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View Poll Results: Which Chinese cities/regions have you visited or lived in?
(none) 18 52.94%
Beijing 12 35.29%
Shanghai 12 35.29%
Hong Kong 11 32.35%
Macau 5 14.71%
Tianjin 2 5.88%
Shenzhen 8 23.53%
Guangzhou 8 23.53%
Guilin/Yangshuo/Nanning (Guangxi) 2 5.88%
Lhasa (Tibet) 0 0%
Urumqi/Xinjiang 1 2.94%
Xiamen (Fujian) 0 0%
Suzhou 3 8.82%
Nanjing 4 11.76%
Hangzhou (Zhejiang) 4 11.76%
Qingdao (Shandong) 2 5.88%
Chonqing 3 8.82%
Chengdu/Sichuan 2 5.88%
Xi'an 6 17.65%
Dalian/Shenyang (Liaoning) 2 5.88%
Harbin (Heilongjiang) 1 2.94%
Kunming (Yunnan) 2 5.88%
Haikou/Sanya (Hainan) 2 5.88%
Wuhan (or nearby Changsha) 2 5.88%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 34. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-18-2015, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Kansas/China
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I think Zhengzhou should be on the list as well. Anyway, of this list.

1. Beijing
2. Shanghai
3. Nanjing
4. Hangzhou
5. Suzhou, but I didn't see it until after I voted.
5. Sanya
6. Liaoning

We may go to China later this year to Lhasa via train from Xian. My wife would really like to go to Chengdu as well.
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Old 05-18-2015, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Northern Ireland and temporarily England
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Zero.
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Old 05-18-2015, 03:24 PM
 
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I think Zhengzhou should be on the list as well. Anyway, of this list.

1. Beijing
2. Shanghai
3. Nanjing
4. Hangzhou
5. Suzhou, but I didn't see it until after I voted.
5. Sanya
6. Liaoning

We may go to China later this year to Lhasa via train from Xian. My wife would really like to go to Chengdu as well.
Zhengzhou is largely insignificant in larger China. I considered adding it under a separate Zhengzhou/ShijiaZhuang option (like Changsha/Wuhan), but there were already too many options.

How was Zhengzhou? Worth visiting?
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Old 05-20-2015, 02:53 PM
 
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The main place I stayed in both times is not on your list and that is Jinan, the capital of Shandong Province. I have also been to Beijing, Shanghai, Xi'an, Nanjing, Qingdao, Qufu, Kaifeng, Shenzhen and Hong Kong.
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Old 05-20-2015, 05:32 PM
 
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The main place I stayed in both times is not on your list and that is Jinan, the capital of Shandong Province. I have also been to Beijing, Shanghai, Xi'an, Nanjing, Qingdao, Qufu, Kaifeng, Shenzhen and Hong Kong.
I've only had the pleasure of getting stuck in Jinan, which is a surprisingly huge city. Most people also don't realize that Shandong province is the 2nd largest in terms of population. The only recognizable city is typically Qingdao, which I love for its pseudo German architecture. It is probably one of the few smaller cities in China that truly has a distinct identity and sense of place.

Unfortunately, most traditional neighborhoods are destroyed all across China and most cities look the same. I was really disappointed upon visiting Hainan, the "Hawaii of China" when I realize it just looks like a dirty, standard Chinese city on the beach and it a more tropical setting. Really not special at all.

Qingdao is special though.
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Old 05-20-2015, 05:34 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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Been to Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Guangzhou. There is also one 3rd tier city called Huizhou which I also been to.
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Old 05-21-2015, 07:39 AM
 
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I've only had the pleasure of getting stuck in Jinan, which is a surprisingly huge city. Most people also don't realize that Shandong province is the 2nd largest in terms of population. The only recognizable city is typically Qingdao, which I love for its pseudo German architecture. It is probably one of the few smaller cities in China that truly has a distinct identity and sense of place.

Unfortunately, most traditional neighborhoods are destroyed all across China and most cities look the same. I was really disappointed upon visiting Hainan, the "Hawaii of China" when I realize it just looks like a dirty, standard Chinese city on the beach and it a more tropical setting. Really not special at all.

Qingdao is special though.
What is special about Jinan are all of its 72 springs (of cold water). There are canals in the center of the city and a large lake on which one can take boat rides besides the different parks centered around the city's springs. Jinan is the capital of the province whereas Qingdao is the commercial center and a resort town.
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Old 05-21-2015, 08:47 AM
 
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What is special about Jinan are all of its 72 springs (of cold water). There are canals in the center of the city and a large lake on which one can take boat rides besides the different parks centered around the city's springs. Jinan is the capital of the province whereas Qingdao is the commercial center and a resort town.
Yeah I've read about that, but it's not really something that makes it stand out.

I suppose I was/am uninterested because the springs are the only unique natural feature, while there aren't any unique manmade features. It's like Minnesota in the states or "Land of Lakes". Yeah, they have that one distinct natural feature, but it's definitely not on anyone's radar as a tourist to the US.

Suzhou has better canals and Hangzhou/Kunming has a better lake. Is there anything that speaks to a unique built environment or culture? I left the train station briefly, but it looked like a standard Chinese city.
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Old 05-21-2015, 01:46 PM
 
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Yeah I've read about that, but it's not really something that makes it stand out.

I suppose I was/am uninterested because the springs are the only unique natural feature, while there aren't any unique manmade features. It's like Minnesota in the states or "Land of Lakes". Yeah, they have that one distinct natural feature, but it's definitely not on anyone's radar as a tourist to the US.

Suzhou has better canals and Hangzhou/Kunming has a better lake. Is there anything that speaks to a unique built environment or culture? I left the train station briefly, but it looked like a standard Chinese city.
I have not been to Suzhou or Hangzhou/Kumming so I can't compare. What I can say about Jinan is the people are very friendly and the Shandong Cuisine is very good. Also Jinan is the only stop on the express high speed train between Beijing and Shanghai and is at a junction with a high speed train going between Qingdao and Kaifeng (which I have both been to).
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