And here are additional reasons why I have decided not to return to China…this blog is dead on.
I could easily — easily — have written “Expectations and realities in the Middle Kingdom”, but as I value my own integrity, I do not stoop to such ubiquitous foolishness.
Anyway, the point here is the different perceptions about the real and the wished-for in Shanghai.
One example of this, which helped to conceptualise this article, is office towers in Shanghai. When I first arrived (many, many years ago because I am considerably more of an old China hand than you) I looked upwards at the skyscrapers, imagining the professionalism held within; the recently vacuumed carpets and shaven chins – the attractive Mediterranean women strutting, nay pounding around the corridors clutching both critically important files and the desires of their male colleagues close to their bronzed chests.
This childish fascination soon came crashing down when I actually entered such a building. No matter the glamorous address or shiny exterior, the inside…
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