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10 Things I Hate About China Posted by on Oct 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

Have you ever seen that 90’s movie “10 Things I Hate About You”? It’s been a while since I’ve watched it, but it came up in conversation the other day and led to a discussion of “10 Things I Hate About China.” Having lived here for many years, I definitely have a love/hate relationship with the Middle Kingdom. This is natural – people love and hate things about where they live no matter where that may be. For those of you who may be pondering a move to China, I’m going to share with you ten things that I both hate and love about China. We may as well start with the bad and work our way up to the good, so here goes nothing:

1. Being a Zoo Animal

Chinese take photos of foreigners in Tiananmen.

Smile for the cameras!

Many foreigners arrive in China and are surprised to find people constantly taking their photo (whether they agreed or not), yelling “Ha-lo!” in their face, pointing, and staring. When I first came to China I thought this was quite funny, and I’d humor people by flashing the peace sign (it’s actually “V for Victory” here, because they win?) and waving back with my own very brutal version of their common greeting (“Knee-how!”). After five years, though, I’m sick of being a zoo animal. No bumpkin from the middle of nowhere China on their holiday in the big city is ever going to stop and ask me how long I’ve been in China or try to make any small talk for that matter. Hell, half of the fun for many Chinese people visiting big cities is to see the silly foreigners and try to sneakily take cell phone pictures of them. I always wondered how Chinese people traveling abroad would feel if I did the same thing to them in my country, so one time I did. We found a huge tour group of Chinese folks in New York City, doing their usual routine of wearing matching hats and following a flag, when I yelled to my Girlfriend… “Look! Look! Chinese people! There are Chinese people!” We pointed and giggled and then awkwardly ran away, as they do to us on a daily basis. Something tells me they didn’t like it very much, but I can guarantee they’ll do the same thing the next time they see a foreigner in China.

2. You Will Always Be “Lao Wai”

A humorous look at the word “lao wai.”

This goes hand in hand with the point above. “Lao Wai” (老外 – lǎo wài) means “foreigner” in Chinese, but it’s not exactly the nicest way to say it. Plus, when someone randomly walking by you on the street, points at you and yells “Foreigner!”, you’re not going to have the best reaction regardless of what word they use. I’ve been called “lao wai” so many times in China that I like to joke around and tell people it’s my Chinese name sometimes. The word doesn’t bother me as much as it does other foreigners here, but after five years of constantly having it shouted at me, I’m fed up. It doesn’t matter how long you stay in China – you will always be “lao wai.” You can speak Chinese fluently, practice tai chi, prepare a mean plate of dumplings, and write Tang Dynasty era poetry in water calligraphy, but if you don’t look like them, you’ll still just be “lao wai.” Perhaps this is the reason that even though I’ve been in China for five years on and off, I refuse to make a long-term commitment here. I don’t study Chinese as much as I should, I don’t go out looking to meet Chinese friends as much as I should, and I don’t try to integrate myself in the culture as much as I should. This is most likely due to the fact that I know, no matter how hard I try, I’ll still just be another “lao wai.”

3. The Internet

An intro to the Great Firewall of China.

It’s no secret that China has a tight grip on the Internet. Commonly referred to as “The Great Firewall of China” and perhaps more impressive than the original, this drives both foreigners and Chinese crazy. At least there are Chinese versions of many of the sites that are blocked – WeChat is Twitter, Ren Ren is Facebook, Youku is YouTube, Baidu is Google, and so on. That’s great for Chinese people and all, but none of my family or friends in the States use any of those sites. If you’re hoping to keep up with people on Facebook, write a blog, use GMail, or post videos on YouTube, make sure you buy a good VPN before you arrive in China. There’s so much more to my hatred of the Chinese Internet than just a few blocked websites, though. Foreign websites that aren’t blocked load incredibly slow. Speaking of slow, get used to the turtle’s pace of your connection here. The worst aspect of the Internet here to me is without a doubt the insane amount of energy and resources that the Chinese government pumps into this whole operation. There are millions of people employed as “Internet police” around the country, spending their days censoring WeChat posts and blocking sensitive content. There are far more pressing matters in this country that deserve at least a fraction of the attention that policing the Internet gets. For more on Internet censorship in China, check this post from a few months ago.

4. Public Toilets

A Chinese public bathroom.

Practicing my squat in a Chinese bathroom. 

