TheLegendaryBirdMonster

Reply to Free Talk Friday by alex

TheLegendaryBirdMonster wrote

Today's the "music festival" in france. Bands get to play freely wherever they want. I'll probably walk around town trying to find something nice to listen to. There's usually a brass brand that's pretty cool.

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TheLegendaryBirdMonster OP wrote

Engineers get the same salary as in france (3-4000€/mo). The average salary is around 600€ for other people I think (double check this fact please lol) (minimum french salary is 1300€/mo).

A haircut costs 3€, I got to cut my hair at a hair saloon for the first time while there. Having disposable income is pretty neat lol.

I didn't meet any filthy rich person, but met may very poor people.

China doesn't need to export their shitty jobs outside like we do in france; they have their local poor population to abuse.

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TheLegendaryBirdMonster OP wrote

dating is very different. in france we touch and tease as a way to show interest; In china they might gift the person to show interest, and don't really touch each other before asking one-another out.

The shops often spill out into the footpath, and are half open. In France everything is neatly tucked behind a wall/door. Chinese streets feel more "alive".

There are lots of other stuff, like we have an immobile" and "walking" line on escalators; while where I was in china, nobody walks up the escalator.

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TheLegendaryBirdMonster OP wrote

I went to a middle-sized city (for china), in the north-center.

My favorite food was the fried eggplant.

Most of my interaction was with engineering students so take this with a grain of salt:

  • People do not talk about politics here. Maybe it's because they have other interest, but it just isn't part of the conversations.

  • They tell me that the internet is censored to protect them, but most of them have also have vpns.

  • One time I got hushed for talking too loud about certain subjects on campus: people get advantages if they snitch.

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The use of wechat for everything was interesting. It has a monopoly on social media, and can be used for IM, but also has a feature like snapchat stories, sub-apps for official accouts, and wechat can be used for monetary exchange between anyone.

People do not use cash money anymore. Everyone has their QR code, that you scan on wechat to pay. Even the beggars who sell knick-knack outside tourist attractions have their wechat QR code printed on a card around their necks.

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TheLegendaryBirdMonster OP wrote

I went to a friend's grandparents rural house and they had portraits of mao on their wall. Younger generations "respect mao, but recognize his errors".

People who join the communist party get a shitload of advantages (VIP in hospitals and similar stuff, I forgot what thought), but only the best students get to choose to join or not (1 or 2 a year afaik).

Also someone told me "In your wester societies, you believe that the leader should serves the people; while here the people should serve the leader".

I dont know shit about marxism, does this sound like marxism to you?

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TheLegendaryBirdMonster OP wrote

The speed at which construction is done, and the sheer amount of building/construction that's happening everywhere at the same time. A friend told me, in the last 20 years, the amount of people that left the countryside to join the big cities of china is equivalent to twice the population of England.

The best view is a tie between some of the mountain scenery and Dujiangyan temple ( I went to see it right after it rained so that was pretty cool). I definitely want to spend more time in Chinese nature, it's very pretty and very different from what I'm used to.

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TheLegendaryBirdMonster OP wrote

mostly rice and noodles. I ate at the school restaurant or from street vendors near the school. There were more vegetarian options than in france and finding edible food was easy.

I'm usually vegan but decided to eat products with milk and eggs in them here (biscuits for example), to try to not be too shitty for my friends and experience the food there as much as possible.

Also I tasted durian for the first time.

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