Some other people have given good reasons but another reason is that most European cities with a million people have had fairly high populations for a long time now and are full of old well established streets and entertainment areas and have had populations of people wealthy enough to go to such places for a long time.
On the other hand the population of most cities in China has exploded over the past few decades and the vast majority of all Chinese cities have been completely destroyed and replaced with high rises. The cities that haven't exploded in population/are still mostly old tend to be extremely poor horrible places to live that nobody wants to live in. Even in the bigger cities it is only fairly recently that relatively large numbers of people have been able to afford to go out and have fun.
But yeah I know what you mean. Most cities of 1 million people in China have next to nothing beyond KTV restaurants and majiang in the park whereas my hometown of 300k people has a good 100 or so bands playing across the city every Friday/Saturday night literally hundreds if not thousands of bars and pubs a bunch of quality museums and historical sites scattered around the place etc etc. It really is no comparison in terms of nightlife and entertainment.
To be fair Chinese people entertain themselves differently than Europeans too. 100 bars in a 1M city simply will not get enough business.
Good point. Same as having 100 KTVs in a city of 1 million in Lithuania I guess.
No public and free cultural events no festivalsno free public parksno public concertsno theatresno operas... The only thing you can do for free is to visit shopping malls. China is a cultural desert.
Plenty of mah-jong parlors gambling dens and rooster fighting pits if you know where to look
And people say they don't want to move to China after reading these comments?
You left out masagees and KTVs.
Forgive me. Add KTV/Brothels and happy ending massages.
yup dog fighting is more the flavour in the north.
I really miss tailgating before a concert
Tailgating in general. No one gives a fuck about sports here unless China is winning at something. Even those who like the NBA usually don't really watch they just have their favorite stars and casually pay attention. Even in podunk town USA you usually have a local sports team to go out and have fun watching and university sports to go party and enjoy the pubs and football action.
Also I really miss summer music festivals. China is so lame for music.
There are free public parks. There are cultural events. There are theaters and operas. Just because your circle of friends never hear about them doesn't mean they don't exist.
It's far in terms of quality from.what I can get in a European city. There are no cultural policies in China excepted when it's related to.state propaganda..
China actually has some really good cultural products outside of the government's orbit but a combination of much lower incomes and crappy government policy means you're not going to see much if any of it in the small cities.
Yeah those are more underground but I still can find what I'm into. I was talking about how people were that there are NONE of those things. I wasn't making any comparison just commenting on the problem is people not wanting to leave their bubbles not that there are a lack of things to do.
Basically anyone interesting or intelligent gravitates to a bigger city or goes abroad because smaller cities don't have enough white collar jobs
I've asked this a lot and the best answer I got: after a famine and a revolutionary cultural experience people value 1) food 2) stability. You'll find plenty of people willing to splurge on a big dinner before getting into bed at exactly 9pm.
So what then for the people of Europe. This excuse is shit.
When you start throwing anyone who looks intelligent off a roof you are going to have some knock on effects in culture.
A 1 million sized city isn't mid sized. Shanghai is 20million so is Chongqing and Beijing not far behind. So 5 to 8 million would be mid sized. I mean huizhou a bedroom community of Shenzhen is 3 million.
Having said the above I would like to try to address the actual question. I travel around China on a weekly basis. I would say right now there is a quiet reformation going on to solve what you are talking about. All these chain restaurants and tea shops are spreading across the country. I can find a blue frog element fresh or wagas in pretty much every city I go to now. Maybe that is a bad example. I can definitely find a XiBei in every city I go to now and a HaidiLao and a CoCo.I didn't notice it so much 5 years ago but the last 2 years it is apparent. Something big is happening consumer wise in mid size cities around China.
一百万人口并不算中等规模的城市。 上海有两千万人，而重庆和北京也差不了多少。 所以五到八百万人口才能算中等城市。 我是说连作为深圳卧城的惠州都有三百万人。
说了这么多我想说一些实际的问题。 我在中国旅行的时间可以论周算。 我想说关于你谈论的事情都在静静地发生着改变。 所有的连锁餐厅和茶室在整个国家蔓延。 几乎在我到过的每个城市都有“蓝蛙”“新元素”或是“沃哥斯”的连锁餐厅。 也许这是个坏例子。 我也可以在每个我到过的城市找到西贝餐厅和海底捞以及都可茶饮。 我不能准确的说过去五年，但可以肯定的是过去两年， 中国中等城市的消费意识正发生着大的变化。
You need to join some wechat groups to know what is going on.
Mid-size cities in the USA can be dull too.
Sleeping with girls living next door or in the same apartment complex is pretty fun.
Just to let you know a city with a population of 1 million in China is small not medium by any means.
[–]Fishyinthemiddle 6 指標 10小時前
Because you’re a snob? One of my best afternoons in China was in a small city. If it’s more than a million people there will be places you haven’t seen.
I like finding Tantan tour guides.