China is one of the biggest global superpowers today. The most populous state in the world and a formidable player in international politics. However despite the fact that it is fast becoming the most powerful global superpower in the world, there are distinct practices in China that you cannot see in other parts of the world.
So Let’s Take A Look At 10 Things That Makes China Different From The Entire World
1. Total Population
China is the most populous country in the world currently pegged at 1.4 billion. The country has numerous cities with individual populations amounting to several million each which is similar to the populations of other nations. There is no other country with this kind of population though and even if India manages to dethrone China in a few years, it will still remain one of the most populous countries in the world.
2. Internet Restrictions
While Internet services are reasonably reliable in China with fast speeds and reliable connectivity in almost all major cities. Regulation and censorship are at a level not seen anywhere else in the world, with the exception perhaps of North Korea. Certain sites like Google, Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, YouTube among others are not accessible unless connection is made using a VPN. However with these restrictions Chinese still enjoy extensive social interactions online thanks to sites like WeChat, Weibo, QQ and similar platforms.
3. Rest Rooms
Traditional rest rooms still hold sway over most of China’s public areas. Although you can find Western toilets in most modern malls. The traditional Chinese squat toilets are ubiquitous from modern Western malls to new apartment highrises equipped with the newest in home technology and furnishings. This is not surprising since many Chinese still believe that th traditional method of doing one’ business is healthier compared to sitting down on the toilet.
4. Public Spitting And Urination
Public spitting and urination are common habits in China that are not seen in such extent anywhere in the world. Mothers will not think twice about letting kids pee in the middle of a busy sidewalk. People spit while walking on the streets inside of restaurants in malls. Recently the government has taken steps to prohibit these actions in public places, but it is still a largely accepted practice especially amongst older Chinese. This could be partly due to the belief that it’s not healthy to keep bodily fluids inside when the body’s telling you to expel it. Doing so will block channels of energy which can lead to illness.
5. Standards Of Female Beauty
In most Western countries standards of beauty have some points of similarity. Shapely or athletic figures a good tan and mild assertiveness are some qualities that make Western women attractive. Not so in China. Chinese men adore pale white skin which they consider to be indicative of a higher social class or position. This is the reason why whitening creams, lotions and pills are popular in the market. Women are also expected to be slim and wave like, bashful and largely dependent on their husbands or boyfriends to an almost childlike level. A woman throwing tantrums in public because a request has not been granted by a baffled boyfriend is not an uncommon sight in Chinese streets.
6. Education In China
China’s formal education system is the oldest in the world. The system was created two millennia ago in as early as the Han Dynasty. One of the oldest legacies of this system is Galkayo; a nationwide college entrance exam which determines where students can study for college and it’s a major factor in the kinds of occupations they can study for. Unlike in other countries where different factors contribute to a student’s eligibility for a particular university. A student’s kalakeya score is the only factor used to determine his or her eligibility to enter university.
7. Pajamas On The Streets
The Chinese love to wear pajamas everywhere especially in winter. You can expect to see pajama wearing shoppers even in high end Western malls shopping at wet markets or riding a motorcycle in the middle of traffic.
8. Dancing Grandmas
Public dancing is a common sight in China. Older people social through these dance groups that meet every afternoon. Every community is assigned a dance instructor tasked to set up the music and lead the day’s dance routines, which usually takes about two hours to finish. This is a great way for the elderly to socialize and a reason to get out of the house on a daily basis. Dancers can be seen everywhere from the public spaces of apartment, communities to malls and public parks.
9. Marriage Matches For Single Children
Chinese marriage markets can be seen all throughout China where hopeful parents post photos and information of single children in hopes of making a match with the children of other parents. Parents often participate in these markets without the knowledge of their single sons or daughters and share information such as how much their child earns, physical characteristics.
10. Saving Face
The concept of saving face permeates almost every type of social interaction in China, from casual friendships to political relationships between Chinese politicians and their international counterparts. Not surprisingly this concept is also influential with dealing with other countries. The Chinese avoid confrontations in public especially with valued people or friends. Saving face is also common in business dealings where the top bosses of negotiating companies are expected to maintain pleasant relations with each other while their subordinates do the heavy work behind the scenes.
China has always been unique, but it’s these unique characteristics that set it apart and make it even more interesting to outsiders. From particular aspects of Chinese education and governance to cultural quirks, these differences show that China has achieved rapid growth and modernization without losing its identity.