Sam Arora, Life long student of Chinese history, culture, food, arts
I like China because one life is not enough to see this great, vast and beautiful country.
1.Every visit fired more imagination and more thirst for knowledge.
2.I know in the world people think most of the Chinese are atheists and it may be right. They may not go to a church/temple/mosque every day. But in the real sense, most of them are acutely aware of good karma. In my view, most of the Chinese had found God, long time ago, in real Karma. Their family is number one; their kids are their world, education is number one for most of them. To excel in everything they do, this is drilled into them as soon as they are born. They almost worship their forefathers, and their parents, grandparents are part of their life.
3.Gender equality: Woman is equal partner to man in everything in life. Women are very respected there, in fact I believe gender equality may be the highest in China. (My view). She is driving force in almost everything in life there.
4.China is relatively very safe.
5.World level first-tier cities are magnificent.
6.Chinese food: The Chinese are the master of foods, one life is not enough to try all the dishes.
7.Most of the Chinese people are very simple, hardworking and minding their own business.
8.Most of the Chinese respect foreigners.
9.Public transport is very safe and cheap.
10.I just adore their Buddhist temples.
11.Chinese live shows are utterly breathtaking.
12.For my wife, China is shopping Mecca.
13.In my view China is a place where the past and the present meet and I see how the future will look. The new China has raised the bar very high, and it will become challenging for the rest of the world to match.
14.I was born in the Punjab region of India, in my early 20 S, I moved to Canada. Our primary school teacher used to tell us about China. I had a lifelong dream to visit this country. Finally, after 45 years that goal became a reality. Now, we made several trips, and we just made a scratch of this great nation and its length/breadth/ height
Sivan Michaeli-Roimi, works at WhiteSource
I traveled in China for only one month but have been to big cities such as Shanghai and Beijing, and also in the “smaller” ones (only 8M people city, no biggy) like Xi’an, Hangzhou and Wullianguan.
So why do people like me like China?
The View, oh god, the view!
If you haven’t been to China, you’ve never seen nature. The Beijing Wall, Wullinguan Quartz Mountains and many more wonders of natures makes you truly believe the art of nature was made by something with the craziest imagination. The photos below were taken by my iPhone.
The people - what you see is not what you get.
The Chinese people were, on one hand, completely rude - yelling, spiting, sticking their heads into your phone, pushing you and more… But on the other hand - so respectful and eager to help a foreigner! We were continuously stopped in the streets to take pictures, we were bought drinks, we’ve had people helping us with anything all the time. People helped us get from one place to the other in the most generous ways - someone walked with us 15 minutes to show us a place, and another took a taxi with us to help us go somewhere. It was crazy!
This guys took a taxi with us to show us exactly where is the archipelago we wanted to get to outside of Hangzhou! How amazing is that?
China is so different from what we’re used to. You’d see the most advanced country in the world I’ve ever seen so far - smart transportation, the tallest buildings in the world, electrical cars, electrical motor, a cosmopolitan larger and fancier than the good old in New York, and still - so many people we’ve met have no clue on what’s outside their space. Some told us they cannot travel outside of China, some told us that the world is currently at peace and wars do not exist! (Seriously?) Some Don’t know a single word in English, and those who do know fractions of words, still use “wechat” app to translate.
Ross Gortney, lives in Shanghai (2014-present)
I’ve lived in Shanghai for the past 3 years.
Things I really like:
-extremely safe - you never have to worry about violent or confrontational crimes on the street - everyone I know feels perfectly safe walking anywhere in the city at any time of day or night. The only crimes I see are stolen bicycles/scooters, but they do it when other people aren’t around.
-transportation is great - one of the biggest and best subways in the world, average cost is $0.50 per trip, tons of bus lines all over the city, $0.30 per ride no matter the distance. Taxis are extremely cheap for a big city - 14rmb ($2) for the first 2.5km, and 2rmb ($0.30) per extra km, no added cost to fill the taxi with 4 people. Didi (like Uber) is everywhere and you can pay only a bit more than that and have nice cars like Audi, BMW, and nicer Chinese made cars, which are really getting better and nicer everyday. When Uber was in Shanghai, my average cab cost was $3–4 using Uber black (hence why they sold off in China!).
