I have noticed in the past two years many people who have lived in China for many years are now leaving and going back home or to other countries. I guess the Charm of China is wearing off.
With the new strict visa laws, the blocking of Vpns and websites, the basic lack of acceptance for foreigners in China is getting old for many people. They are missing their freedom and are just over it.
I have been here 11 years… and I too am starting to feel that China has taken a turn in a more negative direction concerning foreigners as a whole. I cannot speak for all expats but from the people I have spoken too… they are just done with how difficult it is to do just the basic things. Sending money home can be a two-day task due to the documentation you need to provide. Even buying a computer can be daunting if you do not have a Chinese person with you. Having to look over your shoulder to make sure you have not broken some law that you didn’t know existed or having your visa checked by the police randomly when you are walking down the street; can be just plain exhausting.
Even some of my friends that are married to Chinese locals are having issues with their spouses, or the spouse’s family, etc. It is just getting to be a lot… .and people are tired of dealing with it and they want out.
I myself am starting to feel the wear and tear of living here in China for so long. The probably we run into is …now that we have lived abroad for so long… it is very difficult to come back and live in America again. Mind you there are so many things that we miss… mainly family and friends…. but America isn’t the same as what is was when I left 11 years ago… and I am not the same as when I left. So, adjusting back to home life is very, very difficult.
You have to decide .. if you want to start all over again…. at the age you are now or should you just go to another country and start again. It’s not as easy as people might think to just go back home. What will job will you do? where will you live? …How will you move all your stuff?…… so many things to consider….
Living abroad makes you feel like you have been living in another time .. and then you have returned to the future… kind of like that…. everyone is older, things have changed and places look different.
I am losing a lot of friends because they are moving but … I am not sure if I am ready to throw in the towel yet. China is a big place… and there may be a few more things I need to experience before I plan my exit. and a few more goals I need to accomplish… and even more people I want to meet…. However when that time comes when I fully lose the Charm of China…. I will have to consider where to go………. I hear Indonesia is nice……hummmmm
until next time…..