Why do Chinese cities look so modern and futuristic whereas Indian cities look rustic and dirty?
Anwesh Pati (ଅନ୍ୱେଷ ପତି), lives in India
It's because very less importance was given to developing cities and their infrastructure in India.
However in recent years it has started to focus on better city infrastructure including metro rail, as well as cleanliness.
Currently a few patches in India look like proper modern/futuristic/developed cities, although they are just areas in or outskirts of the original cities. They go by the names like Info City, Cyber City, IT Park, World City, Hi-Tech City etc, mainly because there are many corporate offices set up. They are mostly Special Economic Zones. However, those places also have shops, restaurants and even residential areas (with fingerprint entry systems), so they can be considered as a “city”. Apart from that, there are a few IT corridors as well that are easier to live than the main city itself.
Apart from this, some Tier-2 cities in India have shown a remarkable development in the last couple of years. One such example is Bhubaneswar and kudos to the state go nment for making it possible. It basically shows that the go nment and people must show the willpower and work on it without lazing off.
Chinese cities keep on improving constantly unlike Indian cities where development work is done if there's any upcoming international event (sports etc) or the elections.
It also depends on the Indian attitude. Once any work is done they'd leave it like that for some 2–3 years instead of maintaining it regularly. Best example are the city buses and markings on roads & pavement colorings.
Ever wondered why Indian roads get potholes but not the roads in developed countries?
There's something systematically going wrong in India and it's far deeper than just co ption.
Yang Yang, Sorry for my poor English.
As a Chinese myself, I have to say: Not all Chinese cities look so modern and futuristic, and neither all Indian cities look rustic and dirty.
Everything has its weak points.
Try to learn the strong points from others, that’s the real chinese spirit. Mocking is not.
To be honest cities in both countries look not so different, even if you take so called 1-tier cities.
Look how the center of Beijing looks like:
It's either slums or rookeries, huge roads and no trees. Far from been called advanced.
Or for example the center of Mumbai:
Also either slums or rookeries.
Both countries more or less on the same level of development. And for both of them its needed to do a lot to became developed countries.
Beijing,Shanghai,Guanzhou,Shenzhen is only 4 cities of China, there are hundreds of other cities there, and those cities might not that fancy.
If you judge China by those 4 mega cities, You might be fooled.
Fermi Zhang, works at Hebei Hongri Natural Pigment Co., Ltd.
Apart from all the fancy 1&2 tiers of cities. China also has the so called small cities in West. You can refer to the photo I attached, it's no better than Mumbai or Bangalore.
That is because China is far far ahead than India.!
We as Indians have become so hyper sensitive to any issue that portrays India in a bad light.But the fact of the matter is that India has massive problems that we fail to acknowledge.Can you imagine about 50% Indians still dont have a toilet in their home. This is the condition of India.!