Obviously this requires some
generalising but what are some cool things you’ve noticed about Chinese
people that seem to be shared cultural values/traits even if it doesn’t
apply universally to everyone?
(Dedicated to Feifei Wang who once commented on the dearth of these kind of questions.)
Pablo Djankowicz Ruizinowitz Have lived in China and am interested in its history
It feels great! Very comparable to a Japanese shinkansen train (which I’ve also ridden).
My ride on a Chinese bullet train was from Beijing to Taishan in Shandong province. So about a four-hour car drive I think?
Got there in 30 minutes in complete comfort.
The other high-speed Chinese train I’ve ridden is the famous Shanghai-to-airport maglev train. That was the fastest train I’ve ever ridden in. The 5 to 10 minutes went by really quickly.
What TRULY impressed me though were the not China’s high speed trains but the trains poor migrant workers use in China.
wanted to travel cheap (on a student budget) and I wanted to go to Hong
Kong from Beijing. But I didn’t want to fly since I had done that a lot
already and it’s a bad way to see a country since you’re literally
thousands of feet removed from it. I figured why not try out my Chinese
skills and ride a train by myself from Beijing to Hong Kong?
I forget how I bought the ticket but I managed to. I think I did it online and a Chinese-speaking friend helped me. Then I went to the train station by myself. EVERYTHING was in Chinese. But I managed to read directions without asking people for help (my spoken Chinese is almost non-existent).
In a massive atrium filled with hundreds of people waiting for their trains I think was the only non-Chinese person. I looked around in vain for a Western face but could find none. Exciting!
Then I boarded the train—and I was shocked. It was a million times better than I expected. I honestly thought it was going to be very barebones and basic like the trains for working people in Thailand and Egypt (both of which I’ve ridden) or what I’ve seen in pictures of Indian trains. What I found was the complete opposite. This train was advanced and had very comfortable compartments chairs the works. This train was way WAY better than some of the commuter or travel trains they have in America for middle-class people. And this was economy class—the cheapest of the cheap tickets you could get so only poor Chinese people were riding. Now I understood why the Chinese Communist Party has legitimacy among the common people—because of this stuff! Amazing!
I made a friend on the 24-hour train—I could not speak a word to him but we wrote in Chinese characters on a notebook. He invited me to eat the duck he was sharing with his friends. It was a memorable experience.
I arrived in Shenzhen starving (didn’t know that I could order food from passing food vendors on the train) and bade a quick good-bye to the friendly man so I could find food.
Then I crossed the border between China and Hong Kong. That was an interesting experience too. But this 24-hour train trip remains one of my more cherished memories of my few months in China.
Chris Edwards Australian living in Shenzhen always learning about China
克里斯 爱德华 澳大利亚人，住在深圳，一直在学习中国
Oh it is amazing!!
I have on two occasions opted to take the high speed train between Shenzhen and Beijing along with various shorter trips to and from Shenzhen.
Now some of you may ask “What sort of crazy bastard takes a train halfway across the country that’s going to take you a day to complete?” This crazy bastard that knows what he is doing that’s who!!
Here are my reasons:
1、Price competitiveness: I can get a first class seat on a train at a similar price to an economy flight (about 1400RMB) so I figure that’s worth it straight away.