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Q: Why do they do that!

This site is full of some of the things expats find unusual about China and the Chinese, and particularly about some of the things they do. However, do you know why?

 

If you do, enlighten us all, let us into the secrets of why certain things are done that way, please.

8 years 47 weeks ago in  General  - Other cities

 
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Yes, like why do they have to yell all the time.

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What is the real purpose of vehicle horn in China? 

 

I always wonder, what do they want to warn off keep pressing the horn? 

 

Comet?

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As my students and friends would say:

 

"NO WHY!!!"

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because it is China and until they go to another country to live that is the way it is done

and sometimes moving country's does not solve it

if you think about it to much you will just get a head ache

just file it under weird stuff

like we did with understanding womensurprise

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  No idea John.....I mean Huge...Hugh, erm, sorry, Mr Erection;

  The noisy thing, as you said yourself, is just them, energetic and lively, almost childlike in their enthusiasm for life, and I don't mean that as an insult.

  Honking horns unnecessarily; no idea, but China's roads are relatively new to cars and motorbikes really. In fact you and me have probably been driving longer than 95% of the population, so having a car holds more status than it does in the west. I guess people want to advertise that they've got one. Boys with their toys.

  Eating loudly is an expression of enjoyment of a meal in China, and this is one thing that us westerners always have a hard time with. It's one area of Chinese behaviour that I always find somewhat contradictory also, as people make more noise than a horse eating toffee, with mouths wide open and food on display, then cover their mouths to use a toothpick so as not to offend anyone. Very odd.

  The bad driving thing I think is because, as was said earlier, Chinese roads are still relatively new to so many motor vehicles. I think what you have on the roads in China is millions and millions of people, driving cars as they would otherwise ride a bicycle. Traffic law enforcement hasn't caught up with the reality that the roads are NOT jam packed with bicycles anymore.

  The cheating thing and reputation for being untrustworthy in business is just a natural result of competition within the world of finance. In the west we have reached a more comfortable position economically, and as such are able to conduct ourselves more ethically in business, then congratulate ourselves on being so 'civilized', but it's just a natural result of financial pressures, not some inherent part of their nature.

  Can't think of any more right now and Louis's crying. Truth be told i've been visiting this site for about three weeks now and i'm getting kind of bored of talking about China and the Chinese. Especially tired of hearing the same old petty insults and casual bigotries regurgitated as I seem to hear so often on this site.

  Anyway I fell off the wagon last night. Proper thud too, so Saturday night's still on, but beer included for yours truly. Speak soon.

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Why are they so obsessed with opening the umbrella and placing it on the floor in the classroom or office so "it can dry".? To state the painfully obvious, the umbrella is designed to get wet. Honestly, has anyone ever had a problem with the dreaded "Umbrella mold"?

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So where does the "spitting tradition" come from?  And don't tell me it's because they need. We ALL have spat a couple of times in our life, but making it a habit that EVEN on a restaurant floor they would do it, I never saw apart from here.

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Why jesus is jesus?......and why MJ is the greatest ball player?.......and there is too many why's and your question is one of them

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Well, as I've read before the Chinese simply think that their way of doing certain things is the best.

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I heard that a Chinese emperor told the Chinese people to spit more because it isn't healthy to swallow your own polluted mucus. As far as loudly hawking before spitting, Canadian farm boys will also do that but they will usually let fly into bushes or beyond trees I dislike hearing it and seeing it in China because usually it is the elderly man and older woman that does it on the street or on the sidewalk or even on the lobby floor of my building.

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