"People in a city share some temperaments," said He Fan, a manager of Horizon Research. "There are sexy people. So are cities."
He said their survey was open-ended, allowing respondents to name any city they consider sexy and all the reasons were collected from the interviews.
The word "sexy" is not about beauty, bikini, beach, bar or club but other aspects of a city, as some interviewees explained. "This is surprising," He said.
About 17.3 percent of all the interviewees considered Shanghai the sexiest city and the top three reasons are "modern and affluent with strong economy," "architectural landmarks," and "many big events like Expo."
"It really surprised us and the respondents taught us what is sexy about cities and their values," He said, who had thought Chongqing might take the title as it was famous of beautiful women.