Things China is Accustomed to that shock and arouse curiosity in foreigners

Things China is Accustomed to that shock and arouse curiosity in foreigners

Culture and tradition are sacred to most Chinese. Many foreigners are even frightened by certain customs of the Celestial people, such as children on leashes or the possibility to get a tattoo right on the busy street. Let’s find out what shocks and at the same time attracts foreigners in the life of the Chinese.

What looks unusual for a foreigner in China

  • The absence of conventional toilets is explained by the fact that squatting over a bowl of Genoa is beneficial. This way the intestines work naturally without disturbance;
  • instant noodles in China are highly “modernized” . If you buy products designed for the local market, the tourist will be surprised by the manufacturer’s approach. Inside there will be not only noodles and seasoning packets, there are also sticks, eggs, mushrooms, real meat, seaweed and of course several components with dishes to heat the dish ;

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What looks unusual for a foreigner in China

  • Parents often put a special leash on their baby, so they are sure that the child is near and did not go anywhere. Children are often stolen in China, the number of thefts exceeds two hundred thousand per year;
  • In many apartments, used water from the shower or washing machine flows directly into the floor toilet. This technique is used practically all over the country;
  • Young people in local clubs often hold special colorful lanterns in their mouths. It is believed that this is a way to attract attention and prove one’s superiority.
  • Most of the trains have only seating, even if the trip lasts 2 or 3 days. Therefore, at night, all passengers sleep not only sitting, but also on the floor in the aisles;

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What looks unusual for a foreigner in China

  • Local builders never install windows on residential buildings. Apartment owners choose their own window shape and functionality, and before that they necessarily install bars;
  • right in the street you can meet tattoo artists, who for a small fee will apply your favorite pattern. Here can also do manicures, how safe it all is hard to say;
  • China has a unique nature, which amazes tourists. For example, Zhangjiajie Park resembles the mountains from the movie “Avatar”, it is hard to believe that this can be seen in reality;
  • China is a very densely populated country where modern construction is developing at a tremendous pace. That’s why modern buildings can be a few meters away from ramshackle shacks;

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What looks unusual for a foreigner in China

  • Chinese entrepreneurs are very creative, they are always ready to attract new customers and retain old partners, making discounts or investing in non-standard marketing;
  • Some subway stations are located at great depths. For example, in Chongqing, you have to ride the escalator for more than 150 seconds to get down to the train;
  • The Chinese often massage themselves, even while talking in public. It is not only pulling and kneading, sometimes locals rub different parts of the body or tap a variety of household objects;
  • Many houses, even multi-storey ones, do not have central heating. That is why in winter the temperature in some apartments does not exceed 10 degrees of heat. It is expensive to use electric heaters, and you have to wear warm clothes even at home. By the way, there is no heating in kindergartens and schools ;
  • In restaurants and many families it is customary to eat from common dishes. For this there is even a special table, where the central part with dishes rotates for the convenience of all present;
  • In some cities, locals are used to talking very loudly. It may seem that people on the street are arguing, in fact, it is just a meeting of two acquaintances ;
  • The Chinese often use the three sixes in their speech, which strike fear in Europeans. In fact, the locals don’t want to scare anyone, it’s just how they express their admiration by repeating “Cool!” three times;
  • In some cities, at night, ordinary roads are transformed into markets. During the day cars and bicycles ride along the road, and at night there are wholesale stalls with goods;
  • China can afford to build unusual buildings that are difficult to find in the West. Chinese businessmen often invest in unusual projects. A striking example is Guangzhou Yuan, a circular-shaped building 138 meters high;
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What looks unusual for a foreigner in China

  • local beggars are very advanced internet users, they are ready to accept donations with the help of QR codes and some of them even have special terminals for payment by cards;
  • Chinese people adore panda; its image can be found on many objects and sometimes it is even depicted on the fields and mountains. The panda is a national treasure of China, because this animal lives only in one country;
  • Chinese people often sleep at work, of course, it is not allowed everywhere. But according to local employers, after a short nap an employee becomes more productive;
  • The Great Wall of China is not perfect; much of it has been destroyed by time. This unique structure seems to be maintained by the state, but even the Chinese government cannot rebuild the entire wall;

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What looks unusual for a foreigner in China

  • Monosodium glutamate is used almost everywhere in China, like sugar or salt. There is not a single dish where this spice is missing;
  • There are a lot of Chinese people, so any event is accompanied by a huge number of people. For example, entrance exams to educational institutions are held at special sites, where thousands or tens of thousands of applicants gather;
  • Restaurants and cafes still cook right in front of their customers. “Hot pot” or “hot pot” is quite interesting for tourists, because the cooking process is unique;
  • Chinese people can go out for a walk or to the market in their regular pajamas. This is quite common and no one around will even pay attention to the strange attire;
  • All windows in apartment buildings, regardless of floor level, are equipped with bars. The Chinese are not afraid of thieves, they are worried about their children, who are often left without proper supervision and can fall out;
  • In many medium- and small-sized cities, no one observes the rules of the road. Even very busy stretches of road don’t stop pedestrians from crossing.

