What's just been voted 'world's best city'?

Hong Kong voted world's best city in EIU indexPA



Hong Kong has been named the best city in the world to live in a new index that focuses on green space.

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) looks at global "liveability" rankings and criteria that examines "spatial characteristics", like urban sprawl, connection and proximity to other cities, and pollution.

Amsterdam came in at number two, followed by Osaka, Paris and Sydney.

Not one city from the UK made it into the top 10 out of the 140 city rankings.

The top ten list was made up of five cities from Europe, three from Asia, one from North America, and one from Australia.

According to the news.com.au, the report said: "Hong Kong is a very compact city that has managed to maintain its natural heritage, create a dense network of green spaces and enjoy extensive links to the rest of the world,"

The lowest-scoring city on the index was Tehran, followed by Nairobi and Lusaka.

The top 10 cities on the EIU Liveabilit index 2012 are:

1. Hong Kong
2. Amsterdam
3. Osaka
4. Paris
5. Sydney
6. Stockholm
7. Berlin
8. Toronto
9. Munich
10. Tokyo

Meanwhile, if you're looking for the cheapest city destination in the world, you're in luck: Tripadvisor just released a list of the best cities for budget-conscious Brits.

So, forget Paris or Rome, and try out Hanoi and Budapest, instead...

Discover the best purse-friendly city destinations for Brits below:

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Tripadvisor's top ten cities for value for money
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What's just been voted 'world's best city'?

The home of the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven, Beijing attracted 200 million tourists in 2011 alone. In other words, it's a pretty busy place. Tripindex: Hotel: £67.72. Return taxi trip: £1.09. Cocktails for two: £15.07. Dinner for two: £17.48. Total cost: £101.37.

From backpackers' retreats to luxury hotels, Bangkok caters for all - which is why more than 20 million tourists head here every year. Tripindex: Hotel: £51.68. Return taxi trip: £1.30. Cocktails for two: £6.05. Dinner for two: £44.35. Total cost:  £103.38.

Hailed as one of Europe's most beautiful cities, Budapest is only one of two European destinations to make Tripadvisor's top ten value for money city destinations. Tripindex: Hotel: £66.58. Return taxi trip: £6.25. Cocktails for two: £22.96. Dinner for two: £27.54. Total cost: £123.32.

This 21st century metropolis, basking in the benefits of in of a booming economy, is an upcoming tourist hotspot for western tourists. Tripindex: Hotel: £72.32. Return taxi trip: £2.34. Cocktails for two: £12.54. Dinner for two: £36.67. Total cost: £123.86.

A popular city among culture lovers, brand new  tourist attractions here include a new museum dedicated to Chopin and another on Jewish history. Tripindex: £69.66. Return taxi trip: £7.90. Cocktails for two: £7.72. Dinner for two: £42.03. Total cost:£127.30.

In recent years, this city has gone from being one of the ugliest in Asia to a dynamic, fun and modern city. Tripindex:  Hotel: £90.31. Return taxi trip: £2.35. Cocktails for two: £16.79. Dinner for two: £20.25. Total cost: £129.70.

Sofia is often overlooked by tourists who merely travel through it on their way to ski resorts or the coast - but they're missing out on a treat. This is definitely one to watch. Tripindex: Hotel: £74.08. Return taxi trip:£2.18. Cocktails for two: £26.18. Dinner for two: £29.94. Total cost:£132.38

Known as the gateway to Indonesia, this city is among the cheapest of all for British holidaymakers to while away a day or two. Tripindex: Hotel: £79.15. Return taxi trip: £2.97. Cocktails for two: £13.74. Dinner for two: £40.16. Total cost: £136.02.

Spectacular Roman ruins, the Great Mosque, amazing mosaics and Islamic art mean that around 2 million tourists visit every year. Tripindex: Hotel: £96.31. Return taxi trip: £3.35. Cocktails for two: £6.38. Dinner for two: £32.16. Total cost: £138.19.

An exotic city glittering with fascinating architecture, both ancient and modern, Hanoi is becoming increasingly popular as a destination for Brits - not least because it represents amazing value for money. It comes top of Tripadvisor's list of cheap cities for 2012. Tripindex: Hotel: £54.80. Return taxi trip: £3.16. Cocktails for two: £14.39. Dinner for two: £18.31. Total cost: £89.93.

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