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  • 作家相片Mohammad Faisal bin Abu Suaib Khan

A Glimpse of Modern China: From My Recent 10-Day Trip


Editor's Note: Mohammad Faisal bin Abu Suaib Khan currently serves as executive secretary of the UMNO Malaysia Election Department. Throughout his tenure at UMNO Malaysia Headquarters, Mohammad Faisal has held several key positions, including Head of Department for Social Media at Barisan Nasional and Secretary for Barisan Nasional Pacaba during the 15th General Election.


China, a land of contrasts and rich history, has undergone remarkable changes over the years. My recent 10-day trip to China allowed me to witness firsthand the rapid development, improved cleanliness, and friendly interactions that define this fascinating country. Let me share my observations and experiences from this journey.

1. Development in Pursuit of Progress

China is no longer chasing development; development is now chasing China. The landscape is dotted with high-rise housing blocks, evidence of the government's commitment to providing accommodation for its citizens. Remarkably, I encountered no homelessness during my trip. Roads have transformed into world-class thoroughfares, reflecting China's economic prowess.

2. Cleanliness and Hygiene Practices

Cleanliness has become a priority in China. Public toilets, once notorious for their lack of hygiene, have undergone significant improvements. I was pleasantly surprised by the cleanliness and maintenance of public restrooms. The "Toilet Revolution" campaign, launched in recent years, has made a noticeable impact. Clean facilities are now the norm, making travel more comfortable for both locals and tourists.

3. Pedestrian Infrastructure: A Work of Art

As a runner, I explored Beijing and Henan on foot. The pedestrian infrastructure left a lasting impression. Tree-lined sidewalks, adorned with colorful flowers, create a serene environment for pedestrians. In Beijing, I strolled along beautifully crafted pathways, appreciating the thoughtful urban planning. These pedestrian-friendly spaces not only encourage physical activity but also enhance the overall cityscape.

4. Warmth and Openness

Chinese people are friendly and open to foreigners. Despite language barriers, I encountered warm smiles and helpful gestures. As someone who studied in a Chinese stream school in Malaysia, I felt a deeper connection with the locals. Whether seeking directions or striking up conversations, I found people willing to engage and share their stories. China's hospitality made my trip memorable.

In summary, China's transformation is awe-inspiring. From bustling megacities to serene landscapes, this country offers a wealth of experiences. As an expat, I encourage fellow travelers to embrace the cultural differences, learn a few Mandarin phrases, and immerse themselves in the vibrant tapestry of modern China.

Key Takeaways for New Expats:

- Respect local customs and cultural norms.

- Learn basic Mandarin phrases to enhance interactions.

- Appreciate the cleanliness and infrastructure improvements.

- Engage with locals—they are eager to connect with visitors.

China awaits with open arms, ready to share its rich heritage and dynamic present.

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