China – a Coun­try Dif­fer­ent from Your Imag­i­na­tion中国跟您想的不一样

Special Focus - - Spotlight - By She Congge文 |蛇从革

When you set foot on this an­cient land, you will re­al­ize that every­thing you see is ut­terly and to­tally dif­fer­ent from your pre­vi­ous knowl­edge about China.

Af­ter land­ing at the air­port, the first thing you should do is not to find a cab at the e air­port ter­mi­nal, or buy a tourist map, or ex­change cur­ren­cies from a bank.

What you should do is to down­load a chat­ting app on your mo­bile phone.

Welcome to a brand d new world that you’ve never been ex­posed to! In this world, cash or credit card is not a must, t, as you’ll find out that all kinds of pay­ments ents can be made via your phone.

No mat­ter whether r you are tak­ing a cab, check­ing in n to a ho­tel, en­joy­ing del­i­ca­cies cies or buy­ing goods, the he QR code on your phone ne will com­plete all the he

trans­ac­tions. Nowa­days, QR codes have en­tered into Chi­nese life in all as­pects. Just grab a cell phone, and you can en­joy such a life!

Ok, now you can be­gin your jour­ney in China.

Af­ter­wards, you’ll find your­self trav­el­ing on a train across the vast land at a speed no less than an air­plane. The high­speed rail­roads have bound the en­tire coun­try to­gether, stretch­ing from the snowy north­ern lands to the scorch­ing south­ern beaches, from thriv­ing coastal cities in the east to ma­jes­tic plateaus in the west, from in­land to bor­der­land, and from seashores to deserts. Along the rail line, there are nu­mer­ous fields, patches of lakes, and lofty moun­tain ranges fleet­ing by, right in front of your eyes.

More­over, you can have a bowl of plain noo­dle soup for break­fast in Shang­hai, and at noon, you can en­joy roasted duck in Bei­jing, and, if you like, you can also have din­ner in any city a thou­sand miles away at night.

By means of the mas­sive high-speed rail­way net­work, you can reach any place in China you’d like to go within 24 hours.

Ba­si­cally, all cities in China have been closely in­ter­linked due to the fast and ef­fi­cient pub­licp tran­sit net­work, and hence the coun­try ntry it­self has been turned in to a di­ver­si­fied ur­ban cir­cle. When you take a city trip p in China, par­tic­u­lar­lyy when you stroll along g the streets, you will ll see that peo­ple around you are e rid­ing sim­i­lar bikes ikes with an iden­ti­cal colour. With­out fixed park­ing spa­ces and com­pli­cated for­mal­i­ties, all you need to ride one of the bikes is merely your phone and the ubiq­ui­tous QR code. You can ride on any va­cant bike parked on the curb­side, and pass through the streets and lanes of the city to see the real life of Chi­nese peo­ple. When reach­ing the des­ti­na­tion, you can sim­ply park the bike on the road­side.

This is the con­tem­po­rary China. Apart from Pek­ing Opera, gi­ant pan­das, the Great Wall, mod­ern cities, and beau­ti­ful vil­lages, there is also the con­ve­nient digital life thatyou’vethat you’ve never ex­pe­ri­enced.

Once again, welcome to the world de­picted in the sci­ence fic­tion of many years ago!

(Trans­lated: Zhu Yaguang)

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