Bikes suck here. The quality is just terrible. I've been here 6 weeks and I've had to get my bike repaired three times: the tire went flat, the pedal fell off, and the axle broke. Consequently, there are bike repair shops everywhere. I think our campus has at least 20. I imagine that the repair parts are about the same quality as the original bikes, so they break just as easily.
When I first arrived, I was always confused with the Chinese aversion to putting your stuff on the floor. No one ever puts their backpack or purse on the floor in the classroom. In the canteen, you can't put your bag on the floor because people are coming by every 5 minutes to clean it. After a month, I'm starting to know why. I've seen students spit on the floor, I've seen people drop any kind of trash on the floor. I think it's part of the same cultural phenomenon as the trash in the mountains. The world is my trash heap. . .