Are Chinese people really happy under their government?

No one outside china can really understand my feeling of our goverment.

I was born in a 3rd-tier small town in china, but very good location, 300 km away from shanghai.

When we were young, we had nothing at all. No high ways, no Train stations at my hometown, no family-own cars, no cellphone, no familiy electronics, even a family-own TV will make your home a cinema, since all neighbours will come to watch TV. It was the story of 1985–1990 period.

Then, the story is quite different from 1990–2000, my family had their first car in 1991, then new house, new railways, new buildings, more and more people came to my city….things changed really fast.

I was going to study in UK in 2002. By that time, my 3rd-tie city owned its first train-station, and airport, mass connections to highways…etc. It happened quietly, but everything happens in china encourages chinese people to work harder to gain a better life.

Well, I believe all the fortunes we own today is the result of chinese hard-working, but goverment silently worked and guided as a backstage director. We successfully lifted up 800 millions of chinese people from poverty.

No goverment on earth can achieve this, we used to be poor and backward country with limited rescources, but finally we succesfully became world factory. Not many products are beyond our capability to manufacture these days, technically we are developing faster and faster.

You think I don’t know what are human rights?

You think chinese elites don’t wanna argue against goverment to achieve democracy?

I have to say: you guys are too young too simple, sometimes naive.

Look at the human history, none of the developed countries has achieved human rights and democracy during its developing period, none of them!

THEY DEVELOPED BASED ON COLONIALISM AND WAR.

Stop arguing nonsense pollitical issues and fake democracy, china is going toward her ambition to “星辰大海”(the stars and ocean), we have our strong willings and our ambitions to be the NO.1 on this planet.

19 Replies to “Are Chinese people really happy under their government?”

  1. The newly publicized World Happiness Report 2018 by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) for the United Nations on March 14 has obviously given a negative answer to this question, representing the Chinese people.

    And Gallup, the American research-based company, which is known for its public opinion polls conducted worldwide, and on whose surveys that the UN World Happiness Report 2018 is based, will neither think Chinese people are happy under the Chinese government.

    Here is the proof:

    China is the 86th happiest country in the world according to the report, among the 156 countries it has analyzed based on their happiness in terms of income, life expectancy, social support, freedom, trust, generosity and absence of corruption, and 117 by the happiness of their immigrants.

    (But a smart move by the report is to list Taiwan, who ranks 26th, as a province of China, btw.)

    Data from: World Happiness Report 2018

    You know what? The report has triggered immediate attention in China, not because China, after a year of hard work and stable development, slipped even lower from the 79th in the 2017 World Happiness Report to 86th in the 2018 report, but because, as the second largest economy, and as one of the major powers in the world, with no wars or even serious conflicts within the nation for decades, China is ranked even lower than Libya, where the first civil war broke out in 2011 and the second broke out in 2014, and is still jeopardizing its people today.

    What’s more ironical is Libya only slipped downward from 68th in the 2017 report to 70th in the 2018 one, while China headed down 7 positions!

    Data from: World Happiness Report 2017

    Well, since I have never visited the African nation, I might not have a say whether people there are really happy or not. But thanks to the Internet, we can check it out here, for example, in an RT (Russia Today) report dated on March 19, 2018, it says:

    https://www.rt.com/op-ed/421711-

    “Seven years ago today, NATO began its ‘humanitarian bombing’ of Libya. While ‘humanitarian bombing’ is an oxymoron, many believe that a country is not truly advancing human rights if it’s not bombing another back to the Stone Age.

    …….

    What’s more, the Libyan invasion did more to undermine human rights than it did to protect them. According to Amnesty International’s most recent report on Libya, there are now three rival governments vying for power in the country along with various militias, smugglers and other sundry armed groups.

    ……

    In addition, during the early part of 2017, one armed faction laid siege to an apartment complex in the Ganfouda area of Benghazi, ‘cutting off all supplies to the area, including food and water, and had trapped civilians and wounded fighters [of another faction] without access to medical care and other basic services.’ And, when the same faction broke the siege by launching an armed assault on this area, it engaged in ‘indiscriminate’ killings, with fighters from the faction posing for photos with the dead bodies.”

    Also the same day, Atlantic Council published an article, Going Local in Libya:

    http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/b

    “The political situation in Libya has slowly reached one of apparent paralysis while the military situation is continually evolving with frequent clashes across the country. Given the lack of any progress, the whole approach undertaken by the international community has clearly failed and desperately needs a new strategy.”

    But I am living in China, I know how it is like in China today. I certainly know whether I am happy.

    I like strolling in parks in Beijing, and my most favorite one is the Summer Palace, where it is not too far away from my home. Here are photos from my mobile phone, I took them during separate visits there, sometimes by myself to enjoy the tranquility of it, sometimes to bring my son and his friends to play in it.

