You know I think it is so great that so many people contact me and tell me they want to follow in my footsteps and come to China.  I am happy I inspire so many people to follow their dream to come here.   However, China is not right for everyone.  I know I make it look easy… and I have adapted pretty well to the country but it is not as easy as people think.  Especially if you’re a Black woman or a woman who is larger than a size 9.

Ashtray with cigarette butts
Ashtray with cigarette butts (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have decided to put together a list or test of sorts to see if you’re the right person that should be coming to China.   Now I am not an expert on the topic but I can tell you some honest things that can help you to determine whether or not you should follow your dream to live in China.

Below I have a list of things that you will definitely have to deal with when you come to China if you cannot handle 2 or more of these items; I would suggest you choose another country to explore for long-term.

1. If you can’t handle people staring and pointing at you like you are an animal in the zoo; then China is not for you.

2. If you don’t like to have your photo taken without them asking you whenever you go outside; then China is not for you.

3. If you don’t like to risk getting diarrhea whenever you eat something because you are not sure how your stomach will reach to it; then China is not for you.

4. If you’re not okay with eating things that you are not really sure what it is or where it came from, even after you ask; then China is not for you.

5. If you can’t stand people smoking everywhere you go, inside and outside and throwing the cigarette butts everywhere; then China is not for you.

6. If you are not able to use a squatty potty or trough that sometimes doesn’t have a door or toilet paper to go to the bathroom at about every public place; then China is not for you.

7. If you don’t like people to stand too close to you or you do not like people in your personal space all the time; then China is not for you.

8. If you want men to come up to you and ask you out on dates or ask to buy you a drink without you making the first moves; then China is not for you.

9. If you don’t like washing clothes by hand or if you have a machine having to hang all your clothes up to dry; then China is not for you.

10.  If you don’t like to have to bargain a price down everywhere you go because someone is always trying to cheat you and sell you something overpriced; then China is not for you.

11. If you don’t like places that are crowded and waiting in long lines to do everything; then China is not for you.

12.  If you can’t stand dirt, smog, litter and pollution everywhere; then China is not for you.

13. If you can’t handle working 6 days a week, 10 or more hours a day, with no sick time and being call at all hours to do things for your job; then China is not for you.

14. If you don’t like singing at KTV and drinking large amounts of beer and alcohol to be able to network with people; then China is not for you.

15. If being around people who only think about material things and money and are always asking you how much you paid for something; then China is not for you.

16. If you can’t handle not being able to understand people easily or they not being able to understand you even if you can speak Chinese; then China is not for you.

17. If you get irritated when people don’t organize or plan things out well; then China is not for you.

18. If you can’t handle running out of hot water or the electricity going out periodically; then China is not for you.

19.  If you feel irritated and angry when things you pay good money for fall apart after only a few days; then China is not for you.

20. If you want a quick internet that can access Facebook, YouTube or any other American websites without paying money for a proxy and cheap electronics that work well; then China is not for you.

21. If you don’t like being the only one or one of very few Black people in a whole city; then China is not for you.

22.  If you don’t like being monitored or watch every time you go somewhere or do something because the government needs to know everything you do; then China is not for you.

23. If you don’t like sitting at the dinner table and watching people spit bad food and bones on the table in front of them; then China is not for you.

24. If you can’t handle seeing people going to the bathroom outside and spit loudly everywhere; then China is not for you.

25. If you can’t handle people driving like there are no rules to follow on the road and cars have the right of way; then China is not for you.

These are just a few things to test to see if you guys are really ready to come to China.  I don’t want any of you to come here and not be prepared.  I want to be honest and direct. It is not easy.  But if you can adjust, tolerate and you love adventure China just might be okay for you.  I don’t want to discourage I want to encourage… but I don’t want to deceive anyone.  If you come to China you need to put your big Girl and big Boy pants on … and just deal with whatever comes your way.  It is truly survival of the fittest.

until next time….

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