Day: August 8, 2010
Among the five largest world religions, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Judaism, Buddhism is the largest organized religion in China.
Buddhism has a big influence on Chinese culture. This is also reflected in the travel and tourism business. Buddhist temples and Buddha statues are big tourist attractions in China.
We visited a couple of them in China during our recent trip.
On June 3, we visited the Lingshan Buddhist Scenic Spot, located in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province.
Among several well designed scenic spots are Lingshan Grand Buddha and Lingshan Buddhist Palace. The Lingshan Grand Buddha, 88 meters high and weighs over 700 tons, is the world’s tallest copper standing statue of Buhhda. It is one of the world’s largest Buddha statues.
The Grand Buhhda is the symbol of Lingshan Buddhist Scenic Spot. Its size is really impressive. Standing next to it, I felt so so very small.
My kids resting in front of the Grand Buhhda
We are small comparing to the Grand Buhhda. We were touching Buddha’s toe nails.
Economically speaking, China is flourishing and doing well. But in many aspects, China is facing big challenges, among them are corruption, injustices, unemployment, waste, pollution, human rights, etc.
Personally I think corruption is the biggest problem in China.
Corruption permeates the whole of government and society. Government officials, judges, lawyers, police officers, doctors, teachers, businessmen, you name it, every profession is affected. Big power, big corruption; small power, small corruption.
If you have connection and money, you can still, even if you are not officially qualified, to get a better job or to go to a better school/college. Patients bribe doctors so they can get better treatments. Parents bribe teachers so their kids can get better learning.
If you want to get something done, you need connection or need to bribe someone. You have no choice.
It’s a sad reality in China. People feel insecure, helpless and hopeless unless you have power or money. People don’t trust each other as they used to.
Morale is all time low. It gets worse over time.
My brother told me a few times: “I used to wish that you would come back to China. But I have long given up that idea. You are better off living in America. China is hopeless as the result of corruption.”
I agree with what Dr. Peter Zhao Xiao, an Chinese economist, recently said in his speech “Beyond Economy: China’s Transformation with the Cross” at the Global Leadership Summit, China should learn from the Christian values and embrace Christianity.
Only then, China’s economy can continue to grow. And China will have a better future and become a more harmonious society.