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The streets of China

While traveling in China I have visited many places, rural as well as urban, touristy spots along with the ones not so popular. I thought it would be easy to think of a favorite site, just a matter of selecting one out of many spectacular places to be seen here. I was surprised to realize how long did it take to pick, though. After quite some time browsing pictures, recalling memories, it suddenly appeared so obvious – The streets of Chinese cities.

What is so unique? They might seem ordinary – same new buildings, same old street food, even the sidewalks are tiled the same all over the country. What makes them special, though, are the elderly people, hanging around the parks, socializing on the streets, visiting museums, playing XiangQi, dancing, exercising. Being brought up in what they call here the “western world”, I do not recall seeing the elderly people engaging in group activities. Back home, they tend to keep to themselves, as if kicked out of the active society, be it by their choice, or involuntarily.

It is refreshing to see how different approach to life do the old people of China have. They seem to be enjoying their old age, having fun meeting up, staying active, taking part in activities they might not have had the time for during their youth. It is always a pleasure to roam the streets of China, especially early morning and late afternoon, seeing what I consider to be the most valuable characteristic of the country, worth to be taken for a model by the western societies.

Originally posted on CNN iReport: http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-988429

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This entry was posted on June 26, 2013 by in China letters, Travel thoughts and tagged , , , , , , , .

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