12.01.2009 - 23.01.2009 -19 °C
Few women smoke in China. I find it very uncomfortable in restaurants, in elevators and in the taxi when the cigarette is lit up and I have to endure a gulf of smoke. Strangely there is a sign in taxis that smoking is forbidden, but that appears to exclude the driver!!!!
The gym I go to there are several Chinese Men who light up between sets. There is one man in particular who when he comes near me he puts his smoke out. Even through the language barrier who got the hint!
Some of the Chinese do not like the spitting. Others will spit in the classroom. This I do not tolerate.
Some Chinese don't like the disrespect for other peoples property. They acknowledge that there is a problem with rubbish and pollution. Of course there are waste bins everywhere, but many Chinese people just throw their stuff on the ground. It astounds me. No keep China beautiful slogan here!
I hope that the students now understand some of the things that their country needs to change.
I have recently learnt that maintenance work done by plumbers and electricians are not trained. Anyone can do it. You just have to give it a go! This explains why there is such a huge problem with plumbing. I don't know how many times I have asked for my plumbing to be fixed and I still have a toilet that runs all hours and a shower that leaks. I have some water leak in my kitchen but no one can figure out where it is from. It only started when the heat was turned on.
There are many opportunities for the Chinese people to be trained, for education on pollution, spitting, for education on maintenance and so on.
A lot of people are highly critical of some aspects of life in China and there are days I am extremely frustrated about it, however, this country has had challenges that no other country has faced, and I think they are doing a great job.
I look forward to watching China develop.