However, friendliness was just one factor readers were asked to rate among others. Is this really a friendliest city survey then? If Beijing's issues with pollution, traffic and dirty streets eliminated it from the friendly list, then clearly, many cities, especially in the developing world would miss the Top Ten.
Many friendly cities have their fair share of "ugliness"; rats in subways, exposed electrical wires, the smell of urine in lane ways, homeless people on the streets, children selling cigarettes, overcrowding on public transport, pollution haze, traffic. All cities have issues but their people can still be incredibly friendly.
I've found friendly and helpful people in all cities I've visited including; the Singaporean taxi driver who shared with me the changes his city has seen since he was a child, the Fijians who told their experience of village life, the Parisian who kindly explained to us that we were on the wrong train and then re-directed us, the Frankfurter who accompanied us to the car hire when we were lost and the New Yorker who engaged me in conversation just to hear my accent. And, of course, most especially, the many, many, wonderful Cebuanos who shared with me the beauty of their culture, their friendship and hospitality and the invitation to be part of their lives.
And, none of the cities I've mentioned are in the official 'Top 10'.
Which city do you rate as the most friendly?
*Read about the survey here.