A list of 'new first-tier' cities was released by CBNweekly based on statistical analysis of the degree of commercial resources clustering, activities of citizens, variety of life and malleability in the future.
The list covers 338 Chinese cities, and was created after researching into the store locations of 160 brands supported by users' statistics provided by 14 internet companies.
It is the first time for the magazine to raise the concept of 'new first-tier' cities. "The administrative level and GDP cannot properly reflect a city's business charm and economic growth potential," it said.
Here are the top 10 cities based on the list.
No 1 Chengdu
Aerial view of a section of the elevated highways of the Second Ring Road being rebuilt among a cluster of residential apartment buildings in Chengdu city, Southwest China's Sichuan province, February 22, 2013. [Photo/IC]
No 2 Hangzhou
Night view of the InterContinental Hotel Hangzhou, left, and other buildings in Qianjiang New Town in Hangzhou city, east China's Zhejiang province, July 17, 2014. [Photo/IC]
No 3 Wuhan
Women dance in a plaza at a public park at dusk in Wuhan, in Central China's Hubei province, on Aug 7, 2015. [Photo/IC]
No 4 Tianjin
Night view of Tianjin Eye Ferris wheel in Tianjin, January 25, 2009. [Photo/IC]
No 5 Nanjing
View of a signage of Olympic rings in Xinjiekou CBD in Nanjing city, East China's Jiangsu province.[Photo/IC]
No 6 Chongqing
The night view of Chongqing Municipality on Oct 26, 2013. [Photo/IC]
No 7 Xi'an
Xi'an's drum and bell tower turns off its light to participate in an environmental protection event on March, 29, 2014. [Photo/IC]
No 8 Changsha
The scenery of Yuelu Academy in Changsha, Hunan province, on Nov 11, 2015. [Photo/IC]
No 9 Qingdao
Dusk sets over Qingdao city, East China's Shandong province, May 11 2013. [Photo/IC]
No 10 Shenyang
Trees are decorated with false green leaves on bare branches on a street in Shenyang city, Northeast China's Liaoning province, December 24, 2015. [Photo/IC]
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