What is your opinion of China? Have you ever been to China?
Marc Bohets, Telecom Engineer
I was in China in March of this year, and I think it is a beautiful and fantastic country.
The people are very friendly, including customs and police officers, and even at night I never felt unsafe.
We went to a few big cities and to some very small mountain villages, just a pity we did not go to Shenzhen, I might return there later.
The hotels and the food were very good.
The cities were very clean, there are cleaners everywhere, and on the high speed trains, there is a cleaning team riding along, and every 30 minutes or so they passed through our wagon.
I am a Telecom engineer and tech enthusiast, and what struck me is that in a small mountain village, they had Fiber based internet and TV, something that the telecom providers in Belgium are only planning to roll out somewhere between now and 10 years. Also 5G is already deployed in some parts of China.
In one of the airports, I think it was Beijing, there were info docks that helped you find the right gate, you had to stand in front of a camera, and the system displays a map of the airport, with directions on how to walk to your gate, face recognition in action.
It is amazing to see how efficiently the Chinese go nment has worked to get the country out of poverty in a relatively short time, and it is shameful to see how the US is trying to sabotage this process because they are afraid China will soon be more advanced than them.
I met a Belgian person who lives there for 10 years now, and for his work he has to travel around in China a lot, he told me he was amazed how fast things evolve in China.
They have these ambitious 5 year plans, which they effectively realize instead of talking about them in parliament.
In Belgium they are discussing plans for a big highway improvement around Antwerp for more than 20 years now …. whereas in China they effectively build about 20 of these each year.
I grew up in New Hampshire USA. I currently live in China and have been here since 2011. I will make this short as I have plenty of posts on Quora about China. Short answer, China is a much much better place than what we think!
If you have never been to China You should come to visit. It is the ONLY way you will know what China truly is. I can say with certainty that if you have gotten your information about China by watching the news, reading a book or some articles on the internet then your perceptions of China are incorrect. Take a visit and your whole world View may change.
Of course I am just some guy on the internet. Who knows if I am paid by the US go nment or paid by the Chinese go nment. But here is the thing….you can get on a plane a go see for yourself, if you do you may learn more about the Western media than about China!
Yp Makhija, M.D at .Mak Medicals Pvt
Travelled on many occasions for buying machinery - from 2007 onwards. Since I was a customer - was always picked from airports by English speaking translator. All through my stay was looked after by the senior exec. Or by the owners - they always took me /us (my son accompnnied) to lunches/dinners.and most of the time dropped at the airport's.
But at times my son and me we're on our own - -language was a barrier . In big cities -we could find youngsters easily who spoke English but smaller cities was more difficult -but manageable neverthless. Ordering food in restaurant in our own was a big time issue.
People are very polite, helpful ,neatly dressed. Always smiling and courteous. Shopping is a pleasure -especially in Beijing. (Well everywhere actually )
Infrastructure is SUPERB -no kidding.
Cleanliness is everywhere -except some rear lanes -normally not seen
People are looked after by the go nment - all feel secured -A GREAT PLUS.
Taxies don't cheat - except in BEIJING - that city I could not understand- why taxi is haggling instead of going by meter.
Overall - A WONDERFUL COUNTYR TO GO TO
Oh yes food in normal restaurants is very reasonably priced. High end restaurants apart.
Hotels are neat and clean and Tariff is EXTREMLY REASONABLE
A THREE STAR KIND IS FOR Rs.2100 for a double bed with break fast for two. Avaiable in all big and small cities.
Allen Allington, former Career Counselor and 50 years of world traveling.
I have spent more than 800 days in China and like it a lot. My wife owns homes there so we spend time hanging out with her friends and foreign teachers working there that I have met.
However, our home is about 200 miles west of Shanghai so winters are cold (snow) and summers are hot and humid (100Fnot unusual) so we mostly spend spring and fall there. We love Michigan in the summer and Laos, Cambodia or Mexico to hide from the winter cold.
