Huge Chinese industrial cities: which to visit to get a feel for Chinese urban life?
October 9, 2006 3:02 AM Subscribe
I live in Beijing. I want to take a 3-day solo trip to another Chinese city to get a feel for how the majority of urban Chinese live--outside of Beijing/Shanghai/Shenzhen. Where should I go?
posted by jbb7 to Travel & Transportation around Beijing, China (16 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm not looking for tourist attractions. What has always caught my interest is that China has 100 cities with more than one million people. After the few well-known eastern coastal cities, that leaves plenty more. I want to visit a city with a huge population and heavy industry but without much Western influence and without Beijing/Shenzhen/Shanghai levels of wealth.
Cost and weather do not matter. My Mandarin skills are adequate for this. Also, I have already visited Xi'an and want to consider another city this time.
So, where should I go?