The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) published 2009 edition of Blue Book of City Competitiveness. The top ten most competitive cities in China are:
Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Beijing, Taipei, Guangzhou, Qingdao, Tianjin, Suzhou, Kaohsiung.
The report is based on study of 294 largest cities in China. The same report placed Hong Kong the 26th among 500 competitive cities in the world. However, 40 out of 50 fast growing cities are from China. This is the seventh annual blue book on Chinese city competitiveness published by the agency.