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Q: Are you getting to know the real China? Take the bus

I thought of this while on a crowded bus watching no one give their seat to a pregnant woman, an elderly woman and a mother with a small child. Nothing new but it was a long bus ride with them standing. People sitting just put their head down. 

I often hear people say Chinese are different but no, putting your head down is a sign of shame in any culture. Chinese mainlanders are like like others but they are just rude and crude in their behavior. 

But many people come to China and stay in 'safezones' . They spend most of their time in their homes, take taxis, hangout in expat spots, shop only at Metroand only have expat friends or cultured Chinese friends. They don't get a complete picture (good and bad). Some do this because they've had their fill of Chinese 'culture' , however little it may have been. I'm speaking to those who stay sheltered in order to maintain their pristine view of China.

Take the bus everyday for a number of years, in 2nd and 3rd tier cities, at different times. See the rudeness (ie: bus drivers refusing to stop to let little girls off or anyone they see as weak), see the stupidity (how people behave in traffic), see the reckless disregard for the life of others (increasing the speed of the bus when approach pedestrians or cyclers), smell the filth of people who don't shower.

I'll give you an example from America, I grew up in a high crime neighborhood. When the city council proposed using surveillance cameras in this high crime area people were up in arms, people who didn't live in the neighborhood was crying about it being a violation of our privacy rights. They also lobbied for fewer police because as they put it, the crime was a result of over policing. It's easy to knock someone for complaining when you are insulated and the other guy is in the shit.

2 years 21 weeks ago in  Transport & Travel - China

 
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Waited for a bus with an elderly Chinese woman and we exchanged pleasant chitchat, the usual questions for a foreigner. We boarded the bus and there were no seats. A teenager of about 17 was playing on his phone and he had his schoolbag sitting next to him taking up a seat. I asked him in Chinese if his bag had a ticket. He said no. I said if his bag didn't have a ticket then it couldn't have a seat. I picked up his bag and dropped it on the floor and offered the seat to the elderly woman. Other passengers seemed impressed. The 17 year old not so much. He glowered at me and I smiled back at him.

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I always use local bus in China. However, I never have 1 Rmb, because I daily unload all change on my desk.

So once, I had to break 10 Rmb and I walked into the Bank and yelled 'neu bi, neu bi....' while holding 10-er in my hand.

She (cold): 'meiyou neu bi ...'

After I walked out of the Bank, I realized I should say 'imbi'  ....

Back to the Bank and me again:  'meiyou neu bi, IM-BI'  

 

Chinese is so difficult for us Non- natives angel.

 

Once, I even traveled by bus from Shenzhen to Fuzhou with fresh Z in my pocket. I jumped on the front seat-bed, R side of the bus with undisturbed view ....

Driver was telling me for some 5', I must move on the other seat, booked with my ticket, buTT ... I played stupid laowai.  

Some 1000 km of real China from the front seat ... .

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I would advise against taking the Chinese bus, 2 of them just exploded today in Foshan.

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I've done the count a number of times... how many young people do they have to walk past before one of them offers up a seat?? The stats aren't good.

 

I'd like to film it sometime, and post it on Chinese social media sites, to contradict all the 'Chinese are very respectful of their elders' and all that BS!!!

 

And this is in an educated part of a higher tier city!

 

(but, to be fair.... (not sure why..!), there are still many who do give up their seats.... but it still doesn't look good seeing 19 year old girls chatting away, or the 22 year old boy with his face in his phone, determined to ignore others more in need of that seat than they are! Only seems to be once someone starts falling down that the idea hits their head to move...)

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Waited for a bus with an elderly Chinese woman and we exchanged pleasant chitchat, the usual questions for a foreigner. We boarded the bus and there were no seats. A teenager of about 17 was playing on his phone and he had his schoolbag sitting next to him taking up a seat. I asked him in Chinese if his bag had a ticket. He said no. I said if his bag didn't have a ticket then it couldn't have a seat. I picked up his bag and dropped it on the floor and offered the seat to the elderly woman. Other passengers seemed impressed. The 17 year old not so much. He glowered at me and I smiled back at him.

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i had an 'argument' with an old guy, must have been about 120 years old, when i offered him my seat on a crowded bus.

I 'won' when he accepted my seat, and was somewhat embarrassed by his profuse thanks for a couple of blocks.

 

most of the other locals just looked away.

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Last night, a few got up to offer their seats to one older gentleman but there weren't  a lot of standing people even though all the seats were full and I was sitting.  So it gave me a thought, are they more likely to give their seat when they can be seen doing it? Are they more likely to get up to not allow the foreigner hurt China's 'face'? I will start paying attention to this and see what the results are?

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Want to know the real China?  Easiest way, also plain common sense ---- talk / make friends with real Chinese!  

 

Who are the real Chinese? Certainly not those who claim to be Chinese but don't even know how to write authentic Chinese which has been (and still, all over Asia, Europe, USA, Australia ...etc.) in use by Chinese (for more than two thousand years), and live a life without any traditional Chinese festival, nor participate in authentic Chinese religion (Taoism, being wiped out), for more than half a century.  

 

A place with thousands of years of  traditional festivals, religions, written language ALL wiped clean, replaced by a warmongering, ethicless ideology from Laowai-Land, and you still call that group of people real, authentic XYZ?  Heck, this is one of the fastest way to tell everyone your IQ level if you're an adult! 

 

 

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Yes, maybe u r right in some sections. Some rude behavior r not for foreigners also Chinese mainlands.  Many Chinese guys maybe not so kind and polite, but it will get better in future. for me i am polite I thought . another some bad behaviors also happened in America.ie. I want to cross the pavement after the light turn to white, some Americans just across the pavement while red.

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I ride the bus and metro every day. My Chinese is terrible. However, whenever I see an elderly or pregnant person or one with a small child needing a seat I simply get the attention of someone, with their head down or earphone in. Then I gesture palm up toward the person deserving of a seat. The person sitting generally looks around and then offers their seat. The irony here is I'm 70, but, I'm in good shape for the shape I'm in, I don't like it if someone offers me a seat because then I feel old looking. Life goes on.

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