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cmknight Post time: 2019-7-19 07:32
You are comparing a multinational city with a small city in a totally different province. Comparin ...
You are clearly trying to project yourself as a raconteur, old man. But stories are stories ...
Most of the foreign employees based in Shanghai or elsewhere in China hail from hick towns in their home countries, a prolonged stint in China afford them a life they would never be able to live back home. Admittedly, there are allowances associated with them upping sticks, but it's usually somewhere around 20%, not a significant raise as a matter of fact. (It appears you hint that your folks would risk being beaten, cheated, and all the ill treatments on a daily basis for merely a paltry increase to their salaries, come on, old bean, don't be so harsh on your cohorts. )
Funny you claim you and your folks are rich, you guys won't hesitate to buy any cheesy, cheap stuff if you could find it. If you have ever been to the old Xiushui Street Market at Beijing, you would find the punters there are mostly people like you. .
I personally know a guy who moved to China on an international assignment contract after a humiliating loss in a nasty power struggle in his company, he brought his family along, including his wife and two sons. As a heavy drinker, he routinely got himself half-drunk with his friends before heading out to a pub on Hengshan Road, Shanghai (it's probably called Sabadaon) on Tuesday or Thursday with his wife tagging along when the pub would offer ladies drinks gratis, then he could get himself full to the gills with his wife's drinks. He once raised hell at Hongqiao Airport cursing the clerk when checking in, two-timed his wife with a lady he accidentally run into in a metro car. He actually is not the worst foreigners staying in China I am acquainted with ...