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Postby zboy1 » Thu Dec 01, 2016 5:24 am

There seems to be a considerable number of HAers in China. I know some members but not all of the people here. Can anyone in China post where they are now and what they are doing in China? I guess I'll be the first one:

I'm in Guangdong region of China, between Shenzhen and Guangzhou. I'm teaching English here now, but I'm also trying to be involved in future business opportunities. I've been in China for about three years and overall, it's been a great experience. Of course, like other posters have mentioned, Chinese people can piss you off sometimes due to their rudeness, lack of cleanliness and overall lack of civility, but there are the good things as well.

As I've said, Chinese people can be quite rude and racist, but if you get sick of China, there's opportunities to travel to other parts of Asia.
I've used my time in China to travel to Korea many times, as well as to many other Asian countries. I have to say, I really loved Japan, Korea and the Philippines the most, with Thailand near the top as well. I hated Taiwan and Hong Kong the most; the reason? Same as the complaints Winston has often mentioned in the forum. On the other hand, White foreigners would love those places due to the pathetic White-worshipping Asians in those countries.

I've met some HA members while on my travels too, and I have to say, I haven't met any I haven't liked so far, regardless of race. I've liked everyone I have met, in fact.

What about the rest of you guys in China? Where are you and what are you doing in China?
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Re: HappierAbroad members in China

Postby droid » Thu Dec 01, 2016 8:20 am

How about you finally do that report, with pics? :wink:
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Re: HappierAbroad members in China

Postby zboy1 » Thu Dec 01, 2016 9:50 am

I should do one about Beijing soon, but I don't have much free time. It takes a lot of effort to do one. Everdred is great at it. I'm not. lol

I know I should include pics, but is it really necessary? I guess so, since a lot of people complain to me about my lack of pics when posting threads about traveling to different countries. How about including your info, Droid? I want to see how many people are in China now, so one day we can do a meetup or something.
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Re: HappierAbroad members in China

Postby droid » Sat Dec 03, 2016 5:45 am

Yeah it does take time to upload the pics or what not, but there are always interesting shots that are not found in usual travel sites.
I have a ton of unique pics, although i don't have a fancy camera like Everdred, just off my phone.

I was going to make a Vietnam report, but I'm still pissed since Winston and the mods let my last report be trolled real bad, with impunity, and they never cleaned it up. That kind of takes the motivation away.
I might eventually move that thread to the vip section and add the vietnam report there too.

As far as China goes I'm planning to move to Guangzhou next year, but there is this one girl I'm getting too involved with here; it's gonna be really tough, i still don't know how I'm going to do it. Also, i see that my expenses would increase by 25% according to numbeo, so still need to think about it more.

Hey how are you doing for transportation? Here i can ride a motorbike without any issues at all, absolute freedom.
I understand bikes over there have been restricted. Are you just walking and taking the bus/metro? that would kind of suck in comparison :|
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Re: HappierAbroad members in China

Postby zboy1 » Sat Dec 03, 2016 1:24 pm

Yeah, parts of Dongguan have banned motorbikes because in the past, many thieves used it to rob people. Taxis are numerous here, though, and the subway recently opened. Two years from now, the subway will connect to Guangzhou and Shenzhen and you will be able to travel all over Dongguan.
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Re: HappierAbroad members in China

Postby xiongmao » Sat Dec 03, 2016 10:45 pm

I should do more mad reports, I still have 1000's of photos of Guangzhou, Dongguan and Shenzhen. My time living there was so crazy though, nobody will believe my stories.

Guangzhou was good in that it was so easy to travel round by metro and bus, whereas when I went to Wuhan it was all so hard to understand that I didn't really go anywhere (they didn't have a metro at the time). Guangzhou also had plenty of stores selling Western stuff. On the downside it was pretty polluted - I had to clean the soot off my balcony several times a week. And it was edgy - I got followed a couple of times and plenty of friends there have had problems with crime. Also it was absurdly crowded - even my date from Shenzhen thought Guangzhou was overcrowded.

Guangzhou also has some really great tourist sites, and there are no Western tourists at any of them!

On the downside I'm not a fan of Cantonese food - the food in Hubei was vastly better.

As to costs, Guangzhou was way cheaper than Shenzhen! It was quite expensive for property, but the problem I found was that apartments were mostly made for families, it was hard finding studio or one bed places. In the end I rented a roach infested room in a shabby block opposite my university - it was basic but before me 3 Laotian students occupied it - now that's how to live cheaply.
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Re: HappierAbroad members in China

Postby droid » Sun Dec 04, 2016 6:50 am

xiongmao wrote:I should do more mad reports, I still have 1000's of photos of Guangzhou, Dongguan and Shenzhen. My time living there was so crazy though, nobody will believe my stories.


That would be nice xiongmao

xiongmao wrote:Guangzhou also has some really great tourist sites, and there are no Western tourists at any of them!


+1
Good thing the notion of 'adventurous' for them is walking just three blocks from their hotel

xiongmao wrote:As to costs, Guangzhou was way cheaper than Shenzhen! It was quite expensive for property, but the problem I found was that apartments were mostly made for families, it was hard finding studio or one bed places. In the end I rented a roach infested room in a shabby block opposite my university - it was basic but before me 3 Laotian students occupied it - now that's how to live cheaply.


I had the same problem here, mostly 2-bedroom apartments.
Fortunately I found a small studio in a nice area. Best part is that it's impeccable, zero bugs. That's something I don't want to deal with. Too many roaches back in FL, I think I paid my dues already :roll:
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Re: HappierAbroad members in China

Postby WorldTraveler » Sun Dec 04, 2016 8:01 am

zboy1 wrote:There seems to be a considerable number of HAers in China. I know some members but not all of the people here. Can anyone in China post where they are now and what they are doing in China? I guess I'll be the first one:

I'm in Guangdong region of China, between Shenzhen and Guangzhou. I'm teaching English here now, but I'm also trying to be involved in future business opportunities. I've been in China for about three years and overall, it's been a great experience. Of course, like other posters have mentioned, Chinese people can piss you off sometimes due to their rudeness, lack of cleanliness and overall lack of civility, but there are the good things as well.

As I've said, Chinese people can be quite rude and racist, but if you get sick of China, there's opportunities to travel to other parts of Asia.
I've used my time in China to travel to Korea many times, as well as to many other Asian countries. I have to say, I really loved Japan, Korea and the Philippines the most, with Thailand near the top as well. I hated Taiwan and Hong Kong the most; the reason? Same as the complaints Winston has often mentioned in the forum. On the other hand, White foreigners would love those places due to the pathetic White-worshipping Asians in those countries.

I've met some HA members while on my travels too, and I have to say, I haven't met any I haven't liked so far, regardless of race. I've liked everyone I have met, in fact.

What about the rest of you guys in China? Where are you and what are you doing in China?


I just had a night in Guangzhou on a layover on my flight back to the USA. I wish I had gotten in touch with you. For all the guys that want to fly to Asia, there are extremely inexpensive flights on China Southern Airlines.
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