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Post time 2014-8-20 10:23:07 |Display all floors

One of my American friend told me he thought China would be more antiquated and there would be rickshaws. And everyone did kungfu/tai chi.  What  images or ideas did you have about it, and have they been confirmed, or contradicted?

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Post time 2014-8-21 09:25:43 |Display all floors
I thought it was going to be a lot harder to get around than it was.
Since kindergarten we're indoctrinated about how repressed communist nations are and that nobody
has any freedom and has to ask permission just to take a trip and that everybody has to be careful of
what they say and how they act.

In fact, I have an easier time getting into China than I did getting back into my home country, the U.S.

It turned out that I could get around more easily than in the U.S. and everyone was free to speak their mind.
There weren't police on every corner asking for my ID like some westerners would have you believe.
I could also get just about any food I wanted too, not just Chinese food.
People are open and friendly. I never had a problem not being able to speak Chinese.

China is where I plan on retiring.

If capitalism promotes innovation and creativity then why aren't scientists and artists the richest people in a capitalist nation?

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Post time 2014-8-21 11:25:12 |Display all floors
robert237 Post time: 2014-8-21 09:25
I thought it was going to be a lot harder to get around than it was.
Since kindergarten we're indoct ...

and i think the impression of northkorea we have been told since kindergarten is a little like your impression of china,haha . But i don't know whether the northkorea is really outdated and poor as decription

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Post time 2014-8-21 12:47:34 |Display all floors
China is moving backward?
poor country?
doesnt care environment?
doesnt care citizen?

take a look at China before you say so~


Forbidden City:
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Hong Kong:
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Great Wall:
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Post time 2014-8-21 12:49:43 |Display all floors
China is clean and looks like fantasy~!

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Post time 2014-8-21 12:59:47 |Display all floors
The first time I went to China we were told that we'd be escorted by Chinese tour guides who were in fact secret police and that we would not have much freedom of movement unescorted.  This was back in 1978 and it was quite true.  It was a cat and mouse game with the secret police as various members of the tour group tried to sneak out to get a feel for the real China.  In Beijing with the connivance of a Chinese chamber maid I was able to slip out for half an hour unnoticed and get a look around.  I couldn't believe how friendly the people were but also they were shy and though many smiled few had the courage to speak with me, I reflected on this for many years and I can only put it down to the fact that the Cultural Revolution had ended a couple of years earlier and that people were still worried about saying too much, coupled with wondering what the hell was a foreigner doing here unescorted.  

Somethings I expected were true, some preconceived notions were totally incorrect and overall I thoroughly enjoyed that first trip.  I was especially impressed with the honesty of the hotel staff. I left a razor behind when we left Shanghai to go to Beijing and the hotel sent a girl down on the train to return it to me.  That absolutely amazed me.  It wouldn't happen today!

The last time I was in China (a few years ago) things were very much changed, both for the better and the worse.  

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Post time 2014-8-21 15:08:20 |Display all floors
i visited a friend in shanghai 8 yrs ago but did not have a clue what to expect. I found it similar to life....ambitious people, and I loved every minute of it. I decided to bring my work here and I have enjoyed every day since. I would not live in shanghai again, as it is to western for me now, but even after a few yrs living here, I still get people back home asking me how do I survive living here? am I not scared for my safetey?......I told them there is more chance of starting a fight in a telephone box than getting mugged here...
if you want something in life get off your backside, and do it yourself!! don't rely on others to do it for you

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