Tuesday, October 24, 2017

5 THINGS YOU CAN DO (ONLY?) IN CHINA

Living in Suzhou for some years already, I realized that there are peculiar things that you can do in China. Can you do these in your place? In Italy not for sure!



things you can do in China


1) EATING YOUR BREAKFAST ON THE STREET. In Italy, we seldom eat breakfast outside. When we do it, that means we are sitting in a fancy coffee shop, savoring a fragrant croissant and drinking the perfect cappuccino. For this reason, imagine how startled I was when I discovered that most of the Chinese eat breakfast on the street.  But after five years in China, I think that biting into a warm baozi directly from the plastic bag which is wrapping it, on your way to the office, is one of the pleasures of life.

2) GOING OUT WEARING A BLUE SHIRT, GREEN SKIRT, YELLOW SHOES AND PURPLE BAG.
We Italians are obsessed with fashion. We could die for the wrong clothes match. Maybe we exaggerated it a bit, but we really care. Here in China, on the contrary, you could go out with the first thing you found in your wardrobe, without anybody noticing it. Dressing is a practical matter: clothes serve the use of making you feel warm, protect you from wind, sun or rain, cover your private parts. So, why should be so important to match the right color? I’ve never been a fashionista, and I believe that being free to wear whatever you want this extremely liberating! 

3) BRINGING YOUR OWN WINE (AND BREAD!) TO A RESTAURANT. 
Here in Suzhou, in autumn, is very popular to eat the hairy crabs. My husband likes them, and a couple of time he went with his friends to the crab restaurant. Their only concern was that being a typical Chinese place, they didn’t have white wine to drink or bread to soak up the spicy sauce. So, no problem: they just brought in their own bread and wine, and nobody complained or said that they couldn’t do it!

4) WATCHING OUTSIDE THE WINDOW AND ASKING YOURSELF: WAS THAT BUILDING ALREADY THERE YESTERDAY?
I’m not kidding: every time I watch out of my window I notice a new building popping up from the skyline. The speed in developing new areas is incredible, workers work day and night, and a skyscraper is done in few months. 

5) WALKING YOUR DOG IN PAJAMAS. 
Wearing pajamas on the street isn’t considered rude or strange in China. Instead, the one who can go out in his pajamas is regarded as a wealthy person, since he doesn’t need to dress up and go to work.
Even if nowadays fewer people go out with their night dresses (famous is the fight of Shanghai Municipality in 2010, before World Expo, to educate people not to do it), you can still see someone wearing slippers and quilted jammies on the street, especially at night when they walk their dogs.

6 comments:

  1. I have to confess I have walked the dog in my furry bear pajamas xD

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    1. I went out to send a letter in pajamas... in Italy!!! It was winter and I was wearing my winter coat... but you could see the trousers!

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  2. Having lived in Banking for many years I have carried the tradition of walking outside in my pajamas back to Arizona.

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  3. Haha done most of those things in Thailand and some in UK

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    1. In Italy nr. 2 and 5 would be considered weird, nr. 3 absolutely not possible and nr. 4... we don't have skyscraper! :D

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