Tim’s Travel Tips: How Modern is China?

How modern is China?  I touched on it a bit when discussing “Using Your Smartphone”.  Mary Ann and I were blown away on how modern China really is.  The cell phone service is broad, the train stations are new as well as the bullet trains.  The people dress as western as Americans do.

For example, Shanghai is an century’s old city but the modern growth is new.  My sense is this the explosion of growth in Shanghai is how New York City must have been in the early 20th century.

Shanghai, The Pudong – 1990
Shanghai, The Pudong – 2013







This explosion of growth is not exclusive to just Shanghai.  Many of the towns Mary Ann and I visited along we way seemed just as modern as the next.  The airport in Wenzhou seemed new and clean.  Hong Kong is very different from the rest of China because it has been more “Western” longer.  It felt more like New York City as far as a well established city.  I think you can find old Shanghai, it just may be harder to find in more popular tourist and business destinations.

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