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View Poll Results: Your choice would be?
Beijing 5 20.83%
Shanghai 19 79.17%
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Old 02-01-2013, 04:21 AM
 
Location: Tokyo, Japan
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This one is interesting, these are China's two most dynamic cities.

I've heard often they're very different from one another and that they function for their country with different roles. I remember someone described Shanghai as the urban modern metropolis and Beijing as like Boston, Washington, and Los Angeles all rolled into one because of the entertainment, media, education, politics. That's an interesting way to put it.

Compare these two Chinese cities on everything you can: weather, nightlife, diversity, food, history, transit, key job sectors, culture, infrastructure, skyline, basically everything.

I've never been to either and I've planned out my first trip to China this winter with a friend and both of us want to see Shanghai more but that could be because we don't know much about Beijing and have heard some less than stellar things about it. I want to give the place a chance, hopefully someone here whose been to both can weigh in on them.
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Old 02-01-2013, 09:11 AM
 
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I would say Shanghai is like NYC, London or Tel Aviv and Beijing is like Washington, D.C. or Jerusalem. Shanghai is a modern financial capital and very cosmopolitan with a great nightlife. Beijing is more about history and seeing the historical sites and being the actual capital of China.
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Old 02-01-2013, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Westminster, London
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What is Shanghai like, outside of the very developed downtown area?
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Old 02-01-2013, 11:15 AM
 
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What is Shanghai like, outside of the very developed downtown area?
Shanghai has many European buildings. Actually a very large area is dominated by Europe-style buildings, which is unique in Asia.

Shanghai does not have a centralized "downtown". Everywhere is crowded and busy just like Manhattan. However Pudong has the most futuristic skyscrapers.
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Old 02-01-2013, 03:08 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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What is Shanghai like, outside of the very developed downtown area?
Right outside the big downtowns (the older west river bank one and the newer east river bank one with all the tallest skyscrapers) is generally older apartment buildings in the old apartment buildings, lots of larger midrise and highrise concrete apartment block developments with some of them being very tall. The areas are still decently bustling on the streets generally with it being more bustling the closer into the downtowns, especially the old downtown.
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Old 02-03-2013, 04:45 AM
 
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What is Shanghai like, outside of the very developed downtown area?
Further out in the suburb area are nice new modern apt. house complexes.
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Old 02-03-2013, 11:33 AM
 
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That is no contest for me and I select Shanghai without hesitation.

Shanghai just seems to be the more visually pleasant, more sophisticated, trendy, modern, a happening place kind of city compared to Beijing, a bit more culturally free, more variety for what can be experienced there, and more of worthwhile place to get to know very well.

I have seen such phenomenal photos of Shanghai that I added to my extensive collection of photos from all over the world.

I really should start having up all of those photos on this website, and website links for those photos since I literally have 2,000 photos on my computer of areas in 40 countries with Cities, Nature scenery, Architecture, Urban Scenery, Restaurants, Café Bars, Interior Environments, People Scene etc.

Beijing is too much about politics, almost bland visually, Inland Northern China is so much more polluted than Eastern/Southern Coastal China/other parts of China, a more tense environment that is not quite as free, and just not as intriguing and appealing.

However, I am sure even Beijing has some charms, just not nearly as much compared to the Shanghai region.

I am surprised there was never a Shanghai vs. Hong Kong topic said before.
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Old 02-03-2013, 11:37 AM
 
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Shanghai has many European buildings. Actually a very large area is dominated by Europe-style buildings, which is unique in Asia.

Shanghai does not have a centralized "downtown". Everywhere is crowded and busy just like Manhattan. However Pudong has the most futuristic skyscrapers.
The specific area of Shanghai you are referring to with European style architecture, and even some historical connections with Europe is named The Bund.

How much of Shanghai has architecture similar to the Bund? It seems The Bund is mostly a one street/15 blocks small neighborhood along Zhongshan road.

Pudong is equally impressive and offers a beneficial, intriguing balance with The Bund. Pudong shows that modern high-rise architecture can have plenty of soul and character in appearance, and that not all modern forms of architecture is discouraging. Shanghai is so underrated for architecture internationally.

However, outside of architecture that is easier to get to know, the actual urban culture, urban amenities: stores/restaurants/cafés/bars/festivals etc. and people scene appears a lot more enigmatic and obscure. What is Shanghai like for those other characteristics?

This city changed so much in the past 10 to 20 years, probably more than almost any other city in the world outside of Hong Kong’s Pearl Delta region.
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Old 02-03-2013, 12:00 PM
 
Location: The Big O
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The specific area of Shanghai you are referring to with European style architecture, and even some historical connections with Europe is named The Bund.

How much of Shanghai has architecture similar to the Bund? It seems The Bund is mostly a one street/15 blocks small neighborhood along Zhongshan road.
European architecture is not limited to the Bund. The French concession area and many other side streets around HuaiHai Road have quite a few European style buldings.
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Old 02-03-2013, 01:01 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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The specific area of Shanghai you are referring to with European style architecture, and even some historical connections with Europe is named The Bund.

How much of Shanghai has architecture similar to the Bund? It seems The Bund is mostly a one street/15 blocks small neighborhood along Zhongshan road.

Pudong is equally impressive and offers a beneficial, intriguing balance with The Bund. Pudong shows that modern high-rise architecture can have plenty of soul and character in appearance, and that not all modern forms of architecture is discouraging. Shanghai is so underrated for architecture internationally.

However, outside of architecture that is easier to get to know, the actual urban culture, urban amenities: stores/restaurants/cafés/bars/festivals etc. and people scene appears a lot more enigmatic and obscure. What is Shanghai like for those other characteristics?

This city changed so much in the past 10 to 20 years, probably more than almost any other city in the world outside of Hong Kong’s Pearl Delta region.
The Bund is actually just that small strip of buildings along (sorta) part of the Huangpu River's west bank. The areas formerly part of the concessions is actually a lot bigger than that strip and the former French Concession being particularly notable.
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