We all have had those days – when no one seems to understand a thing we say in Mandarin, everything is chaos, and it seems like the universe is out to get you somehow. This is what my friends and I call having a ‘China day’; a day when living in China is excruciatingly frustrating and all you want to do is buy a plane ticket to anywhere else. While living in China is exciting and fun, there are many challenges you can face on a day to day basis that you wouldn’t have even thought of back home.
Many things can be frustrating: the language, the food, the energy and bustle of larger cities, cultural misunderstandings, and little things like how to read a menu or pay your utilities. There are endless opportunities for work and play, and life in China can be rewarding if you manage your stress and learn a bit.
As one of my good friends told me, everything in China can be difficult, but nothing is impossible. Here are some suggestions about how to deal with some common frustrations. [Read more…]