10 ‘Misc’ Surprises for an Englishman in China

1. At the theatre or a concert you might find that you are the only one applauding. Everyone else has rushed out the door before the final curtain call. And while we’re about it, no-one watches the credits at the end of a movie. In fact it’s usually stopped before the last credit because everyone has gone home.

 

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2. Thinking of mailing something to/from China using Air Mail? Don’t bother. The chances are it’ll never arrive, and if it does it’ll take at least 6 weeks. Courier mail works but allow 5 days – the same as bank transfers! To send ‘snail-mail’ to the UK try an electronic printing/mailing service. Email a pdf to it and it’ll be printed and delivered by 1st class mail. Quite reasonable price!

 

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3. Chinese dogs happily trot along the residential service roads unaccompanied and seem to be very relaxed and happy animals. I’ve yet to come across an ‘up-tight’ aggressive dog! Chinese love poodles!

 

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4. Almost everyone uses WeiXin/WeChat app for txt/images/videos. Sort of like WhatsApp, but better!

 

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5. Everyone goes for ‘a short walk’ in the evening (often accompanied by their dog) and you’ll find the parks FULL at night time. There also appear to be ‘dog meet-up locations’ where fellow owners can chat about their ‘pooches’ and the pooches can enjoy sniffing somewhere else!!! And you’ll also come across many groups doing Chinese square dancing in any open space around 8 p.m.

 

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6. Often big stores are open late in the evening. Not so many shops close at 5 or 6 p.m.

 

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 7. The Metro/Underground has airport style security at every station. Bag and body scanners are standard.

 

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8. In summer when it’s hot, quite a lot of men on the street roll their shirts up to expose their tummies. Not good!

 

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9. QR codes are EVERYWHERE, even stitched into the fabric on the backs of theatre seats.

 

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10. There are no local GPs in China. If you want medical attention you go to hospital. You don’t need to make an appointment, you just turn up and take your turn. A fully annual health check (something unheard of in the UK) will cost about £50. Very thorough.

 

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(Several images in this blog are not my own but came from Google searches)
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2 thoughts on “10 ‘Misc’ Surprises for an Englishman in China

  1. Alison Morgan says:

    Many thanks, Will. Your blogs are full of interesting an sometimes very surprising observations; I’m so glad you keep sending them. Also, many thanks for the regular additions to the Flickr photo series. I haven’t seen a way to respond to them but I always follow them – a fascinating insight into everyday life in modern urban China that we don’t often hear about. I wish you both much success with the creation of your new home!
    Love, (cousin) Alison

  2. bean481 says:

    Hi Alison, Nice to know that my missives are being read and that photos are being looked at! Having checked on Flickr, if you have one of their accounts (owned by Yahoo) and are signed in, if you call up a particular image and scroll down, there’s a space for comments and faves.

    How are you both? We’re hoping we’ll be flying back to the UK for 3 months around the middle of October, providing the house is finished. It should be done by the end of the month, so fingers crossed.

    Lots of love, Will

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