China is such a big country that it wouldn’t be fair to pass judgment based on my time in just one city. For this reason I will speak about the place I went to: Shanghai.
As most people living there will tell you, Shanghai is not REAL China. It’s one of the most modern and most populated cities you will find in Asia.
If you like to party hard, are a tech nerd, are single, an entrepreneur, a risk-taker, this is the place to be in 2017.
If you have a family or are above 40, you will find the city life to be too stressful and taking a toll on your health (the pollution is getting almost as bad as in Beijing, one of the most polluted places in Asia).