I travel to Shanghai on business a few times a month, have done so for the past year. I don't hate Shanghai, but I haven't been able to take to the place. I prefer to drop in the afternoon before the job starts, work for a few days, and leave the same day I finish my work. The folks I work with are great, but I don't enjoy the city very much. Taxis are difficult to find, and I don't want to attempt to navigate the subway system; it isn't half as friendly as Taipei (or other places I've lived in Taiwan); there's a lot more rude, low-class behavior, screaming and yelling in the streets; and a lot of surreal shit happens there that I've never encountered in Taipei.
It's a conundrum. I enjoy the work I do there and the people I work with, and I know Shanghai is more significant than Taipei in economic terms and probably in terms of career opportunities, but every time I see Taiwan's coastline, I'm overjoyed to be back in Taiwan (and not in Shanghai). I just enjoy Taiwan a lot more than Shanghai.
I suppose, RP, you just need a bit of time to establish a network, find the good in the place. I'm sure it exists. It's just a lot harder for me to see than it is in Taiwan.
Come on baby, you know you my home slice.