Kev Bugh, Been to Bejing, Shanghai, Hanzhou, Suzhou, Shenzhen, Macau, and Hong Kong.
Before coming to China, I used to see this country as backward, underdeveloped, and dirty. But when I first got to Shenzhen in 2011, I was really surprised. The CBD areas are relatively clean, the infrastructures are comparable to developed countries, and they got modern subway trains, which is still a luxury in some countries. There are some flaws that I noticed like safety problems, spitting habit, dangerous driving style, poor copyright, and some areas are still dirty, but these things can also be found in developing countries.
I went to China again in 2013 to Beijing. I had seen this city many times on tv, so I was really excited to visit the capital city of China. Again, China surprised me. Before coming to Beijing, I used to think the Chinese are lacking sense of art. We do have Chinese temples in my country, Indonesia, but most of them are not really that good in terms of quality and execution. When I first saw traditional buildings at Beijing, I realized how beautiful Chinese architecture is. They almost look like the ones in my country, but because the quality is so much better, I can now appreciate the wonder of Chinese architecture. Beijing is a cultural city, not just in terms of architecture and gardening, but also the lifestyle of the people. As an ethnic Chinese myself, I never thought Chinese culture could be this rich and beautiful. As I continued my journey to Hanzhou and Suzhou, I got more impressed with Chinese culture. The paintings and art works are amazing. I never thought there are so many talented artists in China, mainly because I saw a lot of fake Chinese stuffs with poor design.
Shanghai is genuinely a world class city. If it wasn’t for the dangerous drivers and food scandals, I wouldn’t mind learning Mandarin just to live there. I’ve been to many developed countries before and I can tell Shanghai gives a perception that you’re in a highly developed country. Despite being a modern financial city, the city has cultures too.
Chinese-made stuffs aren’t as bad as I thought either. I was riding a Chinese-made bullet train and it went very smoothly with no flaw. The elevators and escalators, which are Chinese-made, run perfectly. Chinese made roads in CBD areas are just as smooth as any developed nation. Some buildings have very high quality, especially the more expensive ones.
And then there’s the food. So rich in variety and lots of tasty ones. If you’re used to spicy food, China has plenty of them. Chinese beer and tea are pretty good too.
The Chinese people are unique and interesting. There’s always surprises and funny stuffs happening. I think humor is one of the reasons why I wanna go there again. Another thing to like about Chinese people is their careless attitude, which means you have more privacy, although I’m not sure you would if you look non-Chinese. I got a very Chinese face, so people think I’m just another local. I went on a tour with some white Americans and they received a lot of attention from the locals. Not all Chinese people are careless and selfish like what foreigners think. I met some friendly locals who are helpful.
Overall, I was wrong about China being tasteless, barbaric, and third world- like
We all know China is very big and has a huge population. There are villages as well as mega cities.. I got chance to visit China for 22 days. Although Beijing and Guanzhao doesn’t represent whole China where I got chance to visit. From development and infrastructure point of view China obviously is much developed than my country(Nepal). The day i landed in beijing i was surprised to see the huge international airport. While going to hotel on the way everything was so big and huge(building,roads). These only would not be the factor for making China good. As a visitors and travelling for short span of time no one can find the whole picture of the particular place. but there are some things that i would like to put during my visit in China which I think it is good.
1.Mentioned above already I was surprised to see huge airport, roads and building.
2.Three star hotel which we stayed was somehow cheap and breakfast served was good enough for foreigner.
3.I used to hear people were rude, not friendly, thug but i found it completely wrong( they may treat well for foreigner). One teenage girl walked us 5 minute to find railway station. One mid age person walked us 10 minute toward our hotel when we lost, locals helping to find the bus where we intend to visit.
4.means of transportation was fantastic, surprise to see metro train stopping every two minutes and bus drivers not letting us to pay the fare while travelling to some place.
5.roads,building were very clear and air was also fresh .
6.There were so many place to visit in beijing.
7.Taxis service was great in beijing but in guanzhao driver refuse to go on meter and ask heavy fare.
8.Finally travelling from beijing to guanzhao in a 300km/hr bullet train was the one that i could never forget.
These are my personal views and there could be other people facing bad experience. I had some friend studying in Chinese university,they had chance to visit some village of China. They mentioned that people were super friendly and treated them fantastic.
Farzan Safavi, former CEO and Founder at FoodLove (2015-2017)
They are many reasons foreigners move to China. Many for its rich exotic ancient culture, many for its eccentric diversity among the country. Hospitality, tremendous amount of opportunities and the list can continue. But I will share my fair share.
- Population - China is 1.357 Billion yet it manages to keep its stability among its citizens. That’s a pure work of Art. It feeds its people, it promotes education, it invests in its people’s future and I think the government here is doing a fantastic job of keeping the country together.
- Fastest growing economy - The country was illiterate, poor and backward compared to the rest of the world up until a few decades ago, but that changed and it's changing so fast. It’s simply fascinating.
- Moral values - China is a collective culture, where family values, community, and everyone matters. They work hard for ultimate one goal to make the country better for the future generation. I have never seen such people so passionate and devoted to their country in the 21st century. The Chinese traditional cultural values of harmony, benevolence, righteousness,courtesy, wisdom, honesty, and loyalty.
- Life experience - My everyday work is a life lesson, a challenge, a new experience and a new beginning. People appreciate my hard work here as a foreigner. They do not take my work for granted and they actually appreciate for what I do for them.
- Entertainment - China offers the unlimitted amount of entertainment, leisure and numerous different activities for having fun. The nightclubs here are giants stadiums with IMAX 3D screen, they have things like escape rooms, unbelievable theme parks, outdoor natural parks and much more.
- 娱乐——中国有着多到数不清的娱乐、休闲和很多不同的活动来找乐子。这里的夜总会是配有IMAX 3D屏幕的大型体育场，里面有逃生密室、很棒的主题公园、室外自然公园等等。
- Affordable high-quality life - If you’re professional expat, life in China can be rewarding. The economy is booming and they are a lot of opportunities available. There’s a high demand for educated professionals who are willing to step out of their comfort zone.
- People - Unconditional kindness, integration of the locals with foreigners, tolerance and acceptance and cheap travel within the country and Asia with high-speed train or affordable airfare are all many reasons why expats choose to live here.
If you’re serious about your career and would like to make an impact in the world. I believe China is a great destination. I am learning so many new things here, basically, you have the freedom in China to innovate, be articulate and design new ways of doing things.
I love China 我爱中国
I love China 我爱中国
Mark Fudemberg, Macduffie International School (2016-present)
After teaching in America for 25 years, I wanted to challenge myself, now have taught in China for 6 years. I just signed a 2 year contract.
Why I like China:
exccellent transportation with high speed trains, subways and buses. All are inexpensive, safe, and reliable.
I have had world class medical and dental care for a fraction of the cost of care in the US.
Acrross the street from my apartment is a mall with coffee shops, bakeries for bagels and croissants, a teaching hospital, and shopping with a Uniglo, H&M, and Muji with plenty of smaller shops. Two bus stops away is a movie theatre, Carrefor, coffee shops and plenty of food options. In short, convenient.
Ease of travel within China and SE Asia.
I like living in a country with a 5000 year history.
If I want Western food, there are several choices with my favorites a Cajun/ Creole, Vietnamesse, Indian. There are several Western markets close, and bigger Chinese markets have Western sections.
I have lived in Laos and Thailand, and there are inconveniences, but all the above more than makes up for waiting a 1/2 hour to do banking, for example.