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中国VS美国:幸福生活哪里找?

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小编摘要:想要幸福,你并不需要太多!

Having lived in the midst of Beijing's rampant consumerism for 18 months I feel that the "four treasures"are no longer the calligraphy brush ink stick ink stone and rice paper. In China's newfound materialism it seems that the four cultural treasures now are a new car an apartment a computer and a wide-screen 42-inch LCD TV.

在北京繁华的商业中心地带居住了18个月之后,我感觉,今天中国的“文房四宝”早已不再是笔墨纸砚了,对这个国家新生代的唯物主义来说,新的文房四宝似乎是车、房、电脑以及42寸的宽屏LCD大彩电。

中国VS美国:幸福生活哪里找?


Those "essentials"may help explain why the Chinese middle class believes its cost of living percentage is higher than in the US' largest cities.

这些“生活必需品”似乎能帮助我们理解,为什么中国的中产阶级认为,中国的生活成本占比已经超过了那些美国的大型城市。

That's true if you concentrate only on housing electronics and automobiles.

这种观点的确是对的,如果你只考虑房子、电器以及车子的话。

For almost everything else living in China is so much cheaper than in the US that the Middle Kingdom may become America's next big overseas retirement community.

然而,除了这些之外,对于其它所有的东西来说,在中国的生活成本都要比在美国的生活成本低得多得多,因此,这个“中央帝国”很有可能会成为美国第二大的海外养老国。

Let's start with disposable income your paycheck after taxes; in other words the money you actually have in your pocket to buy things.

首先,让我们看看可支配收入,也就是你的税后收入,换句话说,就是你荷包里面实际能有的可以用来消费的钱。

The average disposable monthly income in New York right now is $3 596 compared to $591 in Beijing a difference of more than 508 percent. At first glance it may seem that New York expats in Beijing are living like maharajahs. Consumer prices in New York including rent are 136 percent higher than in Beijing.

现如今,在纽约,人均的可支配月收入是3596美金,而在北京,则是591美金,两者之间相差了508%还要多。这样看来,纽约人如果来到北京,应该能过上王公贵族般的生活。要知道,纽约的物价水平,包括房租算下来的话,要比北京高出136%。

Rent is 286 percent higher. Restaurant menus are 209 percent higher. Groceries cost 78 percent more except for items like milk and cheese which most Chinese don't consume anyway.

细细算一算,纽约的房租要比北京贵286%,上馆子要贵209%,如果不算中国人一般不怎么买的那些东西,比如牛奶和奶酪的话,那么日用品也要贵78%。

My Chinese friends argue that if the median salaries are $60 000 in New York and $7 500 in Beijing prices in China should reflect the fact that the Beijing paycheck is only 12.5 percent of the New York salary. Percentage-wise if a three-course meal for two people in a mid-range New York restaurant now costs $73.44 it should cost $9.18 in Beijing. In reality the same meal in Beijing costs $18.99 more than double what it should be.

我的中国朋友们不同意我的这个算法,他们认为,如果按纽约的人均收入是6万美金,而北京的人均收入是7500美金来看,北京的收入水平是纽约的12.5%,那么中国的物价水平也应该处于这一水平。按百分比来看,如果说在纽约,两个人在一个普通餐馆里吃三个菜要花掉73.44美金的话,那么在北京,就应该只需要9.18美金。然而实际上,在北京吃这样的一餐,会花掉你18.99美金,是合理价格的两倍多。

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2011-10-24 12:16 编辑:kuaileyingyu
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  • Maggie_hou 说:

    Anyhow, this article is bullshit, no matter who wrote. Just one head, no brain......

    2011-10-27 09:20 回复 支持(4) 反对(0) 沙发
  • when I read this article, I keep smiling, cause my heart became stronger!!

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