China has been a strong contender as a working abroad destination for years now, especially for being an English teacher. Whether you’re drawn to teach in the historical Beijing or prefer the glitz of Shanghai, one thing remains: the culture is AWESOME. But here are a few differences you should be aware of before you start to work and live in China.
1. Great Firewall of China
Many western websites, including Facebook, news agencies, and anything owned by Google, are completely blocked by the “Great Firewall of China.” In order to stay connected with family and friends back home, you’ll want to purchase a VPN (Virtual Private Network, which enables users to send and receive data across shared or public networks as if their computing devices were directly connected to the private network) that will allow you to access these websites from within China.
2. Using WeChat or Alipay to pay
Don't be surprised if you see the emergence of mobile payment apps in China paying for meals, clothing, rent, bills, taxis, and almost everything else. Cash is accepted as well. owever, today, apps like Alipay and WeChat are transforming China into a cashless society where transactions are commonly carried out via the mobile phone.
3. Didi and rent a bike for free
Didi, the ride-hailing app that swallowed 'Uber China' offers regular taxis, a private car service called Premier, and the Express option for carpooling. In the meanwhile, bike rental apps like Mobile and Ofo are there for you for shorter distance rides, charging only 0.5-1 RMB/h, and you may sometimes even find free bikes to ride!
4. Takeout delivery, Kuaidi, and Taobao
Food delivery in China is an impressively dynamic and tech-driven industry which means that users have a variety of choices, such as Baidu Waimai and Ele.me. Not only food, but you can also buy flowers and medicine if needed! Food deliveries are normally sent within an hour, which is rather convenient.
The king of shopping in China is the company Taobao. They offer everything from fully functional airplanes to temporary girlfriends. One awesome feature Taobao offers is image search. Just take a photo of the product you want, upload it on the app and give a snarky laugh to the lady at the market who wanted to sell you the same item for triple the price.
5. Work hard, play hard
Chinese are well-known for their hard work. Nightlife with new friends in KTV(Karaoke), Chinese foot & back massage will bring a new style of relaxation. Try a variety of Chinese food, do sightseeing, and enjoy the finer things when you are in China. You may find your best place even in a small street, the delights of China are yours to discover!
Take the time to observe the differences around you and enjoy all of the opportunities to learn about life in one of the world’s oldest societies. Teach in China, but also be taught!