SHANGHAI is considered to be the cradle of "model husbands" after local men took the top spot in a nationwide model husband survey released by Horizon Research, a Beijing-based consulting firm yesterday.
The survey involved 1,098 residents from Beijing, Guangzhou, Xi'an, Zhengzhou and Hangzhou cities. They were over 18 and closely balanced between men and women.
All the interviewees were asked to answer a simple question: Which province or municipality do you think is the cradle of model husbands in China?
Shanghai was a "dark horse," said Xu Qinghong, a researcher who conducted the survey.
"The result was not what we expected since none of the interviewees are Shanghai natives," Xu said.
The rank of other cities was not available yesterday.
Xu said some traditionally think of Shanghai men as very mean, a stereotype perpetuated in literature.
But people see Shanghai men differently now as Shanghai becomes the most developed region in east China, providing better-paid jobs and career development, she said.
"Cities such as Shanghai and Beijing have many advantages over other Chinese cities by nature. Good location, higher incomes and more opportunities on the career path all make the men there to be an ideal husband for women," Xu said.
Shanghai men enjoyed the highest reputation in Xi'an City in northwest China as 19.1 percent of the respondents from Xi'an voted for Shanghai as the cradle of model husbands.
Also, 14.2 percent of the respondents from Hangzhou said Shanghai has the most model husbands.
Yan Meifang, a 35-year-old woman from Xi'an City, Shaanxi Province, married a Shanghai man nine years ago.
"Shanghai men are more attentive than men in my hometown. They may be petty in some aspects but most of the time you would feel warm living with them," Yan said.
Career ambition is seen as the most important quality that a model husband should have, followed by sense of responsibility and maturity, Xu said.