What do you think? wait, it doesn’t matter – China’s efforts to thwart personal opinion is upheld by employing a 30,000 occupied internet police force. Currently, online sites such as Facebook, Youtube, Blogger and WordPress are some of the sites banned. However, like most rules in China, there’s always a way around them. Using VPN’s (sharing bandwidth streaming on the web) you can access things like Facebook. VPN’s come with a fee for usage yearly, but there are free options available – these operate at a much slower connection speed.
Censorship in China. Image from caglecartoons.com
China has one of the worst internet connection speeds in the world – An odd ranking to hold being one of the world’s most advanced countries “technologically speaking”.Out of 114 countries, it ranks 86th with a speed of 1.5mbps. India, Libya and Nepal rank worse. The best internet infrastructure goes to South Korea with a internet speed of 17mpbs. Big names such as the US, UK, France, and Canada were not even close to being the fastest. The US placed 26th.
Slowest Internet Connection. Image from http://jelas.info/2010/05/
Parents play match-maker – Hundreds of Shanghainese parents assemble in People’s Park every weekend for the Shanghai marriage market with the resumes of their unwed children to negotiate potential hook-ups.
People Square Marriage Market, Shanghai. Image from http://invisibleon.ru/12077
No one knows what anyone is saying – You aren’t the only one who doesn’t understand your taxi driver: Shanghainese is a dialect of Wu, an ancient branch of Chinese that is a branch-off language from Mandarin. There are actually some 248 Chinese dialects identified by Wikipedia. Shanghainese is gigantically different from Mandarin. If I say something in Shanghainese to a Beijinger, I’m bound to get a confused look, and some head scratching.
Confused in Chinese. Image from www.translationblog.co.uk.
Westerners don’t get the greatest treatment outside of bigger cities. Good luck trying to catch a cab on your own in Beijing. You really just have to open the door and get in. Figure out the destination after.
Can’t catch a cab in Beijing. Image from http://english.sina.com.
There exists a Spitting Theory – Spitting is encouraged and is considered healthy by Traditional Chinese Medicine. The concept of phlegm as both a product and cause for disease is not only unique to Chinese Medicine, being a component of Tibetan and Greek medical theories as well.The TCM belief is that phlegm follows the pathway of qi through the body, and qi flows everywhere, phlegm can therefore bring disease to any part of the body – phlegm theory therefore influences every department of TCM. You could lose your home if you spit too much in Guangzhou.
But spitting is healthy! Image from www.ronwalker.org.
Dragons live below the streets – A metal pillar covered with circling dragons supporting the elevated highways is the Nine Dragon’s Pillar in Shanghai. As local lore goes, workers couldn’t dig up the ground for building so the city finally called in a Buddhist priest who told them they were trying to dig right into the middle of a dragon’s lair and it wouldn’t move until they honoured it. The pillar was built in its honor.
Cities are more populated than some of the biggest countries – There are over 2 million expats living in the city of Shanghai; that’s the entire population of Greater Vancouver, Canada. The national census numbers are in and the magic number for Shanghai is 23 million people revealed the 2011 census. There are approximately 33 million living in the country of Canada.
Even Steve Jobs is fake – Everything is a knock-off in China, from accessories to booze. Yes that’s right, China even copies brews their own versions of Bombay and Jack Daniels and wine and using replica bottles sell it to businesses and customers a like. A recent scandal caught Chinese manufactures faking Indian brands and pasting “Made in India” labels on them. The man who replicated the Steve Jobs biography has been issued the death penalty.
Which one is the original? Image from www.fakingnews.com.
Potty training happens in public– Toilet training usually takes place right on the street. People continue on as if nothing is happening. No clean up is attempted. I’d see more people pick up after their dog. I couldn’t imagine trying to relax curb-side in the world’s most populated country and have a wee. I wonder if pee fright exists in China?
Crotchless on Shoulders in China. Image from www.chinese-traditions-and-culture.com
There’s a one-dog policy – As of 2011 Shanghai made it the law to own one dog. Some 150,000 people said they were bitten or attacked by a stray dog in 2010 so to appease the people the city of Shanghai have made 600,000 dogs illegal. Those who already have two licensed dogs will be able to keep them, but only new applications from households without hounds will be accepted. Of course, this being China, people will no doubt find a way to get around the rules; families with excess income can bypass China’s one-child rule by paying a fee to have a second child.
Man throws his dog into the Yangtze River to cool down in Hubei province. Image from www.oneinchpunch.net.
If it looks too Japanese, they will change it– The trapezoidal hole atop the Financial Tower was originally a sphere, but designs where changed after the Chinese Government made claims in 2005 that the Japanese Funded Building’s circular hole was too similar to the rising sun on Japan’s Flag.