I happen to be married to a woman that is what I call "house proud". She spends countless hours tidying the garden, planting flowers and trees, mowing, snipping,raking, painting, tidying up etc, etc,. Our house although humble looks like a million bucks. I have yet to see a house here in China that looks loved and well maintained. There is litter and garbage everywhere. If people think that Japan and China are similiar think again. The floor of a Chinese house is just an extension of the outside and is generally very dirty. Tonight in front of my dinner plate was a piece of sticky paper to catch flies. You could sit and eat your dinner and watch flies die- very appetizing!
I thought I'd show you the view out our side window, a beautiful tile wall in disrepair and where the merchants of food alley put their garbage. This pile is right smack dab at the entrance way to food alley. It is cleared away sometime late in the day.