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五毛网 美国 2017年11月09日 来源:三泰虎

What surprised you most when you first came to China, as a foreigner?




Tillman Huett-Lassman, lives in Beijing, China (2017-present)
Answered Apr 9 · Upvoted by Xinchun Li, lives in China
I grew up in the US and even though I have always been open minded and inquisitive, I realized how many bigoted beliefs I had about China.
I was indoctrinated from an early age that “democracy and capitalism” are the only ways to run a country, and anything isn't only wrong but it is evil.
I heard about how China was going to take over the US. That China has taken our jobs and stolen our IP (which, to be fair, China has functionally no IP protections). I was told that we needed to be fearful and hateful of China because they are coming after our way of life.
When I told my family that I was moving to China, the common refrain was “be careful”. I was told that I had no due process and simply speaking ill about the government could have me in a Chinese prison.





I was surprised by how free China is.
China’s gov*ment works and the people have been more than accommodating. The Chinese are some of the nicest and hardest working people I've ever met.
They talk about how annoyed they are with their government. They use VPNs to get around censorship. They sleep in class. They are normal people.
But, they respect other important laws which makes everyone more safe. They don't have guns. They have a sense of communal obligation so everyone is equally invested in the country’s direction.





Sunny Mewati, Economics Graduate Student
Updated Apr 2
The first Chinese person I met in China spoke Hindi. The second Chinese person I met in China had an undergraduate degree in Hindi. This 'co-incidence' startled and scared me at the same time. I took the 9'0 clock ferry from HKIA to Shenzhen's Shekou Port. While waiting in the customs line, I asked one of the officers if I need to declare the medicines I am carrying. He replied, "sirf sona chandi declare karo (only gold and silver needs to be declared)". I froze shut for a minute. He was ex PLA who was posted near Arunanchal Pradesh for a few years.
When I reached Peking University's Shenzhen campus, the guy standing behind me in the registration line yelled in my ear, "tumhara naam kya hain (what is your name?)". His name was Billy. He had studied Hindi and Economics at Peking for his undergraduate degree and had spent 7 months at the Kendriya Hindi Sansthan in Delhi as an exchange student. He speaks better Hindi than me, unadulterated with slang or filler words.
While preparing to come to China, I had prepared for all possible culture shocks. I knew the infrastructure is great, my classmates would be competitive, etc but I did not remotely expect anyone to speak my mother tongue, let alone two people in an hour.





Julio Sudrias
Answered Sep 18
I went to China for the first time in December 2016. What surprised me was:
The size of cities I had never heard of.
The quality of transport infrastructures (airports, high speed trains, subways etc.)
The fact that most tourists in China are Chinese, and that everything is made to please them, but for foreigners it is complicated.
The pollution. I was not suprised it existed because I heard about it before, but I didn't expect it was that bad.
I knew people spit everywhere but I could not get used to it. I’m surprised this is so standard behavior.
The landscapes. Although I liked seeing cities, in my opinion, China is really worth it if you explore the countryside and the wild areas. It is so beautiful and varied.
The food is really surprising. Although i’m used to travel in Asia and I am very open to novelty, Chinese food looks and taste like nothing else i’ve experienced before.
I am not a tech addict but the Great Firewall did make my life slightly more complicated than usual. Not knowing what I should use in China to replace Google search or maps is something I regretted not to be prepared to before coming.









Sonia Meyer, worked at Beihang University
Answered May 17, 2015
Coming from America, we had a very negative impression of Communism. I'm not saying that there aren't still things wrong with the Chinese political system, but it was nothing like I had been led to believe in my 20 years of American education and exposure to American media.
As embarrassing as it is to say, what surprised me the most about China was how well functioning and generally happy the society is.