Travelling opens your eyes to a greater and bigger world. Constantly keep your minds and hearts open. The Caveman is out travelling in China and learnt so much about the country.
#1 Nothing is Impossible!
From the Great wall of China to the Great Firewall of China, everything seems possible to the Chinese. The Great wall of China is over a span of about 21,000km and is build as early as the 7th century to prevent foreign adversaries from attacking China. They would go to great length to make things happened.
#2 The First Price is never the Final Price
The Chinese are the master of haggling, and it is pretty certain that the initial price that is quoted to you would never be the final price that you pay if you put in some effort to haggle. When travelling in China, I received a massive discount while working alongside with other Chinese to haggle.
#3 The Lawlessness – Tobacco above the law
It is estimated that 30% of cigarettes smoked in the world is smoked in China. China is the world largest cigarettes and tobacco producer. When travelling in China, it seems like the Chinese are oblivious about the no-smoking sign. I have seen them smoking right under the no-smoking sign.
#4 Public Transport – Keeping it Cheap and Public
Buses within each area can go as low as USD0.15 or at RMB 1 per trip. It’s high-speed rail network currently linked more than 100 cities in China. The most famous high-speed rail in China is the Qinghai–Tibet Railway, that connects Beijing with Tibet.
#5 UNESCO World Heritage
China is the 2nd most UNESCO world heritage in the world, following closely behind Italy. China has a total of 48 UNESCO world heritage, from the famous Forbidden City to the Fujian Tulou.
#6 Income Inequality
China has a high economy disparity. When travelling in China, I realised that there were many luxurious cars on the streets, and there were farmers that earned as little as RMB 1 per day.
#7 China is Watching
China Golden Shield project includes the censorship which is frequently known as the Great Fire Wall of China and surveillance. With all the new technology in the surveillance camera, China seems to go to all length to place surveillance camera at every lane, every corner. I have seen surveillance camera placed on the trees.
#8 Communicating Using Car Horn
China has about 200 million motor vehicles on the road, and they seem to have created an interlanguage using the car horn. A short honk could mean be careful I am coming while a long honk could mean F*** OFF! It is estimated that the car horn is used more than 40 times than the average usage in Europe.
You would learn so much about the country when you have an opened mind!