Typical Single White Canadian Male. I've spent Summers and other work related periods of time in the USA and lived in the UK for a while. I really didn't know anything about China, Chinese culture before I left. I just accepted a job as an educational consultant with some Chinese company and a month later was getting off a plane wondering what I'd just gotten myself into!
I've crisscrossed much of China on pretty much every form of transport from sleeper trains to E-Bikes to buses and from the biggest cities to the medium towns and smallest villages through nearly every sort of weather China can dish out. And, of course, Hong Kong now and then.
I know a little (but not a lot) about Chinese History as I spend whatever free time I have in the museums, the Great Wall tours and also from exploring on my own and hearing from locals and listening to the grandmothers tell it themselves.
I know far more than I'd like to know about starting English Training centers (please don't get me started) but it does give me a varied insight into the Chinese educational system overall.
I also know more than I should about Chinese relationships, dating, marriage. I know a lot of things a person should not do! Sad faces.
Currently living in Southern China (Guangxi Autonomous Region) where it was a balmy wet +17 Celcius for Christmas which was just another Friday work day for most of us in China.
Finally, I should tell you that I really cannot answer any policy or legal or governing questions with the opener "In China they..." because China is unlike Western countries that often have strictly defined law or policies that must be applied the same across a society. China may or may not have a rule or law that may or may not be applied in one area more or less than another if at all.
So the best I can do is "currently in that particular region at this time..".
I try to take photos of wacky weird things more than sunsets or rice fields and some can be seen here:
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