Russian woman says to some things in the house, she could not get used to in China
Masha Pipenko, originally from Ulyanovsk, came to China in 2010, visiting friends, and immediately fell in love with the city of Shanghai and the country itself. In 2013, Mary came already in the Wudang where, according to numerous legends, originated the martial arts in order to pass the annual rate of Taijiquan coach at one of the many schools of kung fu.
Now Masha rents an apartment, engaged in Tai Chi school, teaching English online, and periodically works as a guide, showing Wudang and the surrounding beauty, unknown to tourists and are available only to local. And teach Tai Chi.
"7 years ago I first came to Shanghai to friends. If anyone had told me then that I myself will rent an apartment in China, the most polite, I would have done, - shook his finger to his temple. But life puts everything in its place. For more than a year, I rented an apartment in a small town in the mountains Udanskih and attached to the Chinese way of life. And it must be said, it is quite different from that to which we are accustomed. Especially in the provinces. "
The Chinese rarely invited each other to visit
This is very troublesome, because traditionally the meal should consist of a variety of dishes. If friends want to get together, they usually go to eat in a restaurant. It is inexpensive, even though the Chinese tradition of "inviting pays for all." We in the Udana excellent lunch for five people cost from two to three and a half thousand rubles. Usually friends are invited in turn.
In many homes there is no shower and toilet
In addition to apartment buildings in our village there is a lot of one-storey houses, similar to the concrete boxes. The atmosphere inside the spartan, but the two characters are the mandatory attributes to the wishes of good luck at the entrance and a portrait of Mao Zedong in the largest room. Toilets in these homes are usually located on the street, the soul is not at all. The cleaner of our school of kung fu, living in such a house, to wash comes to work.
But even if there is a toilet, the toilet in it can not be
Even in more modern apartment buildings in the bathroom you can wait for a surprise. This toilet. Or rather, lack of it, as the Chinese toilet seat is not familiar to us and is built into the floor. It is believed that it is more useful for proper digestion.
The water from the shower flows directly on the floor
Baths are only in very expensive hotels and, probably, from the rich Chinese in big cities. The apartments use only a shower (which the Chinese take the evening rather than the morning), and it is located right above the floor. I'm in the bathroom Vodicka drains on the floor in the toilet. As, however, and the washing machine. Convenient - and he bathed and washed the floor.
Kitchens are usually very small
Not kitchens and kitchenettes. Space is only enough to sink, cabinets and a pair of plates. Stove is always a gas, it is connected with the fact that cooking in a wok - a large frying pan with high edges (these are the dishes are the basis of Chinese cuisine) - requires a very strong fire. In this case, the central gas supply are not. The kitchens are cylinders with liquefied gas.
to rent housing in China is not cheap
In our small town rent for an average of 7 to 10 thousand rubles a month, the most expensive apartment will cost about 15 thousand rubles. But the spread in the country price is enormous. In Shanghai, a small little room starts from 30 thousand, but a decent apartment for a long time passed for 2, 5-3 thousand dollars a month.
In the homes there is no toilet, but in the restaurant - please. Famous "dressing" a restaurant in Shanghai.
New houses rent windowless
In contrast to Russia, where in the house surrendered even if not always finishing in the apartments, but at least the cost of the window, then this is not necessary. When buying an apartment, the owners put them in yourself. Quite often, the empty eye sockets of windows side by side with balconies hung with laundry. It was a fairly depressing.
Regardless of floor windows and balconies barred
The Chinese themselves say that first of all put the grille is not from thieves, and prevent children from falling out of windows. And in almost every yard has a watchman or gates that are locked at night.
Centralized hot water is not here, so there are water heaters in the bathrooms. too, no central heating
Another essential attribute of the Chinese bathroom are heating lamps on the ceiling.
The fact is that in southern China (which include Central China), there is no heating in the houses. No. When my friends indulgent shrug the winter temperature of from 0 to 10 ° C, they do not know what they do. For not represent what it is, when the street 0 ° C, and within +5 ° C. Chinese people solve this problem by staying home in street clothes, and the inhabitants of concrete boxes do not bother: put in at a brazier with wood and make fires. And in order to prevent the appearance of comments in a series of "And I'm in China, this has never seen," to remind China - it is not just a huge country, and the country in which the residents of the two neighboring villages can not understand each other because they speak different dialects. The country in which the food, liked you in one city, it is impossible to find elsewhere. I share my experience, I do not insist on its universality.