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Born in the UK but now living in Australia, Paul Fox has travelled to many places throughout China. He has seen the lighter side, the darker side, both the gentle and the seedy sides. He documents his experiences and is willing to share them with anyone who wants to listen. He is not afraid to say things exactly how he sees them, and is quite happy to "name and shame" when necessary.
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By Paul Fox
1226 Views | 2 Comments | 2/2/2016 1:10:33 PM

"We've got 5000 years of culture and history" tends to be the stock answer when the question including 'why' is asked in China . 'So what ? Australian aboriginals have 40,000 years of history, does that make them better than anyone else?"...



When the waiter came over to our table at 9pm tonight telling us they wanted to close and go home, why were we still drinking beer at midnight 15 ?  Is this heritage and culture or just plain courtesy?



To the Chinese, this is "our China" and until you have lived it, breathed and more importantly taken part in it then you have a lot to learn 



Our late friend Gareth was simply the BEST at explaining the good and bad of this fascinating country but he is no longer with us. 



I am now living and working in China and believe me, it's totally different to coming here for a short time as a tourist.



The world offers much better places to live (depending on your point of view) but China has a fascination that cannot be explained in a few words.



The attitude of the people is nothing like it is in the west. China may be polluted, have rivers of cyanide , billions of people and millions of cars but who really cares ?



Chinese people are amongst the kindest, most hospitable people I have ever known.



I wrote the above words a few months ago and never got round to finishing, but now seems to be the time.



Barry wrote a forum article about the great firewall and John abbot made some pretty good points.



His points were hard to disagree with but there's two sides to every coin.



QQ and wechat are commonly used in China but not so common in western countries.



If the American, British and Australian governments banned QQ and wechat 



Who cares? Certainly not most of the population of Britain, America and Australia but CHINESE people living in those countries would care a lot.......



Enter the westerner in China 



Omg ....no beloved Facebook, Google, youtube.......



Why? Because the Chinese government won't allow it. Vicious bastards !



The truth is that we cannot miss what we never had. Native Brits etc would never miss QQ and wechat because they never had it. Westerners bemoan the loss of Facebook etc because they feel it has been taken away from them .....bullshit.....



Chinese people don't bemoan the loss of these sites, simply because they never had them to begin with......



Read Johns remarks in the forum and try to disagree if you can.... You can't!,,,



Once I am convinced that the west did right NOT to censor the Internet then I'll be the first to knock on the door of the Chinese government and tell them they are wrong to censor the Internet here.....



I've come across 16 year old students still feeding from mothers breasts and countless teenagers and adults who are 100% naive compared to the west ..... But who says that's wrong?



Life is DIFFERENT in China ....that's all......



There's no right and wrong.....just different ......



"Wow, why are chickens here so big?" Asked my Chinese friend as we sat down to dinner



"They're not" was my reply, "chickens in China are small compared to other countries"



A small argument ensued because my friend had never seen chicken drumsticks as large as the ones on my plate, yet refused to believe that Chinese chickens are small.



We all become accustomed to what we see at home and accept those things as being "normal" - so why can't we see those things everywhere else?



In our minds there may be no comprehensible reason for websites being banned, but they are, and we can't change it.



Get over it or stay in your home country and enjoy all the stuff that Facebook has to offer



After all, it's great to know when your best mate last took a shit......!


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#2016-02-02 13:10:08 by JohnAbbot @JohnAbbot

"The world offers much better places to live (depending on your point of view) but China has a fascination that cannot be explained in a few words."

There is no way to sum up China, but you have come close here. China is FASCINATING!! Once you are caught up in it you can barely drag yourself out. The amazing and endless array of conundrums, puzzles, mysteries, riddles and enigmas that confront an expat living in China end up captivating him or her. Just when you think you've seen it all something else so bizarre and unimaginable leaps out and confounds you again and even more.

When you leave China and go anywhere else, within a few weeks you are simply bored. No matter how much more appealing the new place seems on the surface, you will find yourself missing the the puzzle that is China and being drawn back to her. In many ways, the same is true of Chinese women. They truly are an enigma! But such a beautiful enigma!

Great blog Paul. I really enjoyed it.

#2016-02-03 08:40:21 by Barry1 @Barry1

@paulfox1

"China may be polluted, have rivers of cyanide , billions of people and millions of cars but who really cares ?"

Another thoughtful and entertaining article, thanks Paul.

In your words above, you intimate that the Chinese people don't really care about issues such as overpopulation and pollution.

May I please advise that in my capacity as an English teacher to several classes of Chinese university students, many students do in fact care very strongly about these issues. Every time such topics arise in the classroom, students express despair and dismay at what's happening to their country. Yet at the same time, they feel powerless as individuals to do anything about it.

Many young Chinese are quite passionate about what they see as the ills of their country. I have a growing confidence that attitudes like these will help improve matters significantly in the future, when these concerned students - and others like them right around the country - in a few years time begin to advance their careers and slowly but surely, reach positions of genuine power and authority.

I know what you wrote was simply in keeping with the light-hearted tone of your article and that you in all likelihood agree with what I've written. But I thought I should speak up for the sake of any readers outside of China who may not realise what was happening here and how acutely concerned and cognisant of their environmentally deteriorating situation that many Chinese truly are.

Cheers mate. (beer)(beer)

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