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   Tarun Jaiswal Master Urban Planning University of Cincinnati

  Written Aug 14 2016

  Although I have not taken an official trip to China I got a transit visa there for one day when I had an unplanned long layover at the airport at Guangzhou on my way back to the US from India. I was surprised that the airline accommodated me at a hotel (thanks to China Southern Airlines for their generosity). I had twelve hours free to explore so I left the hotel and walked around for a while. I came upon a big food market. To my surprise there were all kinds of live animals being sold for food including crabs snakes lizards spiders turtles and a variety of sea creatures (some I didn’t even recognize).


  I also saw a small kid eating a fried turkey foot (I think … see below).




  As a vegetarian this was a totally different kind of food than I was used to and was a totally new experience for me. When I got back home I had to look it up and found that these are all actually common foods in southern China.


  Hopefully I get to go back to China someday and explore more!


  Jordana Manchester Travel Agent Anthropologist 50+ Countries Blogger Canadian

  Written Apr 25 2016

  Originally Answered: What was your biggest culture shock going to China?

  My first introduction to mainland China (Beijing) was tough - It almost broke me. I had carefully planned a trip to the Great Wall for the next day but after traveling through Sumatra for some time I needed to get my Nikon cleaned. I dropped my camera off at a Nikon store took my slip and thought nothing of it. I returned at the end of the day retrieve it and the salesperson took one look at me twisted my lens so violently it broke and smiled. He held out his hand and said I needed to pay triple if I wanted my camera back in one piece. After a huge argument in broken English/Mandarin I went out to the street to find some tourist police. I walked into a small store and asked if they could tell me where the police station was and the shopkeeper came around the counter shoved me out of his store and spat all over my jacket. It was horrifying.


  I eventually retrieved my lens (never repaired) and spent the next 5 days wondering why the hell I'd ever bought a ticket to China. I was treated like zoo animal. Poked my hair pulled people photographing and videotaping me like I was some sort of spectacle. Just when I was ready to retreat I hopped a train south into the rural countryside and that's when I fell head over heels with the rest of China. My advice? Get the hell out of the big cities and run to the countryside.


  The locals were always curious about my skin tone they would touch my hair but it wasn't in a menacing way. I was invited into strangers homes for dinner I was given gifts and most importantly I was treated like a human being.

  I would return to China in a New York minute. I just don't think I was prepared for it and after having learned (and experienced) the history between the Chinese and Africans I understand the situation more now.

  Additionally the other things that shocked me was the treatment of animals. In many places they were abused abandoned tortured it was too much for a bleeding heart North American like myself. I also found the excessive spitting sort of shocking. They were spitting into the open excavations at the Terra Cotta Warriors in Xian!




  There are some interesting things I notice during my single one week travel to Shanghai in 2015. Contrary to my assumption about them before coming I found them kind and hospitable towards their guest and would do efforts to make their guests comfortable despite their lack in English.


  Massive amount of food they serve. They seemed never let the tables and plates empty during dining and endlessly offer the guest to try all the food they serve.


  Seems everyone drink alcohol. I don’t know if that’s applicable to all Chinese but people I’ve met all drink alcohol with their meal. And they insisted that their guests drink alcohol too. I’ve told them that I don’t drink alcohol but they insisted that I should drunk. I hate to brought up religion matters but seeing that they still insisted I eventually told them that I don’t drink because of my religion (and should have been clear to them because of my look I wear hijab). But still they persuaded me that drink alcohol was part of their hospitality toward guests and that I should be OK drinking it because I was in China lol


  How wide their roads are. They seem to build infinite length of road that are really really wide.


  Miguel Molina Tobar Traveled around but still have a long list of places to see.

  Written May 31 2016

  Three (actually four) things shocked me the most:


  The Smell.


  Oh my god The Smell. When you see pictures of the (admittedly) interesting markets and food stalls you can’t imagine the pungently strong smell you feel. It’s not a stench mind you and after a few days you really get used to it. The food is still delicious but the smell stays with you for years. I can feel it right now just by thinking about it. Humph.


  The Driving.


  Of course there’s bad driving all around the world (Italy comes to mind my own country El Salvador) but in China walking was something of a madness experiment and a survival challenge. Big buses almost running you over people scrambling to cross the street small motorbikes zigzagging around and gliding past you at top speed. It was scary it was intense.


  The Trains:

  Someone walks by mopping the floor while you’re riding the train. Also: there are some hot water faucets where people prepare their soups and noodles (?).



  The Looks:

  Oh the looks I got. Talking about train stations I was waiting for my train from Beijing to Datong and a group of kids started pointing at me and laughing and touching their faces to mimic a beard. They started taking pictures of me and they came up to me to ask me where I was from and wanting to take pictures WITH me. It was weird disconcerting but actually kind of funny.



  Abhishek Agarwal Nothing to say

  Written Aug 15 2016

  Abhishek Agarwal没什么可说的


  Interesting that I came across this question as I just landed back in Delhi after 15 days in southern China.


  Infrastructure: Best i’ve seen. Most of it is better than U.S.

  The reason for this is everything is brand new. The metro is extremely well connected to every part in the city.


  Women: Because I went for work I interacted with a lot of entrepreneurs and business owners and to my surprise almost half of them were girls or older ladies.


  Openness: I found their society very open. I don't know if it was just for business but in general I found it very easy to talk to them.


  Food: The food I had there was completely different to the Chinese food I’ve been having all this while in India and China.


  China has a lot to offer and I loved their country. I will go back and explore more in future for sure.