- Noodles for breakfast
I find it really difficult to eat the same kind of thing all day, I like variation. Noodles in a meaty sort of broth is really difficult for me to eat first thing in the morning!
- Chicken feet
The Chinese LOVE chicken feet – it’s a speciality. You’ll see them everywhere that sells food. Supermarkets sell them in abundance and lines of food vendors on the street have them coated in a selection of spices. Gross.
- The humidity
It’s very hot and sweaty. Even when you don’t think it’s that hot you’ll be walking around with a wet back. I’d suggest taking a couple of spare shirts when you go out (or a towel).
- The lack of English speakers
A lot of countries have English as a second language these days, which makes people lazy. You’ll need to learn the lingo or be prepared to wave your arms about like a mad person to make your point. A lot of the time the Chinese are really forthcoming and try to help you as much as they can, but it can be daunting!
- The Staring!
Where I live, there aren’t as many foreigners as Beijing or Shanghai. I get stared at wherever I go and not even in a subtle way. I’ve had people coming inches away from my face to get a good look at my white skin.