Hong Kong is one of the wealthiest cities in Asia, yet you’ll find hundreds of thousands of people living in what the government calls “inadequate housing” — which for some means tiny wire cages.
Just weeks ago, a Chinese artist took 100 days and vacuumed air around some of Beijing’s busiest areas and created a brick with all of the particles he had accumulated. Today, retailers are looking to cash in on fresher ideas, as bottled mountain air may become the new health trend. The “red alert” status Beijing has earned has it’s locals willing to pay CA$16.00 and up for a canister containing roughly 150 1-second sprays of cool Banff air.
It is worth noting that life expectancy in Shanghai is equivalent to that of Switzerland, which ranks top 10 in the world. According to the World Fact Book, Hong Kong ranks seventh in the world with an average life expectancy of nearly 83, and Macau ranks fourth with an average life expectancy of 84.5. With an average life expectancy of about 80, Beijing has nearly the same average as that of the United Kingdom.
Perhaps most note-worthy is the fact that six provinces in China have a higher average life expectancy than the average in the United States which is about 79.7. In 1990, the U.S. had a life expectancy eight years higher than that of China. In the two decades since, China has managed to close that gap by more than five years.
A little less than the population of Canada, 30 million Chinese people still live in caves, and are quite comfortable.
You bout that life? My old stomping grounds, Beijing, has the worst traffic in the world.