posted on Sep, 12 2005 @ 06:14 AM
All of you are very nice!
Ok, I would like to talk something about my city Shenzhen. I can not give out the perspective of this city, just some aspects from my view.
ShenZhen is a seaside city in South China and it’s nearby HongKong----- the international Free Port. So Shenzhen is one of important import and
export cities in China Mainland. In order to attract more foreign investments, in year 1980, government let this city be the first special economic
region in China. (So far there’re five in China.) Foreign companies located in Shenzhen can share lower tax and can store their goods in bonded
warehouses. Now IBM, INTEL,THOMSON, SCHNEIDER,ABB, NOKIA, ect. have their factories or offices in Shenzhen. In these 25 years, many Chinese national
companies rapidly grew up, they obtain the same treatments from the government. Accordingly, there’re also some famous Chinese companies in
Shenzhen, eg. Lenvono, TCL, ZTE, HuaWei…(Maybe you haven’t learned their names.)
Because there’re more working opportunities here than other cities (except, BeiJing---capital of China, ShangHai, GuangZhou), people from all
provinces gather here. Now the city population is over 10million, but the local population occupy below 20%. Some people struggle here to earn more
income, they have to support the whole family, not only their parents, but also their brothers and sisters, they have dreams to let their families
have happy life even it’s based on their hard work. Some people come here to show their abilities, because they think that Shenzhen can offer more
chances and challenges to them. They don’t like the peace life at their hometown even there they could get a steady work and income. These people
will buy house here and become the Shenzhen residents.
Comparing with other cities, people here face more working pressure, and the life rhythm is faster. So there’re few old folks. When I take bus in
GuangZhou or BeiJing, I’m always ready to give my seat to the elder, but at Shenzhen, so far I haven’t this experience.(By the way, I live in
Shenzhen for about 4years.) For the elder generation who are retired now, they can not imagine the work here. In their period, most of them work in
nation-own companies, they would never lose their job. They needn’t work overtime and don’t worry about their ability. But now situation is
changed, we must develop our economy. Why not people work here will face more pressure? Personally, I think that because China is developing country,
investor are attracted by the low labor cost, in order to output more wealth, we have to work harder. In an other view, because of a large population
in China, employment chances are very import for most people, people have to work harder to let themselves be more competitive. Of course, if you
don’t like the life here, you could choose to leave, but if you choose, it’s your life.
Though people say that HongKong is a shopping heaven, if you are a normal family with normal income, and needn’t buy any famous international-brand
products, I could say comparing with HongKong, Shenzhen is the better shopping heaven. For example, many groceries are cheaper than HongKong. A tin of
PEPSI-COLA， at HongKong you will pay HK$ 8.00（about RMB8.30）, (In German, about EUR4.00,, -----RMB40.00) at ShenZhen only RMB1.80 or2.00.
Cabbage, at Hongking RMB14.00/kg, at Shenzhen RMB4.00/kg. Additionally, the apartment rent is much lower, an apartment located near the city
center, one living room and one bedroom, in HongKong rent maybe about RMB6000/M. in ShenZhen is about RMB1000~2000/M. In this view, though my company
pay more salary to my colleagues from HongKong and German, I don’t feel unbalance.
At Shenzhen, TV programs are more plenty than many cities. We can watch some teleplays which are popular in American or Europe. Eg, Lost, Despaired
housewife. But when I went to BeiJing, I just could watch some local teleplays. Maybe the local TV station want to protect the audience rating, so
restrict some overseas teleplays. In this point, I should say, Shenzhen culture is very open. But in China, using satellite receiver is prohibited. My
first time to see satellite receiver is in Istanbul Turkey. There I saw many “upside down umbrella” fixed on the housetop. And the local people
told me it was satellite receiver. And it seems like the necessary accessory of the TV, it’s familiar at Istanbul. When I back home, I told my
mother, “Mama，do you know people in Turkey can watch hundreds of TV channels！！” My mother calmly reply to me, “What a trouble it is! Here
we can watch over 50 channels, it’s enough for me.” This is the elder generation’s attitude of life, they always focus in the present and are
satisfied with their current life. But for the young generation, they want to see more and know more.