China ~ a big country with so much culture and history, it’s hard to wrap your head around it all. Places you “should” see, things you “should” try.
Perhaps some of us don’t want to see the regular tourist destinations. “But won’t you be disappointed if you don’t see them?” Maybe, but that is a choice some of us make.
Xi’an, Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu ~ these are some of the most famous places to visit in China. And I have no desire to see any of them. Some may be shocked that I don’t want to see Beijing ~ the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, and the Great wall. One does not need to go to Beijing to see the Great Wall. Since I am in northern China, it is possible to see the end of the Great wall here. And if I decide to see it, that is where I will go.
China is a country for me to work, to live, to explore the northern part and to immerse myself in. Big crowds are stressful (and some might be thinking, then why on earth did you go to China?). I came to China to experience living in China.
Seeing all of the sites is not necessary to truly experience a country, any country. Seeing the every day life of the native people, shopping with the locals; that, to me, is the best way to experience a new country.
So, no, I will not conform! I resist the urge to be like everyone else. And I am okay with that!