First impressions of the Middle Kingdom
• The first impressions of China
A month ago, fate brought me to the capital of China. Here, during the coming year will be to live and work my other half, and I'm at home - on the farm. In Beijing, I never had to happen did not, returned to his homeland with a whole baggage of impressions that do not want to keep under wraps - decided to write. I'll start with the most basic, the most heavily settled in the mind.
On the streets of 99% of the people - it's Chinese. Their absolute majority, they are the dominant nation. No other nationalities are not visible. Other civilizations probably can not fully take root in Chinese society
The high stratification of society. Thought I, after Moscow will be difficult than a surprise, but it turned out that there is nothing. On one side of the street - the endless expensive boutiques and the neighborhood on the pavement repaired or great shoes. Beijing - a city of contrasts.
It is felt that in China - a powerful and populous empire. The scale of facilities in the capital are impressive. Houses - giant, roads - broad, transitions in the subway - long, outflows - huge!
Beijing is the cycling city of those that I've seen ever. The city has several million bicycles with a population of 17, 3 million (official data for 2010)
The Beijing subway - Klondike nonsense. In my 3-week experience of use I have come to the conclusion - the movement 2-3 times less efficient than in Moscow. Trains run from the big break (3-4 min.), Single tickets can only be used to purchase the station during the day, in the subway and transitions designed to spite the people - a real sabotage! However, like the 2 facts that are not in the Moscow subway - the announcement of stops in English and fare 2 yuan (about 10 rubles.).
Excellent system accounting utilities. No one is loan, to live long in principle, impossible. In our rented apartment all on smart meters: the charge card (paid service) - to get gas, electricity, water. Not paid - upon completion of the deposit counter instantly disables receipt of benefits of civilization in your cozy apartment. Well done to the Chinese, cool approached the issue.
Terribly slow external Internet. Chinese sites are opened instantly, and external (especially American) - terribly slow. The apartment has 3-megabit tariff, but the internet speed meter rarely showed more than 300 kbps, 400 - is happiness! Twitter, Facebook, Wikimapia - blocked. China has created its own alternative to these services, the aliens will not let me.
speed train Beijing-Shanghai completely disappointed. By the time he did not make a competition to the aircraft, for stations, terminals in both metropolitan areas are located 50 minutes (!) Access to the city center. I do not understand all the enthusiastic exclamations compatriots from this line. If you compare the cost of tickets "plane-train", approximately fifty-fifty. The train even 20 yuan more expensive.
a clear and consistent policy of the Chinese Communist Party. Signs of the hammer and sickle chasing me almost everywhere (even sometimes seen in the luxury perfume stores).
No one has publicly criticized Mao Tse Tung, despite his tough style of government. In my opinion, one of the key achievements of Mao - China became a strong nuclear power indivisible. Without this, the stronger and more enterprising overseas "brothers" would have torn the country to shreds. Mao remains a person with absolute authority.
A colossal amount of two-wheeled transport on electricity. These two-wheeled workaholic real saviors of total capital from traffic jams and heavily polluted atmosphere. I fired up the idea to bring yourself some inexpensive pepelats.
The restaurant, on the street, in the market - all you can eat. Relatively inexpensive and tasty food. On the street you will see very few people with a can of Coke, all drink tea from a thermos.
The Chinese are crazy about cool car numbers and magic numbers. I thought it was exclusively Russian counter - measure numbers on the road. However, in Beijing, this process is much more serious scale and pronounced.
The great Chinese Fakes - very much alive! In the city fall into the open sale of counterfeit electronics, watches, jewelry. Apple products are counterfeited in the large scale. And no membership in the WTO, China does not stop, powerful country can not afford to dictate the conditions of Western civilization.