the Chinese cultural shock
off, I would like to apologize to any Mainland Chinese that
may be reading this page. I am one of many foreigners who
have lived in China for many years and have come to love
China. However, China does have it's bad side and the
culture shock that a new comer to China
will encounter can be quite major and shocking. I will elaborate
of these bad
cultural habits and how a foreigner to China may feel on
first arriving in China. Hopefully, this article will ease
some of your initial culture shock if you
happen to be reading this article before you first arrive
to work or live in China.
I am confident that China is improving all the time. I am
sure, over time, many of such bad behavior will disappear
and a new cultured China will appear. For someone who will
landing to work or live long term in China, do get a copy
of this China
eBook. It will help you tremendously in easing
your way into the Chinese way of life. For others, read on...
crowds and rude, boorish behavior in the streets
first arrival to China,
the human wave will probably shock you. Everywhere you go;
airport, public malls, tourist sites, restaurants, railway
stations, bus stations;
you will see nothing but waves and waves of people. China
can be so crowded that you hardly have private space of your
own once you are out of your hotel room or house.
people tend to push. And stare. And spit. And talk loudly.
does have an extremely large population. Unfortunately, due
to many years of civil strife, a good proportion of people
did not have a good education. Many old Chinese habits such
as spitting and talking loudly continue to be part of their
way of life and while rude and unbecoming to a foreigner,
is part and parcel of the Chinese people.
it is good to know that the young population is getting more
and more polite and considerate by the year.
Chinese Public servants
major frustration about living or working in China is the
indifferent attitude shown by public
servants such as bank
police officers, civil servants, immigration officers etc.
Many continue to adopt the attitude from the iron bowl communist
era and show a indifferent or superior attitude when attending
to members of the public. This behaviour is most obvious
in the smaller towns and cities.
on which part of China that you are at, you may get workers
with very poor working attitude. Work is filled with long
tea breaks, chatting sessions, poor sense of work quality,
indifferent response to instructions etc. This is very likely
as you get away further from the Chinese coastal cities.
there is always exception to the rule but from what is a
general consensus from businessmen, chances are, work
attitude gets poorer the further you get from the
having said that, you are also likely to get loyal, faithful,
hardworking and intelligent workers. This is very likely
in the bigger coastal Chinese cities, where tough job competition
and continual education has resulted in workers' attitude
improving by leaps and bounds.
behind the scene
of the larger Chinese cities are beautiful facades of glass
and steel in their quest for modernisation. Beautiful plants
lined the streets and road sweepers are hard at work every
step into any side street or visit any of the smaller towns
and you will be surprised at the amount of litter lining
the streets. Chinese tend to spit and litter without regard
for their fellow citizen.
public toilets are infamous for their lack of privacy and
horrific smell. Plumbing continue to be erratic and toilet
behavior need to improve tremendously. If need to, ease yourself
at home, in the hotel or a large public mall before hitting
the streets. You wouldn't want to touch a public
toilet in China as far as possible!
many decades, there has been great neglect for the
environment as China rush to catch up with the rest of the world. Many
pristine mountains, lakes and ocean has been dugged, dynamited
and polluted in order to rush out new power plants, factories,
roads and other industrial infrastructure.
power plants and automobile continue to pump out pollutants
everyday making some Chinese cities perpetually gray and
smoggy and causing illness amongst the young and elderly.
hit Chinese cities, people having to
wear a facial
mask as part of their normal clothes.
has been introduced and local government are cleaning up
their act. We hope that clean air and a green earth will
become part of China very soon. A good advice is to check
the pollution level of the city that you may be heading for
especially if you know that it is a large city with an industrial
and touts in China
are always on the prowl for someone new to a particular area.
From raising prices in food menu to conspiring to cheat in
currency exchange, there are always people trying to take
advantage of foreigners or even Chinese new to an area so
much so that any help from a genuinely-concerned Chinese
to a foreigner is likely to be taken with a pinch of salt.
is also common and many such acts are downright disgusting.
Newspapers often report about fake medication, fake mineral
water, fake food products that are likely to cause suffering
or even death in their quest for money. Do be very careful
if something does not smell or taste right especially if
you had bought the item from a small shop or a road side
for first timer to China
hope I have not discouraged you too much. Be open-minded
about China. Sure, many Chinese way of life may be culturally
shocking but always tell yourself that things have improved
tremendously and will continue to improve.
tell yourself that you have not been singled out. The pushing
and spitting is not targetted at you; it is their way of
life in a very long history of crowded population and many
times, harsh environment and even many local Chinese feel
disgusted at such boorish behavior as well, despite growing
up in such an environment.
long as you keep an open mind, there will always be a nice
Chinese somewhere who will be prepared to help you even for
nothing in return. Blend in smoothly with the local Chinese
and if you do need some useful advice, please do not hesitate
to read my eBook on living with the Chinese.