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Well said cinderellajj, your English is more than adequate, and you have given the discussion another dimension.........that of how things have changed, and how quickly they have changed.|
I was in ShenZhen last year, I think as cities go it is a really nice place, I loved the parks and gardens etc, and I thought the living was cheap , even a 5 star hotel was cheap by international comparisons. I was puzzled though by the contrasts, of 7 series BMW's gleaming in the sun outside offices, with bicycles towing trailers full of gas cylinders.
The attitude of one particular chinese lady I came across (an interpreter) was interesting: she had a relatively good job, I believe, yet spent 120% of her income on things like expensive european designer clothes, Ironically they were probably stiched up around the corner in LongGang! I had the impression she hoped her fine attire would attract a suitably wealthy BMW driver.
Anyway, appearance (of being rich) seemed to be the most important thing to her, and she had a very proud manner. I had the impression she thought a rich American guy was just around the corner waiting for her. Yet she was in her mid thirties, which I gather is very much 'on the shelf ' territory in China. Maybe those magazines and TV programmes led her into the trap of big city lights, where she has the consumer goods, but all she does is work really hard to pay for them. She also has an empty heart, and a longing for her perfect man to arrive and give her the family she really desires. I thought it was very sad for her, she was a beautiful lady, yet her life was quite tragic in her loneliness.
I reside in Australia, but can see similar types here. There are a lot of ladies who go weak at the knees when offered a ride in a BMW! When I look back (and you Manchester guys, I'm originally from your neck of the woods) we are all so much better off than we were not so many years ago. The back streets of ShenZhen had a certain 'Coronation Street' element to them, don't you think? Are we all just too gready these days?
I guess the main problem is how do nice guys (from anywhere) meet nice chinese ladies, especially in big cities. And how do nice Chinese ladies get to have a good honest social life when away from their families in the big cities?