The main two cities of China couldn’t be any more different. However both show in their reflection the messed up confusion seems to be in our western eyes.
Shanghai is the city that feeds China need for power and to be acknowledged as the world biggest economy. Beijing works the political and military side, pressing on having uniforms in the most vulgar state buildings and the ideals of communism spread around as a constant reminder of a idealism long gone.
It grows to the strange standards of Asian cultures, such as Bangkok. Where poverty goes hand in hand with richness, the big buildings have weird alleys between them, and beside the advancement in so many ways, kids still poop in the middle of the streets.
In addition to that, my friend Maxi lives temporarily there. We could revenge the fact that I didn’t manage to include Germany in my trip. Was so good to finally see someone from Amsterdam after such a long time without anyone I previously knew (except for Mirella in HK).
This would be the old sister that is always mad, keeps complaining, goes to church everyday just so other people know how religious she is, and keeps you from being what you want to be.
Not saying that that’s bad. It’s just the way it is. Where else can you experience being inside because pollution is too dangerous to go out, buy a Prada bag for dirty cheap (not that I did! not enough space on my backpack), eat dog and spider…and so many others.
The weird, rude, the expected. But sadly the main side of China we get in the media and that it doesn’t represent China at all.