So here I am! After 13 hours in the air I have landed in Shanghai!
I had expected China to be very strange, and I thought I would feel like a complete stranger – 外国人 waiguoren, outsider.
And most of the people I spoke to have prepared me to the fact that I won’t be able to practice my Chinese here because they won’t understand me, but actually they do! I said to one lady something in Mandarin and she was really surprised and asked me how I know Chinese, and she said my accent was good!
So China so far, had surprised me for the better, and here are a few thing I have learned so far from Shanghai:
- Chinesne airport is very productive and friendly even if you don’t speak Chinese.
- It’s very easy to set up your phone – local sim is sold in the airport, should be around 100yuan and with unlimited data. Also, if you download VPN you can logon to Facebook and Whatsapp and Google
- You should download Wechat to communicate, it’s very easy and has translation built in.
So this is the super useful information I found out today, and it made me feel much more at ease.
Also, my Chinese is pretty good! So far everybody seem to understand what I say, it’s just that I don’t understand back.
Can’t wait already to have my Dandushinski (aka Dana) here tomorrow!