I am currently in Shanghai on business, and would like to share with all my friends my preliminary observations of Shanghai people, the human aspect of this metropolis, over the past few days:
a) very hardworking people – wroking long hours:
the local travel agency manager came to my apartment to take order at 9pm: the taxi driver is willing to serve you at any hour and to any place [I am referring to the unlicensed taxi driver.];
b) highly efficient –
they got it ready for my new specticles in one day!
c) very enterprising :
the driver I hired was a travel agency driver. He swifted to become a “blue card/illegal taxi driver” in a few years, in order to provide a better living for his family. His income has increased from RMB1,800 to over RMB4,000 within a few years, after becoming his own boss;
d) Self-centred :
my brother-in-law and niece were waiting for taxi near a taxi stand, each time they tried to get into the taxi, they were “hi-jacked” by the local people. At the end, they had to move to a “no-man land” in order to get a taxi; sounds exaggrated but it was a real experience. No wonder people always say Singaporeans are too naive!
e) Personal hygiene – they still spit and litter everyway and anyway;
f) Social status – very particular about it:
I was told if a Shanghainese guy married someone other than their own people, he is considered to be a less successful or non-achiever! On the other hand, if someone from other province married a Shanghainese girl, he will be deemed to be very successful and viewed with respect!