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My first impression of China

I’ve been here for one month now and I’m still impressed about what Shanghai has to offer.

When I first landed, I immediately felt the impact the Chinese government has: No access to Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and even WhatsApp was difficult. Well, a little nightmare for me – little because I just reconsider myself as slightly addicted to social media.

Impressions overflowed my mind on the first day, the buildings are huge, I have never seen such huge buildings in my entire life and even my university looks like a big hotel with 30 floors.

What have I learned so far?

I learned quite a lot in this short time and figured out or found out a lot too:

  • The first word I learned in China was vinegar, because Chinese people like to eat their dumplings with a kind of vinegar sauce
  • Chinese people can’t wait: They never wait before you get out of a bus, the second the bus stops I feel like Chinese people have to get in the bus like it’s the Arche Noah
  • BUT: You have to stand in line for cabs. You cannot just grab any cab, you need to call one. We don’t have that in Germany, so it was surprising to me.
  • Even if Chinese people don’t know anything, they try to help you if you ask them. I think it’s nice but my friend and I had spent quite a lot of time to find the right directions and sometimes they obviously told us wrong directions and we believed them anyway haha.
  • Chinese people spit everywhere. And by everywhere I mean EVERYWHERE. With a big sound. Bah.
  • You need your passport for EVERYTHING. Even if you just want to change money.
  • I am used to follow the rules, but Chinese people don’t. What I mean is, that one person says one thing and the other tells you something totally different. For example I went to the bank just to change money. I asked the worker twice if I would need a passport and he told me no, but at the counter they needed my passport! Or: when I went to Nanjing, we tried to check in, to get into the train – we were 6 people, one of us could pass the check in, but the other 5 couldn’t pass the gate… It is so weird here! Everyone is doing their job or telling you things however they feel like it…
  • Chinese people can be rude. The image, Asian people have by always being nice and smile is not true. The difference is just that if they don’t like something, their attitude change and you can see that on how they act, but they never say it directly. This is very unprofessional in my opinion, when you work in a customer service.
  • Therefore: I feel like you have to be rude to achieve things faster here! I mean, I had to go to the bank four times until I got ONE thing done! And every time I had to pull a number and wait for three hours!

This is just a short update about my life in Shanghai – follow me on Instagram to see what’s up daily!

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