Living in China for two years, I was able to spend some time in Hangzhou, Beijing, Harbin, and Nanjing. If you have not traveled to China, I recommend giving China a chance. China has a long history of more than 5000 years and has 56 minority groups. China is very diverse in terms of location. There are many dialects as well as food culture. The north and the south definitely are not the same. My trip to China started out as a junior in college on a study abroad trip. I remember getting off the plane and sitting in the taxi by myself with my life packed into 2 medium-size suitcases. For the first time, I felt I was really far away from home, but the adventures ahead were so exciting, I could not fall asleep. My very first day was in Beijing, the capital.
Here is a short version of how I view these four cities:
- Beijing is a lively, and thriving place. Lifestyle in Beijing can feel really fast, and there are many different sightseeing places as well as activities to do. People in Beijing are very interesting and can be from all over the world. Although I have to warn you, it is crowded.
- Harbin is known for having the most standard Chinese language 最标准的普通话, and also for its winter coldness. In the winter, people would travel very far to go skiing and enjoy the beautiful ice festival. Harbin is known for its Russian architectures and the difference in food 东北菜. Check out my friend travel company in Harbin if you wanted to visit there.
- Hangzhou is considered an ideal place to settle down, with a big sized city but not too big and also very relaxing. Hangzhou’s is the legendary city of the story “Legend of the White Snake”. I just remember eating at the Grandma’s restaurant 外婆家 and being able to enjoy the view of the suburbs, the beautiful mountain, and having sips of nice warm tea.
- Nanjing is the ancient capital of China and is also filled with culture and history. Nanjing have a really chillax lifestyle when I lived there, but you can still find an activity to do. Lots of Korean restaurants and shopping center for those who like to go window shopping.
My stories of China can go on and on, so I recommend if you want some adventures in your life, to visit or even move to a new country for a job.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?