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11. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Most shops in China stay open until 9pm or 10pm everyday. It's very convenient

Even the banks & post office are open weekends

12. Posted by ARway (Budding Member 18 posts) 11y

Quoting Wocca

For the first few months I was in China,I was very socially isolated.I felt quite alienated being the only foreigner in town. Of course, my Chinese counterparts did their best to welcome me warmly ...

I arrived in the middle of winter. The weather was icy cold & windy,
so the climate was quite a shock to me. Very few people spoke English

Hi, Wocca. I supposed you were a Chinese when I joined TP.

13. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Nihao ARway

Many Chinese that know me tell me that I think Chinese. Some even suggest that I am starting to look Chinese as well.

You can decide for yourself. Spoken English Contest

14. Posted by ARway (Budding Member 18 posts) 11y

Nihao Wocca, what a suprise I had! You are a teacher in Chengdu. It seems that you like the spicy foods very much. But, what is the contest you mean?

15. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

I'm teaching in Kunming for another month. I will move to Chengdu late August 2005. You are right. I do like spicy food very much.

The Spoken English Competition is held every year at universities throughout China. It is sponsored by CCTV 9.This is my third contest. I have just finished two nights of judging the 45 contestants in my Kunming university's contest. Both English & non-English majors compete. The two winners move onto the provincial finals later in the year.

The theme for this year's competition is " The Greatest Invention of All Time".

The winners of the provincial finals then go to Beijing for the national competition. Beijing winners then compete in Australia. Other winners go to the UK & the USA.

16. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Are there any solutions for culture shock ?

17. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

I dont know if I would call it a solution but the best transition one can make into another culture (as I have here) is to be accepting and open minded about every single situation that may come your way (whether you like it or not). I would try to avoid phrases like..."well, in my country...".

I think inevitably some of your own culture is lost in the process as you assimilate a new one, in the long term. Your values and belief system are not lost necessarily but the manner in which you are used to handling every day occurrances may shift dramatically and it is all part of the adjusment. Now, I personally have to deal with culture shock when I go back to the country I grew up in...and I go back very regularly. But most of the time is just utter confusion that derives from the constant adjustments, back and forth. Sometimes I deal with it well, sometimes I dont. Overall, I think it has helped me do better in my travels to other parts of the world, as I go about it with a very open mind and I sort of know what to expect.

Speaking of stages, the honeymoon stage didnt last long for me. The shock stage lasted about two years, the negotiation stage probably four or five years and finally I probably reached the accepting stage after eight years or so. It has been sixteen years and I am fully recovered now!

18. Posted by noemagosa (Full Member 355 posts) 11y

I don't think there is a "universal" solution for Culture shock. Some persons are not fit to adapt themselves easily to new situations, new places, new environment... I'm thinking of my brother here, but also of some persons I know who do like to travel, but they don't like to change their habits. ex: while in Spain they would NOT change their habit of having lunch at noon and supper at 6pm ("like in Quebec"), imagine the difficulty to find a restaurant open at their convenience, when in Spain the life is "everything later"!!

For me "Culture shock" is part of the fun in travelling. What's the point to go in other parts of the world if you don't experience different ways of living, thinking... TALKING!!!?? (don't forget that I'm a language freak!! )

19. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

The first solution to culture shock that comes to my mind is:


Don't stay inside and hide. Get out and experience what the local people are doing. If you visit public places, such as a shopping district or sporting events, you will be able to watch and learn how local customs are practiced

20. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y


Many people suffer culture shock in some way whilst abroad. Just recognize the problem and give yourself time to get over it.If you need to, keep reminding yourself that it is not permanent