Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Some useful links

#  Youtube videos

Untamed China

Aerial China (in English)

Aerial China (in Chinese).

# China economy 1    3



Honey, my ebook can sing Cantonese songs.
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Every one should help him/herself

In a rich country like US, no one should be starved and no one should be left to die. The disabled and mentally challenged should be helped for sure. In the previous 50 years in China, it was a different story though.

For every disabled here, how many pretend to be disabled? Even a famous politician with blonde hair and blue eyes pretended to be an Indian to get the goodies and freebies.

With the food stamps / free food from soup kitchens and other subsidies, how can you starve? Last week I paid $2 for a pizza for two for lunch. The super market and BJ offer cooked chicken for $5 that can feed 4... The lady in front of me bought the best cut of meat with food stamp!

In Mass. health care is free for low income folks.If the disease is addiction to alcohol or drugs, the state will help you but you have to help yourself first. Personally I saw a beggar refusing an offer for hamburger and young folks tuning their bikes all day long.

We're rich but not as rich as Norway that has long coast line with all kind of resources. In addition, they WORK HARD.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

More on wealth gap

* The wealth gap is many times worse than the US. Ours is too good and discourages folks to work. We have a strong safety net and welfare system. In China, if you do not work, you do not eat.

That's why so many migrants to big cities and create many social and economical problems. It is not a long term solution to me.

* One myth is many still think China is very backward. If it is that backward, Starbucks with its products targeting to middle class would not expand in China.

* We have wealth gap on day one of civilization when one gets more coconuts than the others with a younger and stronger body. But, the level of seriousness is my discussion.

Turning from a communist society where there is less wealth gap,
China turns into a highly capitalist country and creates the huge wealth gap. As Uncle Deng said, when we open the window, we have to let the flies in too.

My point is nothing is perfect. We have to reduce the gap in a meaningful and effective way and not to over do it.

* There always exists a privileged class in any society. There is NO obstacle to prevent someone in the US to succeed if they work hard - I'm a living example as I pay more taxes than the average citizen.

Starbucks and China

Starbucks is expanding in China. It just debunks many myths on China.

China's middle class is expanding fast esp. in Tier I cities. Coffee is relatively more expensive than tea in China. The Starbucks in China particularly in Hong Kong are very different from the US. Are they testing new concepts in a foreign country or just adapting?

China's GDP per capita is about 1/4 of ours. However, The living standard in tier I cities is about the same here except living quarters. The wealth gap must be widened by the poorer areas such as the western China and that could be lessened by the One Belt, One Road Initiative.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Feasting tour in S. China

This book took about double my time in writing a similar travel book. I have about 3,200 photos taken in about 16 days in many cities in this trip. Half of them have people that I cannot include here without their consent. It is still a lot to select and classify them by regions. Most photos in this book are in maximal resolutions of my iPhone and camera.

Most of my travel books that have common sections pre-finished. I wrote more articles in this book than the others due to the love of my native country China - everyone should no matter where s/he originally comes from. Shenzhen shows us the bright future of China and I’m really proud of. The extensive subways and high speed train systems in many Chinese cities including Hong Kong are showcases to the world.

In these Tier I cities I can see a stronger China that many foreign media try to deny to make you feel better. Many times they amplify China’s problems and ignore her accomplishments. Even many professors in prestigious US universities have the same denials. Please do come to China and decide it for yourself. Ignorance is our biggest enemy. It is the same ignorance that China ignored the advances and industrial revolution and it bought her humiliation and bankruptcy about 250 years ago. 

Today China should have passed US in GDP if it is adjusted with the purchase power. However, China has about four times the population of the US. Hence, per capita wise, China is about ¼ ours. China is gaining in many fronts but it is still a long way to go. 

I do not say China does not have her problems as almost all countries do. Tier I cities are developed and in many ways surprise the top cities in the world, while western China is still developing. Compare China to China 30 or 20 years ago. China has been a victim for the last 250 years. Even in her hey days, she defended her territory (via the Great Wall for example) and seldom colonized countries as the west does – even Zheng Ho could easily colonized many countries on his way to South Africa. If Zheng Ho went to Europe and learned the advances, China would keep up with the west far better and the history of China would change.

I was born in Hong Kong and US is my adopted country. I am naturally biased. I hope both countries will live in harmony. China should not invade other countries as the others did to her. The highest skill is settling the disputes without firing a bullet. I like to promote cooperation and understanding between countries. “One Belt, One Road” Initiative is China’s way to promote trade between her neighbors instead of making enemies.

I came back to Hong Kong from the US for the 50th reunion with my classmates. Here I take the opportunity to thank them for arranging the trip to SE China and the sumptuous meals offered by Martin, Edgar, Bill, David, Charles and Raymond. Meeting many classmates I have not seen in 50 years is more than priceless. Also, thanks to many of my childhood friends. Without them, I would be in the wrong company and would turn out differently.

It is not profit effective in writing books on travel and politics for a nobody like me. However, it is fun for me and I hope you enjoy reading this book too.