Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Healthy City

Not at all put of by their failure to have the place declared a “Civilised City” despite covering the city with propaganda telling people to be er.. civilised, the locals authorities have clearly had a meeting and are now trying to get us to be a healthy city.

The way to do this is to stick up lots of friendly signs saying “Be Healthy”.

These have appeared overnight adorning walls of apartment blocks etc.

I am sure there are others in a similar vein, but you get the drift. Meaningless slogans as usual. Not one piece of practical advice. But they’ve done their bit and now they can have a celebratory banquet, get pissed and mow a few people down on the way home.

While I’m all for promoting health and protecting the environment, I think perhaps stopping people from smoking in hospitals and schools, for example, might be a better beginning. Also, stopping people trying to poison us with drinking water or with chopsticks etc.

Do something real about people spitting instead of just sticking up don’t spit signs, then ignoring them yourselves!

And if they want the place to look cleaner (after all appearances are more important than fact around here), then educate people properly. Tell them that it is not acceptable to keep your house immaculately tidy and clean, then step outside your apartment and drop your shit everywhere else – especially outside my door! Filthy scum!* And teach them what trash cans are for. Just this morning I saw someone – a well dressed, middle aged woman  – drop a load of litter on the pavement literally one metre from a trash can.

 But that would require real planning and effort.

 * This refers to my immediate neighbours, not the entire Chinese population.

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One Response to “Healthy City”

  1. Daniel Andersen Says:

    Having come back from my first trip to Hong Kong (which is quite clean and where things like littering and spitting apparently carry heavy fines), I have to wonder what has to happen for cleanliness to make its way into mainland Chinese cities. Will it inherently happen as economic prosperity increases? Or does it truly need active penalties for unclean behavior that are actually enforced? And if so, how to get things enforced? It seems like so much of China is a million rules that are no more than guidelines.

    I also wonder if the large presence of street sweepers and the like contributes to worse cleanliness in cities here. If everyone assumes that the sweepers will take care of the trash, does it lead to a lack of personal responsibility about keeping things clean?

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