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Old 04-07-2013, 08:36 AM
 
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Beijing and Shanghai are two of my favs. in mainland China, and I've also been to Guilin, Yangshuo, Hangzhou, and Zhujiajiao. I'd rank Shanghai slightly higher than Beijing as the pollution in Beijing is so much worse.

I think Harbin and Dalian should also be on the list.

 
Old 04-07-2013, 09:19 AM
 
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Harbin is a great city. Haven't yet visited Dalian, but I hear it has some of the most beautiful women in China.
 
Old 04-08-2013, 12:23 AM
 
Location: In the heights
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I like the trio of Shanghai, Hangzhou and Suzhou the best so far. Having the three of them so close together but with fairly different characteristics is pretty great.
 
Old 04-08-2013, 11:51 AM
 
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I've only been to 3, excluding Hong Kong

I'd rate them in this order
Fuzhou
Shanghai
Guangzhou

Met a lot of distant relatives from my Maternal Grandfathers' side at Fuzhou, plus Fujian cuisine is awesome.
 
Old 04-08-2013, 07:20 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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I've only been to 3, excluding Hong Kong

I'd rate them in this order
Fuzhou
Shanghai
Guangzhou

Met a lot of distant relatives from my Maternal Grandfathers' side at Fuzhou, plus Fujian cuisine is awesome.
Interesting you rank Fuzhou above Shanghai. I found it pretty boring. Much preferred Xiamen.
 
Old 04-09-2013, 02:29 PM
 
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Interesting you rank Fuzhou above Shanghai. I found it pretty boring. Much preferred Xiamen.
I probably would've enjoyed Shanghai a lot more if I had a guide instead of picking randomly a direction from my hotel and hope to find something good in that general direction. But of course this being Shanghai, I usually managed to find something interesting to do no matter which way I took off. The primary reason I rated Fuzhou higher was because I had relatives living there who were showing me the ins and outs of the city. I heard a lot of good things about Xiamen, will definitely stop by next time I'm in the neighborhood.
 
Old 04-09-2013, 02:34 PM
 
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Xiamen is great, and the university is right on the beach. Delicious seafood in the snack stalls.
 
Old 04-09-2013, 07:27 PM
 
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Yes Xiamen is a hidden gem, well worth checking out. Fujian province is really worth a visit. Did you go to Wuyishan?
 
Old 04-09-2013, 07:50 PM
 
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No I wish. Just a weekend trip to Xiamen, then back to Chengdu.
 
Old 04-15-2013, 03:58 PM
 
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China has a phenomenal and amazing large amount of huge cities. Some are very known internationally while others are more mysterious and unknown. China does have variety in cities for what they offer, and the varied characteristics of those cities.

My top 10 favorite cities in China:

1. Hong Kong
2. Shanghai


3. Hangzhou
4. Qingdao
5. Dalian
6. Harbin


7. Kunming
8. Guangzhou
9. Shenzhen
10. Nanjing


Both Hong Kong and Shanghai are China's most prominent cities, some of the wealthiest, sophisticated, most cosmopolitan diverse, and having some of the best scenery.

A lot of the other Chinese cities also have plenty of charm, intriguing attractions, and places to see. Some of them even rank higher than Hong Kong and Shanghai for some aspects in quality of life, affordability, and less crowded. Those other Chinese cities have more historic classic forms of architecture. The local culture is even more authentic. However, they are not nearly as cosmopolitan and diverse, so I am not sure if people that are not Chinese are able to assimilate and integrate there easily for living there.

Kunming has such close proximity to Chinese Himalayan mountains, and Southeast Asia.

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