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What's your impression of China? How much do you know about China? 
Is China really like what you read about in the media?

We observed how superstitious the Chinese people are; it seems to be a part of their everyday life.

We know that China is progressing rapidly, but we were amazed by the vast network of highways and bridges under construction sometimes without the use of modern machinery.

It is much easier to establish friendships in China than in America.

What has most surprised me however is that despite the fact that the cultures may be totally opposite from one another; there are many similarities in our countries.

I am rarely unhappy in China. I am much more content and happy in China than I was back in America mostly because people are always so helpful and kind.

The only thing that really bothers me in China is an underlying cruelty to animals at times.

China is safer, in my opinion to live in, than the United States. This isn’t to say that there are no dangers in China, but they are considerably less than in the western world.

Although it was supposed to be a quick visit before going home again, or a transit to SE-Asia or India, I liked China from the first day I was there.

I guess it must be something in Chinese culture or history that makes Chinese people act like you have to take what you can get or somebody else will take it away.

A Chinese person will be offended if you point out some shortcomings too directly or openly.

The longer I am here, the more similarities I notice between all the differences that everybody is always talking about.

During my travels in China the one thing that impressed me the most was the vast difference from city to village.

Meeting people in China is as easy as walking down the street. People will come up to you and ask if they can practice their English by talking to you and the next thing you know, they will ask you to join them in whatever it is they are doing.

When one thinks of a communist country they think of a repressive government that controls the people in all aspects of their lives. I imagined armed guards with machine guns stationed at all major sites and a predominant police presence. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

What do I like about China? China, for me, means endless possibilities.

When I tell a Chinese friend I've got a headache, I don't hear: 'oh, that's quite annoying' but 'Why haven't you seen a doctor yet!' Or within five minutes from that conversation they appear in front of your door with enough medicines to start your own pharmacy.

Well, when you don’t look East-Asian, people will stare at you on the bus as if you just spontaneously grew a pair of horns.

Travel is very safe and I have never had a problem even though I do not speak Chinese. At times of frustration and difficult communication, someone always materializes to help me out.

When I arrived at Shanghai railway station I was stunned at the huge sea of black heads, not inside, but all outside, some with live chickens too. I could not believe my eyes.

The first deep impression for me, was that China is indeed an awakened economic Dragon.

I was very impressed with my new colleagues’ keen interest in getting to know me and trying their utmost to speak English that I could understand.

My work involved interaction with Government officials. My opinion of them is that, keeping the “Guangxi” factor is important in maintaining a good working relationship.

Unlike in some countries where one can see heavy presence of the police force patrolling the street, generally in China, the unarmed security guards are keeping the peace in the street and generally it is peaceful.

There is a definite influence on China from western developed countries, which encompasses many aspects of Chinese life and business.

It may seem to some that it would be necessary to speak Chinese in order to live and function in China. After having spent half of my time in China during the last four years, I can testify to the fact that being able to speak Chinese in not necessary for living in China.

We have put together a free ebook, designed to show you-- China through the eyes of people who have visited and lived there, along with a native Chinese perspective. The book was written with the general public in mind and is expected to be helpful for anyone. It deals with the informational needs of tourists, students, business travelers, and many others. A reader can begin with any of the 3 Parts of the book, depending on their interest. Part 1 of the book is a collection of writings by foreign visitors (with one exception) that reveal their personal experiences and opinions. The contents of the ebook focuses on the following topics: Impressions of China, Experiences in China, and Interaction with Chinese people.

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All of these pictures were taken by our contrubutors, and we hope these pictures can show you a real China. Not just the best part, not just the worst part, or only the most interesting; but our desire is to show you a real cross-section of the country.
Pictures are grouped by cities, starting from North China, and furthur sub-divided by topics.

Tianjin StreetGuilin City ViewXi'an City WallXi'an Islamic StreetShengyang international horticultural expositiontaking photosHarbin Saint Sofia ChurchChinese man traveled around China promoting the OlympicsGuilin, Haiyang villageRabbit?

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Here you will find updated information, plus an opportunity to exchange ideas and thoughts. In this blog we will continue to share with you our thinking about China, its people, its culture, and its lifestyle. You can tastefully post your comments and questions on topics that interest you.

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