-you can eat as cheap or as expensive as you’d like - you can eat cheaper Chinese food or street bbq and easily have a meal for $2–3, or you can try any of the nicer Chinese or foreign restaurants all over the city and pay as much as you want! There is a large variety of food options from all over the world.
-delivery services - I get groceries delivered (free delivery), 5 gallon water jugs, takeout from almost any restaurant in the city, and more... my roommate and I have found a french wine guy, an argentenian beef guy, a baker, a carpenter; all are willing to provide delivery services for little or nothing, and you can buy really great quality stuff for significantly cheaper than the grocery/retail stores. Last year my phone broke and a Chinese colleague ordered me a new Xiaomi phone while we were at work at 10am, and it arrived in the office around 1pm, free delivery.
-只要你想，你可以吃到或便宜、或昂贵的美食，丰俭由人，你可以吃到中国的廉价食物或街头烧烤，可以很容易地花2 - 3美元饱餐一顿，也可以尝尝城市各个角落里的好一点的中国或外国餐馆，愿意花多少钱都行！这里有全世界的各种各样的食物可供选择。
-if you’re paying for something, the Chinese work really hard to do the job. They work quickly, they try very hard to understand your requests, they don’t argue or try to be difficult. You feel special as a customer.
-very international - I meet people from all over the world, with many different backgrounds, motivations, interests.
-extremely fast changing - buildings are going down and up constantly around the city. When shared bikes came on the scene 6 months ago, I saw 5–10 bikes one day, then a hundred the next day, then hundreds around the city within a week. Within a couple of months, you could see bikes from 4 or 5 different companies all over the city. I read there are more than 500,000 bikes in Shanghai after only 6 months since the first one landed in the street. One day, my colleague complained that she didn’t want to ride the ‘old style’ mobike, which had just come out a few months before. It’s exciting to see things change (mostly for the better) so quickly and constantly.
-clean and organized - for a city the size of Shanghai, it’s really impressive to see how clean and organized it is. Nice parks around the city with amazing landscaping, clean and wide sidewalks, bike/scooter dedicated lanes on the streets. The public bathrooms are much better than you’d expect.
You certainly don’t feel the history or old Chinese culture as much in Shanghai, but there are plenty of places in China you can experience it. Also, the more Chinese you can speak and read, your life becomes much easier and more fun in China!
Michael Carty, High School student interested in meteorology
I am a teenager who has been studying Chinese for all of my high school days.
For as long as I can remember, I was interested in nearly anything Asian. From woodblock printing, to Tae Kwon Do, to ramen and to other, more obscure, things; they became a big part of my childhood.
In 7th grade, I began to study Japanese and I still do with a tutor. So after learning Japanese for two years prior, I went into Chinese at my high school because I believed them to be extremely close languages. Obviously that wasn’t the truth.
Soon I started seeing how many of the things I obsessed over in Vietnamese, Thai, Japanese, Korean, and Malaysian culture were found in Chinese culture. I realized meaning of the word 中國. I realized China had really been the center of East-West commerce for a great portion of its existence. While no one likes to admit it the country has had a great deal of influence on those out side of it.
The area where I live has a high population of Asian Americans, and I am seeing the effects of growing Asian influence. Chinese restaurants and supermarkets are quickly outpacing other businesses.
In all honesty, I really do like the cultures of other Asian countries better than China. Sorry. But I know which country has shaped most those cultures. I know that while American economists don’t like to admit it, China is on the rise once more. Everyday China is accomplishing more and more in feats of engineering and science.
And so are other many other nations.
One day in the future I want to be able to communicate with them, as influence grows.
The field I want to enter is climatology.
It is not because I like China’s tall fancy skyscrapers or high speed rails, that I want to learn the language. It’s because the field that I want to go into, by the time I get my masters or PhD; Chinese, Arabic or Hindi will become desirable languages as the belief in climate change grows along with its effects.
A lot of Westerners who like China are the same way, we may not love China or think that it is the greatest nation on earth, but we know the impact that it will have. We know how dangerous it gets when powerful countries try to race and “one-up” each other.
By the time I am an adult doing adult things, we will enter into a competition of clean energy and technology. We don’t know what the future holds but we are just being prepared.
And also China is a really cool country that is amazingly diverse if you are willing to look.
