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Old 03-20-2018, 12:31 AM
 
Location: NYC
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You need to ask yourself why you want to move over there. If it is purely for a change of scenery temporarily then Hong Kong will be the easier move. If you want to put yourself in an environment that can potentially improve your career trajectory then easily Shanghai or Beijing (with Shanghai being the preferable one for reasons others mentioned).
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Old 03-20-2018, 03:48 AM
 
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Hong Kong, if you can afford it. Beijing and Shanghai still have Dystopian Science Fiction levels of air pollution, though they claim to be working on it. Also, Hong Kong, at least for now, still has more individual freedom under the "one country, two systems" thing. It's certainly not completely free, but it resembles a free country more than the rest of China does.

I would give Shanghai the edge over Beijing for second place, but it's a very distant second.
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Old 03-20-2018, 04:58 AM
 
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I only visited all 3 cities but I have ex-pat good family friends living long term in HK and Beijing and a former colleague who lived in Shanghai for several years. From what they told me and my own impressions, HK has the most Western freedoms of the three but not necessarily the most authentic Chinese experience but does have lower pollution levels than Shanghai or Beijing. Shanghai like HK is a vibrant city as well as world class financial center and both of them remind one of NYC in that regard. But for a more authentic Chinese experience probably Beijing would fit the bill, but I believe the pollution there is the worst of the three cities.
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Old 05-23-2018, 12:31 AM
 
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When thoughtful on stores, Hong Kong is having other strengths. Especially one of the beginning trendsetters on mainland Asian megalopolis holdings. Although, Shanghai is extremely trendy, and recent. Their own nightlife is continuing rare when comparing rest of the entire Continent. Millions of people literally squished themselves into this utopia in Planet Earth record amount of interval spacing. On the contrary, Hong Kong is markedly slower with developing activity. Shanghai wins for me, even when each are successful in urban behemoths labels.
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Old 06-06-2018, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Houston
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I am an American of European heritage who has not lived in China, but I have visited the 3 cities in question. So, I can't give as much useful info as others who have posted here. But, here goes. I've enjoyed all 3 cities. I see them all as distinct and with my limited experience, it is difficult to choose between them. Beijing certainly does have bad air quality, but it is where I would go to work on my (extremely limited) Mandarin. A Mandarin-speaking friend from Taiwan advocated for me to join him in Macao, but even he has difficulty there because he doesn't speak Cantonese. I looked into Mandarin schooling there, but it doesn't seem to be the best place to practice it with regular people on the street. I'm not sure about Shanghai ... don't they have their own regional dialect? So, if I were to go to China for the explicit purpose of learning Mandarin, Beijing would be my choice of the 3 cities. Hong Kong might be easier for a foreigner and it is a fun place. Shanghai is in-between, but one good thing is that it is close to Hangzhou and Suzhou, which are fun to visit.
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Old 06-07-2018, 03:27 PM
 
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hong kong while its still somewhat free
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Old 06-12-2019, 12:46 PM
 
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Most receptive to foreign men.
HK women>Shanghai women>Beijing women

Most receptive to foreign women
All three cities' men are similar, like the look of foreign women but not very interested to start a relationship with foreign women, prefer own women
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Old 08-07-2019, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Macao
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Here's a look at Shanghai....from the ground level:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0OoiOIjli0
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Old 08-07-2019, 12:13 PM
 
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Most receptive to foreign men.
HK women>Shanghai women>Beijing women

Most receptive to foreign women
All three cities' men are similar, like the look of foreign women but not very interested to start a relationship with foreign women, prefer own women

Of course OP only cares about dating ...


On topic: Shanghai??

Hong Kong seems to be on the downtrend since the 90s losing huge portions of its GDP to neighbor Shenzhen and Shanghai too.
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Old 08-07-2019, 12:17 PM
 
Location: US
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Shanghai would be my choice. Hong Kong is just too dense population wise for living and I like dense cities. Visit both and decide. Beijing is too spread out and polluted and generic.


Regarding dating, all of them are good as long as you aren't a douche.
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