Clean cities

Clean cities

Both Beijing and Xian seems to have an army of people cleaning the streets. You don’t see trash on the streets or at least not as much as could be expected due to amount of people. Instead you see a lot of people sweeping the streets and picking up trash. You don’t see the massive amounts of cigarettbutts that you see at least in Sweden.

Both Beijing and Xian seems to have an army of people cleaning the streets. You don’t see trash on the streets or at least not as much as could be expected due to amount of people. Instead you see a lot of people sweeping the streets and picking up trash. You don’t see the massive amounts of cigarettbutts that you see at least in Sweden.

Both Beijing and Xian seems to have an army of people cleaning the streets. You don’t see trash on the streets or at least not as much as could be expected due to amount of people. Instead you see a lot of people sweeping the streets and picking up trash. You don’t see the massive amounts of cigarettbutts that you see at least in Sweden.

Trashcans for cigarettbutts on the wall of Xian were it was forbidden to smoke.

 

The heroes that clean the streets clean

You also have a lot more of thrashcans were you can choose between recycable or other waste. Which is pretty confusing if you don’t know what is recycable in China. Shanghai solved my problem by printing on their trashcans what is recycable and what is other waste.

In restaurants, hotels and public places as train stations it is forbidden to smoke, which limits your exposure to smoke. That surprised me a bit and challenged my preconcieved notions of lot of smokers everywhere. Actually the place were I have been exposed most to smoke was the last trip of the transmongolian railway and the chinese sleeper train. The train attendants smoked everywhere it seemed.

You don’t either see dog poop on the streets as you see a lot of in many western countries. Actually you don’t see that much dogs either which is good. Maybe they have been eaten up. My sister believes I have eaten a lot of dog because most of the time it is a guess what I am eating.

Actually the only thing that makes chinese cities feel not clean is the air. The smog that covers the sky. The sky always seems to have a grey cover of smog instead of a blue sky. I have only seen the blue sky one day here in China. It was the day of our arrival to Beijing.


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