10 reasons you don't want to live in China

From the pervasive pollution to the rampant corruption, quality of life in the world's second-largest economy leaves much to be desired.

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Aug 21, 2013 7:19PM
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China is not for me.
Of course, neither is Chicago or Detroit.
Aug 21, 2013 8:12PM
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Good lord you could say all of that about the US. Especially the political corruption part. It's like the pot calling the kettle black. I try to buy everything made in the US but our government has bartered all of our manufacturing to China. And that is a shame.
Aug 21, 2013 8:35PM
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I'm an American (of which I am very proud of) and I lived in China for 5 years.  China is polluted, crowed and corrupt and people are obsessed with making money.  But it is also a fascinating place.  The rate of social change going on right now is amazing.  And when things change so fast (particularly in a society that goes back 5000 years) there is bound to be chaos; especially when there are over a billion people involved.  Will they ever totally get their act together, probably not, but as their middle class grows, they are going to expect cleaner water (as the US decided when our Great Lakes were dying and we had rivers in Cleveland burning), more open government (but hey, I’m from Chicago, so how open are our politics really?) and they will learn, probably the hard way, that economic growth always doesn’t go up (the Chinese real estate bubble will mostly pop).  And while I hate defending the Chinese government (yes it can be a 'bit' overbearing), for most Chinese life is not oppressive like the US media makes it out to be.  In fact I knew many Chinese that would openly (or at least fairly openly) complain about their leaders worse than Hannity rails about Obama.

Aug 21, 2013 10:16PM
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I, for one, like it right here in the US, my country. I'm sure China has many strong points and good ways of life, but whatever they do is theirs, their traditions, their way of life. I like ours, and have always thought Freedom is what you make of it. It means different things to different people, and if you choose to believe everything the media tells you, than you deserve the life you are living.

 

I still like to go to work, raise my family and pass on the traditions and ways I was taught. Maybe have a beer or two with a steak on Saturday night. And when I need to refresh I just go for a drive in the beautiful American countryside, and listen to some Zac Brown Band or Hank Williams, and just live my life. I don't stress to much about politics, religion, or what the Kardashians are doing, and my family, and I, are generally quite happy here in the beautiful USA

Aug 21, 2013 8:06PM
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China is drastically overpopulated, they certainly don't need me over there. Also, I hate crowded places.
Aug 21, 2013 8:47PM
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government control,  were you talking about the USA?  NY ranks as number one on controlling people in the US.
Aug 21, 2013 8:10PM
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Corruption is rampant in China?  Whoa.........it isn't in the U.S.?  Where have you been?
Aug 21, 2013 9:05PM
Aug 21, 2013 11:20PM
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Having lived in Shanghai for 5 years, I can certainly comment on the good and the bad.  But corruption is rampant in the US too.  Certainly people worry about pollution in general and food safety, even though they cannot really do much about it.  Going down the street to the next vendor is no less risky.  But I do miss nearly no crime, no drive-bys, no redneck trying to pick a fight, just super nice people all trying to survive even if they have to climb over the person in front of them.  I miss the mass transit.  I miss the restaurants that serve nothing out of a can.

 

I can tell you it that the pollution was getting better, and quick.  But there is a long way to go.  The 1-child rule is a good thing (India - listen up).

Aug 21, 2013 9:14PM
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look at china and detroit before free trade. Then look at them after years of outsourcing by our rich. Its plainly obvious the destructive nature of free trade on the developed countries. Without a corrupt u.s. government we wouldn't have free trade or ruined cities.
Aug 21, 2013 7:32PM
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I'M NOT sure ! I have a friend who works at a school in China and he loves it !  hates to have

to come back to America once a year to remain a citizen of America...says chinese people are

very friendly and teaching english in their schools a real change and here another subject he

teaches is a real eye opener---he teaches  Bible reading and who Jesus Christ is !  in a Chinese

public school !   makes me wonder why China and America have reversed their beliefs ?

once not too long ago if a man in china was caught with a Bible--he was put to death----now

christans in china can read a Bible openly and have no fear !   has China found something we

threw away ?   gyy

Aug 21, 2013 8:08PM
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Except that you have a far greater probability of being shot dead in American streets than in Chinese.  But you know, freedom.
Aug 21, 2013 8:06PM
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Propaganda, that is ONE thing the US is Great at!!!!!
Aug 21, 2013 7:34PM
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If only China could attain the U.S. ideals of pollution control, you know like it L.A. and Houston; of limited cars on the road, like in Los Angeles, and of course, never spying on anyone.  Funny, I was in Beijing for a better part of two months this summer.  No shortage of fresh vegetables or safe meat.  Wonder where they got that?  But back to Edward Snowden for a second.  He was big news while I was there, all that stuff about the NSA spying on private Chinese University computers like Qing Hua (think Harvard) and social networks (think Google).  China, being our 'most favored nation' you understand, and there are no crazy Islamic terrorists in Beijing.  There's nice Muslims who serve you great tasting roast lamb!  The last sentence is funny, too, about the quality of life.  I've never walked around a safer feeling city at night or one that values kids and old people more.  Compare to the U.S. and it's psycho mass-murderer of the day news.  I ask another question about qualify of life.  Have you ever seen the elderly practicing ballroom dancing on weekday nights in a U.S. park, with smiles on their faces?  I have.  In China.  Never once in the U.S.  and no unethical behavior or corruption in the U.S.?  You know one of these countries we are talking about bombed the others' embassy back in the 90's and blamed it on an old map.  How would that have flown the other way around?  Now, one is warmongering all other the dang middle East.  I think for this writer there is only one reason he champions the U.S. as best place to live:  hypocrisy!  
Aug 21, 2013 7:42PM
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Friend of mine visited Bejing.

Pronounced it the most technologically advanced city he had ever seen. Was astounded by the infrastructure, architecture and efficiency of the city.

Jus' sayin', folks....take a chance....see what's out there first-hand.....not on TV.

Aug 21, 2013 11:28PM
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I lived in China for four years, simply American Propaganda to feel better about ourselves...
Aug 21, 2013 11:18PM
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This is by far the most uninformed thing that I have ever seen.  The only thing that is true is #9 and some of #10.

I live in China (I'm American) this just isn't true.
Aug 21, 2013 7:20PM
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Comments like this shows up in the media when there is a noticeable rise of number people moving from US to China.  Worried we will loose our work force to China are we?
Aug 22, 2013 7:54AM
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Lived there for 5 years and would gladly go back. Though many of the problems are true, corruption is not, in fact I found it much easier to get things done in China than in the USA
amazing how China is being put down, yet the dirtiest most corrupt country in the world>> India is given a free pass. Rapes murders, still under a secret caste system, and a river so filthy that one can die from swimming in it
Aug 21, 2013 11:43PM
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Okay, they make cheap and dangerous products, they are corrupt, they torture dogs based on a belief the longer the dog suffers the better the meat taste.  This is a sick and evil country and we should stop buying their cheap and fake crap that steals good american jobs away
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