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Q: How does your city residents generally treat foreigners?

I am curious as I hear different cities have different attitude towards foreigners. 

 

For example, I heard that Zhengzhou generally isn't too kind to foreigners. I also used to live in a city near Shanghai called Changzhou and they weren't very nice to foreigners overall. Tianjin is pretty good for a larger city.

 

I am in a smaller city (Yuncheng, Shanxi) and people here are actually quite nice to foreigners. Yuncheng is a lower tier city but has things like Wal-Mart, Pizza Hut, the speed train goes through here from Beijing and luxuries that a larger city offers. 

 

However, there are not many foreigners so you still kind of get the star treatment but it is more curiosity and admiration than anything. Locals are generally quite nice and go a bit further to be helpful to foreigners. There are jerks but generally I would say this is a foreigner friendly city, however... the level of people that speak English here is quite low. 

 

In this city, there are foreigners from all places but because a group of South African guys came here early on they sort of tainted the reputation of black people. Drugs and sleeping with students that circulated through the city... nice guys but had a little too much fun. 

 

How about the city where you live? What is the general attitude towards foreigners and does it change based on nationality or skin color? 

 

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I find the attitude to foreign women veers between the adolescent and the super-creepy.

FFS, we are people too, not some alien being. 

 

Mostly i have felt very uncomfortable: I can not relax when out in the evening.

But spending months with the same people, they finally treat me like a human.

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I have found that the way you treat people they will reciprocate. In over five years in China I have found that being nice to the people results in their being nice to you.  I always say hello in both Chinese and English as well as thank you. Smile and the whole world smiles with you!!!

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I live in Guangzhou and  in the building I work there are many foreigners. I think people here is kind to them and great to work with them.

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I'm fortunate. I have lived in Jun Jing, Liede, and Chebei areas of GZ. Few to no foreigners during my tenure.  Different styles of living, but, most  everyone is friendly and allow for my negligible amount of Mandarin and Cantonese. I'm more white mime, than white monkey. Smokers in elevators and people who sit while ignoring the needs of senior citizens and I don't get along. Still see several people wielding the child squirt guns. I shop in the local produce markets and they tend to look out for me.

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People have generally been nice here, but once when I lived in the North the people were ruder in ways

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I live in a Tier 88 town called Shiyan in Hubei Province. People stare a little bit but generally no one has been rude or disrespectful except one young punk on a bus one time. Overall I'm treated very well. When I was living in South Korea in the early 2000's, the verbal abuse and disrespect came much more often then it does here in China. South Koreans to me seemed much more in your face then the Chinese when it came to being a foreigner in their country.

 

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