I heard that Shanghai is going to build yet another Disneyland which would cost around 4 billion euros. And, an artificial lake which costs 50 million euros is already being built in Shanghai, seems the main purpose is to boost the price of real estates around the lake.
I don’t feel happy to hear these news. What if these investments were used to help more people get out of poverty in middle and west China? What if these investments were used to help children get better education? What if these investments were used to control the air/water pollution in China?
There are already more than enough fun places for people in Shanghai and nearby regions. Less flashy temptation and more concentration on technology/economy/science is better for children. We don’t need such an expensive Disneyland in China, at least for now.
It’s understandable that the local government and some investors want high ROI from such projects in the near future. And fun places like these do create many new jobs. I only hope the government could value more on the long-term return to our nation, to our people, when considering an investment. In my opinion, the highest priority should be
- create possibilities for extremely-low income people: people from less-developed provinces in middle and west China did great contribution to the modernization of the east provinces. We’ve sacrificed a whole generation. The whole nation owe them. It’s time to create possibilities for them and their children. Now.
- improve education: We need more intelligent and diligent people to sustain a long-term prosperousness, but not more fun-oriented and pleasure-driven people.