thing that hit me the most when I first arrived in China was the
weather. It is so very different to that of Wales. Chongqing is
known as one of the hottest places in China. Not long after I first
arrived they had, apparently, the hottest day in a hundred odd years;
the temperature hit 45°C. So if you can’t handle the heat,
stick to the north of China!
The next thing that was a bit of a shock was the Chinese food which
ironically, on the whole, doesn’t taste much like that of
my Chinese takeaway at home. Not to say that the food in China is
not as good, this is not the case at all, but just a little different
and with a lot more variety. There are many dishes that I am really
going to miss when I leave. I hope my local Chinese restaurant is
up to the challenge when I return!
I have currently been in China for eight months and can say I have
had a really enjoyable time; obviously not without some difficulties
but very rare even in the comfort of your own domestic country can
you say you have had a problem free eight months. The biggest issue
for me was leaving my family, friends and girlfriend behind for
so long; yet the wonders of technology (in particular ‘Skype’)
have softened the blow, enabling me to keep in regular contact with
them through e-mail, social networking sites (i.e. ‘Facebook’),
‘Skype’ and relatively cheap mobile phone calls.
Coming to China has made a profound impact on me. I have witnessed
the incredible growth that is going on in the country and the extremely
bright future it has ahead of it. It has really reassured me of
my decision to come and spend a year out here. I know it will affect
my decisions when I return to the UK. I want to continue learning
Chinese and in a years time would like to return to China, this
time Shanghai, and study the language in a university there.
I believe my character has matured a lot in the past eight months
as well; I no longer feel so pressured by the ‘rat race’
that people find themselves in in the UK; my perspective on life
as a whole has changed for the better and my priorities have become
clearer. I realise this might sound like the cliché of ‘go
travelling and you will find yourself young grasshopper’,
but I can really vouch for the beneficial affects this sort of thing
can have on your character. I would, without a doubt, recommend
such an adventure to any one who is remotely interested.