What are the most Chinese things ever?



Kyle Hayashi, Lived in three countries in three continents.

Here in Spain, there is a type of store called Bazar Chino, literally Chinese Bazaars. These are the most Chinese things you will find in the Western world.

在西班牙,有一种商店叫做Bazar Chino,字面意思是“中国市场”。这些市集是你在西方世界能找到的最具中国特色的东西。


Come with me, and you’ll be, in a world of Chinese fabrications…


There are generally standard utility stores, packed with anything you might need for your daily life in somewhat convenient locations for somewhat cheap prices.


They sell everything from officeware to silverware to toiletware to bedware and gardenware…



hardware computerware kitchenware warewolves…


These stores are called this way because there is almost always a Chinese person behind the counter who practically lives there.


But that’s not all, these stores are the epitome of Chinese stereotypes.


The Chinese are hardworking


These stores open till late, and even open on holidays.


Some people seem to live in their Bazars, it’s where their children go to after school.


Local people complain the Chinese steals their businesses, fact is Chinese people open till the sun explodes.


The Chinese are everywhere


These stores are goddamn everywhere, even in the faintest nook and cranny in the dead of night you will see one store light up the way and it’s a Bazar Chino.


Or maybe you see a Thai, Japanese or a Korean restaurant? A Chinese person probably runs it too.


The Chinese look alike


It doesn’t help that all stores look and sell basically the same stuff, it might as well be the same person selling in the stores too.


The Chinese make everything


Well, yeah.


The Chinese language is so hard oh god!


Inside these Bazars the owners speak to each other and their children in Chinese and not Spanish.


Should they speak in English at least the locals would recognize it.


Speaking in Chinese though the response from locals is a big “WHAT?”


All Asian people are Chinese


Westerners don’t tend to recognize Asians well (as does the other way around), and with how Chinese people are just everywhere, the assumption is all Asians are Chinese.



Pak L. Huide, studied at China

This thing is made in the Qing dynasty, it’s nicknamed “the mother of all Chinese ceramics”(瓷母)




Yatharth Bakshi

China often leaves you spell bound due to its diversity and wide array of people. But the most Chinese thing is ill translated Chinese boards. China can be quite a difficult country to visit for western world people due to less amount of English speaking citizens.


 And thus I present to you, hilariously translated boards-










Andrea Burnc

Just to clear things up, I’m half Chinese.


Stashing bags


For some unexplainable reason, every Chinese house I have ever been to (including our own) has had at least one cabinet full of old shopping bags. Sometimes, these cabinets become so full that every time you open one, a whole bunch of bags fall out. We also double bag basically anything that is even somewhat heavy, so the amount of bags that we bring home every time is just ridiculous.


Reusing anything and everything


This comes from how many of our grandparents came from blue-collar worker families, so they would make the most out of anything they could get their hands on. My grandpa in particular uses plastic water bottles over and over again until the water starts tasting funny and the bottle bends with the slightest touch.


Fighting over the bill/cheque


It doesn’t matter if you're a broke college student or a rich businessman, it is basically an unspoken rule that you must at least make an attempt to fight for the bill/cheque at a restaurant. I have seen my family snatch the bill from the waiter before you even realized that it came! If you happen to have the bill, you must defend it like it was your life and whip out your wallet as quickly as possible so that the other person doesn't have a chance to pay. Seriously, the kinds of fights that I have seen start over who will pay the bill are both impressive and concerning.


Making the most out of buffets


When you go to a buffet, you have to make sure you are hungry, because you will be required to stuff your face with everything there. Before anything else, though, you have to eat CRAB LEGS. Since they are pretty expensive for good quality ones at restaurants, at an all-you-can-eat buffet, I can guarantee that there will be plates on plates on plates of crab legs, lobsters, etc. I am the weird one in my family, for I dislike the taste of crabs, lobsters, clams, or basically any seafood that has a shell.


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Sasha Sim

1.When cooking, stir fries are king and always done on high heat

2.Chopsticks are preferred over much more logical utensils (such as the whisk)

3.Almost all our recipes require garlic and ginger

4.Cold water is bad for you (Mum used to tell me that my digestion will be compromised)

5.When the sun's out, our umbrellas go up

6.Rice is always cooked in a rice cooker, never in a pot.

7.Chinese children are taught early that education is important

8.We love badminton and ping pong

9.Each child was probably forced to play the piano or the violin at age 5

10.Save, save, save. We are stingy people when it comes to money.

11.When you're sick, your mother goes to the local herb shop and forces a steaming bowl of vile herbal soup down your throat.

12.Our parents are never emotionally expressive. Instead they say, “Have you eaten yet?”.

13.That butter cookie tin probably contains sewing kits instead of cookies

14.So is that ice cream container in the freezer… probably frozen meat.

















To me, it is the open sexism.


By this I meant China is still an male-predominated society and talks considered insulting or down to the earth discriminative is encouraged in China. Among all the countries I have been, China is the only country that you would see people openly discuss whether a female is young and attractive in the public. In China, it is to be expected that you will be facing job difficulties if you are a female that never had a child before. Your chance of getting pregnant and not able to work during pregnancy means you will be facing disadvantages in the job market. In China, a lot of females still think that women’s career choice does not matter as long as they married a good husband. In China, a female are supposed to perform maiden duties like doing laundry, washing dishes, cooking food, raising kids while her husband stays idle. I find these ideas entirely ridiculous.


Personally, this phenomenon makes me feel simply disgusting. I feel embarrassed when I met with Ivy league math PhDs in a math conference killing their time off by grading female mathematican’s outlooks. Why no one talks about whether Terry Tao is as handsome as when he was in his mid 20s? Why no one talks about how attractive Gerd Faltings is and whether he had great difficulties in the dating market because his head is bald? I could not understand how this kind of behavior contributes to the welfare of the community. When I challenged them in the public, they would confront me to get off the table (or stop calling them sexists) and I decided to leave. Are they really graduated from the same Peking University that celebrated the May 4th movement? Or are they simply mentally imbecilic and psychologically immature?



Andrew J. Limas,

Never drinking cold water


In my country, the United States, asking for hot water to drink at a restaurant is completely unheard of. Instead, they always serve you cold water with/without ice. Whenever I was in China/Taiwan, I began to learn that cold drinks were not considered healthy for the body (not exactly sure how to explain this). Although, it was rather easy to get ice put in your drink so I didn’t realize this until later during my time there.


The second point I noticed is that elderly Chinese people do not drink anything during meals. One time I was at a meal with some elderly Chinese people, and I noticed they did not drink anything whenever they ate. I looked around and noticed I was the only person drinking something at the table. Honestly, I didn’t know it was humanly possible to not drink something while eating. Not sure if this was just particular to a few elderly people, or if this actually is a cultural thing



Daryl Tew,

I know we take toilet paper for granted but some Chinese are taking it to the extreme and the security has to come up with some serious deterrents!



Facial recognition technology used to prevent toilet paper free-riding at tourist attraction in China


A popular Beijing tourist attraction, the Temple of Heaven, has installed toilet paper dispensers with facial recognition technology in a bid to cut down on the free-riding behaviour of visitors who use too much of it.


While the park has retained its existing roll dispensers for users who are not adept with technology, six wall-mounted machines, each with a high definition camera have been installed. Based on current settings, the machine’s technology will scan users’ faces and dispense 60cm of toilet paper to each person every 9 minutes.


Photographs of people stealing toilet paper from toilets in Temple of Heaven Park had gone viral online earlier this month, with some offenders people seen making multiple trips a day.


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