What surprised you the most during your visit to China?
Austin Guidry, China Vlogger since 2011.
Answered May 9
Just how free and open China is in certain aspects.
Too many people in western countries see China as this horrible communist gulag - a bigger version of North Korea, and it’s really not. It’s a completely different place.
People are incredibly nice here, for the most part. For example, while riding through the countryside west of Chengdu….
….taking photos and filming videos, and I was approached by a farmer on this little lane I was standing on taking pictures. He invited me over to his home for tea and a chat (I speak Chinese - been here for six years).
When I got to his house, there were about eight other farmers just sitting around chilling - drinking tea and chatting about the day’s work. It was super surreal! I was there for about an hour; we talked about the USA, what farmers grow there, what differences exist between China and the USA (climate, food, money, etc).
It was one of the best experiences I’ve had in a long time - it happened more when I first got to China, but after a while, I stopped going out into the countryside. Get out of the cities, and you’ll have some great experiences!
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Alexander Shakhnovsky, BSEE Electrical Engineerning, The University of Texas at Dallas (2005)
Answered May 25
People! I mean literaly how many people are there.
I was in a business trip. It was just prior to Beijing Olympics of 2008. We flew to Beijing and then flew to Dalian.
I was amazed with how many cars and the roads of China. They have similar to US system of exits and overpases. And how many lanes! I wish Russian had something similar at that time.
I was amazed how many people just walking down the street during the day. lots and lots! Then we went to a beer festival in Dalian. There was so many people. The venue (it was outside) was gigantic. Beer was everywhere, skewers with chicken, beef etc was amazing. There was no issues, no fights, no shouting at each other, no any kind of disturbances. With so many people it just amazing how they keep the order. In Russia there will be drunks who will want to get in fight.
And the food. The food was just very good. We were amazed. On our trip back we stopped by a tea store. We were alone so the woman did a tea ceremony with 7 teas. Oh! My! God! This was the best tea ever! each type of tea was served in a different cup, different temperature and different technique. There was the tea that felt sweet with no sugar added. It was the lychee leaves that gave its sweet taste (I guess). We bought some tea back home.
The trip was very good.