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If you really want to fit into China, take these steps

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The 7 tips to be happy in China, one of my blog post really did well. It was selected to share on Telegraph and it was translated to Russian language. I am happy about it. Today I want to share some tips which I think will help you to fit into China.


Give up Google.

I really love Google. Without any doubts, it is the best search engine right. For many years I tried many options to be with it here. Gmail, Google map, Google scholar, blogger …. I really miss them. Anyway great wall is much more stronger than you and me imagine. Adapt to the system here. Specially give up Gmail. You can manage many things with a VPN. But all of your friends, bosses, recruitment companies, clients and customers will not use email routers with VPN. So you will ended up not receiving many important communication if you keep using gmail. This is a simple fact, anyway unfortunately I still see a lot of my friends keep using gmail addresses. ( or QQ mail will be good alternative, but if you can not read chinese live mail of microsoft will help you)


Get a Zhifubao (Alipay)

I had not an alipay account for years. For almost 4 years in my stay in China. Recently my girlfriend help me to get a one. It was like a blind person got sight after been in darkness for decades. I realized the easiness and comfort which I was deprived for years in this country. I feel the strength of mobile ecommerce just in my pocket. So many things were super easy once I got a Zhifubao.


Get a taxi app

Getting a taxi is not an easy task even for a Chinese when you use the traditional waving at the driver. That wave is about to join the history books. Sooner or later no one will waving for a taxi in this nation. Get you taxi app into your mobile, otherwise you will not survive the evolution of the modern human kind.


Embrace Chinese social media

FB is blocked here. But it does not mean social media is not allowed in China. QQ, wechat (equal to whatsapp), Renren (=FB) and weibo (=twitter) are main social media if you like to adapt. Forget the list, but join QQ and wechat if you really want to keep in touch with Chinese society.


Build some common interests

Wang Fei is my favorite singer, what about you?

Basketball and Football are really fascinating to Chinese. Keep in touch with these things and be updated about the stars of them. Listen to the music. Baidu music or QQ music will help you with it. Some films and tele series will not waste your time, but improve your chinese while giving you some common topics to talk when you are in a friendly meeting. Talk anything related to these things expect about their Men’s football team. It is a long story. Anyway skip that topic even they talk about it.


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