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Is this the real China?

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The first time I went to Bangkok's Chinatown, I was pretty shocked. Does it look like China? No. For me, this is just a place in Thailand which has Chinese signboards and characteristics, such as traditional medicine shops. 

Except for these, the roads, buildings and shops are the same as the Thai ones. On top of that, everyone speaks Thai.

If the roads, buildings and shops were the same as the Chinese ones and everyone could speak Mandarin or Cantonese, would Bangkok's Chinatown look like a part of contemporary Beijing or Shanghai? My answer is still no. At least it is not the same as any northern Chinese cities, although it may be similar to ancient ones in the South.

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