Oh Beijing..

I’ve been in Beijing for a year now and here are some strange (personal judgement) things that I have seen or encountered:

  • 20 something year old girls hold hands while walking together. Everywhere, the street, malls, bars, etc. At first I thought Beijing just had a bunch of lesbians, but it was later explained to me that ‘This is what Chinese girls do when they are friends’
  • Babies don’t wear diapers and poop on the street
  • A lot of girls are scared to go/stay out past 10:30. My buddy calls them 'Those solar-powered types’
  • If you shop anywhere except a retail or department store, most prices of things are negotiable
  • Right on red might as well be a green light because cars don’t stop for anything as they whip around the corner
  • Some girls will be wearing a nice outfit, only to also wear those 'trucker’ style hats with some bedazzled design on them. To me, it’s like wearing a suit with flip flops. 
  • Everybody smokes everywhere
  • Today I learned that in Chinese, America means 'Beautiful country’ and China means 'Middle country’. 
  • People constantly touch other people in the gym as a sign of admiration of their muscles
  • Everyone says 'Buh-bye’

And with that, I’m off to Brazil in 3 days

Degen Hill

About: Degen Hill is a travel junkie, gym enthusiast, and avid writer who currently resides in Beijing. He is a 28-year-old graduate of Eastern Washington University where he studied Spanish & Communications and quickly learned that life's too short to not travel. Degen is aggressively realistic, open-minded, sarcastic, curious, and results-driven.

Currently: Degen graduated from Tsinghua University with a Master's of Chinese Politics and Foreign Policy in Beijing. He is now a reporter and editor for the political magazine China Today (今日中国). His Chinese language ability is a work in progress and enjoys the challenge. He is currently living in Andingmen (Right above the Forbidden City).