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I used to study at Surrey and now graduated. Because basically everyone was so nice to me so I didn't get the chance to ask this questions until now. I wonder what is the general impression of China for the UK students? Expecially when it comes when you considerate to visit here?

Bcause I am working for a program to provide opportunities for youngsters to spend gap year or summer break in China to immerse Chinese culture and living style while studying Chinese. However, compare to the similar programs to other countries, our program seems to have fewer applicants with the same service and much lower price. So I want to ask what is your impression of China, and what elements may you concern when considering to visit here? Like the language barrier, safety, polution, etc.?

Your answers are very much appreciated!
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(Original post by Joey Fan)
I used to study at Surrey and now graduated. Because basically everyone was so nice to me so I didn't get the chance to ask this questions until now. I wonder what is the general impression of China for the UK students? Expecially when it comes when you considerate to visit here?

Bcause I am working for a program to provide opportunities for youngsters to spend gap year or summer break in China to immerse Chinese culture and living style while studying Chinese. However, compare to the similar programs to other countries, our program seems to have fewer applicants with the same service and much lower price. So I want to ask what is your impression of China, and what elements may you concern when considering to visit here? Like the language barrier, safety, polution, etc.?

Your answers are very much appreciated!
I'm quite critical of the Communist regime, the high levels of ingrained patriotism can be off putting (this is why I don't like the US that much either), more so the weird looks/glances the chinese give to foreigners, plus the racism I believe is pretty prevalent (that advert of washing a black man into a white man speaks volumes + that meme of a black man removing his ironman mask and the chinese couple getting shook)
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Communist sh1thole.
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I like the culture and the people are generally quite nice but don't like the government, the communist regime and the exploitation of workers (the irony). Also the racism and islamaphobia with Muslims literally being put in concentration camps
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I like that it has people.
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I'm quite critical of the Communist regime, the high levels of ingrained patriotism can be off putting (this is why I don't like the US that much either), more so the weird looks/glances the chinese give to foreigners, plus the racism I believe is pretty prevalent (that advert of washing a black man into a white man speaks volumes + that meme of a black man removing his ironman mask and the chinese couple getting shook)
Firstly, thanks for the deeply insight reply! It is very helpful! I suppose you are right about these points of racism, have you visited China before? And for the communism, I was so convienced that capitalism and multip-parties are superior, until the president Donald Trump and breixt happened in the row, now I am confused, as the politics has not effect our daily lives in China.

Unlike most of western countries, the majority population in China is still Asian, and never had a chance to travel abroad China, so people at here do not know how to live with people have different culture backgrounds and colors, that is also why I am committing to the program to bring more western visitors to China. Also, as lots of westerns have the impressions of China from the media they receive, Chinese people also take impressions of western cultures from TV series/movies/medias, which also contain strong biases. I'd rather to discribe the so called rasism "culture insensitive", as it can be changed if they know how offensive it can be. Because, historically, Asian people are also the victim from rasist.

At last, sorry for all the lecture above. If you and your friends ever want to visit China at summer break or gap year, let me know.
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(Original post by Joey Fan)
Firstly, thanks for the deeply insight reply! It is very helpful! I suppose you are right about these points of racism, have you visited China before? And for the communism, I was so convienced that capitalism and multip-parties are superior, until the president Donald Trump and breixt happened in the row, now I am confused, as the politics has not effect our daily lives in China.

Unlike most of western countries, the majority population in China is still Asian, and never had a chance to travel abroad China, so people at here do not know how to live with people have different culture backgrounds and colors, that is also why I am committing to the program to bring more western visitors to China. Also, as lots of westerns have the impressions of China from the media they receive, Chinese people also take impressions of western cultures from TV series/movies/medias, which also contain strong biases. I'd rather to discribe the so called rasism "culture insensitive", as it can be changed if they know how offensive it can be. Because, historically, Asian people are also the victim from rasist.

At last, sorry for all the lecture above. If you and your friends ever want to visit China at summer break or gap year, let me know.
Well in all honesty I was born in Hong Kong and have travelled into mainland China a few times as a child. My parents are my main informants on China itself and I'm well aware that the CCP is very authoritarian in how they're suppressing, 'counselling' and at times kidnapping individuals from certain citizen groups - e.g. Uighurs (Muslims - I'm one as well). They have developed CCTV and local lookouts in the communities that would relay anything out of place I'd do (I'm a man of privacy, can't be having any of that either).

^^^These are just my gripes and they're mainly aimed at your government, as for your people I'm just worried about the racism and the arrogance (I've read enough web-novels on Qidian to be wary of this) that'll be displayed towards me. Nonetheless, as a civilisation your peoples History is rich with flavour, as a History student myself I'm fascinated by the items and customs of the past from times such as the Song dynasty, Yellow Emperor as well as Sun Zhu and his Art of War - these things as well as the technological developments (looking to do Computer Science in Uni) interest me a lot.

As for the offer, I appreciate it but unfortunately we're all broke lads so gg I guess.
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I would not go there even though I have relatives living there and my passport is one of the few with visa free travel (for 14 days)...
And yes this relates to the political gripes others have with China too, it doesn't matter that a city the size of Watford has its own metro system there, if I don't feel safe I won't risk it
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An evil country
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I know that the chinese government has done some questionable things in the past and there is some tension between them and western countries, but I think it’s still a great country to visit. As for the language barrier, I can speak mandarin (I’m chinese) so it wasn’t much of an issue, but I’m not gonna lie, if you couldn’t speak mandarin, you would have a bit of a hard time as not many people there speak great english. It’s passable for most young people, but I wouldn’t rely on it.
I guess because China is so homogenous, you would get some weird stares if you don’t look East Asian, but people are generally polite and treat you nicely, even if they consider you and “alien” of sorts.
Safety wise, China is a country with plenty of bad people with bad intentions. However, I think chinese criminals are more discreet, in that instead of outright robbing you, they’ll pickpocket you. So just keep your personal belongings safe at all times.
I encourage any young people to go, as they really have a great culture and there’s some great food there as well.
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