An interesting and fresh view of China and its kind people. Beautiful and witty–down to earth writing! Please direct your likes and comments to: Andy Smart — http://justurnleft.com/2013/11/12/chinese-hospitality/comment-page-1/#comment-1827
One of the first things you notice when setting foot on Chinese soil for the first time is the incredible hospitality that you will be shown from the word go. Actually in reality, the word ‘hospitable’ is somewhat misplaced in the case of Chinese folk. For sure people will be welcoming and friendly; from a passer-by to a shop assistant to a taxi driver, you can chat to virtually anyone you meet. Even if it’s with the arduous help of a dictionary or guidebook people will generally have the time to try and communicate with a smile and enthusiasm.
What I mean by this is that if you’re ever in need of assistance, be mindful that the same hospitality can swiftly move to another level of generosity and charity that we are not accustomed to. I remember one time in Beijing asking someone where the number 355 bus stop was…
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