QUOTE(aaaw @ Jul 10 2007, 10:46 AM) [snapback]3051464[/snapback]
that's bull$hit. Do you know how a chinese person making 1200/year live in China? why don't you go there, see if you can survive 6 months living with 1200/year? I have relatives there, been to their places...I tell ya, $1200/year means you're POOR. You just dont realize it cuz every other person living close to you also living with similar earnings.
So please dont give me that bull$hit about PPP is a great measuring and bringing in people from the World Bank. The "genius" from the world bank are fu-k ups and only looking after themselves. Look what they have done to the african and south american countries in the past.
well say, in SF bay area, if you make 40000 USD/year, you are still poor too. but it's a lot higher than the 2006 reported American average income. $1200/year, for a large part of China, such money will offer you a pretty nice life already. Of course, please don't pick some huge city like Beijing , Shanghai, Guangzhou...etc. In those city, 1200/yr is very poor, coz people are making around $4660/yr in Beijing; and 6795/yr in Shanghai, and $4372/yr in Gangzhou. BTW, I remember China's average income is about $1580/yr. I have been to China for a few times, lived in different areas. I can answer your question for sure, for normal people, it costs you about $131/month for a couple. Include housing, food, tansportations, in most of chinese city. and it cost about about 50-60 USD/month or even less to live in country side.
Dont' guess, if you had never been to China, or you had not yet been to many parts of china.