Tuesday, January 28, 2020

20 Common Things in China That Will Leave You Burning With Curiosity After the First Shock

China has borders with 14 countries, but the locals have managed to preserve their own culture and traditions that can be a real shock to an unsuspecting tourist. Well, the absence of toilet bowls, children walking on the leashes, and the unique opportunity to get a tattoo or a manicure right on the street can surprise anyone.

We are 100% sure that our compilation of photos from China won’t leave anyone indifferent.

1. Some subway stations are very deep. For example, it takes about 2.5 minutes to go down to the station in Chongqing.

2. You will often see how parents hold a leash, with their child at the end of it, on the streets.

This is a safety precaution. About 200,000 children are kidnapped in China every year.

3. You can get a tattoo, permanent makeup, and a manicure right on the street.

4. Boys and girls at the local clubs put flashlights in their mouths. They do it to look pretty and attract attention.

5. The taste enhancer monosodium glutamate (MSG) is used as a seasoning there. Not a single dish is prepared without it. You can usually find it at the store right next to the sugar and salt.

6. This is a traditional dish called hotpot. In the center of the table, there’s a stove with pots in which meat, seafood, mushrooms, vegetables, and noodles are cooked at the same time.

7. Water from the shower and the washing machine flows down the floor and into the squatting toilet. There are no bathtubs in the apartments, only showers. And there are no shower cabins, the shower is just located right on the wall of the bathroom.

8. Old China is really close to modern China.

9. Pandas are considered a national treasure because these cute animals are exclusive to China.

There’s a solar farm in China shaped like a panda.

10. Most of the Great Wall of China doesn’t look like the pictures from the guidebooks.

11. New houses are built without glass windows. When an apartment gets sold, the new owners install the windows themselves. So empty window openings can be located right next to redecorated ones.

12. You can come across some amazing buildings in China which most westerners have never seen. This is Guangzhou Yuan, the highest round building in the world.

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

14. It’s completely normal to take a nap during a workday. Chinese people believe that it boosts productivity.

15. Some locals have frighteningly loud dialects. It seems like people are having a fight but, in reality, they’re just talking and they don’t think that their behavior is disturbing to others.

16. People may not understand you if you order a separate dish just for yourself at a restaurant. All dishes have to be placed on the moving part of the table so that every guest can move it in the required direction.

17. Chinese people prefer squat toilets.

There’s a common opinion that if you empty your bowel sitting, it can harm the digestive process. So it’s better to do it in a squatting position.

18. You can buy a ticket without a seat on every train, even if it takes a couple of days to get to the final destination. So passengers often just lie on the floor in the aisle.

19. There are official traffic rules there, but no one follows them. Students, moms with children, and old ladies — all just run across 4-6 lane roads.

20. Are you someone who doesn’t believe that the Chinese population is huge? Just have a look at the entrance exam for an art school.

What do you think about China? Have you ever been there? China is the 3rd biggest country in the world, so your experience may be different from the one described in the article. And we’d love to read about it.