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China is a mystery country. Another culture, another mentality is very different from the inhabitants of the Middle Kingdom from the Europeans. What seems strange to us, the Chinese have a routine. In today's article, 15 facts about the Chinese, which will be a revelation for foreigners.
Hot water is medicine.
The best and universal medicine for all ailments, according to the Chinese, is hot water. It is used in large quantities for headaches, colds, abdominal pain and just for good health. It is worth noting that to get the boiling water in China is not difficult. Hot water tanks stand in airports, hospitals, shops and parks. Well, since the population of the country is actively drinking water, then finding a public toilet is not difficult.
Bedding in trains at intermediate stations do not change
Bed linen in Chinese trains.
Do not be surprised if you sit on one of the intermediate stations in the Chinese train and see the bed spread. The fact that the bedding does not change during the route. The maximum that can be done by the conductors is to fix the crumpled sheet. However, even this is done extremely rarely.
Table setting in China.
In many Chinese institutions, instead of the table served according to the rules, you can get a set of dishes packed in a plastic bag. It looks very hygienic and at the same time strange, because the Chinese can hardly be called scrupulous and tidy. Even more strange is the fact that having received such a package, the indigenous people wash the dishes with water, which the waiters also bring.
While Europeans are actively sunbathing, trying to bring their skin color closer to golden, in China, on the contrary, they hide from the sun and try to whiten their skin as much as possible. In the summer, when the temperature in the country is kept at 37 degrees, women go with umbrellas, wear glasses and masks. Also very popular cosmetics with a whitening effect.Probably, you have already understood that there are no tanning beds in China, and the indigenous people are sincerely surprised that there are people in the world who are ready to pay money for tanning.
The concept of Chinese cuisine.
It's funny, but in China there is no such thing as “Chinese food”. The fact is that the national cuisine is so diverse that it is radically different in each region. In each city, food is prepared in its own way, using unique sets of spices and products. For example, in the city of Wuhan, the specialty is considered to be noodles with peanut sauce and sharp duck necks, the cuisine of the province of Sechuan is sharp, and in the north of the country they are preparing dumplings. The Chinese themselves practically do not cook at home, like to eat in different places and are completely unpretentious to eat. Perhaps this is why culinary tourism is so popular in the country.
Related Chinese relations.
In China, the concepts of "countryman", "your friend's friend" and "relative" mean a lot. This status allows you to count on a special relationship. Family ties or friendships here help to get the best products, restaurant tables and quality service.The Chinese will always help the person whom they consider “theirs”, but later they themselves will demand a reciprocal attitude. In general, the society of this country is built on the provision of mutual services.
Features conversations with the Chinese.
Communication with the Chinese is a rather interesting occupation, because in this country it is almost impossible to achieve unambiguity. In response to a question or request, you are unlikely to hear an unambiguous "yes" or "no." And the phrase “maybe” has a lot of meanings, ranging from “definitely not, but I don't want to offend you” to “I will do everything that depends on me, but only heaven knows if it will work out!” Because of such contradictions among tourists and Emigrants living in China often face difficulties and various overlays.
Sleep and rest in China.
The Chinese are probably the only nation that can sleep anywhere, anytime. And the point here is not at all in laziness, but on the contrary in selflessness and hard work. Most of the indigenous people of the Middle Kingdom work as damned and have a constant lack of sleep and rest. In order to have some rest, in many cities and provinces of China they practice afternoon nap.The lunch break at the Chinese includes time to eat and sleep one and a half to two hours. At lunchtime on the streets of cities you can see people who sleep on the benches, on the grass, on the parapets and steps.
Striving to create a family
The desire to start a family.
Relationships of young girls and boys in China are focused on creating a family. Family is an important component and goal in the life of any Chinese. Especially seriously the issue is approached by girls, because if they do not marry before the age of 27, they will automatically be enrolled in the category of old girls, and their chances of marrying a native inhabitant will be reduced to almost zero. As for young people, they are very fond of children, caring for their girls and always ready to help with cleaning and cooking.
Manifestation of feelings
Manifestation of feelings in public.
In China, it is not customary to show your feelings in public. Kissing, hugging and even touching each other in crowded places is considered indecent, and kissing couples in big cities is, rather, the influence of European culture that young people adopt. Also couples in China rarely say “love” to their spouses and children.As for friendships, then the touch is generally excluded. Friends and friends in China do not hold hands and do not embrace at the meeting. People in this country do not tolerate touch at all, except for situations in crowded urban transport.
Communication with the phrasebook.
If you are trying to communicate in China using a phrase book, be prepared for the fact that no one will understand you. The fact is that Chinese is a tone and the meaning of a word depends on intonation. You can correctly pronounce sounds and words, but without the necessary intonation nobody will understand you. Therefore, you can safely throw away the dictionaries and phrasebooks and try to communicate with the local population with gestures. This idea can really be crowned with success, because China is very fond of tourists and is always ready to help. Also worth knowing that young people in big cities speak English well.
Traditional entertainment in China.
The life of the overwhelming majority of Chinese is boring and monotonous. After work, they rush to rest home. In the south of the country almost do not drink alcohol, paying great attention to a healthy lifestyle.On weekends, people try to get out into nature, go to the mountains, go to the beach, or go surfing. Interestingly, the weekend here is extremely small, and the vacation lasts only 14 days.
Rubbish on the streets
Rubbish on the streets of Chinese cities.
Garbage is a huge problem in China. And this is not surprising, because in this country it is a usual thing to throw garbage on the go. In general, all the talk about cleanliness of the Chinese is a myth. By the way, residents of cities also feel comfortable with garbage, can sit and dine without a squeamishness near a tank in which rats are crawling.
Fashion in China.
Those who lived in China say that they can put anything on themselves and walk quietly through the streets without attracting too much attention. Chinese women often wear very short skirts and this is considered the norm, but open neckline is taboo. What else can impress visitors is men with bare stomachs. In the summer for men is considered the norm to walk in a tucked t-shirt.
All problems from overpopulation.
Residents of China are sincerely convinced that all the problems of their country are due to overpopulation. A lot of garbage in cities because so many people. Traffic jams and erratic traffic because there are a lot of people, and therefore cars.Bad ecology is also solely because there are too many people.