Sanlitun village is the expat central of Beijing, a melting pot of people from all over the world that are now here in the capital. Yesterday was Lei Feng Day and we set out to ascertain the opinion of Lei Feng and other topics within the expat and native community. We also asked questions about the PM 2.5 and PM 10 with regards to the Beijing pollution, and about the condition of Chinese zoos, specifically the zoo in Beijing. After we spent an afternoon walking around the Sanlitun Village, these were the results.
Today is Lei Feng Day, what are your thoughts on his relevance in modern day? Do you think he is out of date?
Lee, U.S., 34 (has been in China for four and a half years) said, “I don’t know who that is”.
Cathy, Beijing, 24: “I think it is out of date: people don’t have the spirit to help anyone, especially poor people.”
Josh, U.S., 29 (six years in China), “The guy that everybody is encouraged to be like? I think people are trying to bring it back”
What do you think of the conditions in Chinese zoos, specifically Beijing Zoo?
Chris, UK, 21 (has been in Beijing for four months) “Sometimes the enclosures are too small and animals are left in cages on their own. For example, the arctic fox naturally lives in very large environments and the enclosures in the zoo are far too small… Living conditions could be improved a lot.”
Fiona, UK, 50 (has lived in Beijing for twenty years) “I don’t agree with them: I think they are terrible places. ”
Josh “Little kids throw things, the polar bear one was the worst, the aquarium was nice.”
What are your thoughts on pollution, specifically PM2.5 vs. PM10?
Jenny 36, Guandong Province “Pollution in Beijing is very terrible, there are not many measures to prevent it… Chinese people wear masks and cannot go out frequently… the government has no idea how to stop it. The Beijing cough is very well known among foreigners.”
Randa, Egypt 22 (two months in Beijing) “I come from a very polluted country (Egypt), but the government does not necessarily release the information, I’m not worried about it (the pollution).
Eddie, France 24 (has lived in Beijing for two months) “With all the stuff I’ve smoked so far in my life, I don’t think I’m affected by PM 2.5 or PM10.”