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Rules are Rules

08-22-2011 14:41 BJT Special Report:2011 Shenzhen 26th Summer Universiade |

by Enerelt Otgonbaatar (Mongolia)

“Rules are Rules, Entry is Entry and Exit is Exit” is the approach to life in China as we encountered numerous similar situations with the volunteers, organizers and generally the Chinese people.

Everyone who attended any event or entered the athlete’s village at the 2011 Shenzhen Universiade knows that the security checks are tight as any international airport.

On day three of games, we had been through the screen checks and metal detectors when we entered the crystal shaped Universiade complex, which consists of a gymnasium, a natatorium and a stadium. After leaving the gymnasium, a group of us headed towards the adjacent natatorium to watch swimming. The barriers that surround each venue can be sarcastically compared with the great wall for its length.

We headed to a passage to walk out of the gymnasium area but were not allowed. Nobody was in sight of coming through it from the other side. One of the five volunteers who were watching over the passage politely told us “this is an entry, not an exit” and pointed to the exit which was a little bit further and we would have to make a U turn.

“Seriously?” we asked since the barriers were just one of those queue processing barriers we follow at airports. A quick response from the volunteers: “This is an entry, and that is the exit”. The entry and exit were the exact same, just a clear space without a barrier.

It was puzzling when it seemed like a common sense to save time and walking. We walked through the designated exit and as we walked back to the same direction but on the other side of the barriers, I wondered why the volunteers are not seeing such a simple solution from the same perspective.

Now that I think of it, it was an example of something far bigger than how a passage is called or used. This is China, where “Rules are Rules” without any “what if” or “it depends” and the absolute following of guidelines and rules by the Chinese people, even if it does not make sense sometimes.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: CNTV.CN

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