Trip Start Oct 18, 2007
80Trip End Sep 09, 2010
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Aside from bad supplier there are of course far more serious issues in China. The earthquake had killed so many people and destroyed so much, it's unbelievable. Money is being collected in the hoped to help as many people as possible, as fast as possible. You can't turn on the tv or radio without hearing about it and even in the airplane a loud commercial asking for donations played on the screens
The earthquake and before that the critique on the lack of human rights in China and the Tibet question have been bringing the Chinese people together. China wouldn't be China if they wouldn't try to make some money out of it, so now "I love China" T-shirts, stickers, flags etc are readily available. Heart China is the start of every msn/skype/qq name you see and the Carrefour was considered evil for a a while.
In the mean time I also visited a Chinese Cirque du Soleil-esque show. Which was not as impressive as I ahd thought but still quite good, espeacially for the 8 euro the ticket was. You can see some photos here: http://www.era-shanghai.com/2008
This morning I was once again reminded how China is still very much a developing country; I went to the bank. The tax bill I got was in four of five fold and I had to stamp these with our company chops. These are the stamps you also see on ancient Chinese scrolls and they still use them religiously; all official documents require stamps, many stamps. The bank has a book full of pcs of paper with all stamps of their clients, made when they joined the bank. They fold the bill so that the stamp you placed is diagonally cut in half and place it on the stamp in the book to check if it is the same. Apparently this is fool proof....I find it hard to believe.
Almost forgot: I've bought another bicycle! It's the fourth one since last October and the cheapest: only about 12 euro and second hand, lets hope this one stays with me for a long time.