    I also like jogging in the morning in another park, so these are photos taken by me too.

    And this one was taken when my family went to the neighboring Tianjin municipality, just to bring my son there to play the snow, because unfortunately it didn’t snow for the whole 2017 winter in Beijing.

    And these are taken in a restaurant, when several families of friends gathered together. The kids were playing and eating joyfully.

    This was taken while my son was practicing skating in a stadium.

    And this is taken when my family went to Houhai, a place where many expats here in Beijing are quite familiar with, to have a night view of it.

    And this was taken in my mom’s home in central China’s Hunan Province when we had a big family reunion during the Spring Festival.

    These are just pictures I randomly selected from my mobile phone storage, actually I have thousands of similar ones. I believe many more Chinese have photos of this kind in their mobile phones, in their computers, in their daily life, and in their memories……

    I don’t think I need to say more, right?

  2. Being happy is more of a personal choice. You can live in Finland, Norway, Canada and other top happiest countries in the world, but still feel depressed.

    I remember around 10 years ago when I was travelling in Belgium, I was walking around a very beautiful lake, appreciating the nice lake view, then I saw a girl crying sadly, facing the lake. I felt very sad for her. For many people from developing countries, they would be very happy to live in a clean and beautiful city, with fresh air, good income and everything, but obviously happiness is not guaranteed. Being happy is a choice. the power of being positive comes from your heart, not from your government. You can be happy anywhere as long as you want to.

    (this is a picture from Internet, but I agree with what it says)

    Some of my friends who never visited China are constantly asking me how is life in China. Some even feel miserable for my condition, why? because these images are what they see on media:

    Pollution ..crowds and other negative things..

    When I first decided to come to China after graduation in Australia, my australian friends were so confused , they didn’t understand why I left beautiful sydney for CHINA, here is why, I see China as an opportunity, as a country to explore, and also of course, I have my relatives in China. I feel happy living with my family, working with a goal and travelling in a large country.

    my friends and me on Great Wall, happy day! 🙂

    doing my job as a journalist, happy!

    exploring the country as much as I can. Happy trips!

    Even making videos about exploring China: Exploring China with Rex: A Chinese dating corner

    Exploring China with Rex: Red envelopes

    So I can say I live a quite happy life in China, although there are several social problems here, the house is too expensive, the air quality is not good, but I feel I’m happy! Of course when I was in other countries, I felt happy too.

    happy in U.S.A

    happy in Australia

    ….

    As I said, being happy is a choice you can make! If you want to live a happy life, you can!, no matter whereever you are!

  3. I’ve lived in China for years and so have personal experience. More importantly on this particular topic I’ve also conducted field studies there in political science for this paper (as well as one that preceded it that I can’t find the link for): En Undersökning av Systemlegitimitet i Kina (En Undersökning av Systemlegitimitet i Kina). Unfortunately it’s in Swedish, and so might be a difficult read for most of you. Basically it is built on the theory of that a system of governance’s legitimacy in the eyes of the people is built on dimensions of input and output, that is the channels by which one may feed matters to the state and the results that the state in turn produces. The original idea is that democracies have greater legitimacy on account of more opportunities for input, something that non-democracies lack. I tested the idea through interviewing residents in two tier IV cities in Yunnan, and rather found the following:

    1. The state in China has *high* legitimacy in spite of the lack of democratic forms of input for higher positions.

    2. Contrary to the original theory, the interviewees though democratic forms of input for higher positions to be undesirable.

    The reasons I documented varied, and included but weren't limited to satisfaction with the economic development, a preference for merits over popularity, Confucian-esque ideas of that the government shouldn't be influenced by the average citizen, and mentions of that the latest experiment of democracy in China, after the revolution that ended the Qing dynasty, led to decades-long period of civil war between various factions. The study was limited in scope of course, and so these sentiments could be limited to these cities in Yunnan. Moreover a certain skepsis is required on the matter of whether the interviewees were telling the truth, even with anonymity and whatnot, as they could just as well have been worried their answers would reach representatives of the government. That being said, the results fit in with my personal experiences. I have lived and worked in China for years, and am married to a Chinese national at that, both being factors that have facilitated close friendships with Chinese people of all ages. These friends have no reason to lie to me on such matters, and they all seem to hold similar ideas–something that was clear before and that seem to have strengthened considerably with among other things Donald Trump's presidency in the US (along the lines of "so that's what democracy gets you, an unqualified baffoon for the role of commander-in-chief").

