Top 25 most costly cities for doing business

By Zhang Junmian
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Shanghai ranked first as the most expensive city for business on the Chinese mainland this year, followed by Hangzhou and Beijing, according to the latest list of the 25 Chinese mainland cities with the highest business operating cost released Wednesday by Forbes China.

The survey covered 129 mainland cities with the municipal GDP of above 43.6 billion yuan (US$6.84 billion) in 2010, and took into account the following five criteria: labor cost, office rent, energy prices, tax policies and employee insurance.

Shanghai leads the ranking in terms of the comprehensive insurance expenses for employees covering pension, healthcare, unemployment and injuries. Shanghai's businesses are also paying the second highest office rents on the Chinese mainland, behind only Beijing.

Hangzhou overtook Beijing to become second on the ranking due to such factors as a surge in labor cost, while Qingdao, which jumped 11 spots to the 10th on the list, reported much heavier pressures from rising costs in labor, energy and employee insurance.

According to the ranking, big cities, including municipalities and provincial capitals, continue to have the highest operating costs for businesses, while the number of county-level cities on the list dropped substantially compared to last year.

Cities from Eastern China dominate the list, with seven from the Yangtze River Delta. Zhejiang Province alone has four cities included in the list.

Following are the 25 Chinese mainland cities with the highest business operating cost:

   Harbin 哈尔滨


Harbin, one of the 'Top 25 most costly cities for doing business' by

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