Peasants vs. Snobs: the Beijing-Shanghai rivalry

The LA Times takes a look at the long-standing rivalry between Beijing and Shanghai: “The trash talk between the natives of Beijing and Shanghai has been going on for decades…
“‘The Shanghai men dress better than the Beijing women,’ said Liu Heungshing, a photographer who lives in Beijing. On the other hand, ‘if you walk out your door in Beijing, you have a much better chance of bumping into somebody with whom you can have an intellectual conversation.’
“To the Shanghainese, the Beijingers — and all northerners, for that matter — are peasants. ‘They smell like garlic,’ said restaurateur Xu, voicing a popular refrain.”

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