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Recommended Expat Blogs: China
Everybody who has spent time in a different country knows that expat life is not quite like anything else in the world. The confusion of the first few days and weeks, the slow, but steady process of acclimation, the little peculiarities and quirks that might strike you about your new surroundings: almost any situation you encounter can make for a great story. If you are so inclined and want to blog about it, of course!
Our InterNations recommended blog section features talented expat bloggers from around the world. Their offerings to the blogosphere have been selected for their great entries and high quality, whether they may be funny, informative, interesting, deeply personal or a combination of all of the above.
Let’s hear from our featured bloggers in China:
I traveled a lot as a kid-all over the States and Mexico-so being in a completely different environment wasn’t too foreign, no pun intended, to me. Some of their characteristics and habits were a little different, but I realize it’s like that everywhere you go. The things that surprised me were; paying for bags at markets and convenient stores, it’s accepted to cut in front of people in line to pay, and how everyone stares at me out of curiosity.
Don’t spend your whole time with other expats. If you make friends with expats, you will find they come and go from China. If you make friends with Chinese people, they are far more likely to stay put, and it will give you more insight into the country. They are also more useful in emergencies.
Oh, I think a book can be written about the culture shock alone. A westerner in a strange and foreign country where the language is not understood and quite complex to learn. China is a country that struggles (in my opinion) to keep up with the new but has a hard time letting go of the old.
Fortunately I didn't experience culture shock, I actually expected the culture change, I liked it! I liked and still like to discover new things about China on general and small things around where I live (sometimes, it's just understanding a new street sign).
Life in China is different in many ways compared to my old life in Finland. My culture shock was quite mild, perhaps because I already knew Chinese people in Finland and had always enjoyed reading about Chinese culture, history and language.
Everything differs here than from my hometown. I am from Wisconsin which is full of country roads, hiking, and lush greens. Here in Daxing it's much different and initially I went through some intense culture shock. Not as much green, and the use of public transportation was key.
I think everyone goes through some amount of culture shock when they move to another country. Luckily I didn’t really have any issues getting used to China so much because I had already spent a year as a kid studying here. That base for learning Mandarin and even living in China was made during that time and I’m thankful for it. There are so many ways India is different. The people, food, culture, language and mentality, basically everything.
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