Taipei ranked as Asia's sixth most livable city

Taipei, April 18 (CNA) Taipei has retained its sixth place ranking on the list of Asia's 10 most livable cities this year, in an annual survey released Wednesday by a British human resources consulting company. Of the 49 Asian cities assessed, Singapore retained the top spot, followed by Kobe, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Yokohama, the ECA International survey showed. The 7th to 10th places were held by Macau, Georgetown (Malaysia), Seoul and Kuala Lumpur, respectively. Although Taipei kept the same position in Asia as last year, its global ranking fell one spot to 60th this year, ECA said, citing lower quality health services compared with cities higher up the ranking and occasional political tension. "In terms of the factors that we assess when drawing up the rankings, there has been little change in Taipei's scores since the 2011 survey," said Lee Quane, ECA's regional director in Asia. "This underlines its stability compared to certain other cities in Asia, which have seen fluctuations for a variety of reasons," he said. For example, Tokyo and Yokohama have both fallen following the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami in 2011 because when a natural disaster occurs, infrastructure, utilities and availability of goods and services are all likely to be adversely affected, he said. Singapore and Kobe were the only two Asian cities listed in the global top 10, with Singapore in first place and Kobe in fifth. Hong Kong was in 11th place on the global list, while Tokyo and Yokohama were tied at 17th. ECA's Location Ratings system helps companies to establish appropriate expatriate allowances to compensate for the level of adjustment required to complete an assignment. It evaluates a host of factors to form an assessment of the overall quality of living in over 400 locations worldwide. These factors include climate, availability of health services, housing and utilities, isolation, access to a social network and leisure facilities, infrastructure, personal safety, political tensions and air quality. (By Jeffrey Wu)