    That's not to say Chinese people don't think the government always does the right thing, they certainly have opinions on policy and the like. However they do seem to be content. It moreover seems this isn't the only point on which China is an exception in the world. During my last visit there, from which I have recently returned from, I observed a level of digitalization of services that's way more advanced than in Sweden, and from what I'm told by other acquaintances with China connections that goes for other western countries as well. Other pro-democracy political science theories have it that such leading technological advances should result in so-called "creative destruction", that is so extreme changes in society that it by extension affects and alters the system of governance. China is in fact mentioned in that very theory, as a state that manages to copy existing technologies (like the internet) without accepting such a change, something it is argued it would be impossible if or when China stops adopting others' creations and becomes the source of new such inventions (which by the by itself is discarded as nigh unto impossible, as the assumption is that authoritarian states do not promote investment or ingenuity on account of the risk of that the inventor or investor will not personally benefit from their creation). So far there's no sign of that happening, even though China is getting ahead of the rest of the world in for instance the above area. Rather it seems that the availability of the services (or for all that matters the payment of said services, making it possible to leave home without your wallet) at the press of a button on one's smartphone only increases Chinese nationals satisfaction with matters at home. Ultimately time will tell whether that remains the case, though personally I wouldn't be surprised if it does for at least the next couple of decades.

    I’m winging it here, and so haven’t my academic references available. Shout out if you’re interested in reading more, and I’ll provide them as soon as I’m able!

  4. I was talking to a taxi driver when our family was going to a botanic garden in Beijing. The driver listened to my previous experience in the garden and my trips by the CRH trains. She nodded a lot and said, “What a good life now! ”

    I have met so many people questioning Chinese people’s level of happiness under an authoritarian government. As a native Chinese, I can tell all of you that Chinese people don’t feel more unhappy than most of the countries in the world. Despite our lifestyle may be different, we have ordinary lives, happiness and sorrow, peace and anger, which are not so different from Americans, Canadians, British, French or Indians.

    We do have complaints about politics, including censorship and freedom of speech, but only occasionally. I don’t believe that there’s no complaints about politics in other countries. We’ll remain happy under our government as long as it provides us improvement on life every year.

    Finally, I’ll quote some words from a South Korean TV series, said by a North Korean scientist (portrayed by actress Kim Jeong-eun) when she arrived South Korea: “I do hate the junta which controls the country, but I don’t hate the country itself and the people living in it…I admit that Namjoseon (South Korea) is freer and more prosperous (than North Korea), but there’s no perfect government in the world.”

  5. As a Chinese citizen, I want to say I am generally content with my government. However, they are far from perfect.

    Many answers here say enough about the achievement of my government and I agree. However, here’re a few things that I hope they will do better in the future.

    1. Pollution. Not limited to air quality, others include water, soil, etc. I understand every other industrialized country went through an period of pollution. However, there’s no reason we can’t do better. I wish my country remain beautiful while becoming richer.
    2. Poor cultural industry. For some reason, average quality of Chinese movies, TV shows suck. As a Chinese citizen, I grow up watching much more American movie and TV then Chinese ones. However, there’re a lot of subtle parts of them that I will never grasp, simply because they’re not of my native cultural.
    3. Higher education. Even though my government is rich as hell, the investment in higher education and research still lags far behind the US. Average PhD student was not compensated enough to support himself/herself. How can you expect them to really focus on research?
    4. Weird policy towards ethnic minority. Our government has this strange discrimination against its majority ethnicity: Han. The Chinese version of affirmative action includes: bonus score in college admission, the rights to have as many children as they want, leniency for criminal offense, etc. This does nothing but antagonize under-privileged Han Chinese.
    5. Gender equality. This used not to be problem, since it’s part of the communism value. Mao has a famous line “Women hold half the sky”. However, in recent years, as the government forsake communism for good, some of its positive aspect was abandoned as well. These days, more and more women believe they have nothing better to do then get a rich husband. There are even semi-official talks to encourage women to “return to family”. This is a sad change.

    The list goes on. Since our government has a lot of power and posses insane amount of wealth, I believe they also bear a huge responsibility towards Chinese people. I do hope they do an even better job in the future.

  6. A very good question.

    Well, it is hard to explain it from all aspects. I would just take one important thing as example: People’s lives.

    About 70 years ago, people in China had nothing after WW2, and that was the beginning of the New China. In that date, a common people could not even affor d a can of coke. All of them were struggling with living. Yes, just for living. Normal people were hardly able to eat meat. Even the leader Mao could have one dish of pork per week.

    About 40 years ago, the leader of China had decided to open the country to the world, lots of world famous brands came to China, like CokeCola, Pierre Cardin. At that moment, people had to use a week’s salary to buy a bottle of Coke, and pork were beginning to enter normal people’s lives, but still with very limited amount.

