Miscellaneous Tianjin Blog Posts
In a fit of laziness, I'm going to combine all the things I wanted to write about but didn't have time to do until I had left Tianjin.Tianjin's bus system is comprehensively covers the city. The buses are cheap, clean and frequent. In the space of 3 months, most of the old buses have been replaced by new ones. Though the overcrowding problem remain during rush hour, but it's not bad considering the city is home to 10 million Chinese (and a few expats). Unfortunately, the timetables are not tourist friendly. You really have to know the layout of the city and remember the Chinese road names in order to figure out where you want to go. I've missed a few buses whilst trying to decipher the timetable. Children can learn how the roller-blade in the park where the school is located. I had to cycle through swarms of roller-blading children to get to school and, fortunately, always managed to avoid hitting anyone. After the Sichuan Earthquake there was an outpouring of donations from all people of Tianjin. A list of donations in descending order was posted on red paper in all the apartment complexes. The donations ranged from 100 000 RMB to 10 RMB. In the West, there is honour in donating anonymously and this would be considered ostentatious. I asked my Chinese teacher about this and she said that the generous are respected. Are we too cynical in the West? Tesco have started their invasion of China. However, they were behind Walmart (the world's biggest retailer) and Carrefour (the second biggest retailer), who have a bigger presence in the city. I shopped at Carrefour more because it was closer to where I lived. Tianjin has many more interesting stories but they are for another (better) blogger to write about.