One of the World’s 52 Places to Go in 2015
In January 2015, the New York Times published a list of 52 places to go in the world in 2015, and Chengdu was on the list.
The evaluation was based on various activities conducted by Chengdu and its achievements made in 2014. Editor and writer Justin Bergman said that he decided to include Chengdu into the list because it, as one of the most dynamic cities in China, has rich cultural heritage and is developing fast economically and socially. He is highly impressed by the city’s cute giant panda and spicy yet diversified cuisine.
One of the Top 10 Cities for Entrepreneurship in China 2015
In May 2015, Chengdu was listed as one of the“Top 10 Cities for Entrepreneurship in China 2015” by Fortune magazine (Chinese version).
Fortune noted that all candidate cities were selected based upon 16 aspects related to their development in entrepreneurship, including business infrastructure, financial support from local government, human resources and capabilities of innovation and entrepreneurship. Reliable data show that Chengdu is becoming an energetic and promising city of opportunity and entrepreneurship.
One of the Best-performing Cities in China 2015
In September 2015, the Milken Institute, a US-based non-profit and nonpartisan think tank doing independent, data-driven research, action-oriented meetings and meaningful policy initiatives, released its inaugural Best-performing Cities China Report, according to which, Chengdu outperformed Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen to be No.1 among all Chinese metropolises. The Best-performing Cities China index involves nine factors, considering short-term (1-year) and middle-term (5-year) assessment. In order to better measure future growth, the index focuses on employment, income growth and gross regional product, foreign direct investment and capacity of high value added industries of every city. Chengdu secured top 10 positions in 7 of the 9 factors for the index. It performs excellently in human capital, support from central government, high-end aerospace and aircraft design and electronic manufacturing.
One of the Most Culturally Creative Tourist Cities in China
In October 2015, Chengdu was titled the Most Culturally Creative Tourist City in China at the 2015 International Tourism Holiday Destination Forum of Innovation and Development convened in east China’s Zhejiang Province. At the forum, the Mt. Qingcheng - Dujiangyan Irrigation System Scenic Spot and Mt. Tiantai Cultural and Tourist Area were dubbed as the most culturally creative tourist areas. Endowed with profound water culture and Taoist culture, the Mt. Qingcheng - Dujiangyan Irrigation System Scenic Spot, which has been offering new tourist experience, was spoken highly of by judges.
One of the Top 10 Happiest Cities in China 2015
In October 2015, Chengdu was ranked no.1 on the “Top 10 Happiest Cities in China 2015” list, and tied with Nanjing for first place on a ranking involving construction of a moderately well-off society in China. It outperformed all other cities in terms of people’s satisfaction with local public housing, traffic and weather conditions.
One of the Asia-Pacific/China Leading Smart Cities
At the Asia-Pacific Smart City Development Summit Forum 2015 held in November 2015, the International Data Corporation (IDC), a premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications and consumer technology markets, released the results of its Asia Pacific Smart City Evolution Index competition, which showed that, Chengdu was both one of the Asia Pacific Leading Smart Cities and one of the China Leading Smart Cities in 2015.
Chengdu was honored the titles for its outstanding performance in establishing an online social welfare platform and its perfect public information services which cover all aspects of local people’s daily lives.
One of the Most Attractive MICE Cities in China 2015
Chengdu, together with seven other cities in China, was titled the Most Attractive MICE (meetings, incentives, conferencing/conventions and exhibitions/expositions/events) Cities at the 8th Chinese Meetings Industry Convention held in Beijing on December 7th~9th, which was co-organized by the Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism Development and Chinese Convention/Exhibition/Event Society, and undertaken by Meetings China Magazine.
One of the 2015 Most Attractive Chinese Cities for Investment/Top Chinese Cities with Most Powerful Potential of Development
Chengdu was rated No.1 on the “2015 Most Attractive Chinese Cities for Investment” list at the “2015 Forum on Economic Globalization and Chinese Cities, Innovation and Development” and “Global Times Billboard Award Ceremony”, which took place on December 13th, 2015 in Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, Beijing.
Chengdu has been on the list for four consecutive years since Global Times launched the award in 2012. At the forum, it was also titled one of the Chinese cities with most powerful potential for development, one of the top 10 most popular tourist cities in China, and one of the Chinese cities with best planning for innovation.
Experts and judges involving the event expressed that Chengdu deserves the titles and awards, because it is an important high-tech base, a business and logistics center and comprehensive transportation pivot as well as IT industry base in China. In 2014, the city’s GDP hit one trillion yuan. So far, 268 Fortune Global 500 companies have made business presence in the city, whose annual air passenger throughput has exceeded 40 million, with 85 international/regional air routes having been opened between it and other major cities across the world. Now, the national “Road and Belt” initiative, and the construction of Yangtze River Economic Belt, Tianfu New Area, the comprehensive transportation pivot in western China and regional innovation and entrepreneurship center with international influence have created remarkable opportunities for the city to maintain a strong momentum of sustainable development.