    About 10 years ago, people in China had enough money for all kind of meat, and were easily to afford a bottle of Coke. They started to go oversea to take a trip or even migrate there. More and more Chinese became rich and spent money all over the world.

    Now a days, China is the 2nd biggest economy in the world and all the other countries know Chinese is rich and they are fully welcoming Chinese to invest. In some aspect, China is better than any other country, like E-commerce, Super-Computing,Aerospace technology. Most of Chinese are having very good life style. More and more people are caring about health and longevity, and they had spent more and more time on exercising which is very similar to the developed countries.

    Some West Medias may still dislike the so-called ‘Communism China’. However, they have to agree that China had developed a lot. Normal people would not care about National ideology,communism or capitalism. All they care is the improvement of lives. If all the Chinese are having good lives, why aren’t they happy? The main target for the government is to make its people to have good lives, and Chinese government had done a very good job and still keeps fighting.

    So, tell me, if your lives are getting better in last 70 years, would you be happy?

  7. I was born in the winter of 1991, in a small city called Weinan, Shaanxi Province. My father was a worker in a state-owned chemical plant and my mother was a primary school teacher.

    The 1990s witnessed China’s market economic reform when many of the stated-owned enterprises were forced to close down because the reform marked an end of government funding. All of a sudden my father went unemployed, at the year I was born. And my mother’s salary contributed little to the household income. In other words, I was born in a family literally with nothing.

    In order to feed the family, my father started as an apprentice in a small firm doing decoration business. After 3 years, he started his own business based on what he had learned as an apprentice.

    Back then we were so poor that my parents were always reluctant to buy me any snacks or toys. For many years, we had to rent single-storey houses here and there which were always unhygienic. During winter we could even not afford the heating, my mother can still recall today that I was crying at nights as an infant because of cold. My mom once asked what was my dream when I was young, I said: ‘That we can have our own home.’

    (Despite the poor life we had, my parents still tried their best to give me a happy childhood, this photo was taken in 1997 in Shandong province when we had our first trip outside the hometwon )

    Then my father’s business started to thrive. In 2002 we finally purchased our first apartment, I still remember I was so excited that I didn’t sleep at all the night before moving in. This photo was taken when we moved in: we thanked the blessings of our ancestors – my grandfather passed away before I was born and we believed he had blessed us all along.

    Later on we started to have cars and more properties, from 2005 onwards my father transferred his business to installations of natural gas pipelines. In recent years my parents had been traveling around China. This photo was taken in 2013 during their trip to Fujian.

    In the old days, Chinese from Northern China got warm by burning coals, which was one of the major contributors of air pollution during winter, as you might have seen in some media coverage. Realizing this, the government initiated the project known as ‘coal to gas’ (煤改气) in every city in need of heating. My father's firm was commissioned by the government to install the pipelines in major districts of our city before it was getting cold in 2014. Those days I saw my father led 4 teams involving 50 people to work on the project day and night. And they did finish the job before the deadline. One day my dad came back very happily and said ‘we’ve completed the pipelines so that people in our city won't suffer from cold, I think I’ve done a good thing for the people!’.

    From then on, the air quality in our city has greatly improved. This is the picture I took yesterday when I went for a walk. Have you ever seen such pictures on the biased western media? Probably not, because it isn’t eye-catching enough.

    10 years ago it was unimaginable for my family to afford me to study overseas, now I’ve finished my 4-year study in Australia.

    10 years ago I had to take an 1.5-hour bus to Xi’an, the capital city of our province, to attend high school; nowadays young students spend 19 minutes to Xi’an by high speed trains.

    10 years ago I thought the developed countries must be the paradises on earth, now I’ve returned to China to witness the great changes of my homeland, even though she is still imperfect.

    So back to your question – are Chinese people really happy under their government? Well I’d say the Chinese have a fresh memory of what we’ve been through over the years, thus fully understand the importance of a competent government. Sure my family built our fortune by working hard, but we are unlikely to achieve this without a stable environment and the opportunities provided by the government. Most importantly, there are millions of Chinese, like my father who would rather solve problems practically than blindly adopting foreign models.

