Not so long time ago life took me to China and since I have a few days just to focus on myself, I decided to take a look in my Chinese diary. After certain issues with getting my visa it was the day of my long journey. If you´re going so far from home for the first time, you can´t prevent yourself from wondering. You have no expectations, maybe you are a little scared, maybe you don´t care at all. The only certain thing is that when the airport door opens you will be in a completely different world.
As for me it was fun from the very beginning. I really do enjoy exploring new places and by the time I registered with local police I knew it would be an awesome and rewarding experience. I prefer to observe an ordinary life of local people rather than visiting all of the top tourist attractions. Ordinary life seems to be quite insignificant to many people but speaking from my own experience it´s the only thing that really matters.
China is absolutely different from anything I´ve experienced so far. Food is different (surprisingly) and one has to forget about some things from home. Like pastry. Or cream and cheese. Or pickled cucumbers. In fact you can get any of those in specialized stores which provide imported groceries from all around the world, but you must be prepared to pay for it. On the other hand there´s so many dishes you should try while being in China that you won´t even have time to think about pastry. Like delicious jaozi, xiaolongbao or my favourite Chinese cabbage báicài. It´s not only the kind of food, but the way of dining as well. The Chinese prefer a round table which enables to share a variety of different meals and noisy eating is absolutely common.
There are many differences in manners, not only at the table. I was surprised that the Chinese spit, yawn, pick their noses and ears and burp almost everywhere. They cut their nails even on the subway and nail clipper is a common key case. Kids wear open-crotch pants with a hole on the bottom which allows them to pee and make a poo wherever they want. Don´t try to make faces and just remember you are in China.
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