You know you’re outside China when the Chinese..

This post is about comparisons between Chinese people in China and Chinese people in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. What a difference!

  • You know you’re outside of China when the Chinese locals are asking for your Facebook and not your we chat
  • When Chinese locals are smiling randomly to you instead of looking at you like you’re a rare animal in the zoo

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Malaysian Chinese in Melaka

  • When the Chinese locals are helping you change to coins in the bus instead of taking pictures of you looking confused 
  • When Chinese locals aren’t spitting in the streets or smoking/making loud noises when eating in the restaurant
  • When not all Chinese locals are checking their new iPhone 6+ (very important to have in China to show face)

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My Chinese friend and I in Beijing

  • When the Chinese local girls are wearing eyeliner, eyeshadow and mascara. Not common to see girls wearing much makeup in China, especially not around their eyes, unless they had a fancy eye surgery and want to make the best of it of course
  • When it’s not sweat but perfume you can smell around you (Chinese haven’t found the love in perfumes yet, sadly, especially during the summer months when the heat hits 40 degrees. A bus ride can be a bit of a smelly challenge)
  • When everyone, including the Chinese locals are standing in a nice line queuing without pushing or yelling

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Chinese playing games in Guizhou, China

  • When everything spoken sounds Chinese but doesn’t make sense because it’s actually either Cantonese or local Chinese dialects (why did I ‘waste’ my time learning Mandarin then??)
  • When the food court consists of both Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Korean and western food instead of only Chinese, Chinese, Chinese and a bit of Korean and Japanese if you’re lucky

When comparing in this post, I don’t compare to the young international modern Beijing girl or boy, I compare to the average Chinese person in China. It’s super interesting to meet Chinese people in Malaysia and Singapore because their personalities and behaviour are just so different from the Chinese, I’ve met in China. Anything to add? Please comment below 😀

xx lingling

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  1. Everything you said checked. Except that Malaysian and Singaporean Chinese do speak Mandarin, though quite a number of them do speak in dialects too. Strictly speaking, Mandarin is NOT the mother of the Chinese people. On the contrary, a Chinese person’s individual ‘dialect’ is his or her mother tongue! Cantonese and Hokkein (Min Nan) – the two major ‘dialects’ spoken by the Chinese over here – are linguistically languages, not so much ‘dialects’ Mandarin may be said to be the ‘common’ language of the Chinese people because most of them do understand and can speak it.

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