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About China City Database

About China City Database

UCI established "Urban China Database" on the basis of large data from Urban Sustainability Index (USI) 2013. The Database provides raw data on 185 Chinese cities and 11 international cities, sustainable growth rate and cities ranking, etc. The report serves as a tool for the cities to self-evaluate their levels of development, and promotes sustainable development for cities in China.

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UCI Reports

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  • The Urban China Initiative Brochure

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  • Detecting Urban Road Network Accessibility Problems Using GPS Data

    By applying the proposed method to the Chinese city of Harbin, we have identified 20 regions that have the lowest level of accessibility by car among all the identified residential areas. A serious reachability problem to petrol stations has also been dicovered, in which drivers from 92.6% of the residential areas have to travel longer than 30 min to refill their cars. Furthermore, the comparison against a baseline model reveals the capacity of the drived measures in accounting for the actual travel routes under divergent traffic conditions. The experimental results demonstrate the potential and effectiveness of the proposed method in detecting car-based accessibility problems, contributing towards the development of urban road networks into a system that has better reachability and more reduced inequity.

    2016 / 02 / 01 Download
  • The China Urban Sustainability Index 2013

    Urban Sustainable Index (USI) 2013 builds upon the work carried out in USI 2011. USI 2013 has expanded and upgraded the indicators used in USI 2011. The analysis deploys 23 metrics, which cover four categories: economy, society, resources and environment. We ranked 185 cities, of varying sizes and at different stages of development, by their level of sustainability from 2005 to 2011. To ensure data was available, as well as to reflect the full landscape of Chinese cities, our sample includes all levels of cities from municipalities directly under the central government, to county-level cities with populations ranging from 200,000 to 20 million.

    2014 / 06 / 17 Download
  • USI Top 20 Cities – Overall Ranking and Raw Indicators

    UCI reveals raw indicators of the top 20 cities in the latest Urban Sustainability Index (USI) ranking.

    2014 / 04 / 17 Download
  • Gas-fired Distributed Energy in China: A Policy Perspective

    This report examines the policy and regulatory environment surrounding gas-fired combined cooling, heating and power (CCHP) in an attempt to identify the main obstacles to achieving these targets, and policy mechanisms that might be deployed to overcome them. While this study may be taken in isolation, it also forms part of a larger research project that aims to assess the feasibility of a new model for sustainable urban development in China—Transit Synergized Development (TSD).

    2012 / 10 / 16 Download
  • 2011 Urban Sustainability Index

    The 2011 Urban Sustainability updates data from the inaugural report and further develops insights into the relative sustainability of China's rapidly growing cities while highlighting case studies of successful policies and outcomes. Analysis revealed a positive correlation between a city's income level and its sustainability scores, indicating that in some cases China's continued economic development may have a positive impact on sustainable urbanization.

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  • The Urban Sustainability Index: A New Tool For Measuring China's Cities

    The first annual Urban Sustainability Index (USI) was developed as part of an eight-month effort by Columbia and McKinsey researchers to establish a uniform, fact-based methodology for assessing and comparing China's cities in achieving their efforts to achieve sustainable economic development.

    2010 / 10 / 11 Download
  • Preparing for China's Urban Billion

    In 2007, the McKinsey Global Institute launched a major initiative to study the evolution of urbanization of China and to derive insights into how this process will develop. More than 20 consultants and experts explored the global economic and social implications of the unprecedented expansion of China's cities and how national and local policy makers can shape China's urban development to 2025 and beyond. This two-volume report describes the findings of this research.

    2008 / 03 / 28 Download

UCI Books

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  • Scientific and Technological Revolutions around the World: Trends and Implications

    This book is one of the major projects of the pre-planning projects report commissioned by the NDRC for the 13th Five-Year Plan. Out of near a hundred commissioned pre-planning projects for the 13th Five-Year Plan, this report is chosen by the NDRC as one of the first two books to be published this year. The book identifies 14 technologies could help China capture the benefits of science and technology in the Five-Year Plan period, including cloud computing, internet of things, big data, 3D printing, advanced materials and etc,. Drawing on research of McKinsey Global Institude, and the UCI, this book also provide inputs on how the technologies trend impacts China’s industries and development strategies.

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  • China's Urbanization Indicator System and Other Studies.

    The three studies represent a major development in thinking and practice related to China's urbanization journey. They indicates a move from quantity to quality of urban life. They also address the critical question of migrants and how Chinese society can become more inclusive and therefore more sustainable, and explore the new context of the mega region.

    2016 / 02 / 01 More Details
  • Compact City Policies: A Comparative Assessment

    The Urban China Initiative (UCI) launched the Chinese version of Compact City Policies: A Comparative Assessment, the latest green growth report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) after a year's joint efforts.

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UCI Column

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Critical Issues in the Next Decade of China's Infrastructure Effort

Critical Issues in the Next Decade of China's Infrastructure Effort

Over the past 30 years China has become the world’s largest infrastructure market, thanks to its economic reforms and burgeoning urbanization effort. As positive and dramatic as this evolution has been, it is now possible to identify several critical issues that will bear heavily on the direction and shape of China’s infrastructure planning and its construction sector. In brief, the single-source financing model that underpins government led infrastructure development is not sustainable; the quality of urban infrastructure is poor; and despite the vigor or China’s infrastructure building efforts, infrastructure companies now face overcapacity challenges similar to those in developed economies.

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