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How to Prosper in China as a Foreigner

Popularity 8Viewed 10096 times 2016-5-26 15:40 |Personal category:Life health|System category:News| China, Chris

With all due acknowledgement to blogger Chris Biddle. 
Bring your own deodorant - only Mitchum 48 hour protection
Use local coffee, but carry your own skimmed milk 
Know where the clean toilets are and plan ahead
Smile a lot and let others guess where you are from
Let locals guess how much money you make and respond accordingly
Listen to your playlist on iphone 6 plus after downloading on i-tunes when abroad
Read western books you brought in - but do not tell President Xi
Don't be too patient -set goals
Don't drink flavored high calorie water - add effervescent vitamin tablet to plain bottled water
Don't try absolutely  everything without some research. 
Never smoke and blog on the dangers of it
Go to KTV with your girlfriend and her friends
Eat some Japanese healthy raw fish
Convert locals to fans of football (soccer) and wow them with your knowledge of it
Yes avoid jail unless you need a place to sleep
Encourage attractive females to invade your personal space
Walk briskly. Take mystery bus tours.
Think carefully about a bike - regular theft and accidents, even fatalities - and rain
Get used to sleeping despite noise
Be careful of going to teahouses that ripoff foreigners
Shop selectively for stuff that is not crap
Enjoy temples but watch out for those folks from RentaMonk
Yes make jokes and be prepared for lost in translation
Make China your home
Important business knowledge - Rule 1 : Maybe always means no. Rule 2 : Yes sometimes means maybe (See rule 1)














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Reply Report voice_cd 2016-5-27 08:47
Thank you very much!!! we have highlighted your blog.
Reply Report Chengking 2016-5-27 09:50
Heed Colin's business rules no. 1 & 2. Took me years to learn them. By then, I was already pretty advanced in age, and became rather forgetful.  
Reply Report teamkrejados 2016-5-27 15:13
RentaMonk! Love it!!!
Reply Report 财神 2016-5-27 16:16
Mixmax................. much expectations might be harmful, Not only in China, wherever you go.
Reply Report sube 2016-5-29 09:50
Encourage attractive females to invade your personal space !!!!!
Reply Report Hillary_Clinton 2016-5-29 12:40
sube: Encourage attractive females to invade your personal space !!!!!
Go back to India and encourage your attractive females to invade your personal space on the bus. That always works out well there.
Reply Report SEARU 2016-5-29 15:09
About “Eat some Japanese healthy raw fish”
------ Many of my Chinese friends refuse to fish from Japan due to the leakage accident of the nuclear power plant in that country!
Reply Report ColinSpeakman 2016-5-30 10:08
SEARU: About “Eat some Japanese healthy raw fish”
------ Many of my Chinese friends refuse to fish from Japan due to the leakage accident of the nuclear po ...
Some of my friends eat the raw fish ..and they look positively glowing and very radiant!  
Reply Report ColinSpeakman 2016-5-30 10:10
Hillary_Clinton: Go back to India and encourage your attractive females to invade your personal space on the bus. That always works out well there.
Noted! One has to pick the space carefully!
Reply Report ColinSpeakman 2016-5-30 10:11
财神: Mixmax................. much expectations might be harmful, Not only in China, wherever you go.
Always thinking positive though ..as one battery said to the other!  
Reply Report ColinSpeakman 2016-5-30 10:11
teamkrejados: RentaMonk! Love it!!!
The truth always brings a laugh!  
Reply Report SEARU 2016-5-30 11:31
ColinSpeakman: Some of my friends eat the raw fish ..and they look positively glowing and very radiant!   
Sounds fresh and shining!
--------Now I wonder if you were advertising for the Japanese fishing industry?
Reply Report WildestDreams 2016-5-31 14:36
Sorry,but what does it mean Rentamonk? I cannot find it even in the internet.
Reply Report ColinSpeakman 2016-6-1 11:45
WildestDreams: Sorry,but what does it mean Rentamonk? I cannot find it even in the internet.
I made the phrase ! It means fake monks that can be found in some temples - it is true about fake monks - covered in Chinese media!

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