There are few things worse in life than being out and about in China and suddenly needing to go running for the nearest bathroom. With all that oily and spicy food, it happens quite often – especially to those fresh off the boat. Upon entering a guy’s public bathroom in China, you’ll be greeted by a few dudes squatting over holes in the ground with no doors in sight, usually smoking and yelling into a cell phone while they do their business. Hopefully you brought your own TP and hand sanitizer, because you sure as hell won’t find any of that here. While these things grossed me out beyond belief when I first arrived here, I’ll admit that I’m used to the squatty-potty and don’t really mind it at all. I also make sure to always carry tissues and a bottle of hand sanitizer, just in case. What I’ll never get used to, though, is the gut-wrenching stench that seems to permeate every public restroom in the country. Personally, I can’t take China seriously as a world power until they at least figure out how to somewhat mask the horrendous odor pouring out of every single one of their bathrooms. While we’re at it, some doors on the stalls would be nice.



5. Degradation of Traditional Culture

Old Chinese neighborhood destroyed.

Out with the old and in with the new!

Maybe I had some romantic idea of China before I came here, that it would be pandas running around doing kung fu while old men with awesome fu man chu mustaches sat around smoking long pipes and women wore their colorful traditional clothes, but I have found it harder and harder to find ancient Chinese culture. Sure, much of it was purposefully destroyed in the Cultural Revolution, but Chairman Mao didn’t open all of these Starbucks and KFCs. Nor did he tear down traditional neighborhoods in favor of hideous shopping malls. Much of China is in such a rush to modernize that they willfully abandon their unique culture of over 5,000 years. In another millennium, I doubt anybody will be listening to the Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga songs that China goes crazy for now, but I’m sure that ancient Chinese music will still be sought out. That is, if it manages to survive. On a recent trip to Lijiang, I attended the Naxi ancient music concert – a full on orchestra playing traditional music from hundreds of years ago. Many of the group members are over 80 years old, and they had to bury their instruments during the Cultural Revolution to save them from destruction. What endangers this music today is not the Red Army, rather it is the army of domestic tourists who would rather take selfies in a bar blaring awful pop and techno than see this traditional show. It’s not that you can’t find real Chinese culture out there; just head to a local park and get your fill. What bugs me is the willingness to destroy it in favor of shopping mall and fast food culture. If I wanted to see that stuff, I’d have stayed in America.

6. Lack of Hygiene/Manners

A dirty street in China.

Garbage all over the place…

Another big shocker to people who first visit China is what goes on in public places all over the country. People spit all over the place, and men seem to have no qualms with blowing a giant snot-rocket on the sidewalk. Littering is just another part of life here, as people throw bottles, cigarette butts and other assorted garbage everywhere but in a trash can. This isn’t just true in the city, though – go on any hike in China and you’re sure to find piles of garbage scattered amongst the trees. “Leave no trace” is not a policy here whatsoever. There’s also no such thing as a line in China, as people push and shove their way to the front whether it’s to get on the subway or buy vegetables. Perhaps most shocking of all to newcomers here are the children going to the bathroom just about everywhere. I get it – diapers are expensive and wasteful – but that doesn’t make it OK for you to allow your child to make a poo-poo on a newspaper on the airplane. At first I thought the split-pants were kind of cute, but now I just get grossed out when I accidentally step in a puddle because I realize it’s probably urine.

7. Drinking Culture

Getting drunk in China.

Bottoms up! Again and again and again.

I love throwing back a few cold ones with friends, so you’d think I’d get into going out and drinking with Chinese guys. That’s not the case at all. Chinese drinking culture is painful, and that’s coming from a guy with 50% Russian blood, another 20 or so Irish, and a graduate of a Big Ten party school. There’s no such thing as casually having a few beers while chatting with your pals here in China. Instead, it’s glass after glass of rocket fuel (AKA Chinese bai jiu) and constant calls of “Bottoms up!” The Chinese word for “cheers” (干 – gān bēi) literally means “dry glass,” and they will accept nothing less. When drinking in China, it seems to be black-out or get out. It’s not just that, though – Chinese beer and liquor are absolutely horrendous.

8. Simple Daily Tasks Take Forever

Any time I need to go to the bank in China, I get a sinking feeling in my stomach. This is because I already know that at least two hours of my day will be wasted. Ditto for registering with the police, setting up the Internet, or any other mundane task that you would think should be quick and painless. It doesn’t help that most people take a 2 1/2-hour lunch break plus nap in the middle of the day. At my old place in Beijing, this was the insanely tedious process of registering:
•    1. Go to the basement and fill out a form in English.
•    2. Take said form to the office. Fill out another form with their help in Chinese.
•    3. Bring the form that’s in Chinese to another basement and have a lady stamp it.
•    4. Take everything to the local copy shop and make copies of it all.
•    5. Go to the police station, give them everything, and wait.
If stamp lady is out on her break, or the police are sleeping, you just have to come back the next day. This is merely one example, but I won’t bore you with any more.

