I had the pleasure of working in Shanghai, China for 3 months Lecturing/Tutoring recently and it was an amazing experience. Everything was bigger and on a larger scale and very educational. The train stops were further apart, I walked most days at least 4 hours a day purely because it was bigger because to drive I had to get a license in China. It was hot most days.
What are the differences. Well the air quality was a lot worse in Shanghai and then when I visited and Beijing it was even more so. In comparison air quality in Melbourne today is 36 which is good. In Shanghai it is currently 161 which is unhealthy while in Beijing surprisingly today it is 40 which is good. It is Winter in China while Summer in Melbourne. In Summer Beijing was always a lot worse. I recommend an air quality APP s o you can check. However with the recent fires in Sydney it was reported that Sydney was worse than China. This is concerning. I believe in Australia and the world we should look at things like air quality and try and minimize pollution and seriously contribute to global sustainability.
Did I wear a mask? In Shanghai no, in Beijing I tried to. What I discovered was that your glasses fog up (I no longer wear glasses full time) and when this happens it is very hard to see. Also, 90% of the people don’t wear masks probably because they realize that they simply do not work, except for the people that believe they are useful for Hay-fever.
Would I recommend going to China? Absolutely! it was an amazing experience and I miss China. I got to tick of a few bucket list items like going to The Great Wall of China, Tienanmen Square, Shanghai Tower, many things. public transport is very cheep and punctual. I have a lot to tell you about China, more another day..so stay tuned. Lid