GBA’s big 3 designated top ‘creative cities’

The much-watched Chinese City Creativity Index has been released, with three GBA cities among the country’s top 10: Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Chongqing, Chengdu, and Nanjing.

Compiled by a team from Shenzhen University, the report also included a City Creativity Index for the 11 GBA cities, which scored the region higher than the national average in terms of its attractiveness as a cultural destination. 

Shenzhen’s score has steadily improved, and the city surpassed Hong Kong for the first time this year.

Part of the reason is that Shenzhen has the second-highest per-capita count of public libraries in China (behind Shanghai). On average, education expenditure accounts for a higher proportion than the other tier-1 cities, but entertainment expenditure accounts for a much lower proportion.

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