Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
Join Date: May 2006
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Re: Why the Chinese economy will collapse - sailing related
In a lot of ways they are trying very hard to be Western and American. The biggest television shows are Chinese Idol, The Voice, and many copycat shows. There were so many of these that the government announced that no more shows like this could debut. Western stars, singers and athletes are huge - and there is this huge interest in recreational activities and consumerism. I found it a hoot in Xi'an, where the Warriors are, that you could bt knockoff designer stuff a block away from the many stores where you could buy the real thing. At that time, the big deal was purses for men that were about $400.
With sailing it is a hoot. The few people who are getting in to it, go to somewhere like Malaysia to buy a boat, perhaps after a short basic sailing course. They really don't have a clue what to do next, generally don't know enough English to get help or read the standard reference books, even if they knew these books. It is all quite fascinating.
After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.