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Faster pace

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Not surprisingly, work and live in Shanghai is more hectic than St. Louis. I live in a hotel near Metro lines. I usually get up at 7 AM. After shower and breakfast, I hit the road at 8 AM. It took me about 45 minutes (change of Metro Line 3 to 2) to get to the office at W. Nanjing Rd. Most people get there at 9 AM. Besides lunch break, I usually get off after 6 PM. After dinner and Metro, I will get to hotel after 8 PM. This means I spend 12 hours for the work related actitivies (8 AM to 8 PM). One main reason is the time spent on the road. Another thing is the working hours (9 to 6). Note this is typical for many white collar workers in Shanghai. Combining these two factors people here will have less time for leisure and families, compared to the slower pace in St. Louis. One solution is live close to work. The rent in Shanghai is decent considering the sky high housing price. I don’t know if we can do anything about the working load/hour.

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