The Beijing Spirit
December 2, 2012
People in Beijing live by different standards than many Europeans or Americans, and therefore it is important to understand their values and way of life before entering the city. It is wise not only because this way you can avoid offending the inhabitants of the city, but also because otherwise you would not fully appreciate the culture into which you are about to get immersed. As they officially state, they live by four principles: “Patriotism, Innovation, Inclusiveness, Virtue”.
The first element, patriotism, is key not only of the culture of Beijing, but also the core value of socialism. People in China feel strongly about defending their nation and working towards its success and development. This is especially visible in the country’s capitol, so beware not to undermine the nation’s values!
Innovation is a surprisingly strong force in this in many ways traditional country. On one hand people have immense respect for their ancestors, and on the other believe that “new means better”. With that in mind don’t be surprised to see that people in the streets have better cell phones than yours!
One would expect a socialist country to be unified and mundane, right? Wrong! Inclusiveness, another value shared by the people of Beijing means tolerance for distinctness and harmonious development of different cultures. But again, once you’re there, you’ll see that this tolerance has its limits…
The last key word here is virtue. It reflects the morality, honesty, sincerity, helpfulness, but also orderliness of people. Therefore once you’re in there, watch closely and do as the locals. Then you’ll be safe to enjoy yourself with no unpleasantness.
And if you feel lost, try to find a qualified companion to lead the way…