I loved Shanghai. If you want to impress the locals, learn some basic Shanghainese and use it in private (one-on-one). They love it when you speak the local dialect. There is a pent up distaste for Mandarin in Shanghai, at least that was the impression I got when I spoke with people. Perhaps this is different with the young Chinese because they are so focused on becoming "gloriously rich", but I found many of their attitudes guardedly subversive.
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