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Chinese city ranks sixth in world for longevity


People's Daily, October 27, 2011

China's Rugao City of Jiangsu province was named a World Longevity City at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Monday, making it the sixth-placed Longevity City in the world.

Rugao's population of 1.4 million includes 265 centenarians, the largest number in China's counties and cities. According to the International Natural Medical Association, five other longevity cities are Bama County of Guangxi province, Hetian of Xinjiang province, Hanza in Pakistan, Transcaucasia and the city of Vilcabamba in Ecuador, which are distributed in high, cold regions and remote mountain areas. But Rugao is a longevity city in the developed coastal region of China, which is rare in the world.

Beijing leads nation in longevity with 80-year average lifespan.

A rise in living standards over the past 60 years has added about three decades to lifespans in Beijing. The average life expectancy of Beijing residents reached 80.24 years, comparing with 52.8 years for Beijingers when the New China was founded in 1949.

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