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Re: Magnetic pull: China and Japan battle it out for maglev train supremacy

Posted by zac on Fri Jul 31 23:12:51 2020, in response to Re: Magnetic pull: China and Japan battle it out for maglev train supremacy, posted by zac on Fri Jul 31 17:52:57 2020.

One thing to note in the picture, how everybody is dressed. You couldn't tell if this were in an American city or China. Shanghai is one of the wealthiest places I've ever been and there are 24 million people there. There are no run down areas, no homeless people, a handful of beggars. Everybody eats and eats well. All the cars are new, all the rickshaw bikes are electric, everybody has a phone because you need it to pay for everything. It was hard to not have the app on my phone because I had to use cash and nobody there does. The bars were all full. Even the hookers looked middle class and not trashy.

And there are security cameras everywhere, watching what everybody is doing, nobody will talk about any sensitive topic, even in private. When I was stranded late at night when I tried changing trains and I missed the last connection I ended up walking about 2-3 miles back to the hotel on deserted streets, except I never felt threatened. I knew I was being tracked, as a grey haired westerner walking alone in a non-tourist area. I even used an overpass and thought as I was crossing I'd never do that in NYC.

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