How to tell if you have been in China too long

Life In China — By on 26/01/2012 2:36 am

Every culture has its good and bad habits and often when you stay in a country long enough, you run the risk of adopting the bad habits. Listed below are some funny and wickedly true habits I’ve come across that will indicate if you have been in China too long and are being drawn to the dark side.

You stop saying sorry or excuse me when you accidentally bump people

You allow your children to openly urinate on the street

You always take the front seat when you catch a taxi

You never use the seat belt when you catch a taxi

You never ever leave home with out toilet paper/tissues

You never clean up your dog’s poo when walking it in the street

You stop cleaning your tray at McDonald’s or KFC

You stop smiling or being friendly to service staff

You no longer feel that yelling into a mobile phone at restaurants is rude or unusual

You start littering and dumping your trash on the street instead of the bin

You automatically haggle when ever you buy something

You now believe that queuing and waiting in line is for losers

You give in to peer pressure and start smoking every where. Lifts, restaurants, taxis…..

You have adopted the habit of loudly hawking and spitting

You never used to use your car horn, now you use it constantly at the slightest provocation

You are no longer worried about disturbing people and make as much noise as you want when ever you want where ever you are

You have given up on direct communication and are always looking for the implied meaning

You can no longer understand why copying and bootlegging is illegal outside China

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  1. Derek says:

    Hahaha that is awesome! I'm planning my first trip to China for later this year, can't wait.

    • Brendon says:

      Hi Derek, all the best for your first trip to China which will be amazing. Which parts of China to you plan to travel to?

      • Derek says:

        Well Beijing first and foremost (going to DPRK too) but other than that, no real decisions yet… my buddy and I have no idea to be honest, so overwhelmed with choices. We are still doing a bunch of research on what we want to see while there. Any suggestions? Preferably something off the tourist path…

        • Brendon says:

          Hard to choose good travel spots of the tourist path because where you don’t have alot of foreign tourist, you still have bus loads of Chinese tourists. In Beijing go to one of the more remote spots on the Great Wall like Jiankou hike east to Mutianyu or Gubeikou and hike east again to Jinshanling. Where to go out side of Beijing depends on how much time you have. Definitely see Yellow Mountain (Huangshan) via Hangzhou and Leaping Tiger Gorge to the west in Yunnan. Then if you still have time, do the Silk Road solo. THAT would be an awesome trip and very off the beaten path!

  2. Franklin says:

    Ive only been in Beijing 2 days and OMG this is soooo true!

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