I hope you’re all having a great, relaxing weekend so far.
This morning on our drive back to Guangzhou I’ve been thinking about the last 3 weeks and everything I’ve begun to realise about China.
It wasn’t a country I’d ever hoped to visit so I really never knew anything about it but in my opinion it’s nothing like Western media portrays! Here is a list of 10 things I’ve noticed so far about this crazy place – enjoy 🤗
1. There is so much space! One thing I’ve missed about home is the motorways (I know, I’m strange) and how you’re surrounded by fields and green, but it’s just like that here.
2. There are so many mountains and hills. I’m not sure if they’re climbable but we’ll certainly try – need to get myself some walking shoes!
3. There are so many Temples dotted about in towns, on the side of hills and in the middle of the city centre. They all have those cool pagoda roofs. ⛩
4. The expat community here is pretty small so people tend to stare, especially kids! Some days I think it’s funny and it makes me smile, other days I tend to stare back with a bad case of RBF (resting b*tch face).
5. I’ve been told by people that it’s common in China to eat meat on the bone. We’re not just talking wings… Yes, that is a picture of chicken feet. No, I haven’t tried them.
6. Instead of metal scaffolding on building sites they use BAMBOO!! I think this is pretty cool. 🎋
7. They love arcade grabber machines here, they’re everywhere – embarrassingly we seem to have accumulated quite a few cuddly toys already.
8. A typical public Chinese bathroom consists of a hole in the floor…
9. Mandarin is a difficult language to learn! There are 4 different tones and a wrong pronunciation can turn “goodbye” into “too sweet”. People will think you’re a weirdo.
10. The streets and public spaces are super clean which wasn’t what I was expecting! This was a big one for me, being such an OCD clean freak, but you can tell they take pride in such perfectly kept parks and pathways.
I’m excited to be able to visit different cities and other parts of this country. They have such a proud history in China and I’m hoping to absorb as much of that as I possibly can while we’re here – if there’s any room left in my brain after attempting to learn mandarin 😱
We’re stuck in traffic now, one of the perks of living in the 9th most populated city in the world (fun fact for you!). Hopefully we’ll have enough time this afternoon to begin unpacking our things and to build a chest of drawers.
Moving to a new country can be stressful for any couple but nothing tests a relationship like flat pack furniture from IKEA!! 😂
Until next time XO