You can’t find Chinese friends

Me with my host and two other couchsurfers in Beijing

This post is dedicated to the few people who told me that I will never meet and Chinese people and become friends with them because they are to different and I will end up hanging around only with other foreigners. Although that might sound like a “challenge accepted” thing (“Within 3 months I want to be friends with X Chinese!”), I did not run around asking people if they want to be friends with me, …

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On Friday then I planned to go to Guyaju, the cave formation in the north-east of Beijing. Not even my host and his family knew about it so I hoped to find a not to crowded area. When I went up I had my first surprise: Everything outside was white. I decided to go anyway and hoped the snow wouldn’t affect the public transport as much as it might in Germany. Again, like for the …

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Shopping in China

Chips in the Supermarket

So shopping in China is not significantly different from other countries…you have the usual big supermarkets (walmart, carrefour,etc.), you get shopping carts or plastic baskets for your errands, you pay at the end at a usual cashier…so far so good! A few things still are different: Somebody might stay at the entrance to hand you a shopping cart so that you don’t have to walk the additional 2 meters I couldn’t find something between a small …

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Getting a Flat (part 2)

The next day… I packed my stuff in the hotel, took a taxi and explained the taxi driver successfully the way to my new apartment and the agent to sign the contract. This time I had my passport with me, as well as (what I thought was) enough money to pay fee, deposit and one rent plus maybe unexpected additional fees. Well, what I was told there was that in China you might be requested …

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Legalization II (2012-08-28)

No idea, how often we made an appointment which was canceled by someone, but this morning Petteri and I went to the legalization again. While Petteri went back home to get his passport (because a passport is helpful if you want to do official stuff in a foreign country) I went to the first office again to explain which mistake they made. After a discussion with some guy who asked me which person processed my …

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Legalization I

Legalization, 2nd try. We met at 9 and went to the first office. I got my piece of paper without problems, while Fernanda took twice as long as me, because the people at the embassy put a stamp on her visa, that it wasn’t clear if it is valid for 246 or 248 days…