In 2015 I had the chance to travel to China. For sure many wish to explore the vast country of China, to walk at the Great Wall, to visit the Forbidden City, to explore the Shaolin temple or to witness the greatness of the Longmen Grottoes. Undoubtedly there are so many historical and cultural attractions to visit in China and it is certainly an outstanding country with beautiful landscapes to explore. I spent only two weeks in China, therefore I didn’t have the chance to explore as many places as I would like, but I was lucky enough to witness the lifestyle of Chinese people.
One of my best friends from university was from China so, during my time in China I stayed with her family, I met her friends, I even visited her work place and met her colleagues. It was an amazing experience and I was glad I was able to follow the lifestyle of a local rather than a traveller. To be fair, if I was not with my friend it would have been difficult to experience China like a local mainly because of the language. Especially if you aren’t in the major cities such as Beijing and shanghai then it is rare to find people who speak English. So, if you have a local friend you get to have an entire different journey.
What I loved the most during my time in China was the warm welcome I received from my friend’s family and friends. I got to enjoy family dinners, night outs with karaoke and a warm soup after a fun night, long walks and exploring massive shopping malls and markets. But, I also got to experience not so developed areas, visit a factory, a trading company, and a robots exhibition. And lastly, I got to experience the Buddhism culture, visit several temples and even watched a live performance by monks and nuns. Needless to say, it was an unexpected yet incredible event. Lastly but not least, in China I got to see beautiful landscapes of mountains, lakes, rivers and vast forests.
Overall, my trip to China was unforgettable. If I can recommend something is if you go to China try to avoid all the mainstream places. Seek other beautiful and adventurous places or even opportunities that allow you to experience the real lifestyle of Chinese people.
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