White skin is an important beauty factor, consequently many people carry umbrellas. If not, one does his, or mostly her, best by using a book, a big leaf or just anything at hand.
Many people are concerned with public surveillance, but is anybody observing? I have been told about a theft in the student’s dormitory. Despite the ubiquitous cameras thieves remained undetected. When you make use of a surveillance camera, make sure somebody is waking in front of a linked screen. – Lao Tse
Betel nuts are perhaps more common than cigarettes, although most men smoke. Betel nuts contain an alcaloid. They give a numb feeling in the throat, have an extremely strong smell and therefore can be noticed in a distance. To benefit from the psychoactive effects, one has to chew about ten.
Different strength for different prices
There are a lot of beggars to be seen in the streets, and it´s easy to tell that they are well-organized, just like anywhere else since the beginning of time. In prospering China, more and more people can afford to give.
There is a fellow on every strategic point, and when some bigger note falls into his tin, he immediately hides it in his pocket (of course). A beggar has to look poor. If they showed the slightest sign of wealth, they would ruin their business at once. If a man has fifty, why should I give him five? The conscious housewife goes shopping and in between supports these views on images of abandoned misery; she buys the feeling of having a heart and the reinsurance of herself being lucky and well off.
The blind woman below earned more than 100 RMB (15,87 USD) in 40 minutes, a terrific wage in a country where a standard McDonald´s Big Mac Menu, a luxury for many, costs 15. We can only make a guess how much is left after the bosses have got their share.
In fact, not everybody on the streets is there for money; in less frequented places, you will often find somebody who cannot find a better place to sleep.