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Old 11-04-2014, 01:35 AM
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Some behaviors are acceptable in one part of China, may be extremely offending in another part.
China is more diverse in a lot of things than other large countries like US, Canada and Australia.
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Old 11-11-2014, 08:26 PM
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Cities in Zhejiang and Southern Jaingsu are the cleanest among major Chinese cities, Shanghai is second cleanest. Locals are more educated and less likely to litter and spit as Chinese in other regions, but still far from being clean in Western and Japanese standards. Cities and towns in regions of lower HDI are awfully DIRTY, including Guangdong. Most Chinese people seem to be suffering from diseases with a lot of spitting onto the streets. Littering is like socially acceptable, most Chinese throw things everywhere instead of into bins. Children behave the same as their parents, passing the bad habits to younger generations. Human wastes of children can be seen on the streets as well.

All the cities you mentioned have substantial non-local people coming in for better economic opportunities, doing business or working on jobs that are not liked by local city people. For Zhongshan there are agriculture and factories in addition to service industries.

Dongguan is a city famous for sex tourism with most working girls originating from Sichuan, Hunan, Chongqing, Hubei, Jiangxi and Heilongjiang, relatively poorer regions with good-looking girls and a lower moral standard, where people may "laugh at the poor but not the prostitutes", a Chinese saying, meaning the way the money is earned does not matter and being a sex worker is better than a extremely poor person. On the other hand, Hebei, Henan, Shanxi, Shaanxi, Gansu, Ningxia, Guangdong, Fujian, Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Anhui, Tibet is always included, are known to be traditional and being a sex worker is considered very shameful there.
Originally Posted by projectmaximus View Post
Hi guys, I would like some help in understanding the characteristics of the major cities in China. I was just realizing today that over the past few years I've subtly developed a bias against the Mainland...now that I am approaching middle age and have been seriously considering a move to Asia I find myself totally dismissing PRC when this certainly was not the case in my younger years. So while I really have no interest in living there, I would like to learn more about the cities in China.

Are the major cities all rather similar besides climate? Obviously a few stand out like Shanghai and Beijing, but for the other dozens of areas between 5-10 million population are they kind of a blur or are most of them unique in some way? What are the special characteristics of each?

for comparisons sake: I have visited Beijing in '01 and '07, Shanghai in '01, Chengdu in '07, Shenzhen in '07, Zhongshan in '13 and '14. No other experiences in PRC.


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Old 11-12-2014, 12:46 AM
Location: Miami-Jax
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Thanks for the insights, everyone! I think while the stereotypes and opinions are debatable, what is clear is that the cities do vary and illicit very different reactions from everyone.

Originally Posted by botticelli View Post
Shenzhen is a soulless city and one should never use that as a benchmark for China. Zhongshan is not that interesting either. Hardly anyone goes there to travel.
Yeah, my visits to those places are out of necessity/wherever my family is.
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