I am so confused about the infant formula shortage, it’s such a weird HK issue. I really feel sorry for the mothers in HK, of all things to have to stress over! But if we are to seriously analyze the problem, there are so many parties to blame. How do I feel about水貨客? I find them just completely annoying because what they do are doing, pushing carts and boxes of heavy products in and out of public transportation are completely annoying and affecting our daily lives, but they are not to be blamed. These 水貨客 appear because these is such a large gap between HKD & RMB in regards to the exchange rate and to the fact there is no taxes in Hong Hong but taxes in China. Generally speaking, these gaps are not an issue if HK and China are two separate entities; however, nowadays, access between HK and China are so easy, of course the industry of水貨客 appear! We should applaud the business venture spirit of Chinese people and blame the government for their uselessness. If goods entering China are to be taxed as they are supposed to, than millions of people are breaking the law, so why are they not caught? Throw a few in jail, there should be a decrease # in this industry. People that “pull” frozen beef into China from HK actually tell 水貨客 to keep “pulling” these beef into China because they know the freezers at the immigration office are full so their items will not be taken away! If the government really wants to solve the水貨客 problem, it is possible! Don’t airplanes limit passengers to the amount of luggage they are allowed onto planes? Why can’t there be immigration officers at the HK/China check points performing the same function? People entering China/HK—consider them going overseas or whatever, they need to show arrival and departure cards and are limited to 20kg per person. Sorry, you cannot pay for additional carry on—all overweight luggage will be thrown away. Similarly, people that cross the border between HK/China that are not staying overnight might only be allowed 7kg per crossing and any 2nd, 3rd, or additional crossing on the same day are not allowed any additional luggage. Seriously, just issuing this luggage policy will stop 水貨客—if not 100%, at least 80%! If the government really want to stop this problem, they can! I mean, if I can think of it, why are people paid millions of dollars a year not able to? For me, I actually don’t give a crap who is the chief executive of HK, and I really think since CY Leung is now the chief executive, let’s just all shut up and let him do his job, because protesting and screaming every day and wanting to pull him down…what does that do? Like seriously, what does that do? Is there another person the people want? If not, let’s just give him some time and do what he’s supposed to do just because he is already at that post. I don’t know, I think instead of screaming and protesting “down with CY”, maybe the screaming and protesting should be on implementing these suitcase restrictions to be implemented to at least give the people in HK a little ease of mind. I too, find it appalling to see people wheeling cartons after cartons of toilet paper, yakult, chocolate across the border, sigh, WTF. If I go a step further, you can’t blame the consumers in China for buying infant formula in HK because they too don’t trust “made in China”, that’s the ultimate problem! Maybe shoot all the evil business enterprises with no ethics, that might solve the remaining 20% the luggage restriction might not solve haha. So the conclusion is…the problem rest with all evil enterprises in China that scared off all the consumers in China. Guys! HK is like a freaking dot on the map! All these PRC customers running to HK hoarding the goods, seriously, imagine the scenario, how can HK sustain? You have a mountain running to the needle, OMG! I talked too much again with my 5 cents.
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I am beyond disgusted and being Chinese, I still need to say this, what is wrong with people in China? WHy would you even come up with this? Why are people drinking this? Why are people proud to be able to purchase this? WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU???!!!
“The Baby Soup is called in the local jargon ‘Spare Rib Soup’ and is not available on a daily basis. The reporter who originally wrote the article in Chinese said that he had to wait a couple of weeks until a baby was available. A couple who had two daughters already had a third pregnancy which they aborted when they found out at 5 months it was again a girl. So they contacted the restaurant and sold their aborted daughter. Babies which are close to term (i.e. 9 months) cost 2,000 yuan (about US$ 290) The ones that are aborted earlier only cost a few hundred yuan (100 yuan is US 14.50) Just buying the placenta alone also costs a couple of hundred yuan (about US$ 30)
Shocking news circulated in China. A town in Canton is now on trend taking baby herbal soup to increase health and sexual performance/stamina. The cost in China currency = approx $ 4000. A factory manager was interviewed and he testified that it is effective because he is a frequent customer. It is a delicacy whereby expensive herbs are added to boil the baby with chicken meat for 8 hours boiling/steaming. He pointed to his second wife next to him, who is 19 (he is 62), and testified that they have sex everyday.
