10 Things I have learnt since being in China 

As some of you may or may not know I’ve been living in Shanghai, China since July 2017.

I decided to move to China mainly because I wanted a new challenge. I wanted to do something different, outside of my comfort zone that would help me with my personal development and growth journey. I also wanted to experience a different culture first hand. Most importantly I knew that it would provide me with some great life lessons.

So what have I learnt since being in China?

The Chinese society/culture:

  1. Due to the large amount of censorship that Chinese people have been subjected too, they tend to be less culturally aware and educated on things that do not concern China or Chinese people
  2. This lack of exposure means that many Chinese people have never seen a black person before and their curiosity leads to a lot of staring and can go as far as touching you without your permission – something I wasn’t too impressed with and found hard to grow accustom too
  3. Western Chinese food is completely different to authentic Chinese food, there are no similarities whatsoever. I knew the food would be different but I did not know just how different it would be until I got here!
  4. Having paler skin is heavily praised throughout the country and so many products (e.g. creams) contain a lot of lightening and bleaching chemicals. Thank God I came prepared
  5. Chinese people are extremely hard working in everything that they do. Something that I admire about their culture

 

Life Lessons:

  1. It is extremely important to be open minded and culturally aware. STAY WOKE PEOPLE 🙂
  2. The importance of research and decision making that go hand in hand. I believe that I could have avoided a lot of the culture shock that I experienced if I did a lot more research
  3. It is important to reflect and think about the type of person you are and the type of person you want to be and the steps you need to take to make it happen
  4. We are all definitely stronger than we think we are and we must lean on this strength through difficulty and trials. Sometimes your struggle is not even about you, God may be using you as a statement for others. Always think of the bigger picture!
  5. Your biggest obstacle to success, happiness and peace of mind is yourself. Change your thinking, your attitude and your perceptions and watch situations change

China is a very (x10000) interesting country and I am grateful that I had the opportunity to experience its culture first hand. The experience has changed me in many ways and has also brought a new focus and perspective in to my life.

Have you ever taken the time to sit down and think about how your experiences and decisions have shaped and changed you? I challenge you to do it today.

As Herbert A. Simon said “The choices we make lead up to actual experiences. It is one thing to decide to climb a mountain. It is quite another to be on top of it.”

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17 thoughts on “10 Things I have learnt since being in China 

  1. Experience is the best teacher. I like the way you have actually come out to voice your thoughts about this experience. It shows boldness on your path and the courage to learn . I pray that the good Lord will help you to take the right decision at the right time.

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  2. Yes traveling is an experience which money can’t buy. Make the most of it. Opportunity only knocks once. Enjoy every moment of it. We Love you. God bless and look after yourself too.

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  3. Very inspiring. There is a lot to learn when you decide to get out of your comfort zone. It is not easy to make such decisions however being open-minded and respectful is a vital key as clearly identified in this blog. Well done!

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  4. Wow. Interesting Oyin. What an enlightenment . Very Educating too. Marvelous God of varieties we serve . The experience of them trying to touch you is unique to all cultures, this was the same way we Africans love to touch the white man in Africa in those old days. Good to learn also that you are learning about their culture and especially food. Please get the secret recipe for their staying slim after all the food and we don’t 😀. Enjoy yourself please and be safe. The Lord watch over you and guide your steps . Amen. Shalom

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  5. Wow. I love how observant you are and your willingness to absorb the corner where you find yourself. So needed by all of us. Thank you for adding the life lessons section. Very open and honest read. I know you know He not only was with you on the way, but He also awaited your arrival.

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      1. Well done my darling, I hope every young adult that read your blog will be inspired to step out of their comfort zone to experience the big wide world out there.😘

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  6. That must be such an amazing experience! I went to a few places i China and its definitely one of the most “strange” country Ive been to but fun. I have now lived abroad for six years love it!

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