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Archive for December 17th, 2009

Beverly Shanghai Billy’s- Shanghai Life and Flying in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 17, 2009

Another quick post. Funny thing is that in China, there are the nouveau riche- think Texas quick buck oil billionaires here. It never ceases to amaze me that this type of person, who was lucky enough to have struck oil-USA, or coal -China, on his property, can be filthy rich in an instant.
Here the impact is that many of the older folks who lived through the cultural revolution- 1966-76, have nothing more than a high school education. But, through the miracles of guanxi, they have not allowed this to stand in the way of them forging ahead and acquiring a small fortune.
Today I was on the plane with a few of them. They are basically disheveled men, hair stuck on head like an afterthought, ambling east and west bound, no sense of direction. They sport Rolex’s, Rado’s and the like but as they say- you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.
I had the dis/pleasure of watching one of these today for about an hour. This man cleaned almost every orifice of his body with not less than three fingers, his friend, cleansing his nasal cavities on his shirt sleeves. Ahh business in China…

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Shanghai Blog- Worlds not so Fair

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 17, 2009

Blogging from Shanghai, just got in, been here before but I will offer my observations. Observations: cars-lots of ’em, people tons, lots of bikes and motorcycles-, congested streets-narrow, old cabs, cabbies poor English, English level lower than Beijing, better than Guangzho, Puxi has small streets by an area pronounced Shin ten dee, quaint has European feel, streets are not logical like Beijing, topsy-turvy, not in straight lines (kinda like Sao Paolo, Brazil).

Awful World Fair, puke green logo floating around like the stench of a bus drivers ass…

Missing Beijing

People here like to say that it is an International place, fashionable, prettier women, to me it’s just China, regular old China. Dont get me wrong, not a bad place, by Pudong the buildings are awesome, but I don’t see a great difference. It’s kinda like that New York versus LA thing, each claiming superiority. To me, China is China, everything is unique and everything is the same…

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