#3 V.I.P. things Chinese people can’t live without

Traveling around China has never been so comfortable and relaxing, thanks to some few and simple Chinese must-have. At the very first moment, you’ll maybe be confused.. but giving you the right time to get used to them, the magic happens!!


#1. TOILETS!!

Toilets in China are literally everywhere. Moreover, browsing around looking for toilets is one of the better ways to discover Chinese culture!! I’m not kidding! Get lost in Beijing and Shanghai hutongs (the old neighborhood). There, public toilets are actually neighborhood toilets!

Due to its past history, in China not always houses have toilets inside. So everybody refers to the many neighborhood toilets. These toilets are always totally free, (almost) always super clean!! Share with locals this typical Chinese experience to see how every toilet is different, and how it reflects Chinese life in that specific neighborhood…

Just a few more words about this! Surfing on the web, tons of blogs are full of infos about how “There is no paper, bring paper..”, “There is no soap, bring soap…”. What nobody tells you, it’s that more than often… There is no door!!!!

And this lack of privacy, it’s actually funny and super quick…!

Public Toilets | China | © Living-Meanwhile
Public Toilets | China | © Living-Meanwhile
Public Toilets | China | © Living-Meanwhile

#2. Food, Food Markets, Street Food or Dry food…BUT…Give me FOOD!!

Grab food, while eating food. Next, eat both foods, while buying other food, still eating food! That’s a typical Chinese experience!! There’s food everywhere. And everywhere, people are eating.

Xi’an | China | © Living-Meanwhile
Xi’an | China | © Living-Meanwhile
Xi’an | China | © Living-Meanwhile
Shanghai | China | © Living-Meanwhile
Chengdu | China | © Living-Meanwhile

However…the most exciting Chinese experience for food is: taking trains!! Taking trains (better if a night train, but every train is a good train!) is the definitive Chinese opportunity for carrying food. Especially dry food!! Everywhere, in the stations as well as onboard, you’ll find hot water dispenser, just fill your noodles pot…smile happy, and eat!!

China | © Living-Meanwhile
Smiling and eating on the night train to Xi’an | China | © Living-Meanwhile

#3. Singing, Dancing and playing MahJong in every park and all around the streets!!

Seems that Chinese can’t live without..dancing! And that’s super nice! Browsing around in the daytime in parks or at just walking in the streets at nighttime, you can easily find people dancing everywhere! They perform mostly “group” dancing, under a typical Chinese music tune!

Dancing in People’s Park, Chengdu | China | © Living-Meanwhile
Dancing in People’s Park, Chengdu | China | © Living-Meanwhile

All day long, all around the city, you’ll also see crowds of people relaxing playing MahJong (typical Chinese game, all about strategy) or playing cards! Sooo romantic!!

Playing MahJong in Songpan | China | © Living-Meanwhile
Playing MahJong in Songpan | China | © Living-Meanwhile

For more pictures of my trip to China, click here!


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