Safe place – but not for your eye-sight!

I’ve never felt so safe from crime – despite living in such an enormous city! This would have to be one of the major advantages of living in Shanghai.

According to this crime index:, Shanghai ranks 368 out of 372 cities – far better than all of the major cities in Australia.

A friend recently mentioned that this might be due to the numerous CCTV (Closed circuit television) cameras situated all over the city. I had never noticed them……but when I started looking for…. them I found they were everywhere! There are also many ‘security’ officers positioned around town:


….and for a couple of hours in the early morning there are volunteers on street corners to give directions to lost pedestrians.


…I suppose the fear of capital punishment might also keep crime at bay…….!

Shanghigh‘: Absolutely nothing to do with Shanghai, but totally worth mentioning….. my parents celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary this past week. They are still busy caring for each-other and for others. Thanks mum’n’dad, truly ‘golden’. Congratulations!


Shanglow‘: During the recent APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) summit in Beijing it was rather fascinating to compare the air quality between the capital and Shanghai:


….I wonder if the world leaders were duped?

Shangunusual‘: Here is an excerpt from ShanghaiDaily “Why So Many Chinese Children Wear Glasses” which I found interesting:

‘The incidence of myopia is high across East Asia, afflicting 80-90% of urban 18-year-olds in Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan. The problem is social rather than genetic. A 2012 study of 15,000 children in the Beijing area found that poor sight was significantly associated with more time spent studying, reading or using electronic devices–along with less time spent outdoors.

The biggest factor in short-sightedness is a lack of time spent outdoors. Exposure to daylight helps the retina to release a chemical that slows down an increase in the eye\’s axial length, which is what most often causes myopia.

A combination of not being outdoors and doing lots of work focusing up close (like writing characters or reading) worsens the problem. But if a child has enough time in the open, they can study all they like and their eyesight should not suffer, says Ian Morgan of Australian National University.

At the age of six, children in China and Australia have similar rates of myopia. Once they start school, Chinese children spend about an hour a day outside, compared with three or four hours for Australian ones.

Schoolchildren in China are often made to take a nap after lunch rather than play outside; they then go home to do far more homework than anywhere outside East Asia. The older children in China are, the more they stay indoors–and not because of the country\’s notorious pollution.’

It reminds me of an excellent book recommended to me by the head teacher at WildRoots (Santa Barbara) which is titled ‘Last Child in the Woods’ (Richard Louv) which spoke of something far more prevalent than ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder)………..NDD = Nature Deficit Disorder!


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