Living in China II

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Just when I think I’ve seen it all, another child craps in the street and a goat is slaughtered on the sidewalk for food. Who deserves the ‘Eat Fresh’ motto now, Subway?

To quote one of the English teachers here, Classic China. You just never know what to expect. And I’m learning just how true that is every day.

I wish I could say my Chinese is a lot better after promising myself several weeks ago I’d start studying the language. But it’s not, though I do know a few more things. I still plan to learn more.

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With every journey I take into the city, I learn just how big Wuhan is. It’s huge. I also learn how many random parks are scattered all around here, something I didn’t expect before flying to China. There are plenty of places to escape the city noises, and even more places for some awesome pictures. Before arriving, I pictured everything being concrete unless you left the city. Thankfully that isn’t true.

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Cultural differences are showing up more often now. People in China aren’t as direct as Americans and other Westerners. Americans like to get straight to the point and to get a straight-to-the-point answer. There’s no running around what needs to be said. In China, that’s sometimes different. There tends to be more words and points discussed instead of taking the most direct route. That’s definitely not the wrong way, it’s just a part of the Chinese culture. And it’s something any Westerner should be aware of so that they can better adapt when such a scenario arises.

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Many things in China may seem a lot more simpler compared to America and probably other Western countries. There are some scenes that seem so out of the year 2016. For example, transportation. When it comes to moving something from one place to another, such as products to a store for resale, Western countries tend to use massive semi trucks. Here, people will pile as much as they can on a scooter. What seems so out of place are the large number of wagons people pull around.

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They transport needed items the simpler away, and definitely the most exhausting way. You have to admire them, especially when you see a tiny woman pulling a wagon ten times her size and weighed down with who-knows-what.

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I’m currently planning a trip to Zhangjiajie, which many may refer to as the Avatar or Pandora mountains in China. These real-life mountains inspired the award-winning film’s floating mountains.

Stay tuned!

Take a look at some China Street Photography here!

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