Cartera did an interesting survey on ShanghaiExpat’s forum: What things do you miss in Shanghai?. Here are some of the answers:
Fresh Air, Food Hygiene, Cleaniliness, Politeness, Patience and Walkers Prawn cocktail crisps, British Sunday Roast Dinner and Sky Sports!!
Fresh air, beaches, clean water, common sense, civilized behaviour, decent food, a decent marina.
-Everything that is not fake.
American Grown stuff,
-Food, size and taste is dramatically different, tomatoes, scallions, meats especially
-Human being temperatures.
-Doing business with set prices, negotiating can be a pain sometimes.
-Driving my own damn car
-White people even though I’m not white. I just need my daily dose of Whitism.
All the above plus
Obey the Law
Enforce the Law
A simple “Sorry” when things are done wrong
MSG free food
Clean tap water
Proper ventilated office building
Proper air conditioning + properly insulated office building
Higher grade gas + properly maintained vehicles
People flush soiled toilet paper instead of leaving it in the bin in toilet
Singing loudly when I’m driving the car alone.
Public restrooms that are not completely repulsive.
Going to a store where you can get everything in one trip.
Driving my own car.
Non Smoking Restaurants, Malls, etc
Service in Restaurants : Quality, Cleanilness,etc
Clean Public Restrooms
A walk in the park with fresh air
Nice mountain & beach
delicious foods (nithgt marketing)
clearn road no one will spit sputum
non- smoking public place
frinedly and politeness ppl
Tasty foods. Good customer service. Polite and friendly people. People who think before doing things.
Not-too-crowded lifts. The words “Sorry” and “Excuse me”. One-stop shops. Entertainment centers.
I am not surprised to see this from the angle of an expat. I admit that many of the stuff listed here is reality in Shanghai. Come to Shanghai, and you need to be prepared for everything in this city, including the lack of the things listed above.
My Two Cents
Lack of Moral, Ethic, Politeness are all true in Shanghai. However, I’d say, to be fair, it is just the current Shanghai or China (well, to be fair, no one said it is past China). In the long history, China enjoys the oldest civilization, but the recent half century is a disaster. It takes time for people to recover the long-stand moral standard, and being polite again – it just takes time.
Your comments about this?