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What is the biggest culture shock you have ever faced



Cyrill Schubiger, studied at Politics
Answered Aug 9
Any culture has always had a hard time shocking me. I got fed by hand in Ethiopia or shouted ‘viva la revolution’ in a Catalan underground club. But China…
That one time I went to China for four months was different. When preparing my exchange semester at Tsinghua University in Beijing, my prof warned me to not talk bad about the CP with anyone (“They are surveilling you”). My friends warned about too many people to fit in the subway and smog. And I expected lots of different styles in music and dance. So I got my visa and went to adventure.
Except that at the time I arrived, it was Chinese New Year. For Beijing, this means the city is almost empty. Most people leave to visit families in the countryside. So I arrived, expected hussle at the immigration but no problems at all, got right in. I expected traffic jams and smog, but no problem to find a taxi.
I was driving into the city on an empty ten lane highway. And the cab driver played 50 Cent. ‘Go shorrrty’ this is China!
I was shocked by China not being different.






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Monica Perry, HSK Level 6 student, Chinese language lover
Answered Oct 23 · Upvoted by Michael Hardman, Ph.D History & Culture, Stanford University (1984)
I’m American. And when I went to China, I had done my homework:
I learned Mandarin — up to an Intermediate Level.
I really got my tones down.
I researched about Chinese culture.
I talked extensively with my Mandarin tutor (Regular Chinese Learning Online) all about daily life in China.
But for some reason this subject just never came up in our classes.




I was like, “WHATTTT?!”
I found this explanation:
“In China infants will wear pants with small splits in them. Diapers are expensive in China, and so parents use these pants so their kids can use the restroom more easily.”
I love it and if I ever have kids, I’m saving my $$$ and buying them these pants.






Lara Marie, Traveled all over Asia.
Updated May 12
I grew up in the US and recently spend a year and a half living in China.
I lived in a smaller city (actually it was a city of about 6 million people but still considered small for China’s standards) and there were very few foreigners living there. I have blonde hair and blue eyes and stood out like a sore thumb. Many of the people in this city had never seen a white person before.
Basically, I would have people constantly staring and pointing at me if I went out in public and yelling “hello!” to me as I walked past. People would ask to take their picture with me on a daily basis, or sometimes they would sneak pictures of me with their phones. It was very strange.




A few more culture shocks about China..
1. They use almost every part of the animal in their food. It was a shock when I ordered Chicken in my hotpot, expecting just the meat and find that there is literally a chicken head, chicken feet etc. in my soup.
2. The bathrooms. Seriously this was a huge shock. Instead of toilets where you sit down they have a hole in the ground where you squat down to pee, etc. They are usually really gross bc the pee splatters everywhere. They also do not provide toilet paper, so you have to always carry tissues. I have some true horror stories about the toilets in China.
3. There are so many people and no personal space. People crowd you really badly





4. They do not form proper lines. This would drive me crazy. People just bunch together and push and shove their way to the front. Its really frustrating.
5. They spit, like all the time (mainly men). Its really gross, and I don’t know how a group of people have that much phlegm in their system. It must be the pollution. We would call it “dodging jellyfish” when we walked down the street bc you had to avoid where you stepped.
6. Little babies and small children do not wear diapers. Instead they wear pants (trousers) with holes in the butt and they just squat down and pee or poop in the street.. or sometimes in the mall.. or on the subway. Its actually pretty cute to see toddlers waddling around with their little butts sticking out of their pants.




7. One of the worst culture shocks: Trying to adjust to their horrible internet that is sooo slow and blocks a majority of western websites (google, facebook, etc.).
8. Pollution. You rarely saw blue sky. I quickly picked up on wearing a surgical mask over my nose and mouth, which is very common in China.
There are actually a lot more but this is really long. It’s a very different place.
Although it’s a really different culture than the states, I actually had an awesome experience in China. It definitely opens your eyes to a whole different side of the world. I met some really awesome people and it’s very safe.





Jules Bohanon, analytics architect, wife, mom, pastured food evangelist
Answered Oct 25, 2016
Two equally shocking ones I’ve encountered in my travels.
In the Marshall Islands, drunk drivers think it’s good fun to swerve toward pedestrians walking alongside the road. They laugh uproariously when you leap out of the way.
On a train in China, the toilet is a hole cut into the wood floor. Imagine squatting to do your business, on a shit-covered floor inside a moving train, with no handrails.





Janhavi Pednekar, Assistant Manager at Reliance Industries Limited (2017-present)
Updated Sep 19
I went to China for an internship. Being an Indian I was really excited to see their culture, food, traditions. I spent two months which have been really beautiful and memorable.
Indians are given a lot of attention there. We used to go to different places on weekends and Chinese people used to ask for a photograph together as if we were celebrities. And every photograph was followed by a wide smile and “xie xie” i.e. thank you. Edit: They don’t get to see a lot of Indians in China. That might be the major reason for why we get such attention.
They find Indians really beautiful. I know how much Indians admire Chinese, Korean and Japanese beauty. Their skin, their slim physiques, beautiful hair, cute face etc. But they at the same time find our features beautiful. I don’t remember being called beautiful as a compliment in India all these years. But many Chinese people thought I was beautiful.
The original Chinese food is way tastier than what we eat as Chinese food in India. They have very subtle but beautiful flavors. Also they don’t waste any part of chicken or any animal. We were served chicken heads and claws. But once they know about your preferences they respect them to the fullest.





People don’t deck themselves up like crazy in Chinese weddings. Only the bride and the groom are dressed like celebrities. Also the marriage typically happens in a temple where food and other things are prepared. It’s a grand meal.
People working in international companies have special English names to make it easy for the non Chinese people to pronounce them. Edit: We Indians also had shortened and easier names there so they could pronounce it easily. I was Jan. And my friend Pranali was Lee.
Parents encourage their kids to have a girlfriend or a boyfriend after an appropriate age and get married later on. You will see a lot of couples everywhere you go. Most of them are dressed alike and I found it supercute.




Edit: I totally forgot to mention chopsticks. Chinese people don’t eat with their hands. They basically don’t like to dirty their hands while eating. So you can find them eating a big chicken drumstick or rice with chopsticks. We Indians used to watch them in awe. We tried learning to eat with chopsticks. But we ended up dropping our food all around and then picking up again and eating. But we never gave up on trying. On the last day, our HR arranged Indian food especially for us. Rotis, butter chicken, dal rice etc. We Indians were wondering how would the chinese eat rotis and gravy with chopsticks. But they pleasantly surprised us by eating Indian food with their hands and occasionally licking their fingers too. They loved the food. Especially the daal. We respected their traditions by using chopsticks and they respected ours by using hands.
China gave us a lot of love. They are very different from what we perceive them as. I am planning one more trip soon.




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