  8. I was borned and raised in Changsha, the capital of Hunan Province which is in the southern central part of China. I’d like to express my opinion about this question. Actually I feel very happy about the life here. I also feel confident of our government in spide of many raising problems in the development. First, the development of China do fulfill the needs of most Chinese, at least of the physiological and safety needs. China is a country with a long history and was governed by one government in most period of time in history. But the peace was broken up from the end of Qing dynasty, around 150 years ago. It was long-lasting war that made this beatiful, affluent country turn into poverty and people lived in disaster for many years. Since the establishment of People’s Republic of China (PRC), China has developed fast, especially in the recent 20 years. As a 1990s, I do witness this astonishing change of China. I still remembered how surprising of me when the color television and telephone came to my home, which seems to be old-fashioned nowadays as we have our smart phones and smart TVs. For the city I lived in, Changsha City actually was not as thriving as some metropolitans like Beijing and Shangsha. It’s on the average level of whole capital cities in China. But still, many advances have been made. For example, infrastructure like public transport, healthcare systems has developed a lot in recent years. In Changsha, 2 subway lines have been built and other lines are constructing. The Meglev between the airport and high-speed railway station makes this trip more convenient. Healthcare system is improved a lot as patients could pay less in some severe diseases like cancer. And I’d like to mention the E-payments that is of great prevalence in my city, which bring great convenience to us as all transactions are made by scanning a QR code. Second, there are still a host of problems such as pollution, food safety waiting to be soluted, but I trust the government because they have the specific strategies to handle these and also hope these can be soluted as soon as possible.

  9. Our attitude towards our government is proud, mostly happy and a bit discontent.

    Start with the discontentment part:

    1. There are flaws in the society, among which bureaucracy is the worst.
    2. Real-Estate price rocketed up beyond heaven. (Japan was higher but fall drastically. I hope our government learn from that.)
    3. POLLUTION.

    All these discontentment are not critical. At least I can live with them.

    We are proud of our government because:

    1. They made China great again! (I wonder if Mr. Trump has any comment on this) China used to be the center of world before the era of industrialization. (in terms of economics, technology, population and overall strength.) Then there came the invasion from dozens of countries that smashed our ignorance and pride. After WWII and the conflict between PRC and ROC, the entire country was left with nothing but ruins and scars. Just look at China now! It is a miracle that we crawl back from wastes in merely 70 years.
    2. Our living standards are getting better everyday. I am a common citizen born in North-western part of China so…. I believe I can represent a great amount of people. When I was young, the milk I drank was supplied with quota control. I have never seen computer until 1996. The old hand-held gaming console “Game-Boy” cost about 1/5 of average monthly salary and 1/5 for every single freaking game in 1998 (that is why piracy became popular). Now I have internet speed on par or faster than the rest of the world. I can conveniently order food delivery whenever I want. We have more than enough reasons to be satisfied with all these changes.
    3. Free. I know it is hard for westerners to understand, especially those under constant democracy media bombardment. I hereby stand up and cry out loud:
      I AM FREE TO DO ALL THE THINGS I WANT EXCEPT HURT OTHERS AND TREASON!!!
      DEMOCRACY IS ONE SOLUTION, NOT THE SOLUTION!!!
  10. not very.

    My English is very poor but I have to using many uneasy words,so if

    you don not smoothly read the following sentences, forgive me..

    1 .Power structure, officials’ appointment extremely opaque, such as punishing corruption and hardly spoke of civil rights, unbalance in governmental rights and responsibilities.

    2 .Too believe in government regulation in economic. (government is reluctant to put any rights) A lot of people say that mobile payment is very good, but rarely mentioned is inefficient SOEs(state-owned enterprises)to let persons have to try to find other payment mode. At the same time, led to a huge local government debt and nausea of real estate. Local governments owe 24 trillion rmbs, more than Germany's GDP. There are a large number of ground in the hand of gov.people buy house cause of the household registration system constraints. Real estate is the reservoir in money,that half money in China went to it.

    3, The social interaction model has some horrible places in China. We have no monotheism, it sounds good, however, the statism and national rejuvenation as a final attribution directly bring a strong deterrent effect, all the contradictions have been hidden under the appearance of seemingly peacefulness. Chinese businessmen must voluntarily bribing officials, or may be squeezed out. Local voice hidden under the central gov., although their resentment really existed. All right. We are very harmonious on the surface. Read 《the three-body problem》? It is the idea of deterrence,the people are frustrated although hardworking under the leviathan.

  11. I feel really lucky that I was born in Beijing and in a such wonderful family.

    My mom is from a small town in Inner Mongolia, and my dad is from a very poor village of Hunan province, which is in the south of China. The distance of their hometown is more than 2000km, but they met each other at the library of Beijing.

    My mom works in a big company of Beijing and my dad works in the Beijing government. He's goal is dealing with the pollution of Beijing and he works a lot for that. Some people always complain about government which do nothing for the pollution, but it's not true. My dad is really busy and the air in this winter is much better than before.

    I'm so lucky because I never worry about money. Although my family is not very rich, but I can do a lot which I want, like play flute and guitar, do sports, travel to many places.

    Although I can enjoy good education, good medical resource, and I never worry about my future, I still wanna know more about things that most people don't notice.

    I dressed up as a poor girl, made a new identity. I found a job in a factory as a low-end worker, and found a lot of things which I never had thought before.

