Upon retirement, the standards for finding a suitable place to live change a lot. The level of health-care, the cost of living and the recreational environment will impact the choice much more.
Recently, a newspaper which specializes in investigation conducted a systematic evaluation on the top ten cities for pensioners in China. Chengdu, Kunming, Shanghai, Dalian, Haikou, Suzhou, Qingdao, Yantai, Zhuhai and Xiamen are all in the list.
Shanghai and Chengdu: Best health-care system
There are two critical problems for all pensioners, finance and psychological health. Upon retirement, incomes will decrease year by year and ill health will become a bigger problem. Meanwhile expenses in medical and health care will increase quickly.
Taking the level of medical care into account, Sanya, Guilin and other such fascinating tourist cities do not make the list. The average hospital bed number of the selected cities is more than 20,000 which means there are about 150 beds for every 10,000 people.
Haikou: freshest air, lowest house price
People's average life expectancy in the selected cities is 77. In comparison with China's nationwide average of 72, the data is enough to tell us how important the climate is to health.
Among all the selected cities, Haikou has the best climate with 85 percent excellent air quality days every year. The house price in Haikou is also the lowest among these 10 cities.
Kunming: sun, beautiful scenery and flowers
Kunming is a city that can help you to find the essence of life. Flowers bloom all year round, giving this city another name: "Spring City". The low living cost ensures citizens here have a high standard of living.
Suzhou: city full of poetry
Suzhou is located in a temperate zone enjoying a subtropical monsoon climate. It's also part of the transportation junction from Shanghai to Zhejiang.
The rich culture here doesn't impact its economic development. Suzhou's GDP ranked fifth in China and was the top prefecture-level city in 2008.
Yantai: enjoy wine on the beach
The nice snacks and cuisine, living costs at less than 1,500 yuan (about 220 USD) in accordance with the fascinating climate here, how can you resist not living in this city?
In addition, Yantai is also famous for its wine.
The beautiful scenery consists of mountain and water and makes this city different from others. You won't feel any pressure in this city.
As the city with the smallest population in Guangdong province, the transport and security is good enough. Now the bridge that will link Hong Kong, Macao and Zhuhai is under construction, and the house prices are also about to enter a period of rapid growth.
Xiamen: Low carbon city for pensioners
The good natural environment is the priority that makes Xiamen appropriate for pensioners. At the same time, Xiamen is a city that is full of development opportunity. Recently, more young people have swarmed here making the living cost higher.