I had just come back from a two week trip to China over Spring Break. China is interesting, in how westernized and successful it has become.
But what a lot of people do not realize, is that the goverment is trying as hard as it can to make China "look" better from the outside. It is putting up a facade, and trying to increase its prestige. Right now as we speak, they are madly renovating every single historical building in Beijing, to make it look nice for the 2008 Olympics. The Forbidden Palace is covered in scaffolding and covers right now.
Even literally, China is covering itself up. The post huge billboards over slum neighborhoods to hide them from view. The government sponsered tour guides (meaning all tour guides) have specific places they must go, to show the glamourous and famous side of China, and thats it.
Life is good
But a BMW makes it better