I’m back to the world of social media!! For the last 3 months I have been Working and Travelling in China. No one has herd from since my last post in Bangkok because even tho China has good internet and access to Facebook and stuff now I just didn’t have time while working. And you can only access Facebook using a VPN and its pretty slow! That’s why not many people in China use Facebook, and fair enough, they have “Wechat” which is now my FAVORITE social app. Facebook has so much to learn from its Chinese competition. But then, the whole world has a lot to learn from China!
The other day I was on high speed train and was doing 307 km/h between Guangzhou and Shenzhen. And a few days after that I was on the 118th floor of the worlds second tallest building. The engineering in China is incredible. Unlike anywhere else in the world except maybe Dubai. What used to take 12 hours by slow train between Guangzhou and Yangshuo now takes 2.5 hours and costs about 15USD.
I have been working as an outdoor door instructor, program coordinator for “Dragonfly” a company based out of Hong Kong. My job was to oversee programs where we would take groups of international school kids on outdoor an cultural experiences. For a job working in China this was perfect for me because I got to work in four different locations, unlike if your English teaching where you will be stuck in the same place the whole time. I got to work in Yangshuo, Zhaoqing, Yunnan and Hong Kong.
While at work it was very easy, I always worked alongside Chinese logistic staff and they were amazing. Everything in Chinese was sorted by them. On my weekend I would try to get away from work and go off by myself and it is was a completely different world. As a non Chinese speaker it is very difficult to travel there. You don’t know the language, or the writing. It very hard to order food unless there is pictures and taking busses is almost impossible! Its also unlikely that you will find someone who speaks English enough to help you. The one thing that is in English is the train system and the city underground systems. Once you leave that its tough!!
For me this was a great challenge because after travelling 5 years everything has become kind of the same and quite easy even if the language is a bit different. China is defiantly the hardest country I have travelled in and it was a great Challenge! There’s nothing like the feeling of being completely lost and not having a clue how to find your self!
That was at the start but after a few months there I picked up enough language and started to recognise enough characters that I could make my way around easy enough!
Chinese people are some of the nicest people I’ve ever met. At first they can feel a bit “cold” but once you get to know them they are amazing! Most people know some English but not many are confident enough to speak to you. The funniest thing was when a group of girls would say :hello” to me and then run away in fits of giggles! As a tall white person I was pretty popular. You get very used to being asked to take selfies with people. The funniest is when I had a guy ask if I would take a photo with his wife. I don’t know about you but I wouldn’t ask my wife to take a picture with a stranger guy!
I had dinner with a friend of a friends family and her father had never had a white person in his house before. A lot of people have never seen a white person before so you get a lot of attention! I love taking photos with people and after 9 months in Asia am very used tot he attention.
This was one of the best meals I have ever had anywhere in the world. Sichuan hotpot, with Anya and Queenie. I travelled with these two in Indonesia for 3 weeks in July. You can read my post: Picture Perfect Indonesia from that trip.
China is fast becoming the most powerful country in the world. In my opinion they already are but some still argue that the USA and China are still pretty even. Even tho the USA has a much larger GDP they owe trillions of dollars to China. China is a booming country, growing at 7 percent every year, and they own the money! And lend it to everyone else. If you lend others money you basically control them after that. If you own the money there’s much less that can go wrong. They are rapidly buying up and investing all around the world. Especially Africa.
There’s a lot of similarities between the USA and China ad some big differences, but I will talk more about that in a later post.
Pollution is always a big talking point when it comes to China. Where I was in the South East the pollution isn’t usually too bad compared with other areas like Beijing.
I still saw some bad pollution however. For a few days in Zhaoqing, a city near Guangzhou, the visibility was under 1km for a few days. The sky would be blue but you could hardly see the sun. Most places you go there is always a constant haze and it very rare to see clear blue sky and clear mountain in the distance.
People from the western world give China a very hard time for this and a lot of blame is pointed. I think this is very unfair. In my opinion any person who buys cheap Chinese made goods cant point fingers. And that is about 99 percent of people. The western world makes things in China because its cheap and there’s not so many rules. If we paid more for the products then they could afford to follow more pollution rules. The rules are in place, small factories just cant afford to follow them in many cases.
My time Working and Travelling in China was amazing. I recommend it to everyone and I think its something we should all experience. China is fast becoming the world leader and this country has so much to offer. From incredible nature, to food and technology and amazing people it has it all. Outdoor instructing is a great way for people like me who are more adventures and don’t really want to teach English in the same city for a year. China is slowly opening its boarders and its becoming much easier to Work and travel there.