What should Indians learn from China?
Ramakrishnan Tamilvanan, I am Indian
Updated Mar 29, 2017
Respecting women. Treating them as Equals.
Not getting too obsesed with religion.
Learn to respect others eating habits. And not discriminating them. Both beef and pork.
Healthy respect towards elders and parents.
Keeping faith in the ruling government
Ashutosh Mehndiratta, Curious Indian
Answered Mar 27, 2017
Treating women as equal to men
Based on my brief visit to China and observing Chinese communities in Western countries, there seems to be a striking difference between India and China.
I noticed women working along with men everywhere. At the airport security, I was surprised at being patted down by a woman.
In Chinese restaurants, bakeries, and retail stores, there seems to be a healthy chemistry between Chinese men and women who work there. Joking, laughing, arguing with each other boisterously, they exude positive energy.
That to me is a big difference between the two neighbors of billion+ people each.
btw this trait puts the Chinese way above the Japanese too, who may be more developed otherwise.
Anup Mohan, Indian, Working in China for over 1.5 Years
Answered Dec 27, 2016
I have been working in China for over a year now and there are many observations that I have made. I will divide it in few categories for you to get a better understanding.
Roads and Highways - China has the world’s largest network of Expressways. They have been planned and were constructed as 6–8 laned from the beginning itself. Also, one of the things I love about highways in China is that most of the times they are vertical as in they are constructed as long bridges, in Indian term just like a super long flyover. It is extremely smart since it doesn't require land acquisition (A major problem in India) and still fulfills the purpose and doesn't create a problem with the land owner.
Housing - One thing I absolutely love about China is its strong will to accommodate every single person in it. No matter which city I go to, big or small, metro or normal, I always find super tall apartment buildings that are as high as 40–50 floors. Again, as in highways, going vertical than horizontal (As in India). These are luxurious apartment for rich class as well as lower income apartments. Accommodating the world’s most powerful middle class is a daunting task in itself.
Bullet Trains - Imagine this, in 2008 China didn't have High Speed Trains where as in 2012, it had the longest network of High Speed Trains in the world. Such magnanimous construction of bullet trains on a national level has never been thought of attempting than in China. These trains don't just carry people but has become an economic backbone of China. And yes, the train stations are giganticly massive and even the ones in some small cities are better than many Tier 2 cities’ airports in India including Delhi Domestic Airport (T1D).
Overall infrastructural development - If there is one reason of why China is, what it is today, the building block of that in Infrastructure. Once I went to Ningbo, a city famous of universities and about 3 hours away from Shanghai. It is not a metro city as such and not that famous/big too. But I was shocked while walking on the road with 16 lane highways and 20–30 floor buildings in each side. The view and architecture and the infrastructure of such a small city is incomparable with our Delhi and Mumbai. The amount of planning and money that have gone into it is evident by looking at it for a second.
No Cash - One of the things I absolutely love about China is that if I don't have cash, I don't need to worry about anything. Imagine, if you could pay at a super market through whatsapp? That's what wechat does to you. BTW, I always say there are 2 gods in China. One is wechat (Chinese version of whatsapp) and second is Taobao (read more about it in the next point). I don't carry cash and always use wechat pay in taxis, super markets, cafes and so on.
Health and Healthy - When I was working in India, I was considered a fit person. The moment I moved to China, I was the fattest person on my team. Chinese people have the highest standards possible for fitness and being healthy. There were many instances during my experience here when I would eat something sweet (say putting sugar in coffee or an ice-cream) and the people around me would make fun of me saying, this is not healthy and will make you have diabetes, etc. Their food is also made in such a way that it's healthy. No wonder I have lost 18 KGs in 1 years (from 88 to 70).