I have just returned from a life changing trip to China! I spent most of the time in Guangzhou where I studied Mandarin, ate beautiful food and became a celebrity.
Real Chinese food is awesome. I was asked if it’s better than UK takeaway and i realised you can’t even compare them. They are two totally different things! The real deal is all about the flavour of the ingredients and the simple pleasure of flavour. The stuff you get on every street corner here is great to line your tummy before a night out but just doesn’t impress me anymore. Here it’s all about grease, sauces and gloop. My favourite food there includes pigeon, goose, deer, all sorts of fish and endless noodles.
One main thing that will forever make me laugh is the fact that i now know what it feels like to be an A List celeb! Everywhere we went people took photographs, stared, followed us and generally had looks of shock on their faces. One day we were walking down a street and a group of teenage girls came bounding up to us screaming and wanting to take pictures with us, each taking their turn to pose next to us! They were so sweet and a crowd gathered around to watch this exchange of lols. As we walked away we turned back and saw them squealing and jumping off down the street! HAH
I simply don’t understand how in 2013 my face or anyones in fact could startle someone so much simply for being from another country! I had zero comprehension of how closed off from the rest of the world they are. Especially when they are an enormous part of the world market. I won’t go into politics but experiencing their system was an experience i won’t forget. It was refreshing to be banned from social media!
Also, the whole time I was there I think I saw two slightly overweight people! Their diet and lifestyle is so much healthier than the West. I feel embarrassed for them to come here and see how different it is! Everybody know obesity is a problem, so why is it still so bad!?
Food and drink is a tenth of the price! It’s actually so exciting. I had wonderful street food and got really strange things from the supermarkets. And the clothing markets are full of beautiful things. I purchased a stunning silk dressing gown of which I am in love with.
Two things that amused me… 1 – spelling blunders on signs and 2 – hairy pits (ahhh O.o)
- “watch out for pinching” (on metro)
Do they mean stealing, door trapping or people sneaking up and hurting you!? who knows!!
Hong Kong was awesome! Very different to main China. I wasn’t stared at, facebook was allowed and it was a lot more multicultural! The prices were higher and it was a lot busier. However I loved it. I had the most amazing lunch at a French restaurant and went up the Victoria Peak thing which overlooks the whole city. It was really foggy which would normally annoy, however it was perfect for photographing…
I also met some amazing people, both in China and people on the group. You’re all awesome ^_^
Eternal thanks to the University of Bedfordshire for taking me and 24 others on this amazing, wonderful, enlightening and incredible trip!
BRING ON THE REST OF THE WORLD.