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Odd Chinese Behaviors

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 9, 2011


This is a good observation that was written over 100 years ago, but is still true today.
from The Civilization of China (Herbert Allen Giles)
“As an exception to the general rule of common sense which is so very noticeable in all Chinese institutions, if only one takes the trouble to look for it, it seems to be an understood thing that a man may not only stand still wherever he pleases in a Chinese thoroughfare, but may even place his burden or barrow, as the fancy seizes him, sometimes right in the fairway, from which point he will coolly look on at the streams of foot-passengers coming and going, who have to make the best of their way round such obstructions.”

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