What things do Chinese people find strange about the West?
Years ago I went to London and had a super wonderful trip there. I lived in one of the host families. Since it was my first time abroad, it was a bit of culture shock for me.
The tap water - Can’t believe that we can drink the water from the tap directly! In China there is no possibility for us to do that. Even when we need to wash some fruit or something we will use the purified water. Every family has at least one water purifier (mine have three). This is because the water pollution in our country is very serious. It cannot be denied.
Shoeless - The children from my host hardly wore shoes even when they played in the yard. I tried but gave up. It hurts a lot!!!
Friendly - When I hung out, there were a lot of strangers saying ‘Hi’ to me. And most of them said it in Chinese. So sweet! In China, when we see foreigners, most of us feel shy to say ‘Hello’. But for once, I said ‘Hi’ to a foreigner at Starbucks and she smiled back at me. Not that weird actually.
Weird Chinese on clothes - Sometimes I saw the people wearing Tees with strange Chinese on them. I don’t know whether they knew the meaning or not...
Actually I think the feeling that we have is same as that of western people when they see weird letters on our clothes. :D
I would like to talk about North America and Europe.
Why do you guys love cold & ice water so much?
OMG, you can directly drink the tap water ?!
Prefer to take bath in the morning rather than at night?
Western women can recover so fast after giving birth. Most Chinese women have to stay at home for at least one month.
Grandparents don't help take care of grandchildren.
Parents and children sign agreements when they borrow money from each other. For most Chinese parents and children, there is no "borrow", but only "gift".
Like to talk with strangers
People love thrift stores
Westerners really love sunbath, especially in the UK and Canada. Chinese normally avoid strong sunshine in order to keep skin pale…
Couples pay separately in restaurants and supermarkets.
Giving birth to babies without marriage. (No offense. We just think that marriage can give baby a more stable environment.)
A lot of birds and wild animals don't fear for humans. Drivers make way for them.
Political correctness. People incline to shift topic if you mention religion, race, and separatism. They would like to talk more if they're familiar with you, in secret.
The government promises separatists more benefit, and the rest of the country pay for it.
Party a lot…
Drugs are legal…
Guns are legal…
Prostitution is legal…
Many Canadian shopping malls are full of the scent of cinnamon. They use cinnamon in many desserts, we only use it as medicine…
Beggars and bankers can happily talk in cafe. (Not strange, but amazing and impressive)
Very….impressive Chinese tattoos…
(No offence. We normally don't tattoo these words, so we feel strange when we see them on someone else's body.)