What are the things that India can learn from China?
Bhuvana Rameshwar, Worried about India
We were on a short trip of the Chinese cities of Beijing and Shanghai on a package tour from Bangalore. We came two days back ..
At first we were surprised to see both cities like “modern Western cities”, not at all like a highly populated, 4 K old civilization. We went expecting a Delhi or a Bangalore..
Great wall kept so clean…
We were surprised, shocked and even ashamed as Indians to see the development, cleanliness and the beauty of their cities. All the sightseeing places were clean and in full order. Queues were disciplined and there were ground staff to maintain law and order.
There were roads in three tiers and more, were excellent with traffic lights, name boards in English and Chinese, painted pillars which were lit beautifully in VIBGYOR colours at night.
Public Washrooms are free, were clean and washed and wiped every 5 minutes with good supply of water, toilet paper, bins, soaps and dryer.
All pay taxes.. The lowest salary people pay 13 percent and it goes up to almost 36 to high earners. There is a compulsory saving for all in the four govt banks. This money is recycled for all their development projects.
Foreign investments are high in China as it woos them with good infrastructure and ease of doing business. Labour is also plenty and cheap.
Their leader has a long term vision and is well supported by his ministers.
All sightseeing places are clean and tourist friendly. No racism anywhere unlike some Western countries. People are helpful and friendly.
The main roads were clean and had no traffic other than cars during the day trips. Most cars were new and big. Later we found out that only cars and buses are allowed on these roads from 6 am to 10 pm. Only after 10 pm vans, lorries, trucks and two wheelers are allowed for maintaining the beauty of their cities. All these work only at night. Similarly vehicles from other districts are not allowed during peak hours to reduce traffic jams. There is a compulsory gap of 2 metres between two vehicles on the road.
Sightseeing places kept so clean
Summer Palace Bridge.. No garbage, frooty packet or plastic bottles
Space below flyovers used as gardens or as bus depots in some places at night. Kept very clean and useful.