- Though draconian in some ways, the one child law stopped an out of control unsustainable population growth rate. This has helped to increase the size of their middle class.
- The government has spent a huge amount on excellent high speed trains and other infrastructure.
- Most of the citizens I work with seem just fine with their current form of government, which I assume means they are "not too unhappy" with their lives.
The one thing that I have a hard time dealing with though is their blockage of web sites. I apologize for not commenting or posting during my trip, however I could not access my blog which is hosted by a group within Google.
And I did not have time to take Jerry's advice to take a river cruise from Shanghai to Chongqing. That is apparently a 9 day cruise. It would be beautiful though. Going from the Chongqing airport to the customer who was somewhat out of town was very scenic. Chongqing is different from the other Chinese mega cities I have been in because it is built around some small mountains that are heavily covered with forest. (ie kind of like the Appalachians) Therefore it is rather spread out and has more green space. And as the last time I was there, they are putting up 30 story apartment/condo buildings everywhere. Thus my pet name for China... "The Land of 1 million Tower Cranes"
It looks something like these pictures I found on line.
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And if you have visions of a backward China, check out the nice shack I had to stay at... It was really roughing it...Hotel Hengda The worst things about it was that it had 0 English speaking TV channels and I was only there 1 night, therefore I assume most of it's client are usually Chinese as they were during my stay.
Ps. Back to the topic of my post... Apparently the Chinese government is telling it's citizens that the Hong Kong rallies are being sponsored by us Americans for some reason... And those folks are likely to believe it because they have been raised on this type of misinformation since birth...