9. Public “Holidays”

“Chinese Long For a Different Kind of Holiday”

A typical crowd on a Chinese holiday.

A typical crowd on a Chinese holiday.

For public holidays in China, the government likes to make people think that they’re getting a long holiday. As such, people will work extra days before and/or after the holiday in order to extend it a few days. During a recent Spring Festival, many people worked nine days in a row so they could have seven off, and they worked an extra day the week after the “holiday.” As a result, you’ve got millions of stressed out, tired people all trying to travel at the same time. It is complete chaos in bus and train stations, on the freeways, and in airports all over the country. People pay more for tickets and hotels during the holiday week, fight through massive crowds, and return home more exhausted than when they left. That’s why I’ve been doing absolutely nothing this National Holiday week and loving it. If you’re going to work in China, be prepared to deal with these absurd “holiday” schedules.

 

10. Chinese Tour Groups

“How to Survive a Chinese Tour Group.”

Speaking of traveling, there’s probably nothing I hate more in China than organized tours. After a horrible experience on a packaged tour from Shanghai that visited Suzhou and Hangzhou, I learned my lesson. A majority of the day was spent crammed on a bus, although we did make plenty of stops – a silk factory, a massive shopping complex, and an awful, overpriced restaurant were all on the day’s itinerary. We didn’t see much of interest at all, but thankfully I was with a few friends who decided to make the best out of a bad situation. Regardless, I vowed to never waste my time or money on a Chinese tour group again. That was until I got conned into them again… twice. This is the part about Chinese tour groups that really grinds my gears – their willingness to lie and rip each other off (you’ll rarely find foreigners on these things). If you found that you’d been suckered onto a tour bus, lied to, and cheated, you’d probably be pretty upset, right? Well, for the Chinese patrons joining us on the tour, they just sat back and took it. Although I heard them complaining amongst themselves, they wouldn’t dare speak up and voice their grievances. This just isn’t part of Chinese culture, which very much values the group and not losing face. I don’t care about face, though, so I let these “tour guides” have it with my mediocre Chinese abilities. Hey, at least I know how to swear in Chinese… Should you ever be propositioned to join a Chinese tour group, run as fast as you can. Otherwise, you’re guaranteed to spend a day sitting on a bus, seeing nothing but tacky “workshops” and knick-knack shops. Learn from my mistakes, and don’t let this happen to you.

 

With that off my chest, I’m excited to get to work on writing about the things I love about China. While this post may give the impression that I’m a miserable, jaded expat living here, there are far more things I love about this country than the few that I hate. In fact, it took me much longer to compile the list of ten things I hate than it did the things that I love.

Update: This post has received many comments over the years, some positive and many quite negative. As the writer, I must remind people to please read the entire post, as well as the follow up – “10 Things I Love About China.” Through the comments, it’s clear to me that many people didn’t even read the entire post, let alone the follow-up. Once again, I had an amazing six years in China and the good most definitely outweighed the bad. This post was meant to give a clear picture for aspiring expats of what it’s like living in China – the good, the bad, and the ugly. I could just as easily write a list for my home country, and also for Indonesia, where I spent the last year.

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About the Author:sasha

Sasha is an English teacher, writer, photographer, and videographer from the great state of Michigan. Upon graduating from Michigan State University, he moved to China and spent 5+ years living, working, studying, and traveling there. He also studied Indonesian Language & Culture in Bali for a year. He and his wife run the travel blog Grateful Gypsies, and they're currently trying the digital nomad lifestyle across Latin America.


Comments:

  1. kamar:

    Thankyou @sasha for the wonderful article. I never visited China and it is in my long pending list. I lived in Singapore and Malaysia, which has large chinese population. Till I got some Singapore Chinese and Malaysian Chinese friends, my imagination about China was all great things in China. These friends experienced very bad experience during their travel to China. Still I have love to visit China and to see the historical places. The major input for me from you is the Chinese tour packages. I experienced similar Chinese tour packages in California, the bus full of Chinese tourist, the tour organized by Chinese travel agent. I was suffocating similar to what you said, all two days we spent most time in bus, hotel, restaurants and shops. I will plan my China trip more carefully now. Thanks again.

