You know you are a Chinese girl who lives abroad when every time in China…

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You know you are a Chinese girl who lives abroad when each time you visit China, you do the following things:

1. Go to hair dresser with your best friend(We all tend to get curly hair!)
和你要好的朋友去理发店做头发

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Sihan in Chengdu before + after
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Lucy and Sam before + after
Me and my friend before after
Me and my friend before + after

2. Spend a few euro to get a manicure just because you could never afford it in Belgium
花几十块钱做个美甲体验一下因为在国外美甲没法美容都太贵啦

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3. Look for places to get coffee every day, and regret not bring some coffee powder home
每天到处去找咖啡唤醒自己,然后后悔没有带点咖啡粉回来

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4. Meet your friends even though you could only spend time for a few hours
和要好的朋友聚一下,哪怕只是几小时

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5. You bring a pair of worn high heels to China so that people can fix the heel for 1 euro instead of 8 euro in Belgium
把鞋跟磨坏了的高跟鞋带回国来修,因为这样便宜很多

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6. You have loads of fun going to food market to do groceries for cooking and you saw with your eyes how a fish was killed, cleaned and chopped before the vendor hand it to you
你觉得去菜市场买菜超级好玩,亲眼看别人把一条活蹦乱跳的鱼打晕,杀死然后剁好给你

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7. Get really stressed when going to public toilet
Remind yourself 100 times to bring some toilet paper before going out
每次去公共厕所都很紧张,每天要记得100遍包里放电卫生纸

8. Get annoyed about cars honking all the time
司机无缘无故按铃的时候很烦

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9. Whenever friends want to go to KFC, MacDonald, Di-cos, you frown
每当朋友提议其肯德基,麦当劳,德克士的时候都皱起眉头

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10. You need to switch your brain to Chinese IT system: Facebook -> Wechat, Youtube -> YouKu, Google -> Baidu…
把你脑中整个IT系统统统换成中国,facebook – 微信,youtube – 优酷, 谷歌- 百度

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11. Your Belgian friends have to download what’s-app because that is the only way to reach you
你比利时的朋友因为联系不到你专门下载whatsapp

12. You carry 2 telephones with you(one with only Chinese number, and apps) and sometimes get confused
你随身带两个手机,一个中国号码和中国app, 一个比利时的号码, 有时候自己的搞糊涂了

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13. You travel around China and publish your location on Wechat so that your friends can propose to meet you
你每次都会各处走动,为了和全国各地的朋友见面,却还是感慨去的地方不够多

14. You love Chinese food, but after a while you would rather cook yourself for the families
你喜欢吃中餐,但有时候却更想在家自己做饭吃

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15. You go to eat hotpot, you enjoy the food so much and you cry all the time(too spicy)
你喜欢去吃火锅,一边感叹好吃一边被辣哭

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16. You ditch your partner and share the bed with you sister or mother, because you want to share some heart to heart talk until 3 am
你丢掉你的男盆友和姐姐或妈妈一起睡觉,这样可以单独聊天到深夜

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17. You say all the time “every time I come back, so mush has changed!”
你的口头禅是:我上次回来都还没有这个这个还有那个!变化太大了!

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18. You ask yourself why you cannot get a taxi on the street any more, then your friends told you “You are out! We all order taxi on the phone, the taxi divers are always in mission..”
你问自己为什么在街上都打不到车了, 原来大家都用滴滴打车! 出租车司机随时都有任务在身!

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19. It is a battle to pay for the bill(for dinner) because everyone in China wants to pay!
每次和朋友家人抢着付账就像是打仗一样!

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20. You get fat!
你又长胖了!

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21. You get cold because of the weather and air quality
因为天气和空气的原因,你会感冒

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22. You blow your nose in public, then feels awkward.
你在公共场大声合擤鼻涕,然后感觉周围怪怪的。

23. You literally get lost.
你在路上走着走着 就走丢了。

If you are like me, do you do any of the things above? Which one do you think is the most uncommon one? Let me know!

Some photos are from the internet.
有的图片来自网络。

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8 comments

  1. I think you still miss one interesting thing… Shopping online today and receive it in 1 or 2 days with very good delivery service. Most of the case, you do not need to pay for the delivery. I heard from friends in US or UK about the terrible shipping service. Here in China, the courier will call you with your shopping item. They can leave your parcel at an agreed secret place next to your door if there is no pick-up box in your housing estate. Yeah, normally, we have pick-up boxes next to our house where the courier may store your parcel box and you can pick it up with phone msg password. Sometimes you may receive some cute and funny msg from those guys with your parcel.
    http://www.takefoto.cn/viewnews-137612.html
    But in US or UK, those shipping guys did some extraordinary actions.
    http://chuansong.me/n/477693042975
    http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_e5512ef50102wc7p.html

      1. One more topic for you… going out only with your cellphone, find your way, instant location, take a photo, etc. and the most convenient thing is to pay everything with Alipay or Wechat… ok only in large cities like Shanghai, Chengdu, Shenzhen, Hangzhou…

        Hmm, I am thinking of what kind of readers of your articles. Are you attracting the foreigners to visit China? Or you are actually summarize the experience for your own? Or you just note down for fun?

        1. Hey you, the readers would be the ones who are interested in Chinese culture or culture in general. This post is just to demonstrate some I interesting facts about Chinese people who live abroad and encounter some counter culture shock in China. I’m sure I’m not the only one . 🙂

  2. Hi Lin,
    Here comes a suggestion for you… you make a contents list where we can check your articles in one page, cuz just now I wanna see what you’ve posted and start from the most attractive one of the rest but I need to swipe all the way down to find your next page, passing by those I’ve read already.

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