    I can't say that all the people are happy. It's normal. Every country has gap between the rich and the poor. I think my country will be better.

    Although I refuse to take part in the Communist Party because of some reasons, it doesn't mean I don't love my country.

    I'm learning other languages because I wanna know and use different perspective to look China.

  12. I am really happy under our government because of interest.

    As a citizen of a poor area Bijie(belong to Guizhou province)in China. I only express my personal opinions on behalf of myself.

    As far as I know, from the Qin dynasty(Two thousand years ago unified Chinese),there are many different minorities living here.

    However, due to the plateau mountain topography, the agriculture is underdeveloped, the transportation is very difficult, and it is not suitable for the development of industry. There are many short boards in my hometown. She occupy the last place in the country.

    So more than two thousand years have passed, she has been in the history of poverty,backwardness and ignorance. And she had been neglected by successive governments, but the current Chinese government. We are not abandoned again because we are backward.

    There are the oldest picture I can find about my hometown. You can see how poor and backward it was, or once in China.

    There is a minority woman who are feeding her sheep.

    Two old lady are chatting.

    1986,倒天河(Dào tiān hé)the mother river of our city.

    The city surrounded by hills.

    1983,I can’t recognize where this is without postil…

    This was 五龙桥(five loong bridge),This bridge was the boundary of the old town in passed year.

    A well where people used to wash clothes here.There is a hospital behind it until now.

    1997.1. It was a big celebration in our city because Hong Kong came back.Everyone hopes Hong Kong could be better.

    1996,In our people’s park.There's hardly any funny,only few cages with birds.

    My grandma told me the street named 铁匠街(blacksmith street)The child is very pitiful.He or she was not studing in class or playing in park, walking alone in the street.

    The county was upgraded to the city, and has the first photochorme^o^

    Government building

    People’s theatre. But it was dismantled a few years ago.

    nowadays~

    The girl is my sister, reading in their class.

    In the upper reaches of the river there was a waterfall that was not pictured in the old picture. It is the only one in the whole province, one of the rare urban urban natural great falls.

    With overlight.

    After studying abroad for a few years, while I am studying, it is progressing. I wouldn't recognize it without the mark reminder.

    The city surrounded by hills.

    New park.(bottom right corner is very funny;-))

    Because of plateau mountain, the traffic of hole Guizhou province is poor. So the government connect cities that are poorly connected by roads and bridges.

    There are many world-class high Bridges have been built to link our broken mountain terrain. The number of tall Bridges in Guizhou is greater than all of Europe. There are too many examples to show.……

    ————That's the end of the picture————

    1983 – 2017. 34 years, we have everything from nothing.

    Our government integrates our efforts, the help of our fellow citizens and the financial assistance of other provinces.It has revolutionized the region's centuries-old poverty, and has made people from 23 different nationalities live in peace, study and work like every Chinese.

    So, obviously, I love our government. Although it sometimes does disgusting thing and wrong policy ;making us disappointed with it or angry.But it’s indeed a government of all Chinese people, it’s trying to make people lives better,including us,minorities in poor areas.

  13. All the comments here from various Chinese origin folks seems to be fake, BS or Chinese government sponsored. I have few Chinese friends in USA. After getting education and settled down here – they never want to go back to China. If people in China are so happy – why Chinese don’t want to go back? This is what I have learnt from them about China:

