Why live in China?
It is better to move here when you are young and can adapt to the changes fast. China now is a permanent or a temporary home for more than 1,4 billion people, but surprisingly, sometimes you can feel utterly alone. Living here you will learn to appreciate the precious things in life, like family and friends. In addition to this, you will also become more outgoing and able to start conversations with strangers easily. After living in China for a short while building relationships will become something that comes natural to you.
China is completely different from anything you have encountered so far. The rich and old culture China has to offer is unique and makes people fall in love with it at first sight. Aside from the culture, the language and writing are completely different. There is no Chinese alphabet, only characters, and verbal language is phonetic and beautiful as music.
China is also a very technologically developed country. Most people her are glued to their mobile phones, iPads, iwatches, segways and other electronics.
Come to China and be amazed how different yet similar we are from one another!
A magnificent history
Ancient China is one of the longest and oldest civilizations in the world. The history of China can be traced back over 5,000 years. Throughout history, China was not ruled by traditional kings and queens, but instead, it was ruled by powerful and influential families, called dynasties. One of the first recorded dynasties to rule China was the Shang while the last was the Qing.
China is the longest lasting empire in history. The beginning started with the Qin dynasty along with the first Emperor Qin. They united all of China in 221 BC under one rule. Since then for more than 2000 years Emperors ruled China until 1912.
The yummiest and cheapest street food
Today, most people are leery of street food. Most often the street food in not that good. But this is entirely different in China. Here you can get a super-tasty meal for only 50 cents or even less: just stroll from stand to stand and choose whatever you want to eat.
Here are some of the best and most popular street foods you should not miss:
- Xiao Long Bao (Soup Dumplings),
- Jiao Zi (Chinese dumplings),
- Jian Bing (Egg Pancake, most popular Chinese breakfast),
- Mala Tang (Meat or veggie skewers dipped in spicy broth),
- La Tiao Zi (Uygur Spicy Pulled Noodles),
- Shansi Leng Mian (Eel Noodles),
- Chong You Bing (Scallion Pancakes),
- You Dunzy (Radish Fritters),
- Cong You Ban Mian (Scallion Oil Noodles),
- Gui Hual Lian’ou (Lotus Root with Osmanthus Blossom Syrup),
- Dou Hua (Soft Tofu),
- Zongzi (Traditional food for Dragon Boat Festival),
- Chou Doufu (“Stinky Tofu” - Fermented Tofu with strong smell).
Abundant cross-cultural connections
If you travel to China, you will see the mixture between western culture and Chinese culture. As China has opened its borders to foreign people, Chinese people also have started traveling all over the world picking up the culture and bringing it home. It is not uncommon to see children on the street with cowboy hats and toy knight swords.
Of course, you will find international restaurants like McDonald’s, Burger King, and KFC. But you can also try the alternatives like:
One of the funniest things about China are the English-language signs, which are often confusing. This is what happens when you mix English and Chinese. You can’t use the Chinese grammar structure in English. Translating Chinese into English directly gives you sentences like “I with my friend together we eat” and “I very like play football”. And even though the Chinese government is trying to eliminate Chinglish, there are still a lot of signs that will make you laugh and laugh and laugh.
Here are some classic examples of Chinglish gathered all over China:
Beautiful rural villages and towns
And if you leave the big cities and visit the rural area you will feel like you have traveled in time. You will observe a simple life, with children playing barefoot in the fields, with farmers who plant rice in steeple terraces with their oxen, and full of elderly with missing teeth and leathery skin. There are so many beautiful villages in China you should visit, especially the ancient water villages and towns.
Come live in China and you will experience the perfect combination of large cities and rural villages, the chaos and the harmony, the rich culture, the welcoming people and the amazing food. Meet new people and talk to strangers.
Last, but not least, living here will be completely different to what are used to - you will definitely create good memories and stories that you will tell your grandchildren.
Photo credit: Andreas Wecker
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