experiences in china

have you traveled to or lived in china? share your experiences

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hong kong, china - anonymous' reflections after years there in their teens

posted by anonymous on 10/18/13.

How much time did you spend in Hong Kong?

I'm German-American, and I lived in Hong Kong for 8 years, and my family still lives there. I currently study abroad in the Netherlands, but Hong Kong is home to me. I'm a Permanent Resident of Hong Kong, which essentially just means I'm officially a citizen og Hong Kong, and can travel in and out and work there without needing to worry about visas and such, which is really nice to have!

How old you are/were while in Hong Kong?

I moved to Hong Kong with my family when I was 13, and I'm now 22. I went through secondary education there at an International school.

What brought you to Hong Kong? Where were you before?

I came to Hong Kong after having lived in upstate New York for 3 years. Before that I had lived in Beijing for 3 years and Wisconsin for 7 years. My family moved to Hong Kong because my Mother is a professor of linguistics and Chinese literature and film, and she got a job teaching at a university in Hong Kong.

Describe your impressions and thoughts about Hong Kong.

Hong Kong is a really busy and fast-paced place. It's densely packed outside of the New Territories, and even those are more densely inhabited than...

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hong kong, china - anonymous' reflections after years there in their 20s

posted by anonymous on 10/18/13.

I've been living in Hong Kong for over five years now. I had first visited Hong Kong when I was 24, and moved out when I was 25.

Previously I was living in Minnesota in the Minneapolis area. I was working at a board game company managing their production and arranging orders with various factories. Because we were starting to do orders with larger clients, we wanted to make sure there would be no safety and work compliance issues with the factory, I was sent out to do an inspection. I spent about a week and a half in the upper Guangdong area, and then spent about half a week in Hong Kong. Through a friend of a friend, I was able to meet up and hang out with a lot of non-work related people, and became good friends with a few of them. After that, I came back to the US and went through a breakup with my now ex-gf. Keeping in contact with the people over in Hong Kong, me and another girl whom I had met on my trip became very close, and eventually started long-distance dating. She flew over a few times to the US to spend some time with me, including Christmas to meet my family. She flew over again in February, and proposed to her. We weren't exactly sure how the marriage would work...

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shanghai, china - anonymous' reflections after years there in their 20s

posted by anonymous on 10/26/13.

How much time have you spent in China?

I came over to Shanghai for a month back in 2009 to visit a friend. I liked it (and her) so much that about 12 months later I moved here. I've been here a little over 3 years now.

How old were you when you came to China? Where were you before?

I was 27 when I moved here, and I just turned 30. I had lived my entire life in my home country (the UK) up until then.

What brought you to China? What made you choose China over any other place you could've gone?

It was a combination of 2 things really - firstly I had become pretty disillusioned with my life in the UK - I had a good job and decent salary but was still living from paycheque to paycheque, and over the last 10 years or so I didn't really like the direction that the country had been going in. I'd still say I'm proud to be an English person, but I wouldn't particularly want to live in England. Basically, I wanted as much of a change as possible in terms of pace of life, culture, language, everything - and China certainly delivered that. Also, I had become romantically interested in a friend who had moved here and wanted to pursue that - so I would say that she is probably the...

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shanghai, china - anonymous' reflections after years there in their 40s

posted by anonymous on 10/19/13.

What brought you to China? Where were you before?

I had visited my buddy here once before. We did the full tourism tour with his family - Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terra Cotta Warriors, then, Shanghai.

Describe your impressions of China in general.

It's different. It’s not as developed (generally) as the West but has a vast history that puts mine (US) to shame. The culture is amazing and ingrained in a lot of daily activities.

Shanghai is the most dynamic city I’ve ever seen. Friends who have moved away for a year or two don’t recognize their neighborhoods when they come back. The growth of new buildings is amazing.

Shanghai & Beijing (& HK) have an ongoing rivalry for the ‘best city’ in China. Beijing people think Shanghai people are greedy. Shanghai people think Beijing people think they are entitled and pompous. I can’t speak to Beijing but Shanghai is truly an international city. I don’t know of anything you can’t buy here. They have a pizza restaurant here that is better than any pizza I’ve had in the States (and I got a slice before in New York and have eaten at Chicago’s original deep dish restaurant). They are open-minded, and forward thinking. They strive to...

