Photos: Comparing China and Other Countries
From Sina Weibo:
Recently a collection of photographs that shows how some aspects of Chinese people’s lives differ from those of people in some other countries, mainly the U.S., has gone viral on the Internet.
A comparison of school buses in China and in the U.S.
In the wake of a deadly school bus crash that claimed the lives of 19 kindergarten kids and two adults in the northwestern province of Gansu, photos of American school bus barely deformed after a crash with a Hummer have been circulating wildly on Weibo.com, with public anger ignited across China. Netizens are expressing their anger at the extremely underfunded Chinese education system.
The photo on the top: An elementary school allegedly donated by Chinese to a Western country (unknown).
The photo at the bottom: An elementary school in rural China.
A comparison of an American primary school and its Chinese counterpart.
Photo on the top: city hall in Manor, Texas, U.S.
Photo at the bottom: town hall in Shunde, Guangdong, China.
Forming a sharp contrast is not only juxtaposing the pictures of fabulous seat of town government in China with government office shanties in the U.S., but also the mammoth gap of funding that goes into education and bureaucracy.
Upper photo: Former U.S. ambassador Jon Huntsman going to work on his bike in Beijing.
Lower photo: Chinese local government officials’ motorcade.
Upper photo: Zhao Jinjun, former Chinese ambassador to France, president of China Foreign Affairs University: “The country pays for it. I represent the country. If I were an ambassador, I would definitely fly first class.”
Lower photo: Gary Locke, incumbent American ambassador to China, deboarding a plane with his family. Much Chinese media attention has been drawn to the fact that he only flies coach class.
Upper photo: A group of Chinese people kneeling down in front of a government building. Genuflecting to government officials has been a Chinese tradition. While it was abandoned for decades after the communist revolution, now desperate people can only resort of kowtow in trying to appeal their cases to and get their voices heard by the local government.
Lower photo: Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou walks past demonstrators.
A comparison of Taiwanese (upper photo) and Chinese lawmakers in meetings.
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