10 Reasons Why I Love China
A lot of people I met during my time here in the US ask me what I want to do when I am graduating in March and when I say I am going back to live in China some of them ask why.
That’s why I decided to write a post about my top 10 reasons to love China and why I am going back there.
Love at First Sight
When I talk to Expats in China or people who traveled or lived in China there are usually two types: the ones who love it and the ones who hate it. To me, I don’t know what it is but I just love this country and I will describe why in the next 9 points.
The Asian, or more specific Chinese, culture is very interesting to me. I love Chinese temples and holidays and want to be part of all that.
Of course, China is full of great career opportunities for young expats who speak Chinese. With its fast development and thousands of Western companies thriving to China, a career path would be quite easy to achieve – I hope.
This is a really important point for me. I love the fact that I can go out anytime I want and go to a “food street” and try my way through endless food stands. And I love that Chinese cuisine has so much variety: meat, vegetables, sweets, dim sum, soup, salad, … everything!
I love traveling and the fact that traveling inside China is so cheap makes it really attractive to live there for me. You can get overnight bus tickets for as los as $15-$20 and the country itself has so much to offer: sunny islands in the south, mountains everywhere, snow in the north, and so many different cultures to visit. Traveling to other Asian countries is also cheaper and closer than coming from Europe or the US of course.
There is no place where I feel as safe as in China. There are people everywhere, also at night. This makes me feel so safe compared to other places around the world. Certainly, there are bad areas and crime is just as present but I just get a feeling of security in China. All my other expat friends feel the exact same way.
Everybody knows: China’s economy is booming. Cities pop out of nowhere within months and mid-sized cities become metropolis. Being part of this boom is very exciting I think. I have never experience such an upswing before. Definitely very unique.
Everywhere I went in China I always felt welcome at all times. I had no “racist” experience whatsoever. I am sure there are a lot of Chinese who don’t like the streams of foreigners flocking into their country but at least I never had this personal experience.
When I was in China, everyday was exciting. In the beginning of every stay abroad that’s quite normal but usually within a few weeks/months everything becomes daily life. Not so in China for me. No matter where I went I saw something I hadn’t seen before or I tried food I hadn’t tasted before. It was never boring.
Let’s face it, I’m a girl and almost every girl loves shopping. China is a shopper’s paradise. At least for me. You can find crazy stuff and cute clothes on every corner. The quality is another story but at least it’s cheap and I can buy lots and lots of stuff… 😀
For me, there’s many more reasons why I want to go back to China, but the biggest one is that I fell in love with this country. It amazes me and I want to be part of it. For a long time.