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February 16, 2012

China after China

Filed under: China, Places, Travel — Tags: , , , , — jesus @ 05:21

So, I don’t really know why I chose to visit China in the very first place. I was mildly interested in it, but never had a massive interest in it. Maybe because my friend Pablo went there in March last year and he liked it. Maybe because it’s an exotic location which doesn’t see as many tourists as other places.

The fact is that I chose Hong Kong as the first destination in Asia (not having been in Asia before) so that my first experience would be a bit westernised and I wouldn’t suffer too much from the cultural shock. But going to China 5 days later was a big shock for me. Probably in a good and bad way. In hindsight, I think I should have visited other Asian countries which allow an easier entry than China before visiting China. The language barrier (buying train tickets is kind of a mission), the people staring at you and the customs and way the Chinese behave was a bit too much as a first option in the Asian continent. Still, I don’t regret it.

Will I come back? Yes, maybe. I don’t feel an urgency to come back, to be honest, but I know I’d like to be back at some point. But with somebody else. Having someone with you with whom you can share the good and the bad moments is good in a country where you can feel totally isolated, so that there’s a way to vent your frustration or laugh at it. I’ve had days in which I haven’t seen other westerner and haven’t interacted with people who were able to speak even a basic English.

I can’t really imagine what going to a more isolated country must be. Think Africa, for example, or India. Mind blowing probably.

Anyway, good experience, a bit too tough for me being a novice traveller in far-away countries. Will get better at this :-)

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  1. I can imagine the shock on your face when you land in Africa and encounter very eloquent English, Spanish and French speakers :) And on realizing how highly animated those wildlife stories on Discovery channel are…

    Comment by Ray — February 22, 2012 @ 07:29

  2. This is really interesting! I moved to Korea 5 months ago and I’m still suffering from culture shock, the language barrier and the people staring!

    Comment by amydunkley — February 22, 2012 @ 11:28

  3. I will be studying abroad in Shanghai for four months and I am so worried about experiencing culture shock and the language barrier, it’s nice to know many other people out there travel to foreign countries and experience what I will most likely experience! I’d love to visit Hong Kong while I’m there, do you have any suggestions as to places I should go see?

    Comment by apgaignard — April 9, 2012 @ 19:05

    • You should be fine in Shanghai. It’s more western that the rest of China I think (never been myself). Are you asking about places to visit in HK or China? For Hong Kong, have a look at my posts from the beginning of this year so you can see what I saw, which might work for you or not. For China, well, I’ve only been to the South East of China, so can’t really talk much about the rest of it. But I’d say, use Shanghai as your base camp and explore a bit of China! :)

      Comment by jesus — April 10, 2012 @ 14:12

      • Thank you for the reply! I will take a look at your previous posts :)

        Comment by apgaignard — April 10, 2012 @ 14:21

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