Ever wondered what life is like in China?
Let me tell you.
Chinese people eat dog for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
They’re always rude, spit at your feet, and piss on the streets.
Oh, and they can’t speak English.
That’s likely the common trend people think and believe.
Is it true?
Well, yes and no.
Debunking Myths about Life in China
I spent a year traveling in China.
My journey started in Beijing then I took a train to Xi’an. After a month, I moved to Shenzhen and took another train to Shanghai.
Here’s what I learned about the taboo topics throughout my life in China:
The eating dog part is kinda true.
However, it’s not as common as you may think.
I never tried dog, but I did see dog meat for sale at a street market. Once.
From what I learned, it’s more common to find dog in Northern parts of China and it tastes nothing like chicken.
As for being rude, every new culture can appear rude and there are always bad apples no matter where you travel.
However, elderly Chinese people aren’t shy.
If you’re standing in line to get a train ticket, they’ll cut the line and throw a few elbows to ensure you get out of their way.
Spitting and pissing
Take a walk in any Chinese city and you’ll hear the infamous noise of a person clearing their throats. After a brief pause, you’ll then hear them spew out colorful green and yellow phlegm at your feet.
I’m not sure whether it’s the pollution, the cigarettes, the avian flu, or a combination of each. However, people in China are splitting all over the place.
This is a true story
In China, you’ll likely see adorable Chinese toddlers wearing a one-piece jumper. If you look closely (but not too closely) you’ll notice a little slit in their pants and their bum hanging out.
Instead of taking children to the bathroom, Chinese mums and dads will guide their toddlers to the curb or a grassy space to piss or poo.
When I was in Xi’an, I was sitting outside a cafe enjoying a coffee and doing my work. I watched as a woman and her child walked by. They stopped right in front of my table and the child took a shit.
Afterward, the mother took out a little bag, picked up her child’s poop, and threw it in the trash.
I was speechless.
The level of English in China is hit and miss.
Some people can speak incredible English while others (which is majority of the population) cannot.
But, what the hell do you expect. Do you think life in China is going to be catered to you and your language?
Can you speak Chinese?
Imagine how a Chinese citizen feels when they’re traveling the world.
Just wait until the day that China rules the world. We’ll all have to learn Chinese in the same way that the British commanded and conquered the world with their language.
The reality is, life in China is different. It has a unique culture that’s full of experiences that may shock you, disgust you, and delight you.
‘Real’ Life in China
Forget what you saw on CNN and ignore what your frieds and family may say.
Life in China is beautiful.
Even though the language might be impossible to learn, China has a rich culture, delicious food, and endless places that will make you want to come back again and again.
Tibet. Mongolia. Dali. Xi’an. Shanghai. Shenzhen. Beijing.
Those are just some of the many beautiful places China has to offer.
The only thing I wish for is an affiliate program that offered 10% to 20% of your visa fee. I feel like I deserve a commission for persuading you to start a life in China which will ultimately boost their economy.