For the seventh year, Hangzhou is named as one of the ten most attractive Chinese cities for expats. The list, which was introduced in 2010, was made by a foreign panel of 30 renowned people, including Sir James Fraser Stoddart, 2016 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry and short-term project participant in China’s Thousand Talents program, Peter Andreas Grünberg, 2007 Nobel Laureate in Physics and 2016 Chinese Government Friendship Prize winner, and international anti-virus expert Mikhail Pavlyushchik.
Hangzhou ranked the third, behind Shanghai and Beijing, on the 2016 list, outscored by Beijing for merely 0.57 point. The city performed very well in the political environment item, ranking the first ahead of Beijing and Shanghai. The average score of Hangzhou’s organization setup and work procedure efficiency is significantly higher than the average. In addition, the city ranks the third both in terms of policy environment and work environment. On the living environment sub-list, Hangzhou ranks the second both in terms of city planning and social civilization. However, the city still needs improvement on education, internationalization, cultural diversity, and remuneration.
According to the China Career Globalization List released by LinkedIn, the relative inflow of talents from abroad to Hangzhou ranks the first among all Chinese cities, topping those of Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen. The China Career Globalization index of Hangzhou ranks bebind the four cities.
The city’s talent introduction five-year plan (2016-2020) says Hangzhou offers up to 600,000 RMB annually to foreign experts, and offer 100,000-300,000 RMB for imported projects.