  2. Jon:

    I want to share an observation I made on the apparently ‘dirty habits’ of many chinese I saw in Chengdu … even dirt can be framed culturally!
    On an early trip with a guide, we stopped for pizza (a place I found on baidu, she’d never been there), and the guide was shocked when we touched our food. Several times over the next 6 months, I saw people eating Western food with plastic gloves on.
    Who’s dirtier, the person who washes their hands and touches food, or the one who eats with dirty hands and carefully never touches it? Trick question, neither one.
    Obviously, some methods absolutely are better/worse than others, I don’t at all think cultural differences preclude objective judgements, but I think ‘what is dirty’ is a particularly deceptive cross-cultural judgment.

  3. I love turkey:

    It is the culture difference.
    I was shocked that people in US eating turkeys.
    Turkeys are so cute and I would love to feed a turkey

    • lisa:

      @I love turkey and people in china eating dogs and cats right? im a vegan vet, so you know my frustration. the way animals are treated here in china(im currently living in chongqing) is outrageous. they can be in love with grooming their puppies and the next second go to a zoo that people openly mistreat the animals.

  4. ultim420:

    I laughed while reading this when you told your girlfriend this“Look! Look! Chinese people! There are Chinese people!”

  5. Guga:

    I hate China and I hate Chinese. I’m a Brazilian and here in my city (São Pauli) we now have a lot of Chinese people, all they sell Chinese stuff, they have their own criminals organizations and are starting also to became politicians. But I still hate them. They take our jobs, they sell shit eletronics from china (all ilegal btw), they are ugly dirty fucking people with no good manners at all, they don’t care to learn how to speak my country language, they are horrible persons. For me those fuckers should all be sent back to china, that ugly big country from far away and never come back. I don’t have nothing about Japanese though, I like Japanese people, they are kind, clean and organized people, very different from those F chineses.

    • me:

      @Guga guga: go choke on a dick and die you piece of shit. how can you say such ignorant shit and then talk about manners. who the fuck are you to think you are better than anyone else? looking down on people of other cultures but fail to realize that the rest of the world looks down on you and your country for its corruption and its notoriously dirty, poor and dangerous slums.

      • James:

        @me @Guga I agree with you entirely. I’m from Australia and everything you’ve just said is the utmost truth. To the sooky children contesting this should build some logic on what you’re saying before you type.

        • Ren:

          @James wow . I had two Brazilian boy friend and i like Brazilian people , i think they are warm open mind people , And now i saw this ,

          • chris:

            @Ren woooow, res how old are you seriously? though Chinese people were nice and warm, as they are when u walk into their restaurant in my country but then I saw them here in china spitting, pissing, shitting on the street and as soon as some foreigner with a tourist visa does some small shit then they turn into some bloody racist folk like stormfront style…wowwww, should I think ALL Chinese no matter where are like this?grow up

        • Regor:

          @James The majority of the Chinese women are who wish. That may be because they were trained that selling themselves is an easy income. Also, they better sell themselves you as new girls are growing up to replace them. DO NOT marry a Chinese girl until you know all of her familyand realize thheir income methods. It is the most impportant matter. My chinese wife of over 5 years was carrying on sex with a x-friend for a few years. Some women and men have no creditability or integrity.

        • lisa:

          @James chill. it is true, they do a lot of illegal things abroad, fake money, fake visa, fight cops, disrespect religions, torn down monuments, write on historical statues, steal goats lol this actually happened in my country. some foreigners also do illegal things in china but are strictly punished by authorities. thats simply what other countries authorities should do. be strict with them and punish them when they dont follow rules.

      • Alycia:

        @me I loved this blog post, thought it was so funny!

      • ThinkAboutWhatYouJustSaid:

        @me It sounds like you’ve never met nor talked to a Chinese person before and all of these ideas you have about them come from bias on the internet

      • There is no unilateral error:

        @me We are all ordinary people, and we are not superior to ourselves. We can figure out what we can do. The Chinese can’t figure it out Never discussed with them, unilateral criticism does not make any sense. If there is any difference between the regions, they should learn from each other and respect each other.

      • Henry:

        @me The fact is, Guga is correct. He said it in a mean way but I understand his anger. Chinese, as a FACT, inhabit places and regardless of where, never integrate and bring their terrible habits with them. I have worked abroad as an economic journalist from Ghana to Myanmar to Papua New Guinea and beyond…the Chinese are their robbing jobs, setting up shop, totally disrespecting those cultures and really just shitty people. I know of no one that says, “I’d love more Chinese in my country/city.” People would certainly say that of Koreans, Japanese Indonesian etc.

