Last Updated on 1 month by Piyush Jain
I visited China in May 2011, as a part of an annual global conference from the company I worked in. It was a 1-week trip, where three days we were in Shanghai, and the rest of the days, we were free to go to the place of our choice. My friends chose a nearby location from Shanghai, i.e., Huangshan (Yellow Mountain). Here are a few anecdotes that will give you a feel for how China is. My experience in China is complementary to my review of the book “ The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the New Chinese State.”
- In what language do you study in India? I said we use English. He further asked if India does not have a native language? I said they do, but it is for getting global; we do so. He said we study all subjects in Mandarin. I said that you have only one language, to which he said, No, we too have hundreds of languages. This sort of conveyed that we should give priority to our culture and language.
- He asked me, what do you prefer most, prosperity or freedom? This question got me ringing. If he is some police or state guy, and I say freedom, I may be done for. I diplomatically answered that I like prosperity, as what use is that freedom if you do not have money. He said that you would not understand, but freedom is more important. I kept remembering this question when I read chapter 3 of the book and could relate to his feelings.
I felt that the Chinese people are quite lovely. They are helpful and as jolly as people in other countries, but politics portray them in the wrong light. When they knew we are from India, we got extra attention as well as offer for help, if possible. This gesture itself is quite heartwarming when one is far from his own country. I am posting pictures of my experience in China, and keep in mind that it was in May 2011, so nearing ten years later now.