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china - anonymous' reflections after years there in their 20s

posted by anonymous on 09/25/13.

I've been here for 2 years and a month. I've lived in Beijing and I currently live in Shanghai, big cities are my thing.

I moved here from northern California after I grew bored and unhappy with my current job in telecom and my life in a medium-sized town. I wanted more adventure. I was offered a promotion and that was my trigger to leave; I didn't want to stay there forever. Fuck that. I turned it down, put in my two weeks notice and started scouring online sites and stuff for information about teaching ESL in China because I knew it would be easy, fun and an adventure. I was able to convince my girlfriend of the benefits and ease of China and she agreed to come with me. Within 2 weeks and 3 days of giving my notice at work I was walking off of the airplane in hot, sweaty Beijing. It was awesome.

The people in China have been vastly different than expected, and in more ways than one. For starters the whole "collectivist" culture I read about in college and high school; this idea that everyone is working together to do things... well that doesn't exist one bit. That's a huge myth. On the contrary it seems like people are very self-concerned, more so than at home and this is...

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china - anonymous' reflections after years there in their 20s

posted by anonymous on 10/17/13.

How much time have you spent in China?

I've spent in China a little around 4 years.

Which best describes how old you are/were while in China?

I came to china at the age of 22, I am currently 26.

What brought you to China?

I have lived before in Seoul, South Korea. I am not going to lie, but most important factor is Chinese girls which I view quite attractive comparing to white counterparts.

Describe the city you live in in China and your impressions of it.

City of Zhengzhou is main transportation hub of China, a place where foxconn has a factory which assembles iphone 5's and iphone 5S and 5C. I would describe Zhengzhou far from the clean city , pollution here is in the high levels, and soon or later when my real estate will be completed, I'll resell it and move somewhere else. If you want night life, you can easily find it here.

How does the city you live in compare to other cities in China?

I have lived previously in Shenzhen for 2 years which borders Hong Kong, and I think Shenzhen has been the most modern,cleanest with the best air quality city I have stayed in so far. Girls are a lot more more in Shenzhen as well, and it's being know for the richest city...

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china - anonymous' thoughts after months there in their 20s

posted by anonymous on 10/16/13.

What brought you to China? Where were you before?

I was living in the states. I moved when I was still in school and living with my parents, so it was them that decided the move was necessary for me to learn more about my Chinese heritage.

I definitely experienced a bit of a culture shock. It's quite the change moving from suburban America to Beijing. My first impression was that it was very dirty and chaotic, but after growing accustomed to it, I would say that one of the biggest differences is between the static nature of the west, and the rapid development of Beijing. When I return to the States after a period of time, everything feels the same, but if you're away for a week in Beijing, when you return there's something different.

What are the the people of China like?

The people of China are often perceived as rude to Westerners, but I argue that they aren't exactly 'rude', but just are used to a different culture. Sure some behavioral customs get on my nerves at time, but it's just the way that it is. It's not considered rude to push your way through a line instead of waiting patiently, it's just the way things are done. Chinese people can be extremely kind in...

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china - anonymous' reflections after years there in their 20s

posted by anonymous on 10/30/13.

How much time have you spent in China? How old were you when you came to China? Where were you before?

I came to China about a year and a half ago at 25 from Thailand where I was teaching. I'd decided I liked teaching, but wanted to see somewhere new (A year in Thailand is more than enough time to see the sights).

What brought you to China? What made you choose China over any other place you could've gone?

I chose China because it was where the best looking job was, it wasn't necessarily the place I was most interested in, but the money was right.

Describe the city you live in in China and your impressions of it.

I currently live in Hangzhou, a provincial capital (and once the capital of China) It's a massive tourist destination within China, with people coming from all over to see. For me it's just about the perfect sized city to live in. No so small that I know every expat by name, not too big either. It's about a half hour train ride to Shanghai, so whatever I can't find here, I can easily make a weekend trip for.

What are Chinese people like? In what ways are they different than people in other places you've lived?

One of the hardest things to get used to...

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