    • Beimin:

      @Guga U r a insecure loser can not get job,crying like a baby here. If u r so powerful,make your country ban Chinese people then. You stupid loser with your sad life!

      • Mrloggy:

        @Beimin 👍

      • emily:

        @Beimin sometimes people need to think about what they said so plz don’t say i hate china its rude to the people who are chinese @Beimin ur right.

    • Della:

      @Guga Omg, please don’t hate me I will be super nice to you and I love Brazilian, I might be ugly (idk) but I’m definitely not rude, I’m just as kind as Japanese so don’t hate me please, and actually not all Chinese are hateful and disrespectful, theres lots of cool Chinese too, so you shouldn’t hate the whole country just because a small ratio of people

    • James:

      @Guga I’m sorry about that. But as an Chinese, I hate these manners of other Chinese, and I hope the things will get better and the Chinese Education will be better and better, morally and academically. As it come to the word, Lao Wai, I think it is impolite too. However, there is something I hope I can explain. As it come to the Chinese cities, cities are so different in different places, with the different qualities of education and economic levels, causing the different density of friends from other countries, leading to calling “Lao Wai 老外”for the first time by people who actually don’t know the manner.
      To me, the events mentioned in the passage can be said more as tragedies and results of the rapidly developing economy and the rather slowly improving morality.
      Whatever, as an Chinese, I hate some of the cities and some people, but I love the land and country I live in just like people all over the world loving their hometowns and nations.

    • Ze:

      @Guga Hi, I’m Chinese and I’m 14 years old. I live in the U.S. and Thanks for your opinion on my people. By the way I don’t like people who cuss.

  6. BUBU:

    #7 is true.
    I hate that too,
    but if you don’t do that,
    you’re not cool.

  7. Gilbert:

    I have to admit all you said are fact, though some of which are like a repeat. Those facts are truly happenning and also hated by Chinese, but they can’t be the reasons for “China is bad”. Though they get “laowai” to name the foreigner, it’s not an aggressive word or very bad word though it is not good, but I can say it’s without any despite, BTW, Chinese got too much “nicknames” form yous “polite mankind”, no?Foreigners get respect from Chinese mainly because they hope to be friendly to you guys and at least you wouldn’t spread that “China’s bad” like what you did.

    • emily:

      @Gilbert chinese people some are good i’m now in chendu and everyone is good they helped me see chinese people is good

  8. D:

    All of this…so true. Feeling so gratified right now lol

  9. Davidoff:

    Their propensity to greed is the most hateful. They see you as an atm. Genuinely, the fake interest they have in you being a “lao wai” is immediately followed by how much they can take from you, fool you into giving. They are cruel, evil, and soul less. Their fake communist mentality is the tree that hides the forest – they are so crazy about money you have to experience it to believe it.

  10. WolverineBlue:

    .kinda like that fat guy who keeps stuffing his face while saying how bad the food it..

    I mean this schmuck is a spartan afterall

    • sasha:

      @WolverineBlue You don’t say – a douchey guy who signs his name Wolverine Blue? My wife who went to App State says hi, you tool.

    • ThinkAboutWhatYouJustSaid:

      @WolverineBlue Bruh. That’s racist. Chinese people are not scam artists nor trying to take money from you at an atm machine. I can claim that white people, mexicans, blacks, and Indians are all trying to scam me at an atm, but it is a baseless claim

      • lisa:

        @ThinkAboutWhatYouJustSaid i hate to say it but its actually true. i live in chongqing for almost 8 years now, and all I’ve noticed is that they are kind and helpful. but dont dare to put money between u two. they’ll do anything for money. there’s something called hit and run, when they hit someone with their car. in order to avoid paying a crazy amount of money for the persons treatment (the victim will make the driver pay for God knows what treatment all her life), the driver prefers to hit to kill, meaning running over the victim’s body over 1000x if necessary then run. money is their religion

    • Ren:

      @WolverineBlue who doesnt ?? its not fake communism mindset its capitalism mindset try to get every penny of you , you should appreciate that

      • NiMaDe:

        @Ren No really, Chinese people don’t trust other Chinese people because dishonesty and cheating is deeply, deeply rooted in the culture. Go to neighboring country and sit down with a local and ask them their opinion off the record on Chinese immigrants and their country’s Chinese populations.

  11. Simon:

    I’m Australian and these people are the rats and cockroaches of the earth. Chinese people can’t win in sport and can’t win a model contest so they just breed that’s what they do take over this world.
    They will screw their own family to make a buck.
    Ugly people in life and ugly to look at

    • Tao:

      @Simon I don’t agree with you at all.Why you always defame Chinese for no reason.I used to study Medical at Central South University for 4 years,and make friends with Chinese,they’re so kind and intelligent. My roommates are nice guys.