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30 Things Familiar to China that Shock and Curiosity

China shares borders with 14 countries but locals have managed to retain their culture and traditions which can come as a shock to unprepared tourists. The lack of toilets, leashed children, and the unique opportunity to get a tattoo and manicure on the street.

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1. The Chinese prefer floor toilets.

It is believed that if you empty your bowels sitting down, you can damage the digestive process. Therefore, it is better to do it on a squatting position.

2. Water from the shower and washing machine runs down the floor into the same toilet. There are no baths in apartments, only showers. And it is located directly above the floor

Regardless of the floor, the windows and balconies are barred. The Chinese do not put bars to protect against thieves, but to prevent children from falling out of the windows.

4. New houses here are built without glazing. When an apartment is bought, the owners put the windows in themselves. Quite often there are empty openings and refurbished windows.

5. Don’t believe that there are a lot of Chinese? Then look at what an art school entrance exam looks like.

6. Nature in China is amazing. This is Zhangjiajie National Park, also called the Avatar Mountains. Indeed, it’s hard to believe that this is planet Earth.

7. Most of the Great Wall of China looks different from the pictures in the guidebooks.

8. In China they call the panda a national treasure because these cute animals live only on the territory of China.

There is even a farm in this country, the area of which from a height looks like a panda.

9. Old China is tightly adjacent to the new China

10. Chinese entrepreneurs are willing to do anything to draw attention to their goods. This is what a typical flyer distribution looks like

11. There is fantastic architecture here, which most Westerners would never dream of. This is Guangzhou Yuan, the tallest round building in the world.

12. some subway stations are very deep. For example, in Chongqing, it takes about 2.5 minutes to travel 1 way by escalator

13. The Chinese love to do self-massage.

Even talking to each other, they will not waste time and will pat and tap themselves. Often go for a very strange devices.

14. In many houses there is no central heating. In the winter the apartments are 10-12 ° C. Locals often keep their outerwear on at home and sometimes use heaters

“The temperature in our apartment in Nanchang, January.”

15. There is no heating even in children’s educational institutions

“At the school where I work, children and colleagues wear jackets and it is considered completely normal. Sometimes I even teach lessons wearing a hat and mittens because the temperature in the classrooms is 16°C.”

16. The Chinese have modernized instant noodles and made them even more convenient

“Decided to buy local noodles. The kit had noodles, broth with mushrooms, onions, meat, seaweed, an egg, water, a powder that causes a chemical reaction and heats the water to 90 °C, and appliances! “Doshirak” nervously smiles on the sidelines.

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17. You may not be understood if the restaurant you order yourself a separate dish. All food should be on the top, rotating part of the table, which everyone can rotate in the desired direction.

18. The highest degree of approval is if they write “666” in your message. “Six, six, six” is pronounced like 溜溜溜 – “liu, liu, liu.” And these 3 characters mean “Cool, cool, cool!”

19. In local clubs, girls and boys hold flashlights in their mouths. They do it for beauty and to draw attention to themselves.

20. Night markets are common in the country. During the day it is a simple street with cars and pedestrians, but at night it turns into a bazaar

21. Tattoos, permanent makeup, and manicures can be done right on the street

22. Many beggars accept donations through the local payment system WeChat. This is Mr. Chen. He lives around the night market in Yiwu City

23. It is perfectly normal for the Chinese to fall asleep in the middle of the working day. It is believed to increase productivity

24. The dialects of some of the locals sound frighteningly loud. It seems like people are swearing, but really they are just communicating and don’t think they are disturbing others

25. The flavor enhancer monosodium glutamate is popular as a condiment here. No dish is prepared without it. In the stores it is usually found next to sugar and salt.

26. The traditional dish is hotpot (“hot pot”). In the center of the table on the stove are pots in which meat, seafood, mushrooms, vegetables, and noodles are cooked at the same time

27. For any train, even one that runs for 2 days, you can buy a ticket in a seated carriage or a ticket without a seat. Often passengers lie on the floor in the vestibule or in the aisle

28. You can walk around the city at least in your pajamas and not catch a single squint.

29. Formally, there are traffic rules, but no one observes them. School kids, moms with kids, and old ladies all walk briskly across a four- or six-lane road.

30. On the streets you can often see parents holding a leash with a child on the end

This is necessary for safety. Every year about 200,000 children in the country become victims of kidnapping.

How do you feel about China? Ever been there? This country is the 3rd largest country in the world, so your experience may be different than the one described in the article. But it’s all the more interesting for us to learn about it.

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