    1. No democracy – it’s all one party and nothing else. It’s very much dictatorship.
    2. Chinese citizens are very much scared of government. After Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 – Wikipedia – nobody dared to speak up.
    3. It’s a saying – you speak the lie 100 times then everybody thinks – it’s a truth. That’s what Chinese government is doing-they confidently tell the same lie 100 times and it becomes the truth.
    4. One of my friend who married a Chinese girl went to china for 4 weeks of vacation. According to him – it’s very very corrupt country. Folks in the government and armed forces are getting everything free – nobody ask them to pay for anything. He didn’t even spent $100 during those 4 weeks as everything was free. His spouse’s brother was a big shot in the army.
    5. At the time of exiting China – students or Chinese are forced to pay the entire money that government has spent on to their education as government fears that they will never return back.
    6. China has been supporting North Korea and Pakistan – how come that government can be right? Birds of same feather – flocks together. China had issues with everybody around them – India, Bhutan, Nepal, Vietnam, South Korea, Myanmar and even Pakistan. China captured the Tibet and all the peace loving folks including Dalai Lama are in exile.
    7. If you attend a meeting in china and don’t clap after the government leader’s speech – you are definitely going to be persecuted.
    8. There is a very wide difference between rich and poor. Poor even after being very hard working are in real poor state.
    9. People are working almost 10–12 hours – 6 days a week. How come people can be happy?
    10. One child policy – government decides that you cannot have another child. India which is going to surpass China by 2025 does have any such policy.
    11. Google, Bing, yahoo – almost everything is banned in China – if they are so good and nice – let the other people know about it?
    12. China captured Aksai China, land in Arunachal pradesh from India. They back stabbed J.L. Nehru(first prime minister of India) and betrayed the Panchsheel and had the war in 1962.
    13. Chinese eat almost any thing which is moving. They have Lychee and Dog Meat Festival – Wikipedia and other stuff for which there are numerous signature petitions.
    14. Chinese are doing tiger farming(The Horrific Truth About China’s Commercial Tiger Breeding Farms) also.
    15. Most of the Rhinos from Assam are illegally killed for their horns – it all goes to China for some myth based medical belief.
    16. If by mistake you spit on newspaper which has the picture of CCP lead or high leader – you will be persecuted.
    17. Are you aware that Chinese are buying the real estate in Bay area – all cash – this is all black money. So in China – either you are super rich or super poor. Middle class is almost non existent.
    18. If Chinese government finds a kid who is talented – they take him/her(against the wish of the parents) to train them for olympics…kids cannot go back unless they have achieved something.
    19. Are you aware that Chinese ladies are coming on visitor visa to give birth to their babies in USA illegally(Why birth tourism from China persists even as U.S. officials crack down)
    20. It’s communism – salary difference between very good and very bad is very low. Smart people are quitting China that’s why.
    21. Normal routine for a family. Get up at 5:00 am – be ready and get out of house by 6:15 am to reach work/school by 7:00 am. Be there till 7:00 pm and then come back home by 8:00 pm. Have dinner and then go to sleep by 10 pm. Almost 6 days a week – this is the schedule.
    22. People talking about great productivity in terms of items produced – they make the inmates work too hard. Even armed force during peace time are producing goods.
    23. Almost anything is pirated/copied in China. To make the counterfeit available at 10th of the price – they have lot of sweat shops to make people work like dogs and donkeys.

    In a nutshell – it’s a real fake stuff that China is a democracy and people are happy there. It’s a closed land(where no free media exists). Citizens in China are dead scared to speak against the government.

    Please refer to this link[1] to know more about expansionism pattern of China and how it’s overall disruptive behavior is adversely impacting peace and harmony in the entire region.

    EDIT

    Please refer to this link. Even amazon is finding it difficult to work in china.

    Next Edit:

    A lot of folks who objected about my answer and even criticized the democracy…should read this news essentially Xi has became the Leader for China for life.

    Footnotes

    [1] http://timesofindia.indiatimes.c

  14. I am a Chinese.Mostly I am satisfied with Beijing.Except some politics or behavior that i can't understand .As for our local or provincial governments,I don't think so .The place I live in is a 3-tie city lying in the southwestern China .Our economy is much worse than the eastern parts.And the bureaucratic behavior of officials is also more serious than the east,but it has changed a lot since Xi Jinping was elected President of China.Thanks to his tough methods and efforts,corruption has also reduced a lot .In the east ,the local governments are more efficient and their official business are more tansparental.Generally,the better economy is,the better a government will be .The “be "including democracy,efficiency,the level of corruption,their attitude to people and so on.Many foreigners say that :China don't have democracy.That is improper.The top leaders of China communist party are very smart and they also know that western democracy doesn't suit China,a country built on ruins,with many uneducated farmers,with few industries and many feudal remains.And after Deng Xiaoping ,we have learnt something from western countries.Also ,our system is democratic, and you can look up laws in detail on internet,without doubt.However ,the system can not always be used well under local governments,especially in the developing West.Besides the government,Chinese people don't understand what democracy actually is or don't care about that.Our pressure from outside and our people 's qualities decide that we need a highly centering -controlled government.Sometimes we doubt Communist Party's thoughts .In my view, they must change their behavior and fix democracy systems and Administrative supervision mechanism.I believe they will do as so.And they really need learn from western countries.For many reasons ,being afraid of the invasion of western political thoughts and our people don't understand democracy they don't learn much from others Also Communist Party always emphasizes that the system must suit us.The Party is always standing by China and Chinese people .At least they never surrender to the strength from outside,which is bad to China,from 1921 to now.That is what I agree the most .And as u can see ,our people's life is much better than before or most of the developing countries ,although our GDP on everage is only about 8000$.

    That is all .Forgive me for my poor English ,i am just a senior high student .If u want to know more ,directly ask me .

  15. My first trip to China was in 1982. It was the early days of China rejoining the world; I went there for the opening of the 2nd international hotel in Beijing.

    And it was a dump.

