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Post time 2005-11-15 03:39:33 |Display all floors
Hi there,

I would love to hear your opinion about the mobility concerns of urban Chinese people. What does a car for the Chinese (family) mean?
As far as I believe, today a car is a statussymbol for many Chinese. Still very few Chinese can afford a car. Do you agree that this status aspect is derived from the concept of face (mianzhi)? Or is owning a car also a means of self-expression (individualism) in this anti-totalitarian society?
Secondly, due to the sprawl of suburbs the car is ofcourse a means of mobility, an alternative next to public transport.
Will the increasing congestions, pollution and fuel costs change these concerns of the car owners and their passengers?
Which other factors might change their concerns in the next 10 years?
For example, will the one-child policy has an impact on safety concerns?
Will the statussymbol disappear, because more and more Chinese will be able to buy a car, due to the increasing incomes.
What kind of car characteristics does the Chinese family need in 2015 you think? What will the social-cultural meaning of that car be?

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Post time 2007-4-25 12:23:51 |Display all floors
A lot of questions bro.

Let's look at the image of the car in history.  Very few people could afford a vehicle when it was first produced due to production costs and low standard of living.  It was very much a status symbol then.  

In China now, as more people become wealthier more cars will be sold and it will become less of a status symbol quite quickly.  A status symbol shows that the individual is at a different economic or social level.  Therefore, a car may give many the opportunity to show their individualism just as many young people in the U.S. use it today.  Most young car owners change many things about their cars (sound systems, rims, supercharge, modify interior, spoilers, etc.).

Urban sprawl will increase because a vehicle gives means to travel farther at your desired time. Living outside the city is less expensive therefore, urban sprawl is inevitable.  It will only continue do to increase due to costs of city living.  If cities decide to build proper transportation routes before more people commute then complicated/impossible expansion will become less of an issue in the future.

The main issues to consider are: World wide rising fuel costs due to increased motor use; impact on public health; environmental costs; choosing alternative transportation.

The big question is: Will people buy vehicles as necessity or luxury?  The decision is with the individual.

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Post time 2007-4-25 15:40:20 |Display all floors
I think the vehicle prblem can be solved, espeically in the big cities like Beijing, by making people live near their company. If we can live near where we work, we have no need to use vehicle daily. If  we do need to go faraway, we can take public transportantion, thus the burden of the public transportation system would relived too.

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Post time 2007-4-28 10:08:22 |Display all floors

time to stop the frenzy

Frankly, unchecked development of automobile industry means total disaster for China tomorrow! There’s no question about it. We’ve got too much congestions, air pollution, and traffic accidents already. I don’t understand why China and Chinese people should continue paying such a high price for these four-wheel metal monsters. It’s time to push the brake and conduct an overhaul on our policies and strategies in this field. We Chinese have been stupid enough to repeat countless western nations’ old mistakes.

On the other hand, given the world’s, especially China’s, limited natural resources, car ownership will probably never spread across every class of China. It will by all means remain a symbol of social status and wealth, which doesn’t matter too much to us, as long as we have clean air to breathe.

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Post time 2007-4-28 10:17:26 |Display all floors
Originally posted by beachcabin at 2007-4-28 10:08
Frankly, unchecked development of automobile industry means total disaster for China tomorrow! There’s no question about it. We’ve got too much congestions, air pollution, and traffic accidents a ...

The policies are obviously made by people who like the car culture, don't want a take the bus or metro with the rest of the population, and don't care too much of global warming and pollution as long as they can drive windows closed with air-con. They can see in any western city what kind of drama they're creating.
The difference is that solutions are possible in China.
Chinese are brave enough to take their bikes, there are a lot of cabs, the cities structure can adapt to public transports, and the urban population is not addicted to the car culture, yet.
But anyway, more and more cars to come. Welcome to CCP's fantastic world: for them, by them.
KISS
(Keep It Simple, Stupid)

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Post time 2007-4-28 10:25:47 |Display all floors

partly for showing off (mianzi),partly for traffic conveniences

i have a few of friends who own their cars , NOW in beijing lots of people have economic ability to buy their own cars and the poor public conditions contribute to make the consumption decision .
of course there are some who buy cars just for showing off . one of my big brother has changed 3 cars even if he doesn't have to do so considering the local traffic condition .

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Post time 2007-4-28 10:37:43 |Display all floors

overwhelming responsibility on China's shoulder

Originally posted by wertynest at 2007-4-28 10:17

The policies are obviously made by people who like the car culture, don't want a take the bus or metro with the rest of the population, and don't care too much of global warming and pollution as  ...


Yes, China's policy-makers need to do a soul-searching as to where they're leading China at this juncture. On top of all the old evils car industry has created, global warming is a new, and most threatening, item on the list. It is reported that in tow or three years time China will overtake the US as the biggest emitter of carbon dixoide - the foremost greenhouse gas. China is now forced to a position where it has to shoulder a lion's share of responsibility. What at stake is the survival of the whole human kind. There's no escape from it at all.

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