    • Mrloggy:

      @Simon Loser. Rasict

    • Mrloggy:

      @Simon I am Australian too. I am also Chinese. You are a big idiot and I bet I am younger than you. And stop swearing so much. Chinese people swear less than you. “Chinese people only care about money” is a stereotype. You are a person who spends too much time looking online for a stereo type

    • emily:

      @Simon i don’t eat not yummy food and chinese and i won theird in a race so some of that isn’t ture think about what you just said

      • lisa:

        @emily no need to go online. just walk outside. unfortunately most of the so called stereotypes are actually true. i love china but i can survive without even socializing with chineses. again i live here for almost 8 years

  12. @peacefulJohn:

    Chinese government is horrible too. Failed to do anything about north Korea and want to steal tibet and Sikkim and fight with India for no reason. And! they make plastic rice if what I’ve read is true- I hope it’s not true!!

    • ThinkAboutWhatYouJustSaid:

      @@peacefulJohn That’s a pretty mean and horrible thimg to say. What has a chinese person ever done to harm you?

      Have you ever even met a Chinese person? Have you ever visited China?

  13. Liu Dingchao:

    In China,these problems are also widely focused on.

  14. ThinkAboutWhatYouJustSaid:

    I would call public holidays a plus in big cities like Guangzhou, Beijing, and Shanghai. It’s much easier to get a cab because the spring festival is the largest human migration of people

  15. Sarra:

    Hi Sasha,
    Your post is very interesting however living 6 years in China and talking only about 10 negative things I think it is not really fair enough….I spent already 7 months in China and this country has so many good and bad things…I will try to mention things here that you haven’t mention in this post that may be will help people to thing carefully before coming here.
    I will not talk about the good things in china or about how dirty they are or how mannerless they are, I will really talk about the thing I am facing everyday. I don’t know anything about big Chinese cities but I will talk about my experience in Changsha. I am Tunisian born in Germany lived in Tunisia and Paris and visited few other countries. When you will arrive here you will not really notice those things but with time you will be surprised:
    1/ Chinese doesn’t really speak or understand English and even if they do they really don’t understand very well English
    I am a post doc and even students in the university where I am working they dont speak any foreign language… only few of them talk English and almost 80% of them doesn’t really understand English
    2/ if an employee (in post office, bank or university) goes in holidays (even for more than 1 month) no one will replace him so you need to wait till that person come back from his holidays
    3/ Chinese really don’t care at all about your privacy….anywhere you are they will try to take picture of you without even taking your permission
    4/ around the world people working in embassy, consulate or foreign center (tlscontact for example), they will be well educated, speak fluently at least 2 different languages and have enough knowledge about countries….unfortunately this is not true in China….you need to repeat your question or answer 3 times if you contact a consulate or embassy so they will get what are you saying
    I applied for German visa so the employee in tlscontact asked me 1000 time if Germany (my birth place) is a city in Tunisia (my nationality)
    5/ I learned few sentences (meiyou rou, wo yao kuaizi, etc) in Chinese so I can survive here but even using these sentences is not helping me much because they cannot understand me and I don’t know really why
    6/sometimes the metro will be so crowded, people will get off so slowly and tgey dont care if the metro driver will close again the door….yes in fact the driver will not wait for everyone to get off from the metro
    7/if you are sick in China you have to pray that you will get well soon….I was sick several time here and I went to different hospitals and I was really shocked doctors speak only Chinese they will never understand what are you suffering from and even if you take a Chinese friend with you he will not translate correctly what are you saying….and you will get the worst medication so if you are coming to china try to bring all of your treatment from your country
    8/they still have building without lift…I am living in a dormitory in the 6 floor without a lift and when you will ask them to move you to another floor they will say you need to justify you have heart disease
    9/ all kind of insect that you know or may be not will come to “visit you” in your room or apartment so make sure that you have always a mosquito net and insect killer
    So my advice for anyone who is planning to come to live in China is : please try to learn some chinese (basic) before coming living here or your life will be so difficult…..chinesee will try to help you for few months but later you need to lean on your self

  16. Minh Damien:

    Just got back from China. Everything u said is true. The chinese toilet culture was disgusting and so barbaric

  17. Chu Qier:

    People who said such these bad Words on my country are from the bottom of the society.Now,Europe and America also has many dirty places and bad manner people except refugees .Chinese technology and millitary nowadays are advanced In the world.i think you are indaptive to the achievements.The problems we are focused on,too.