Also not to be overly dramatic, but there is a storm coming.
Megan Nablo, studied Linguistics & International Studies at Iowa State University
I myself have never been to China however several of my friends and family have and from the stories they’ve told me and things I’ve heard overall I think China is a great place. Even without being there I can still enjoy the rich culture, old and new. I pretty frequently listen to Chinese pop music, watch their movies, and watch several of they’re entertainment shows. It’s refreshing and different from American entertainment. Neither industries are necessarily better or worse than each other. They’re just different and it’s nice to enjoy. I also think Chinese history is very interesting and am frustrated the American education system doesn’t really cover any of it at all. One thing I appreciate about China is the blend of modernism with history in their cities.
Things I’ve heard from my friends that have traveled there are that it is substantially safer than in America. They felt comfortable walking around and didn’t feel as if they were being threatened or that their safety was at risk. Another common thing I’ve heard is that the food is amazing. I love Chinese food too and every time I get the chance to enjoy my Chinese friend’s mom’s cooking I take it. They’ve also told me about how friendly and welcoming the Chinese people generally are. Traveling abroad can be a scary experience but they felt welcomed and didn’t feel judged for being there. There are many many more reasons to like China and it’s people, but these are just a couple of the reason’s I’ve gathered from friends.
O Phoi Van
I work at an international company and my team deal with clients from different countries. Here is the fact:
1.Team members, who can speak Korean and work with Korean clients, don't like Korean.
2.Team members, who can speak Japanese and work with Japanese clients, dislike Japanese.
3.Team members, who can speak Germany and work with Germany clients, feel uncomfortable working with Germany.
4.Team members, who work with Indian, grumble about their clients quite often.
And here comes those who work with Chinese don't have any complaints at all.
Why? They say that Chinese people are easy to deal with, they also make them feel comfortable in cooperation as well as communication. They don't have that huge arrogance like those people from developed countries. Honestly, I feel like people from developed countries always look down on people from developing countries (of course they don't act like that significantly, but we can feel it).
Kim Iskyan, Co-Founder & Publisher, Stansberry Churchouse Research
There are a lot of things to like about China. For starters, I think China is quickly becoming a world leader.
Here are just a few examples of how (which I first shared here)…
China is taking the mantle of globalisation
China is staking its claim as the preeminent force driving globalisation through its One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative.
China’s One Belt One Road is a large-scale development and infrastructure programme announced by China in late 2013.
Spanning the breadth of Asia into Europe, the OBOR initiative incorporates around 60 countries, which account for a third of global GDP and around 60 percent of the global population.
OBOR is a way that China can cement its strategic interests across a huge swathe of Africa, Central Asia and Eastern Europe at the same time.
China’s middle class boom
But that’s not all… the country is also experiencing a massive wealth explosion.
In 2000, just four percent of China’s urban population was considered middle class. By 2022, over 550 million people will be considered middle class in China. To put this in perspective, it’s middle class will be 1.7 times the entire population of the U.S.
And China’s growing middle class plans on spending more money – a lot more. Consumer spending is set to increase 55 percent between 2015 and 2020. This is the same type of boom the U.S. experienced after World War II. So the country’s growth is just getting started.
The country is becoming a leader in the technology space.
Most of the world views China as a nation of copycats and counterfeits. But China accounts for 20 percent of all global research & development spending. That’s just second behind the U.S., with 26 percent.
In the field of artificial intelligence, China is also second – just behind the U.S. in terms of the number of companies in the space and the corresponding amount of financing received by those firms.
And when it comes to simply brute computing power, China remains the world leader. Since mid-2013, China has held claim to the world’s fastest supercomputer.
China’s fintech sector is leading the world
It’s also a leader in the fintech space. Fintech is the use of technology to make financial services more efficient.
According to a recent joint report by professional services firm Ernst & Young and Singaporean bank DBS, China has surged ahead of the likes of Silicon Valley and London to become the “undoubted centre of global fintech innovation and adoption.” The country is now home to the world’s biggest fintech “unicorns,” which are start-up companies that are valued at over $1 billion. Private equity firms and other fintech investors have never been busier with investing in China.
To sum up, there’s a lot to like about China. It is quickly overtaking the U.S. and other developed countries in many areas.