Shanghai, more than any other Chinese cities, has the better architectural styles. Most writers complain about the square cement blocks they call buildings in most Chinese cities. One can't say that of Shanghai. As one moves away from the coast of China and into the hinterland, the construction becomes more and more shoddy. We stayed in this supposedly renovated hotel in Urumqi and the construction was so bad, there is paint streaking down the window panes, it's obvious nobody masked the glass first before painting, something so basic.