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Life ain't so bad.....is it?

From: China 山东(shan dong) 济宁(ji ning ) @paulfox1 Time : 2017-04-04 13:52:17

If I have heard the phrase, 'Life in the West is so FREE!' uttered from the mouth of one Chinese person, I've heard it more than a dozen times.

It's true that there are some weird things that happen in China, but compared to North Korea, things in the Middle Kingdom are just fine-and-dandy.

Just for fun, here's a quick look at some strange facts about China, followed by some even weirder facts about North Korea.

 

China:

1. Since 2011, re-incarnation has been illegal in China. However, it IS possible if you obtain the government's permission forst.

2. The ratio of men to women is approximately 120:100, although in some cities it's as high as 150:100

3. More than 900,000 children are born with birth defects every year in China

4. All imported cosmetics are to be tested on animals to ascertain safe usage on humans.

5. It's possible for women to get a degree in 'bra studies' at certain Chinese universities.

6.The word 'censorship' is censored by the government.

7. It's illegal for any media outlet to use puns when reporting news, etc.

8. 4 million trees are cut down each year in order to make the 45 billion pairs of disposable chopsticks that China uses, and exports to Japan.

9. Virginity Restoration surgery is available in China, thus ensuring the bride is 'untouched' on her wedding night.

10. Mao ZeDong proposed sending 10,000,000 Chinese women to the U.S.A to 'assist the American population'

 

North Korea:

1. There is a choice of hairstyles for men and women. 10 for men; 18 for women. All other hairstyles are banned. Not surprisingly, Kim Jung's hairstyle is NOT on the list of approved styles.

2. The government decides who can and cannot live in the capital.

3. Voting is compulsory, though no-one ever runs against Kim. This ensures that his government has 100% support from the North Korean people.

4. The government control what you watch on TV. There are 3 channels from which to choose; all are full of propaganda.

5. It's illegal to own a Bible. Anyone caught with one is thrown into prison or even executed.

6. Your family is punished for your crimes. Not only your immediate family members, but your grandparents are punished too.

7. Having your own opinion is against the law.

8. Tourists have zero privacy and cannot even leave their hotel room without a govenment-appointed chaperone.

9. All women soldiers must have identical hairstyles. They are tied together by putting ropes around their neck whilst training to march in unison.

10. Despite including the words  'Democratic' and 'Republic' in its official name, North Korea is neither.

11. Only about 1:100 people are allowed to drive a car.

12. North Korean citizens are forever banned from leaving the country. If you're born there, you die there.

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Anonymous25778
@Anonymous25778 Time : 2017-04-08 22:50:07 #1

Paul I watched a documentary from an American journalist who was in North Korea(he got in via China) he mentioned that he was shocked at how few cars there were on the highways, he even stated he didnt see any for days. He was chaperoned by a North Korean Chaperone(guard) whom he had to pay bribes to in order to film alot of his trip. The thing that got me was one day he went to a tea house on the way to a different city and the female host told him that he was he only guest in over 2 years! She had been given 2 days warning that his group would stop there so she spent all that time setting up the tea house for them. Many stories like this during this guy's trip

North Korea is a country that truly needs to have their dictator removed and gradually move towards freedom of living....

That little bastard will think nothing of it to point his chubby little finger at China if they piss him off. I wonder how China will react if and when this happens....

In my visits to China I have noticed there are very few rules. The police seem very content in letting most things go. The people know how far they can push the rules/police before getting a negaticve reaction from the police. Hell I have seen Chinese people pushing and arguing with Police officers and Police dont really react...if that was in my county the Police would put them on the ground and arrest them...

 

Still I feel much more free and safer in China than I do here at home in my country...

 

From: China 山东(shan dong) 济宁(ji ning ) @paulfox1 Time : 2017-04-09 17:20:16 #2


@Anonymous25778

Thanks for your interesting comments.

Firstly, your comments on China. It's true that the police here seem much 'softer' than back home, especially on certain issues. That said, I've seen the police beat up a fruit-seller because he was selling fruit in the street.

Whislt riding my bike to work the other week, I was following a few Chinese riders on a section of the road that we shouldn't really have been riding on. It's so common that this time there were 5 police officers waiting for all the 'offenders', including myself.

The officers ensured that I watched closely as they fined all the Chinese people before letting me go without penalty. Sometimes the language-barrier is just 'too hard' for the police to contemplate, so we 'foreigners' do get away with much more than Chinese people do.

 

As for North Korea, you said that the dictator should 'be removed' - why? What business is it of ours? If he makes a 'stupid move' then I'm sure he'll be 'dealt with', but as long as he keeps his chubby fingers to himself, then what's the problem? If the North Korean people want to remove him, I'm sure there's enough of them.

Anonymous25781
@Anonymous25781 Time : 2017-04-10 22:14:01 #3

Paul true enough what business is it of ours is in a sense correct. I do however doubt that the average North Korean knows any better and do not know that life can be better as they are just trying to survive each day. If the Little Chubster does make a "bad or stupid" move he will be dealt with but with alot of death on both sides first if it escalates further. 

I have also seen Chinese police do similar things as do alot of hired security guards, my point was more that Police are not as respected or feared as they are in the way they are in western countries, although a person should never have to fear the Police....right?  I do continue to shake my head when I see Police in China riding scooters and driving older model Jetta's but who knows maybe that is a better way of getting around and still showing a presence. The big battle cruisers and armoured assault vehicles they park around public areas commemorating Mao are pretty obvious. (muscle)

From: China 山东(shan dong) 济宁(ji ning ) @paulfox1 Time : 2017-04-12 09:22:07 #4


@Anonymous25781

" my point was more that Police are not as respected or feared as they are in the way they are in western countries"

Can't disagree with you there! Police in Western countries are often 'bullies'. They hide behind bushes with speed cameras, fine you for the slightest little thing, and they even have their own 'puppets' now who patrol beaches in Perth making sure that no-one has more than ONE bottle of wine with them.

Daily-life in China FEELS a lot more 'free' than it does in the West, simply because you don't have to spend half your time looking behind you to see if someone is there waiting to 'nab' you for some minor misdemeanour.

 

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