Behind the headline figure of a jump in life expectancy of 68 in 1990 to 76 in 2013 lies some fascinating details.
In Shanghai, life expectancy is now 83 — on a par with that of Switzerland.
There are now six provinces — Shanghai, Tianjin, Zhejiang, Beijing, Hong Kong, and Macao — that have higher life expectancies than the US or South Korea.
Tibet has shown huge improvement with a life expectancy of 70 in 2013 against 56 in 1990.

To highlight the progress made, The Economist has taken the data and created a map showing the life expectancy of each province and matched it to that of another nation. Viewed through this prism, much of China’s eastern seaboard looks like Northern Europe.20151031_CNM902_595