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Q: How many foreigners live local to you?

And how many do you interact with on a regular basis?

Where I live, on the edge of a tier one city, there is one other foreigner. I talk to him face to face about once a week.

How about you? Are you the only foreigner in your area? Or is there dozens?

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Yeah, like you I've recently lived Tier one/two deep suburbia.,,, never seen many wei guo ren in China before going to these cities,,,, that's why in the more recent times (last few years), it kinda freaked me out to see 'white people' in China.  Seems like there is a bazillion now,,, Tier one I guess,,, but still weird,,,  oh well,,, Tier ones are becoming just like the undefined 'Global City'.  Walk down a Tier one looks like a shopping mall u see in most other developed countries. Communism has embraced a KFC / McDonalds every three blocks.  I'm ready to get back off to the sticks.  Urumuqi, Kashgar, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Myanmar, Laos, somewhere,,,, but Tier One can stick it where the sun don't shine!  

 

to answer your question- thank goodness I still live where never see a foreigner.  haha,, no offense foreigners,, but I didn't come to Asia to hang w/ whitey.

*though I do luv to chat w/ you lot here on ecc. I guess that is what they call a contradiction...

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Yeah, like you I've recently lived Tier one/two deep suburbia.,,, never seen many wei guo ren in China before going to these cities,,,, that's why in the more recent times (last few years), it kinda freaked me out to see 'white people' in China.  Seems like there is a bazillion now,,, Tier one I guess,,, but still weird,,,  oh well,,, Tier ones are becoming just like the undefined 'Global City'.  Walk down a Tier one looks like a shopping mall u see in most other developed countries. Communism has embraced a KFC / McDonalds every three blocks.  I'm ready to get back off to the sticks.  Urumuqi, Kashgar, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Myanmar, Laos, somewhere,,,, but Tier One can stick it where the sun don't shine!  

 

to answer your question- thank goodness I still live where never see a foreigner.  haha,, no offense foreigners,, but I didn't come to Asia to hang w/ whitey.

*though I do luv to chat w/ you lot here on ecc. I guess that is what they call a contradiction...

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They are legions over here. I interact with just a few and most of them from Africa. Which leads to something worth mentioning. They laugh so much when they gather together. They make so much fun and their laughter is so contaminating, you cannot resist it. That comes in so much contrast, this much that it feels as though Chinese never laugh. Then, when they do it is of the pukative and vomitive mockery like, noisy, irritating and intestinal laughter. Maybe it's me, but I don't hear around mostly at all, Chinese people laughing. It's possibly easy to understand, since laughing it might be an overpouring of emotions and a display of loss of face. Besides, obsessed with making money and consumed by the culture of face around the money, they seem to be so angry that all their emotional denial  doesn't help to prevent the betrayal of their hidden rage.  I have never seen so much frustration clustered within a metter square round the crowded spots a anywhere around the world as I have seen here. Man, Chinese people are angry. You can smell their anger so much that at least to me, it triggers a physical response of headaches. I need to get off the disgusting and vomitive public means of transportation and breath some fresh air so I can get better. 

 

When I hang out with the African people, it's a total change of labdscape. I spent several hours with a big group from their community and it was a fresh air of genuine laughter and joy. 

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I work with an English guy. Both of us have been in this country for almost a decade. Interestingly enough, our experiences in both travel and teaching have been diffierent. For me it is the first school I have worked with another foreign teacher. Outr school is close to Xi'an where ther are many foreigners, both caucasian and others.

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Before I left China I lived in an area with a lot of foreigners. Students, English teachers and various others... got to say I preferred how it was when I first arrived and the foreign community was small enough that you knew almost everyone and you were glad to see them because maybe they knew of a shop that had some cheese in stock or a new restaurant that sold crappy pizzas because western food was a rarity then and even a shitty pizza was good.

 

I got sick of talking to newbs - nothing against them cos I was one once but some idjit with a hipster beard and a stupid hat who has been in town 6 weeks telling me all about 'how it is here' just makes me want to go home.

 

Had a guy move into my building, I knew him and everyone he hung around with and just wanted nothing to do with him. Not a bad guy but he was there to party every night, smoke hash, fark anything he could and have fun for a few years.. not my thing at that time.

 

I kept meeting him in the elevator though and while the other 8 or so people there were quietly glaring at him and probably understanding most of what he said he would be telling me about how stoned him and some people he met at a bar got in his apartment after the bar closed, or how in his latest dodgy job he'd show up hungover, late and just talk about a movie for an hour and nobody gave a shit, or how everyone in China was a dumb fucking peasant, or his latest adventures with some naive local girl he met online.... I don't want to be judged for knowing that dickhead but I know I would have been and everyone would have been talking about the loser laowais in their building.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thanks for the answers guys.

So it seems that the preferense is to live in real china rather than in an expat bubble.

I have an expat bubble about 10km away, I have downtown gz a 6rmb out ride away, and a 150 rmb taxi return.

But I sort of prefer being where I am, on the edge of a metropis, and the only gay in the village sort of thing.

For BCDs I have wechat and ECC.

Intesting and thoughtfull answers. Thanks to all.

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