Life in China

Life in China

Ever wondered what life is like in China? Let me tell you.

They eat dog for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, they’re rude, and they can’t speak English.

That’s likely the common trend people think and believe. Is it true? Yes and no.


The eating dog part. It happens but it’s not as popular as you may think. In fact, I’ve been in China for a total of 7+ months and I’ve only ever seen dog meat for sale at a street market once.

It’s honestly not as popular as you may believe.


As for being rude. Go to any big city and you’ll slowly feel like your existence doesn’t matter. However, this bit does have some truth to it.

For example, elderly Chinese people are more than willing to throw a few elbows to cut to the front of the line. Quite a few Chinese people are always clearing their throats and spitting their colorful phlegm at your feet.

The reality is, China is a different culture, a full suite of different cultures.

Whether you’re in Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an or Kunming, you’ll find an array of different people, foods, and beliefs. But, that’s too big of a topic to get into today.

No English

The level of English is hit and miss. Some people can speak incredible English, others (most) can’t.

But, who are we to judge the performance of a people learning a challenging language?

How many of you speak Chinese?

One day, when China rules the world, we’ll all have to learn it in the same way that the English commanded and conquered their colonies which forced people to understand and practice their strange mouth sounds.

Real Life in China

Life in China is truly quite unique.

Even though I have never dedicate any time to learning the language, I have had a rich enough experience to want to come back to this country again and again.

There’s just so much to explore.

Tibet. Mongolia. Dali. Xi’an. Shanghai. Shenzhen. Beijing. And more.

I’ll share more about my daily life in this country in the coming days. In the meantime, if you have any specific questions, scroll down until you find “Connect” and fill out the fields to ask it.

My question for you is: do you dare to come to China?

Jef van de Graaf
Canadian Copywriter & World Traveler
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