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I'm just back from the World Expo and I find many 'surprises' there.|
While I was amazed by the many fascinating things in Jiangnan, its peculiar trees, beautiful mountains, lakes, rivers and forests and its beautiful women, I was also stunned by the uncultured behaviour of farmers and workers from rural areas and remote provinces that had swarmed Shanghai for this event.
They bring along their bad cultures. They spit anywhere on the ground. They are loud and noisy. They cut queues like nobody's business. Children as old as 9 years old are wearing specially designed pants with a convenient zip below their groin to allow them to pee anywhere in Nanjing Road.
The World Expo is a great event but it has some disappointments too.
On my last visit last Saturday, visitors topped 500 thousand people. It shows that the organisers are capable of handling more than half a million visitors to an event in a single day without break down.
Unfortunately, the cutting queues was a great discouragement. People don't follow orders. They try to take advantage whenever they can. Always rushing and pushing and removing dividers. And the spit on the ground!
The big event
The event is not meant to showcase each countries' technological achievements and ideas for a better city living. It is designed to attract China's 'country folks' to their products and commercial brands.
The U.S.A. Pavilion is one of the most 'fey' (nonsense) and insincere pavilions in the Expo, showing only video clips in 3 of its 4 halls. The last hall promotes American products and brands like Amway, Microsoft, Dell, Chevron...etc.
Of all the eight pavilions I've visited, only China's is up to expectations. It shows their aspirations for renewal energies. They show off their electric cars. In fact, China is already using electric motors on their bikes. People as far as in Anhui Province are riding the soundless and environmentally-friendly electric bikes. This is one of the greatest astonishments I've seen in all the 5 cities I've visited in Jiangnan. Police in Shanghai are driving patrol cars that are powered by the noiseless electric motors too.
I hope to see better people in my next visit to China.