I have found the Chinese people to be kind, generous, welcoming and optimistic. The cities are vibrant and filled with nice parks for relaxing.
I have traveled from Beijing in the north to Kunming in the southwest, Shanghai and Guangzhou and more. The buses are cheap and the high speed railway is fast and dependable.
My only disappointment is: not a lot of China is old, much of the ancient has been torn down and replaced with new buildings looking like the old one which stood there. It’s practical, the new building are safer and offer updated bathrooms and such but it’s nice to see and walk through antiquities.
Sam Arora, Life long student of Chinese history, culture, food, arts
Yes, indeed I have been to China several times, and much more are slated. In fact, I just came back.
What do you like to know? However, I can tell you the following without even asking.
1.China is lovely country.
2.It is a vast country with 1.4 billion people.
3.China is not homogeneous one race country. There are 55 ethnic minorities.
4.First-tier Chinese Cities some of them have surpassed world standards.
5.Violent crimes are relatively lower than most of the Asian countries and some advanced countries. Non Violent crime are very low, my friend wrote from Shanghai, his young daughter can walk on the Bund in the middle of the night and come home safe. In short: China is very safe, when I am in China, I do not worry too much of pick pockets, petty theft and other nuisances of modern world.
6.It is one of the best countries for females, relatively safe and with almost equal rights.
7.Yes, they do have problems like anybody else in the world. Pollution, long commute, poverty and others difficulties of the modern world.
8.Yes, family structure is stable.
* Education is one of the top priority.
1.Seniors are very respected.
2.Yes, it is becoming mighty.
3.Public transport is one of the safest and expanding with mega speed.
4.Yes, Chinese food is trendy, one life is not enough to try all the dishes.
5.China is one of the oldest continuous civilization.
6.In the ancient time China was one of the vibrant cultures.
7.Most of the people are very good.
8.Most of them are very hard working.
9.China is master of mass scale production.
10.China is terrific, massive rivers, lakes, mountains, and greenery.
12.I could go on forever.
13.Do not believe the press and written material, just go and see yourself.
Graham Paterson, Taught English at the Xiaogan University
Presumably, this question is asked by a foreigner who is interested in going to China. On that assumption, I can offer my personal comments. Spending a year at the Xiaogan University in the Hubei Province was one of the best experiences I have had in my life. I made many friends while there, and I am still in contact with some of them 13 years later. I returned to the Uni last year for a visit after a cruise down the Yangtze. I also met up with the publisher of my books when in Beijing and later, with Mr Zhu and his family, who now teaches Art at the Wuhan Uni.
Both before and after going to China, I became engrossed in modern Chinese history, particularly covering the early part of the 20th century. As background, you couldn’t do much better then read the 5 volumes of Han Suyin’s autobiography/history of that period, particularly her first volume, “The Crippled Tree.”
China is a remarkable country in every way, but you need to get out of the big cities and explore the beauty and uniqueness that is the real China. I cannot speak more highly of the hospitality and genuine welcome I have experienced from the many Chinese people I have met and come to know as lifelong friends
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Hannah Watson, studied at The High School Experience (2020)
Yes, for two weeks at age six.
I went there to adopt my little sister. My parents took me with them so we could start our new family together, which I really appreciate.
I only remember little bits, like the Great Wall, going to a store and getting a free pearl (I still have the pearl), having to ride in the front seat of a taxi in Beijing and on a translator’s lap, trying some tea, using the picture menu at McDonald’s, and using a squat toilet. My mom says I wandered off on the Great Wall and caused her to have a heart attack. Sorry, Mom!
It’s a very different country but I would love to go back. Seeing the Forbidden City again would be great since I don’t remember it at all.
Larry Chao, retiree in LA
Just got my air tickets for China, so excited, can't wait to leave dirty ,dangerous, downtown Los Angeles .Looking forward to seeing modern, beautiful, super safe Shanghai, Hangzhou and Beijing. No more dangerous guys around you smoking marijuana, no more watching out on the streets to avoid possible dangers. I can again walk at night on nice streets in Chinese cities