Things I like about China
My wife – of course in the first place!
The food – specially from the south west – Sichuan, Guangxi, Yunnan
Courtyards – if you live in one you don’t want to miss it.
Buddhism – off all the worlds big religions…..
Bonsai – here penjing – old hobby of mine
Hutongs – walkable neighborhoods with courtyards
Opportunities – working, travelling
Gorgeous landscapes – Yangshuo, Yulongshan, Taihangshan…..
Classical gardens – Suzhou!
Markets – vegetable, antique and others….
Cheap taxis – sometimes hard to get, but if you have one they are affordable…
The south – specially the climate in Lijiang
Things I don’t like about China
The pollution – pm 2.5 @ 700…..!
The traffic. See extra list
City planing – too big streets, demolition of heritage, not pedestrian friendly
Foreigner rip offs – bargaining is mandatory!
Sandstorms – yellow sky, everything coved with dust. Better leave the bike at home…
Traveling in public holidays – people mountain people sea…
KTV – ok as long as I don’t have to sing…
Things I like about architecture in China
The challenge of modern architecture with Chinese characteristics
Many good Chinese architecture offices emerging
Local traditional architecture
Things I don’t like about architecture in China
Clients with absolutely no taste
Work long hours on bad projects
Face jobs – Useless traveling
Quality of craftsmen’s work at construction sites
“Copy European village” projects
Drinking with clients
Things I don’t like about traffic in China
People crossing streets without looking
Cars can always turn right. - Even if there is a cyclist
The right of the stronger
Traffic police not caring about traffic
Subway service stops at 22:30
Inconvenient subway line changes. - Xizhemen, Guomao, Dongzhimen…
Cars driving on bike lanes – that’s normal…
Getting out of the city on weekends if you are too late -> extreme traffic jam
Cars in Hutongs