Warning: photos are extremely disturbing and horrifying.
It’s always surprising to me that Japan and China are not best friends, I mean, there are just so many things they have in common! Aside from the silly comparison that Japanese and Chinese look “exactly alike” according to foreigners, there are so many similarities in regards to the traditions and festivals that are celebrated such as the coming of a new year and sweeping of graves paying respects to deceased family members. Both societies are taught to respect the elders and pay the utmost of respect to their parents, all in the roots of Confucianism. You would find Han characters in the Japanese writing and both societies would put on traditional clothing in celebration of the New Year; the kimono for the Japanese, and the qipao for the Chinese. Rice is a staple for Chinese and Japanese, with sushi being Japan’s special delicacy and dim sum the Chinese’s. Therefore, it’s just so confusing that relations between the 2 countries are always filled with tension and sensitively considered amicable at best. I am going to take a bold move and blame the fact China and Japan are not best friends on the USA; it’s their meddling in Asia that causes such divides and tensions against other Asian nations. Clearly the Chinese cannot forget the rape of Nanking or the Japanese occupation of China in World War II, but I honestly believe there is a strong desire for Japan and China to forge ahead and extend friendship to each other, but US is poking her nose everywhere! To be fair, I don’t have enough knowledge and thorough understand on US foreign policy to defend and justify its agendas and its determination to keep a military base in Japan against the wishes of the Japanese, but I do think US is very aggressive and bossy, and completely standing in the way of Japan and China being best friends!
I remember a conversation I had when I was living in Guangzhou for a few months, shortly after the Sept 11th attack in the US. I believe the terrorist attack is horrible and should never have happened because no matter how much you hate a country, the people that were killed are innocent and should not have died. I truly condemn the attack and voiced that out. I was kind of surprise at the response to my line of thinking, and I was told a story: if you live in a house minding your own business, but you have a very bossy neighbour that keeps picking on you and bullying you, always pushing you and slapping you whenever you walk by, how would you feel? You know the neighbour is very strong and powerful, and there is nothing you could do to stop him from harassing and pestering you; therefore, what you decide to do is hurt the members of his family so you would be heard, so the neighbour will know he cannot keep messing with you and you’ll not be silent. After I was told this story, I still condemn the attack because I place very high value on human lives, but I was brought to another side of the story. I am going to conclude with the Chinese saying “淵淵相報何時了‘, roughly translated into English as “When will it end if everyone continues to seek revenge and retaliation”?
China is this giant dragon plunging ahead at hyper speed in terms of economic progress and industrialization; while it is strongly building up a solid infrastructure of the country, the software is most certainly lacking. Without proper education, thinking, and mentality of its citizens, the software of the country cannot keep up with its “state-of-the-art” technology and infrastructure, and it will only leave foreign investors and outsides appalled and flabbergasted at how the Mainland Chinese act and present themselves.
Beijing was the host to the 2008 Olympics, dazzling the world with its display in technology and the country’s steep cultures; however, citizens of Beijing need to be taught how to line up and get onto buses in a disciplined fashion. The World Expo 2010 held in Shanghai showed off the craftsmanship and speed of its architectural sector; however, you have tourists from the Mainland dashing, running, and pushing other people out of the way to get to specific pavilions.
When you conduct business in China and pay for goods to be delivered to the office, a 10-20% amount of goods you paid for are missing, apparently this is normal, it’s not considered ripping off the customer, “everyone does it”.
The brand “made in China”, especially for food products, will send shivers down my spine, there is no conscience, much less social responsibility when the bosses want to maximize profits by adding chemicals and harmful substances that could kill the consumers. If they care at all, there would not be melamine found in baby formulas, ink in soy sauce, or passing off a rodent as a pigeon in restaurants. There have been instances where people dug up the grease found in sewers and sell them off as commercial cooking oil to restaurants.
The economic boom bring about many people that have suddenly become rich and have so much money, they do not know what to do with it. However, buying an LV bag or donning yourself with international brands will not make you an intellectual and classy person; these qualities are exuded base on your interaction and how you carry yourself with other people. If you think carrying branded bags but crouching on street corners screaming and talking loudly will win the respect of others, then education and the way of presenting oneself will have a long way to go.
This is written by someone who is Chinese and is living in Hong Kong.