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    What's it like? Obviously you have been around the block.....I've never been out of the US other than across the border in Mexico. What's it like? Can you get up at 3 AM and go get a burger somewhere? Are there any sports bars you can go and watch games and tie one on? What about the political arena.....how do they handle folks from outside China?
    I always tell the truth. Even when I lie.

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    For an American that has not been to Asia...it would certainly be a unique, sometimes, confusing experience.

    The people are fantastic..very nice, especially to foreignors. In that sense, it is a little different than Japan and Korea as they have xenophobic streaks..but, the Chinese are determined to modernise..and are thus, very open to foreign people, ideas and experiences.

    Shanghai is a 1st world city in a Developing country...should you come here..you'd think you were in NY, London, Tokyo...but, venture a few hundred kilometers outside the city and the real China is thrust upon with a magnum force. Still poor, still developing...but the entire country is just humming w/ activity.

    Burgers..well, you could roll into a place where I have a very small stake in...Malone's American Cafe...best Burger in town..open till 4:00am...

    I'll post more...

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    • #3
      Better hummers, usa or there?


      I am talking about the vehicles.
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      • #4
        my friend has been in china for some time now and she must be in a million pictures of other people because of how different she looks or because they figure out she's american. the way she tells it, they're very curious asking questions, though some may upset someone who reads miss manners.

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        • #5
          Also...it is nearly impossible for me to explain how quickly this country has modernised and how the culture has evolved over the past 15 years..especially the last 10.

          When I first came here in 1991..people were still wearing Chairman Mao suits..no public displays of affection...standard of living was very basic.

          Today..people are wearing Levis, GAP t-shirts, Armani suits, Puma sneakers...people of all ages are holding hand in the streets...20 somethings making out on every corner...new cars buzzing by at light speed.

          Never has any country in the history of the world...developed so qucikly. You just can not fathom it.

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          • #6
            Politics...

            Communist in name only..

            Unless Communist means greedy, power-hungry people that want to garner influences..

            Sounds a lot like Congress..

            China gets a lot of flak about Human Rights and being repressive..it's all a bullshit hoax..sure, it could be better...but, generally, people are pretty free...

            Communism of Mao is dead...replaced by Capitalism..but, the party needs to maintain its right to power and save face..so, they have to keep the name.

            Believe me...it is in name only

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            • #7
              wangster,
              what brought you to china to begin with?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Fishbone@Apr 14 2004, 11:02 PM
                wangster,
                what brought you to china to begin with?
                The unions in the USA and Australia making it impossible for small-to-medium sized business to profitably run/manage a business.

                Actually..moved the production of our company to China from St. Louis/Melbourne..

                Wang's Outsourcing..before it became the rage, you could say.

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                • #9
                  Thanks for the input....surprising to me anyway. I'm going to plan a trip to check it out. How about the hotties.....talk to me. I had a good friend who lived in Japan for a couple of years and he couldn't believe the difference between here and there.
                  I always tell the truth. Even when I lie.

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                  • #10
                    Wang,

                    I didn't realize you were really were in China now I understand your reply to my previous post.I hope you haven't resorted to the bamboo shoots.The changes you have seen in
                    China must be phenomenal.As they get
                    more economic freedom they'll leave
                    the rest of the world in their dust.

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                    • #11
                      Sounds like it went from the Workers
                      Paradise to the Capitalists Paradise
                      and the workers are better off for
                      it.Do you miss the U.S.A.?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by psychlops@Apr 14 2004, 11:11 PM
                        Thanks for the input....surprising to me anyway. I'm going to plan a trip to check it out. How about the hotties.....talk to me. I had a good friend who lived in Japan for a couple of years and he couldn't believe the difference between here and there.
                        Mate..my wifey is a local Shanghainese. Absolutely beautiful lady..smart as a whip..got her MBA in the US..

                        He sisters are just as gorgeous...and they are very freindly to the locals.. ..

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                        • #13
                          Wang,

                          How long did it take you to learn to
                          speak and write Chinese?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by dalincal@Apr 14 2004, 11:47 PM
                            Wang,

                            How long did it take you to learn to
                            speak and write Chinese?
                            Speak..rudimentary about 6 months...fluently..about 3 years.

                            Writing..that is an everyday struggle...to read about 1500 characters..2 years..and I've stopped...and I can only write about 600 of those 1500.

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