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Q: What do you LOVE most about life in China?

In order to counter the myth that foreigners hate China and do nothing but sit around and complain about it.

For me, I love the people that I have had the chance to really know.  I love the family that I am raising her.  I love the food (mostly) and I love the chaos that makes life here fun and horrible at the same time.

8 years 27 weeks ago in  Culture - China

 
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I love the food, the cost of living, the women and the beauty of the country (on clear sky days of course).
I like the excitement of not knowing what will happen next in this crazy rollercoaster ride of living here.  Not mundane like many days at home.
I have also made many wonderfull friends that I would miss greatly if I left.

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8 years 27 weeks ago
 
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girls beer being able to eat at a restaurant everyday (even though it means i will have a heart attack in 2 years), girls beer and actually seeing students get what you are trying to teach them. 

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I never hear anyone praise those little loafs of bread. I like them.

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I don't know yet what I love most about China, because we all know I'm not there yet. But I am more excited about coming there than I've been about anything in a long time. I've been enjoying researching it, I love reading the stories about it, even the ones of frustration and venting. I can't wait to be confused by the language, and getting lost in a market, and bartering with street vendors and getting taken for a ride by the taxi-drivers (just once, though). Seeing the sights, and the not so-touristy sights. I'm dying to visit temples and pagodas and to see a country that is still a mystery to so many.

I can't wait til I'm hugging a panda. There's the five year old in me screaming with delight!

Everytime you guys talk about the food.. I can't wait til I'm eating my way across China. 

China is going to be an adventure, an experience like none that I've ever had. And I can't wait.

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I like eating fresh jujubes and the friends that I have here. I like not having to cook and saving money at the same time. The only thing that would make me happier is if I had a boyfriend or a dog, preferably both.

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I like the people the most.... they are so entirely different than other places in the world and fasinated, sometimes frustrating too, but their is never a dull moment to be here at anytime.
 Very convinient place to live in.
Easy to make money
Infastructure, very good convinient and cheap public transportation.
Doing whatever i want to do at anytime from eating, clubbing, massage etc.........
It's simply never boring here.

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I'm a born traveler.  For me, the best feeling is the first step out of the train station in a new city.  Walking along the narrow alleys with food smells at night.  Riding the train along the Fujian countryside.  Relaxing in the fields beside the Yangtze River.  Eating my girlfriend's delicious Chinese food.  Getting a cheap haircut and scalp massage.  And... even a moment of connection with a local makes my day.

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The money to be made was my biggest initial attraction.

But after being here for years, the stark difference between the west and China is what I like. On bad days I whine about it like a big baby, "Geez nothing works right in this country.The fax machines and internet at these little companies are horrible!  An hour and a half  in line at the bank to do something that would take 5 minutes in the US, These guys drive like frickin idiots!" etc. etc. :)

But its an adrenaline rush, especially if you get away from the big cities, and go it alone. Taking a cab, going shopping, bargaining, riding the busses and trains from one province to another, getting lost while hiking and trying to ask directions in bad Chinese.

Meeting some very nice people, developing friendships, massages, the list goes on and on!

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It's for the same reasons why this place can be such a headache... nothing is boring or simple.  Just the simple tasks of going shopping or going out of a beer can become an adventure in itself.  And since it's cheaper and safer than back home, it's easy to allow oneself to fall into the adventures day after day.

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I love that people think differently, though sometimes i hate it too. I love that at least in my experience Chinese men treat me like a lady instead of one of the guys even when I am like one of the guys. (opening the doors, filling my plate, pouring my beer etc...) I dont really love the food I think it's pretty greasy, but I know I would miss a few dishes if I left. I love red bean on yogurt. I love my boyfriend who is Chinese and has had a completely different life growing up than I did.

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I love the money and the ridiculously beautiful girls.

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its not korea!

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The best part of China is walking around late at night down those cold and quiet streets that were once bustling with activity. Changing your normal route to find yourself suddenly in the local night market with tons of awesome food and everyone laughing and drinking happily.

Seeing the people who look at you with confusion and fear at first, but when you speak some Chinese to them.. they light up like a Christmas tree with happiness.

I think the part of China I love the most is the absolutely random illogical Chaos that I never knew existed. It is both frustrating and stressful but very fascinating. It's also the innocence and sort of childish manner some of the rural folk. Very humbling.

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I love the people. I love the country. I miss it a lot when I am at home. 

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8 years 20 weeks ago

meeeeeeeeoooooooow

 
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