Steve's China Blog

Saturday, August 26, 2006

You know you've been in China too long when...


  • you can eat faster with chopsticks than with a fork.

  • you have to think how to use a knife and fork.

  • you remember your last trip to Taco Bell fondly.

  • you eat at McDonalds to put some solid food into your body.

  • you prefer to drink beer from one litre bottles.

  • you think Great Wall Cabernet is not too bad.

  • you get an urge to spit in public.

  • you fiercely haggle a difference of 1 RMB in price (about 12 cents).

  • white people all look the same to you.

  • you don't mind being in a crowd... of a million or more.

  • you believe you are really tall when you are only 5'10".

  • you don't mind when your taxi honks their horn at people as you drive down the sidewalk.

  • someone says, "Look at the foreigner!", and you look around.

  • you find yourself "getting back to nature" in a park that contains nothing but concrete and a giant statue of some dead commie.

  • open spaces make you uncomfortable.

  • squatting doesn't seem that difficult.

  • you find state-employed staff helpful, knowledgeable, and friendly.

  • you light up a cigarette in the elevator.

  • a stranger asks you for directions in Chinese and you understand them...

  • you give directions to a stranger in Chinese and they understand you.

2 Comments:

  • That is fun, especially when you look for "foreigners" with other Chinese...:-D I think you really get into this culture. You may want to add one more that "you could go cross the street (not using pedestrian light) very fast and comfortable enough, with cars howling and driving by on both directions.

    By Blogger Kathy, at 3:59 AM  

  • I do not think I will ever get use to crossing the street here. It is too crazy, I think. A few days ago I saw a guy try to run across the street and he got hit by a bicyclist. Lucky it wasn't a car or truck that hit him.

    By Blogger Steve Harms, at 2:31 PM  

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