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This post was edited by sfphoto at 2014-8-22 17:06|
My expectations were shaped by my relatives who visited China during the 80s and 90s. China was extremely poor at the time and everywhere my relatives went, they were treated like royalty by the mainlanders. That gap between the Overseas Chinese and the Mainland Chinese was HUGE. So when I first visited China in 2007, I thought there would be lots of poor people dressed shabbily riding bicycles all over the place. Instead, I've met Chinese entrepreneurs who wear the latest European fashions, flaunt their gold Rolexes and drive BMWs, Mercedes Benzs, Audis, Bentleys, etc.
Over the last five years, I've visited Beijing, Shanghai, Xi'an, Dalian, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hainan, Xiamen and Quanzhou. What impressed me most was how different China was from the stereotypes that the world has of China. For example, the Chinese entrepreneurs I've met are almost 100% apolitical: they simply don't care about politics. What they're concerned about is improving their skills, learning from the world and expanding their businesses.