China vs. India
Some non-biased comparisons based on my 7 years in China and (albeit short) 7 days in Delhi/Agra.
ENTERTAINMENT: in terms of bars etc., China wins this. I didn't go to Mumbai, maybe the night life is better, but in Delhi there are few places to go.
CULTURE: India wins. Seriously, everyone goes on and on about Chinese culture but where is it? Some red door hangings at Spring Festival and some fireworks? That drunk guy who tells stories on the radio? In India culture is everywhere, in the clothes, in the cuisine, in the music/movies etc.
DEVELOPMENT: China wins. Delhi reminded me of some (poor) places in Southern China. There's a satellite town called Gurgoan which looks like a mini Singapore, but on the whole there's a lot of work to do. I can imagine great changes quickly, though...
FOOD: India!!! Chinese food to me is just stir-fried meat and veges with some lajiao thrown in. It doesn't get much more complex than that. Indian food on the other hand is the food of Moghuls... may not be the healthiest food out there but damn it tastes GREAT! (by the way, I survived 7 days in India eating Indian food for breakfast, lunch and dinner and never got Delhi belly!).
HISTORY: draw. Both China and India have some pretty interesting (and often bloody) histories.
HISTORICAL MONUMENTS etc.: hard to compare The Great Wall with The Taj Mahal etc. Oh what the hell, a wall is a wall after all, and the Taj is freakin' AMAZING! India wins.
SPORTS: Hmm.. kung fu vs. cricket. I love cricket but kung fu is cooler. China wins.
PEOPLE: hard to say. Indian people are very polite and friendly, but often this is because they are trying to sell you something. They don't spit, at least. Still, despite everything that drives me nuts here I have a lot of great local friends. Good, decent people. Draw.
MUSIC: India wins. I don't love it but Indian music can be great in the right situation (dining, gettin' freaky at home). Can't stand traditional Chinese music, or Chinese pop either.
Re: China vs. India
Posted by: RemmyM on Dec 28, 2010 6:45pm
TRANSPORTATION: I didn't get to check out the Delhi Metro- which I hear is nice- but on the whole transportation is crazy! Tuk-tuks, rickshaws, bicycles, cows, carts, cars, trucks, buses etc. all compete for limited space. It does keep moving, however! Anyway, China's transportation system is much better (if only something could be done about all the traffic jams!!).
SHOPPING: depends what you want. China for upmarket stuff, India for bargains-of-a-lifetime (rugs, traditional clothing, kitchenware, jewelry etc.). Draw.
COST-OF-LIVING: lower in India, but hotels tend to be more expensive there!
Re: China vs. India
Posted by: ilovexiaolongbao on Dec 28, 2010 6:43pm
Haven't been to India but HAVE worked for two Indian bosses (one British Indian, one genuine born-in-Mumbai Indian) and have also had numerous Indian suppliers when working in the UK, have to say that they are very good to work for/with, often highly educated and determined but in a much less aggressive way than people of some other nations.