China has so many surprises around every corner. If you are somewhat adventurous you can find amazing opportunities in China. These adventures turn into amazing stories it seems every person I come in contact with has to share. For an example the American teachers, my friend Kyle, and I went out to buy fireworks to celebrate 4th of July together. We started out by renting mopeds, which only cost 50 cents to rent for an hour. We headed down the main street until we left the “nice” part of town. Let me tell you driving in China is an adventure in itself. If you ever get the chance to do it, please twice because simply put it is scary! Once we crossed this intersection it felt as if we were in a different world. You could see that poverty decided to claim this part of the land.
After some maneuvering through these streets and alleys, we found ourselves at the fireworks store. There weren’t a lot of fireworks just laying around in the shop, but thankfully an American teacher with us is pretty good at speaking Chinese. A minute after the conversation started we were following this man across the street to a locked door, and behind this door there were enough fireworks to fill any pyros dream. We ended up buying two boxes of huge mortars, it was a special 4th of July to say the least.
I wanted to end this post with some cool random facts:
- Babies don’t wear diapers in China, they are free to poop and pee all over the streets, trains, stores, etc…
- In Beijing (the capital of China) the government gives out two numbers every day. If your license plate ends in one of those numbers you are not permitted to drive that day. This is slow down the horrible pollution.
- Most of the Chinese people think all Americans can sing and dance very well, so be prepared to put on a show if you find yourself in China!!