What are some advantages to living in China compared to living in the US?
来源：三泰虎 http://www.santaihu.com/46149.html 译者：Jessica.Wu
Bella Johnson, lives in The World
If you’re the kind of American that needs to have a car, needs a huge living space with a yard and lots of personal space…China may not be for you.
If you like cities, vibrant urban spaces, slurping noodles in an alleyway, walking and learning new skills…China may change your life for the better. You may never permanently go back to the US, in fact.
- BEING CAR-FREE
Americans spend a ton of money on our cars each year. It’s not just the cost of the car, but insurance, gas, parking, repairs, tickets, etc.
For so many Americans, a personal car is a part of life after the age of 16. In Chinese cities, they are completely unnecessary. Most Chinese that are scrambling to buy a car are doing so for status and prestige. Car ownership is relatively new over the past decades in China.
During rush hours, I whizz by the gridlocked traffic by one of China’s modern, clean, safe and cheap urban trains. Chinese cities are now being built upon subway and urban rail, with the cities interconnected by high-speed train system.
Let’s say you live in Shanghai and need to go to Beijing. You can step out your door, walk 4 minutes to your neighoborhood subway station, get off at Shanghai Railway Station, hop on a high-speed train to Beijing, then transfer to Beijing’s subway system. Door-to-door without taxi and with little waiting in between, all while seeing the country and the faces of the locals.
There are a few American cities that are possible to get around without a car (NYC, SF, Boston) but for the vast majority of the country, you need to rent one, or be stranded at bus stops, or driven around by family.
The transit in China is awesome.
- DELICIOUS, HEALTHY CUISINE
Eating out in America is usually a special event and includes enormous amounts of often unhealthy food. Hungry, eager faces walk into the restaurant and comatose, stuffed faces come out.
In China, there is some unhealthy food such as fried rice and flour pancakes, but for the most part, it’s largely meat and vegetables. I feel like I eat decadently, but still lose weight. Most meals are prepared with fresh, natural ingredients, especially in the south, where vegetables and rice are staples.
I have also become used to smaller portions. Instead of a full lunch that weighs me down, I might just head to a street food stall and grab six dumplings with a side of broth soup for about $1. This fills me up just enough.
After meals, it’s common to walk. Since Chinese people make most trips on foot, I generally do the same. This walk back to school or home, even if it’s just 10–15 minutes really helps in digestion and feeling good after a meal.
I love eating out in China. I don’t even have a kitchen at home.
- SAFETY IN THE CITIES
Chinese cities are the safest I’ve ever been in. I credit the safety to the “Eyes on the Street” theory that crowded places are safer than deserted places. The more eyes watching, the less likely that crime will happen. Sure, there is crime in China, but the chances of randomly being a victim, even in a big city at night seems almost non-existent.
The safety comforts of China was one of the first aspects I appreciated about living in China. One big difference I notice when coming back to the USA from China is how streets tend to empty out after dark. Aside from some entertainment areas, you may be the only person on foot for a few blocks. This is not the case in China, where street sweepers, corner shops, street-side food stalls and all kinds of activity are happening on nearly every block.
- A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN A VALUABLE LANGUAGE
Many Americans speak Spanish. The same goes for French,Italian and a few other romance languages and niche languages such as Japanese.
However, very few Americans speak Mandarin Chinese. In fact, the supply of Mandarin speakers doesn’t reach the demand. China is thirsty for foreign talent and American companies are always seeking staff who can navigate the Chinese business culture and language.
Yes, you can learn Mandarin Chinese in the USA, but it’s just not the same as hitting the streets and putting the day’s lessons to use.