I have lived here for 4 months now and have started making a list of tips. Here is the first set of tips.
1. Pedestrian rules ~ there are none. The pedestrian has no rights, even at a crosswalk. So when you see a break in traffic, do not be afraid and just GO. You will end up in the middle of traffic but you won’t be alone. So take the risk and go!
2. Punctuality ~ again there doesn’t seem to be rules about this. Of course it is always better to be punctual or, for me, early. You will end up waiting regardless. There is no sense of urgency here, except of course if you are in a car.
3. The weather ~ the summer here is hot and humid, the winter is cold. But there is not a very long autumn season. When the Chinese people tell you to be prepared for the cold because it comes quickly, listen to them! They are NOT kidding. The cold comes fast and furious.
4. Smog ~ if you have lung issues or severe asthma, don’t even consider moving to this part of China. It is not good for the lungs. And I have discovered that it is worse in the winter months.
5. Food ~ aww the food. It is delicious, and there is a wide variety to choose from. But, if you have a food allergy of any kind, do some research before booking that ticket. Anyone with celiac disease will not have it easy.
I will add more tips but this is a good starting point. China is an amazing place to be, just remember to keep an open mind and watch out for the cars!!
When I moved to Europe in 2014, I knew that I would not be the same size as I was in Canada. The women in the Czech Republic are tall, slim and have skinny legs and small feet. I am none of those. I have always been a plus size woman and had accepted that in Canada. In Europe, I felt even bigger because the sizes are so different. My size 10 feet became size 42.
So I am now in China, and had to shop this week for winter attire. They do not even carry women’s shoes or boots in my size. Good thing I like black hiking style boots for winters!! And winter coats – well in Canada I’m extra large – here I’m 3xL. Yeah thanks for the confidence booster China.
On the plus side this week – my students guessed my age as 33 – hahaha thanks guys!!
Living in foreign countries is already challenging – it became more challenging this week!!
Well, I had been warned that the cold weather comes quickly here – and they weren’t kidding!! Thank goodness for hoodies and warm pants!!
Winter is my favourite season so I look forward to experiencing winters here in northern China. In January there is an ice festival in Harbin, which is not far from here. I am excited to go!!
My challenge now is to find a suitable winter coat and boots – I am having to get men’s boots since Chinese women don’t have giant feet – one sales lady looked horrified when she saw my foot size. Aw well, its just another challenge to overcome in this very interesting country I am in!!