Comments on: One step at a time What makes a great picture? Thu, 18 Aug 2016 11:13:37 +0000 hourly 1 By: Ambrey Wed, 12 Oct 2011 08:17:08 +0000 This comment is intended for some of you previous posters.
First, to say that Shanghai is not “the real China” is ridiculous. Shanghai represents a very important facet of modern China and very likely the direction the country as whole is heading. You are right that Shanghai does not provide an accurate picture of the average Chinese citizen, but then the author never made that claim. This essay from what I can tell was meant only to convey the authors first impressions of his new home and how those impressions contradicted some of his preconceptions. I enjoyed the photos and commentary.
Laowai, I would guess that they don’t station many staff photographers in Kashgar. He’ll have plenty of time to travel and take photos of “the real China.”

By: solamon77 Mon, 03 Oct 2011 06:42:28 +0000 Very cool. It’s important that we in the western world start getting a more rounded image of what China actually is.

@thelaowai: Stop being rude.

By: SUAlum2002 Mon, 03 Oct 2011 06:29:11 +0000 I enjoyed your photos and agree that the feeling one gets from photo ops in Chinese cities (or China in general) is “like a kid in a candy store.”

However, thelaowai is right…and sweettea’s comment about learning Chinese to know what they are REALLY thinking is dead on.

Want true images of China?

One more thing: “I had a preconceived notion of China as a country of factories and farms. I hadn’t thought much about the cities.” Seriously?

By: sweettea Mon, 03 Oct 2011 02:53:09 +0000 Even though “thelaowai” said it in such a rude way, i have to agree with him. I have spent the last 7 years in Beijing, and if I hadn’t visited the countryside many times and traveled all over China, I wouldn’t have known anything about the real life of the average Chinese people. Shanghai and Beijing are one kind of economy in China. The rest live in a different kind of economy. Also, if you really want to know China, you have to learn Chinese. What Chinese say in English and what they say in Chinese is very different. They are usually the most friendly people in the world when speaking English, but the most racist, xenophobic people in the world when speaking Chinese and thinking you don’t understand what they are saying. So, I would suggest that you get a tutor as soon as possible.

By: Tanj Mon, 03 Oct 2011 02:18:23 +0000 The first picture is beautiful, the shoes are fun too. The other city pictures are somewhat ordinary. Perhaps that is the point, but more likely there is a lot more walking to be done.

I’m in Beijing for a while and echo that it is surprising how the cities might differ from western expectations. Thelaowai is kind of missing the point. Sure, there is a Chinese culture found outside the big cities – but the big cities are also forging a new culture which is perhaps more important for the west to see and understand. And no it is not a culture of Walmart (does it even exist in Beijing) or KFC (ubiquitous, but comfortably outnumbered by local eateries fast, slow, small, and big).

The cultural diversity is not what is driving China’s rapid rise in the world. These vast cities are. And like big cities everywhere, they melt cultures.

By: PDXmouse Mon, 03 Oct 2011 01:32:51 +0000 This photo essay is about modernization of the cities, not the cultural diversity of the country side.

By: dupontjoy Mon, 03 Oct 2011 01:20:06 +0000 You will never see the true China in the big cities.
Trust me, go to the west like west Sichuan province, you will see the other true China!

By: thelaowai Mon, 03 Oct 2011 00:13:23 +0000 OOOOh, your so brave! Spending time in Shanghai is comparable to spending time in ST Louis. It is the second least cultural city in China, after Beijing. Did you do all your shopping at Walmart and dining at KFC?

At least you didn’t take all of your pictures from your “30th floor” apartment windows. I bet you still have your subway map in your back pocket.

If you want to see China, see its cultural diversity, go anywhere but the big homogenized city.