According to latest reports, Xiamen is among the top 10 most promising cities in China.
The other nine most promising cities are Nanjing, Suzhou, Wuhan, Hangzhou, Hefei, Zhengzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, and Tianjin.
The criteria for selection of the most promising cities are as follows:
>    Transportation hub with at least three high-speed railways
>    Large population flow over the past 10 years
>    Strong education resources
>    Relatively rapid GDP growth
>    Relatively high average deposits of domestic and foreign currency
> Plans for super metropolis transportation hub for Xiamen by 2020
> Xiamen's 1st elevated bike path beneath BRT to debut before Chinese New Year
> New super speed rails to shorten Xiamen-Hangzhou travel to four hours
> Xiamen-Europe express rail freight service launched
Russia, India, Brazil and South Africa have invested in 39 projects in Xiamen as of September this year. In 2017, the 9th BRICS summit will be held in Xiamen in September.
The city's GDP reached RMB 80.102 billion from January to September this year, third place in Fujian Province.
Xiamen's permanent population reached 3.86 million in 2016, and the number is expected to reach five million in 2020.
There are three provincial key universities in Xiamen, including Xiamen University, Jimei University, and Huaqiao University. The city has 73 primary and middle schools built in the past five years. And 200 primary and middle schools and kindergartens will be built from 2016 to 2020.