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Old 09-03-2010, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Manila
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Since China is the new up and coming superpower, I was thinking of starting a thread devoted to it in some form and fashion.

What I have in mind is which TEN cities in the country are the most distinct? Distinct would refer to its personality, environment, landscape, history, climate, architecture, and a host of other factors that set it apart from OTHER Chinese cities out of the thousands upon thousands of them.

So guys, which are the TEN most distinct Chinese cities and why? Please feel free to discuss. Thanks!
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Old 09-03-2010, 10:02 AM
 
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OK,her are some:
Beijing
Shanghai
Shenzhen
Guangzhou
Hangzhou
Suzhou
Qingdao
Dalian
Xi'an
Nanjing
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Old 09-05-2010, 03:35 AM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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Some of the more historic ones I recall include

Anyang - I think I thought this and Xi'an were the same for some reason.
Kaifeng
Xi'an
Nanjing
Turfan/Turpan - Although around 70% Uighur it's fairly significant to China's history on "The Silk Road", particularly in the T'ang dynasty.
Beijing

Then ones I recalled after looking up stuff.

Chengdu
Luoyang - Not sure why I forgot this one, maybe I'm tired or something.
Qufu - Important in Confucian history.
Hangzhhou - Another I should have remembered.

I've never been to China though so I'm not sure what's really distinct. I would think some of the poorer or interior cities might be more distinctive to a Westerner.
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Old 09-05-2010, 11:24 PM
 
Location: US Empire, Pac NW
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I'd like to visit either Shanghai or Beijing to see modern China. Then I'd want to see Xi'an to see the ancient capitol, or what's left of it. I hope they haven't bulldozed too many ancient places to make way for shiny new malls and stuff.
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Old 09-06-2010, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Bike to Surf!
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Here's my list, based on my experiences while visiting:

Guilin: A nice southern town with a few hills inside the city limits. Well-ordered and not too smoggy. Plenty of good food. Of course, the big attraction is the hilly countryside, nearby Karst formations, and the Dragon's Backbone terraced rice paddies.

Dali: Plenty of kitsch but also plenty of fun to be had in the fully-renovated "old town" and some really good beef noodle soup at hole-in-the-wall "new town" places. Nice old town market if you can find it. The countryside also holds some real wonders like Tiger Leaping Gorge. Not really a city, but not to be missed.

Zhongdian (aka Shangrila): I know it's right next to Dali, but it's like a whole different place. A little slice of Tibet foreigners can wander around without too much government interference--unlike actual Tibet. Bluest skies you've ever seen. Again, just a tourist town, but a distinctive one.

Chengdu: A drab but well-planned inland industrial city. The park tea houses are what make this city distinct.

Xian: Sex capitol of China. Yeah, there's the wall, the historical buildings, and the nearby terracotta warriors, but what really sets this city apart are the profligate love hotels for visiting businessmen.

Beijing: The worst and most interesting place in all of China. Plenty of others can comment. Very distinctive in any case.

Shanghai: A very different Chinese metropolis, more like the other Asian metropolises; Hong-Kong, Taipei, or Bangkok than any other city in China.

Guangzhou: A southern China hill town. Tropical and with a very different sense than the northern or inland cities.

Chongqing: A distinctive smoggy industrial city in China's heartland. Nestled in a bend in the Yangtse, it holds a place in my memory.

Kashgar: Last but not least, like being in an entirely different country. Different people, different food (outside the Han sector) and incredible scenery up the highway toward Pakistan.
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Old 09-06-2010, 10:38 AM
 
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my favorite is Hangzhou. I lived in Shanghai for nearly 2 years and visited Hangzhou many times. Nothing else like it as far as I'm concerned.

Check out the Hangzhou Xihu State Guest House.

Many, Many other places to see in and around Hangzhou.
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Old 09-06-2010, 06:46 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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^ Which Guangzhou are you referring to sponger? Guangzhou is a big coastal city with over 10 million people.
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Old 09-07-2010, 09:13 PM
 
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Originally Posted by Thomas R. View Post
Some of the more historic ones I recall include

Anyang - I think I thought this and Xi'an were the same for some reason.
Kaifeng

OMG!!! I have to reply you, because I believe nobody else will mention the city like Anyang OMG, Kaifeng, the poor cities in the poor province of China (Henan) which actually has the bad reputation in China (maybe sth like the reputiation in the world),
I grow in Anyang, yes my hometown, I have been leaving there for 18 years. next time you visit Anyang, maybe I could be your guider if I were in home, usually I just go home in Chinese new year
this thread make me aware how samll our globle is lol
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Old 09-07-2010, 09:49 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Off the top of my head, I can name these Chinese cities:

Shanghai
Beijing
Harbin
Xiamen
Urumqi
Xiamen
X'ian
Dandong
Shenzhen
Ghangzhou
Nanjing

That's all that comes to me right now! Somehow those cities managed to be stored into my memory, so I guess they are distinct to me.

Gosh, I really need to brush up on my Chinese geography!
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Old 09-08-2010, 12:12 PM
 
Location: Bike to Surf!
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^ Which Guangzhou are you referring to sponger? Guangzhou is a big coastal city with over 10 million people.
Yes, the same one you're thinking of. I meant "hilly town" not "hill town."
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