list is Shenzhen, which is criticized for its “fast-food style relationship” culture. In a city with such a high pace, the tremendous pressures from work and life have caused people to lose faith in love and serious relationships. Many people treat love as a kind of product that is rapidly bought and consumed.
Chongqing is ranked fifth, and Wuhan is sixth, due to the fierce competition for employment. In Wuhan, there are more college educated people than there are jobs.
Tianjin is seventh for the high cost of housing there. Hong Kong ranks eighth because evidence of a hectic lifestyle is seen everywhere in the city. A hurried walking pace, tense facial expressions, rigid business suits, and suppressed tones of speech show the high pressures felt by those who work in this fast-paced city.
Changsha ranks ninth for its scorching weather. Zhengzhou ranks tenth for its very low average salary.
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