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Recommended Expat Blogs: China

Recommended Expat Blogs: China

In our InterNations Recommended Blog section we let you take the spotlight! Expat life in general is, of course, a perfect breeding ground for great, user-generated reads, and life in China makes no exception. Take your time and browse the great blogs showcased in this article!

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:

Raquel: Know Thyself

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.

Gabriel: The Capital in the North

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.

Maria: Still Times

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.

Shlomo: Start Up Noodle

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).

Sara: Living a Dream in China

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.

Maggie: Many the Miles

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.

Prachi: The View From The Great Wall

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.

Bennett: The Further Adventures of Bennett

I was under-prepared to be honest, however, I was lucky that everything worked out really, really well. I don’t think it hindered me though, as I went with no expectations at all and they exceeded anything that I could ever have dreamed about anyway. It left me with a completely open mind before I arrived, which I think was the best thing ever.

Gaetan: Travel Cathay

I did experience culture shock on my first trip to China twelve years ago. The language barrier was difficult and frustrating. It is now a culture shock for me when I go back to Switzerland, where everything is neat and in order, while China still appears very chaotic to me in some ways.

Fabrizio: Borrowed Culture

The great thing with China is that the feeling of culture shock comes and goes in waves. I arrived in the country on my own, without a job, and for the first week I thought I might have made a huge mistake. The biggest shock for me was actually the constant noise that surrounds you on the streets. I felt like everywhere I went, there was nothing but chaotic sound, and not knowing how to get away from it really bothered me for the first month.

Rachel: Woshoudebuhao

There are so many [anecdotes and funny experiences] and you probably wouldn’t believe most of the ones I could tell you. I get a kick out of the local farmers who live near our village in an endearing kind of way. I run on the rural roads a few times a week and I always get funny looks, odd smiles, laughter, and sometimes even claps from the folks walking to their fields. Running for fun or exercise just isn’t something that’s done by locals around here.

Ruth: China Elevator Stories

Living in China can bring about many different feelings. You’ll feel happy, excited and alive; angry, tearful or annoyed; but there’s usually one thing you won’t be: Bored. 

Aga: Go Foreign 

Before coming to China I was preparing myself for half a year. I read a lot about Chinese culture and cuisine. That’s why I haven’t experienced much of cultural shock. For most of those things I was already prepared.

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