    The hotel was next to an open-air market, which is a nice way of saying that farmers had set up shop in the rubble. The air was black with coal smoke. There was no fresh milk. Food hygiene was rudimentary at best. There were almost no cars; everyone rode bikes. There was separate currency for locals and tourists, and only the latter could be used at the Friendship Stores which were the only stores that had stocked shelves. Locals wandered into the hotel to steal the color brochures — there was almost no color printing in China at that time. There were seven clerks at the reception desk, only one of whom spoke English.

    Fast forward to, say, 2006. That market is now a massive office and shopping complex. The level of English is higher than in Tokyo. There is some extraordinary architecture, excellent food (both Chinese and Western), a terrific public transport system, a superb airport, etc. etc. etc.

    To see that much change in a single lifetime is nothing short of extraordinary. While the very young — who don’t remember the way things used to be — do have some of the expected complaints, most people realize they’re part of a miracle. And they rightfully give their government some of the credit.

  16. Absolutely yes.

    Maybe you think our government is bad, and socialism is worse than captitalism.

    If you watch back the 30 years’s change in China, you would be surprised.

    Why could this poor and outdated country make so huge achievement?

    Why is it China not Brazil、India、Russia become the world’s second Economy?

    。。。。。。

    All the achievement that China has earned is devoted to the Government.

    And as a Chinese, we all hope our country become more and more powerful.

    And for the western democracy and freedom, there is no real democracy and freedom, the limit always exists.

    Unlike the US, capitalists are the masters of the country, people are the masters of the country in China. And there are some systems to guarantee that like the system of people’s congresses.

    And we will always insist on the leadership of the communist part of China.

    Most people are truly happy under our government, especially the people who suffer from the poverty.

    Make China Great Again!

  17. Happiness is a relative concept. Owning a car will make you happy, owning a BMW will be even happier.

    So I guess you meant to ask: Are Chinese people happier compared with other countries? I would say yes. Simply because after 30 years high speed economy development, some people feel very satisfied by their material life improvement, as well as stagnation of social status among western working class.

    However, if we take a look at the happiest people in the world (According to some data, it’s Nepal), we may found happy feeling is irrelevant with developed civilization or modern society.

    Similar to human beings who can become excited and joyful by taking addictive drugs, Chinese can feel happy under their government even without solid reasons or even harmful artifact stimulation such as “China Dream”(中国梦,星辰大海).

    Happy but may not be real. That’s my answer.

  18. I live in the mainland of China,born in 1996.

    Everyone in life has a moment of happiness or sadness. So if it is compared to the past,the standard of living has indeed improved a lot,which make us happier than before.

    I live next to the Yangtze river and there was an unprecedented flood in 1998. My mom told me that the school was full of refugees at that time.Since then, in my impression, flood will come every summer.Until the government built the three Gorges dam upstream,the fear of the flood finally went into history.

    So sometimes I don't understand:Many people blame the three Gorges dam for damage to the environment,but when the floods come,they all in silence without disaster.

    It is the government that has been scolds all the time, doing some practical and meaningful things.

    So I am satisfied with this government.

  19. I was born in China, raised in Hong Kong, educated in New Zealand and Australia. I also worked in the local government while I was in Australia.

    Many westerns have a tendency of trying to understand the Chinese mentality with their own perception. The same goes for the people of China. The core value in many western cultures is that they value personal freedom and individual development.

    Whereas, countries such as China and Singapore where the population is predominantly Han Chinese tend to treasure family values and prosperity. That's why Chinese will never speak out against a system unless they are in time of tribulation. Singapore itself has implement a system called meritocracy and many people have branded it a police state. But Singapore is perhaps one of the most successful countries in South East Asia and even China has learnt the economic model of Singapore. Chinese desire to live in harmony unless their needs aren't fulfilled.

    From what I can see is China’s open policy has lifted many people out of poverty and many people have gotten their first taste of the “Chinese dream” or capitalism. Many people are living in far better lifestyles than they did a decade ago. The country has more job opportunities than any other western countries I have been to. People have job securities and they can give what's best to their families. So I would say most people are happier than you can imagine.

    Whereas, many disempowered groups are still struggling due to widespread socio-economic issues caused by institutional inadequacies and rampant corruptions. But the open policy have empowered many. The situation in China is somewhat similar to North Korea where the elites are living in a fairly idyllic lifestyle. Whereas, many more people in China can now enjoy this lifestyle.

    Yes there are problems and I know what they are, many people are prohibited from accessing sensitive literatures and articles which has constricted their ability to think freely. That's the reason why I personally believe China will struggle to become a world leader in innovation or popular culture. But I might be wrong. Nonetheless, there is a common saying “ignorance is bliss” and not knowing won't make you unhappy.

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