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szdaily -> Opinion -> 
Letters From Readers
    2014-12-22  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

    THE opinion piece titled “A new tale of two cities” by Wu Guangqiang published in Shenzhen Daily on Dec. 15 was an interesting read, especially as he tries to “put down” Hong Kong and praise Shenzhen based on growth in GDP. This is a measurement based on capitalist measure points! Bravo Mr. Wu, that you have embraced capitalism even better than your capitalist neighbor. I certainly do not disagree with Mr. Wu on the economic growth comparison and where the status is now. Looking, however, at some other points, I believe Shenzhen has still a lot of catching up to do. Just to name a few:

    1) Uncivil behavior on Shenzhen’s roads. Drivers change lanes illegally, drive on the wrong direction and park illegally. The newly rich in their big fancy cars may think the fines are too cheap.

    2) Uncivilized behavior in public. Jumping queues, shouting like fishmongers in restaurants and allowing children to pee in public are too common in Shenzhen.

    3) Housing estate managers in Shenzhen seem to be reluctant to enforce the law. They usually shy away from asking homeowners to clean up after their dogs or asking drivers to park their cars in their assigned spots.

    4) Illegal taxis are rampant in Shenzhen, and authorities are not doing their job to stop it. At Shenzhen Bay border crossing area between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. and around 4 p.m., cars, including illegal taxis, are parked at the bus terminal and all roads leading to the area despite having traffic wardens on duty who seem to be too afraid to do their job.

    5) Some international TV programs are not available in hotel rooms in Shenzhen.

    6) Maintenance and quality are words not found in the Chinese dictionary. Look at any building only a few years old and many would believe those buildings have been there for nearly 30 years. The same can be said for many other things such as consumer goods.

    Yes, Shenzhen has surpassed Hong Kong in economic development, but culturally and socially, Shenzhen is still way behind.

    I took my first business trip to China in 1988. I have since lived in Hong Kong and China and have traveled extensively through this wonderful country and met many wonderful people. China has come a long way economically. Now let’s hope that the culture grows at an even higher speed so we can truly AGAIN speak about a Chinese CIVILIZATION.

    Jeffry Kuperus via email

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