Just as a point of interest, why don't you think that climate can have an effect on people's character? I'm thinking of Australia and the UK, Thailand and Japan or Spain and Germany as examples. WindHorse 10:42, 13 March 2007 (EDT)
Maybe it does to some extent, but its contribution is insignificant. In the case of Guangzhou, or any of those places you mentioned above, the prevailing political and socio-economic conditions play a bigger part in determining how people behave rather than the weather.
I don't know if that is true, as I have overwhelming found most warm places, whether in Europe or Asia and irrespective of their political systems, to be more laid back than their colder northern counterparts. And I would make an educated guess that this characteristic stems from people in colder climates historically having to make major preparations for surviving long winters without access to fresh food or fuel. However, I will not change back the amendment, but was just interested in the logic behind your comment that it was ridiculous to suggest that climate could play any part in the development of a national or regional characteristic. Thanks for you feedback. WindHorse 11:25, 13 March 2007 (EDT)
I have two reasons for saying that, actually. First- Cold, long winter months with shorter days are when people are more likely to take it easy don't you think? That's what I'd do. Second- I'm living in Singapore, one of the warmest places on this planet. People here are in a constant, unrelenting state of panic, pressure and rush. Definitely not laid back at all.
Ha Ha. Yes, that's very true. Singapore definitely cannot be characterized as laid back. WindHorse 12:12, 13 March 2007 (EDT)