An elite is a small group of people who control a disproportionate amount of wealth or political power of a country. In general, elite means the more powerful group of people. A selected part of a group that is superior to the rest in terms of ability or qualities, or has more privilege than the rest. To some degree, the elites are almost always the wealthy people of a country.
Talking about the wealthy in China may seem odd during the middle of a global economic downturn. Yet for many companies around the world, wealthy Chinese represent a rare opportunity in an otherwise dismal picture. Despite the global downturn, the number of wealthy households in China continues to grow at an astonishing pace. By 2015, the country will hold the world's fourth-largest concentration of wealthy people. With the emerging of this group, one may be curious about their ways of life. What hobbies do they have? Are the hobbies the same with those of American elites?
Chinese people think the American elites prefer to do extreme sports and go on adventures, while Chinese people would imagine that they have decent jobs, live in Western-style houses and keep dogs. But is it true?
Recently, a professor from Beijing University complained about his age and poor physical condition. He attributed these to the typical lifestyle of Chinese achievers, most of whom eat out often. They attend a lot of meetings and appear in various deluxe clubs, they eat a lot and drink too much. They go out by car, but seldom walk. Lack of exercise is the top culprit.
In China, success means to reap a profit. The successful people seem to have entered a special layer of society. Therefore, the culture of success lies in enjoyment. Some luxury meetings and conferences provide them with high-end services, while cycling has become an outdated lifestyle that would make them feel awkward.
On the contrary, the American elites have totally different lifestyles that keep them more competitive and energetic. They do exercise frequently. Some often take part in long-distance cycling races, or compete with colleagues in running and long-distance cycling.
An American female owner of two companies, aged 41, is keen on long-distance triathlon and mountain bike cycling. She gets up at 6:00 in the morning and starts to exercise for at least 90 minutes. There’s a world of difference between the lifestyle of the American elites and their Chinese counterpart.
Cycling has become the latest fashion among the middle class in the United States, and golfing is gaining popularity among the working class. The most prominent difference can be singled out in the following: the American elites pay more attention to their future potentials, but not their current belongings. Great physical condition is not the only concern to Chinese elites. They should also start paying attention to more than just short term financial benefits.