    And In fact,many Chinese people can speak English well.You think they cannot because they don’t want to talk to you When seeing you.The photo you take In the bathroom Or toilet above is quite ugly and it only shows your looking.Your appearance is not the real beauty and handsome man of us.You Look like a wage earner.

    So Do yourself well first and read more books from library and This can improve your ingnorent mind.

    I’m a Chinese girl just graduate from High School This year.

    • sasha:

      @Chu Qier Thanks for the comment. If you read the post carefully, you would see that I clearly said there are many things I hate about my home country of the US. There are also many things I love about China. I liked it enough to live there for 6 years. Every place has problems, and I was simply pointing out the good and the bad. I’m also not clear on a lot of your comment, probably because it was done through Baidu translate and you didn’t type them yourself. But good luck in college!

      • Ren:

        @sasha i like the suggestion but not bad words~~~
        however the one who wrote this blog is a person telling her true feelings , and i think we should change,
        specially the toilet part `

  18. Jay:

    Love china

  19. NEIN NEIN NEIN NEIN NEIN NEIN:

    You are probably one of those Chinese people who claim to be from an English speaking country because you have a passport from that country. Just because you have its passport, doesn’t make you from that country. I can tell from your crappy grammar.

  20. dingdong:

    Meanwhile I hate China, sincerely hate, not joking, HATE CHINA. Every morning I get up (in China) I just want to suicide. This country is so full of shit, that the money we take from these people simply can’t justify living in this barbaric, materialistic and backwards culture. But my god damn contract binds me to this hellhole for another 2 years.

    Main focus, internet. I hate it and I pay well over 2k rmb a month for my business line, just to enjoy a 50mbit connection into foreign countries, still censored though. To those 2k rmb come another 500rmb for my private VPN server in Hong Kong (where freedom seems to exist).

    People, straight out morons, 90% of them. The other 10% are assholes trying to rip you or otherwise abuse you.

    Hygiene doesn’t exist.

    Privacy doesn’t exist.

    Culture … what culture? There is nothing left of the great ancient times, damn communism.

    Thanks for reading, I’m tired of writing a valuable comment. So I’m heading out to get wasted again, so I can forget all the sorrow this god forsaken country has brought upon me.

  21. Esther:

    I thought Chinese people dare to speak up for themselves, but perhaps that’s not exactly true. Well, as a Chinese living in Japan, I find Japanese people care about group and tolerate more when there’s a disagreement than Chinese do..( ̄▽ ̄) Anyway, the reason I searched for this article is that living in Japan makes me think of how foreigners who really knows China thinks of Chinese, and I think you make a fair point. Only one disagreement, which is about the culture part. The Chinese culture is a living one, although you see fast food and modern buildings appearing in China, it does not mean that the traditional culture disappears. As you mentioned, in parks people are still doing Taiji or playing with birds(e.g in Beijing), actually the culture just becomes a part of our life, instead of existing in history or books.

  22. A Democratic Canadian:

    I agree with only some of this. I don’t like how you say this about China, (I’m not Chinese, FYI) but I have to add something:
    They act like they rule the world. They’re always bragging about their technology, even though I point out it’s bad for the Earth. I totally disagree with you, sir. I’m a Democratic Canadian

  23. LI:

    That’s not totally true, In Beijing or Shanghai this kind of big cities, foreigners won’t draw any attentions any more, cause a lot of foreigners appearing in big cities. And some of toliets only in Hotong are without doors, in shopping malls or restaurant there are very well eqquiped bathroom. I don’t know other cities, but in Beijing ,now it’s hard to find any trash along the streets, unless you are in far far surburb where you almost cannot find any.

  24. Richard:

    I’m Chinese and from Singapore. I was born in Singapore, as were my parents. I’ve been to China thrice and there are many points above that are true. But given how big China is, and the demographics, we know anything we see should never be generalised. In my interaction with the Chinese in China, I have come across those who are as intellectual as they are kind, respectful, lawful and so on. And who speak English and a host of languages brilliantly. So it all depends on what one is lucky or unlucky enough to witness in any given visit to China. Or any country.

