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Old Posted Apr 6, 2016, 7:19 AM
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First visit to China - which cities to visit?

Hello,

I am a architectural/street photographer currently traveling through Asia.

In about a month I will be heading to HK to get a Chinese Visa, then on to China for about 2 months. I had planned on spending a few weeks in Shanghai and then Beijing.

Now I'm wondering if Shanghai is really my best choice. I don't care about the usual tourist stuff like luxury shopping or colonial architecture. I'm wanting to photograph the gritty, industrial China. I do of course want the great modern skyscrapers but also the interesting street life, factories etc.

Would I be better off in places like Guangzhou or Shenzhen?
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Old Posted Jun 30, 2016, 7:06 PM
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Which cities did you end up visiting?

The top tier cities like Beijing and Shanghai are great, but they aren't exactly representative of the rest of the country, in much the same way that NYC is somewhat alien relative to most other US cities.

I'd have suggested going beyond the lesser tier 1 cities like Shenzhen or Guangzhou and going into some tier 2 cities like Chongqing and Wuxi.
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Old Posted Aug 2, 2016, 10:57 AM
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Guangzhou has the best skylscraper in Chinese cities. I'm not bragging, it's even better than Shanghai.











And Shenzhen is also good







If you think China's first tier cities have seen and want to go to second tier cities, I recommend Chongqing, she is a beautiful mountain city







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I'd also recommend Suzhou and nearby Wuxi. Very accessible (20-45 minute train ride) from Shanghai.
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