I have seen places that were, no doubt, as busy and as thickly populous as the Chinese city in Shanghai, but none that so overwhelmingly impressed me with its business and populousness. In no city, West or East, have I ever had such an impression of dense, rank richly clotted life.
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Each individual Chinaman has more vitality, you feel, than each individual Indian or European, and the social organism composed of these individuals is therefore more intensely alive than the social organism in India or the West. [...] So much life, so carefully canalised, so rapidly and strongly flowing [...]. All this was going on when we were cannibalistic savages. It will still be going on, a little modified, perhaps by Western science, but not much - long after we in Europe have simply died of fatigue. (Aldous Huxley's diary, 1926)