  25. Anatoly Kulov:

    China now is like Japan 6 decades ago when Japan was a rising economic power. It took a while for Japanese to get used to discipline. Although China is the 2nd largest economy in the world, the per capita income of people are still far below than the top economies of the world. The rich and well educated ones are still very few, while more than half of the entire population remains below the standard level, particularly those Chinese people who come from Western China to Eastern China for greener pastures. However, one thing that is absolutely common among them is hygiene. Although the rich ones have maids to clean and take care of their houses, I can still sense some hygiene problems even with the rich and educated. This is something that you will not find from Japanese even in the 50s and 60s when the country started to gain economic power. The largest exporter of viruses and diseases particularly in food exports remains to be China. It is their way of life and will continue to be so. In most countries, there are areas called China Town. See if you can find a very clean China Town. I’m confident you won’t.

  26. SHUBHAM RAJ:

    Actually , China’s Air Pollution is very high.
    70% Chinese eat dog & Cat. By the way Internet in China is off, a few years ago China had a big market of Fake Apple stores. If you stay in China’s sanghi city one day, then you are equal to smoking 4 cigarettes.

  27. NiMaDe:

    China is a one-way street, where you give and they take. It’s where your culture and values are stomped on without apology, and theirs are enforced at threat, and your thoughts on the matter quickly dismissed or ignored. I’d say you’ve been too nice here.

    You’ve missed 50% of the taxis in any city ripping you off anytime you set foot in them- fluent Chinese foreign speakers still get quizzed by a lowly cabbie to decide whether they’ll get ripped off. And missed the locals laughing when they here these stories.

    You’ve missed strangling regulations on legal foreign workers sending legally earned money back home, while Chinese citizens can do it from the comfort of their homes on their bank’s phone app.

    You’ve missed teaching high school kids who ditch a year of HS, buy transcripts with AP credits, cheat their way through everything, who go unpunished because the program needs their money; then go to your country to mind-mine the technology and bring it back to China.

    You’ve missed 1940’s-esque ethnocentrism, where if you don’t look like the group, you’ll never, ever be part of it.

    You’ve missed racism circa 1940, where people giggle when someone says “India/Africa//SE Asia is dirty and poor”.

    You’ve missed the two-faced smiles and under-handed compliments of people who laugh the moment you leave the room.

    You’ve missed working every Western holiday with no extra pay (and Chinese people smiling about it).

    You’ve missed constant air pollution and fearing if what you’ve eaten is going to slowly kill you.

  28. Ze:

    I don’t really like the article. I’m adopted. I was born in China. The reasons you put are not impressive. I live in the U.S.A. In China I know they are fascinated with different skin people but you can find that in Africa. In the U.S. I get bullied sometimes because I’m Chinese. I can say that your reasons are opinions. My dad had fun taking pictures with Chinese people. He said he felt popular. Just because a culture is different doesn’t mean it’s wrong. Chinese is very populated and poor. I’m sorry that people aren’t rich enough to own a shower. Then again it’s my opinion plus I’m biased because I’m Chinese.

  29. Laowai:

    If you want to understand Chinese behavior, look up a blog called “Mythbusting the cult of Confucius.”

    If you want to read what foreigners’ discussing ethnic Chinese behavior, look up an article online called
    “Why is Taiwan so unfriendly, cold, closed, repressed, antisocial”

    you’re welcome

  30. Lucas:

    This article is full of prejudice. It is discrimination. I am a middle school student in China. There are some places in China that are relatively backward, but most of the places are well-developed. You’d better come to China to see if you do not trust you The media reported false news.

  31. RealIssue:

    The real problem with China and Chinese is not something to do with their culture or lifestyle. The real problem is all of, or at least the most of, Chinese believes that China is the center of the whole world and do not have regards for other countries’ cultures, laws or lifestyles at all. That is what probably makes Chinese look more like rude or unruly cuz they think they are the center of the whole world and never listen to others.

  32. lisa:

    once a man at the subway after staring at me for 20mn he finally found the courage to yell(because they like to put on a show, 你是非洲人吗? my skin is brown and im brazillian, they dont actually know much about the rest of the world, so if u r not white, u r definitely african 😑), later he yelled so u are working in china hah, China is the second US…

    well my point here is they’re not aggressive, they’re just ignorant. China needs time for its people to catch up with its economial growth.

    the things they do now, are the things we did 5 generations ago.

    if you want to visit china, find a foreign friend to show u around. dont come during a chinese festival. its crazy. keep ur mind open, be friendly, smile, dont accompany locals to drink alone they can get too agressive and patriotic when drunk, dont eat everything u eat, bring masks, bring ur medicines along with u, it might look safe but keep eyes open, close ur handbags etc

    there are a lot of foreigners here (students, businessmen, teachers, the ones who decided to marry chineses). you will have an amazing time here if u find them.

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