|Boarding the magnetic train to the airport|
My feelings for China are mixed; every person I met and spent time with was kind, sweet and generous. That which is China the government, is not so kind, welcoming nor generous. The people here live with no social net; laws are designed to protect businesses and not individuals; and I fear the success of this country will be borne on the backs of workers and those who are powerless. I am not sure where a Communist government comes into play here as this country is riding a wave of capitalism and greed like there’s no tomorrow – that is, capitalism without democracy.
And there are some fundamental problems that so obviously need to be addressed: smoking needs to be discouraged and promoted as the health killer it is; something has to be done about air quality - the air is unbreatheable in the cities; environmental efforts have to be made and new attitudes adopted.
With over a billion people, China could tilt the earth --- and wouldn’t it be wonderful if it tilted in the most positive way possible?
|The magnetic rail to the airport|
|It went really fast! 33 kms in 8 minutes!|
|Homeward bound at the Shanghai airport.|