What was your experience in Beijing

Beijing, oh Beijing

During our short stay in the country, we have unfortunately got to know the Chinese as a people that is closest to themselves and everyone fights against everyone else. It starts quite succinctly with road traffic. Green does not mean green. The pedestrian is the last link in the chain and must be careful not to be run over, even when it is green. That you get ripped off, or let's just say that certain information is withheld, was also part of everyday life for us. For example, we bought a SIM card with allegedly 20 GB of data for 20 euros. After 1.5 days we received a text message that our credit was used up and that we should please top up the card ... OK, it can happen. Maybe the mistake was in communication. But what really annoyed us was the rip off at the taxi stand in front of the airport terminal. Despite registering with the official taxi service (there is a registration booth for this) we were handed over to the taxi mafia, who wanted 400 instead of 100 yuan for the journey at the end - a real rip-off (more on this in this article) First of all, enjoy the low prices, at least until he realizes that the rooms at the prices are only given to the Chinese and that much higher prices are being charged for foreigners.Another difficultythat has been with us all the time was the language barrier. We perceived the level of English as extremely low (and I'm not talking about the saleswoman in the corner shop). Even with the receptionist in a 5-star hotel or with the service employee at the airport counter, we could hardly communicate. In addition, the few English labels are usually not implemented consistently. The headings of information boards are translated, but the explanation underneath is not. This inconsistent approach continues even at the tourist hotspots. For example, if you have to go to the toilet by the great wall, you should urgently bring your own toilet paper or buy a SIM card beforehand. Why? You can get toilet paper from a machine that hangs in the toilets. The machine only dispenses the toilet paper if you scan the QR code on the machine. To scan or open the scanned URL, however, you need the Internet ... If you want to do this via the open WLAN, you need a Chinese mobile phone number for registration. All in all, a Chinese SIM card is absolutely necessary for using the toilet 😊 Let's be honest, most of them are points that we were able to deal with well. But what really struck us negatively is the attitude and cooperation of the people. For example, many seem to be just doing the job. Shops are usually closed before the actual closing times and the employees sit in their jackets ready to go 20 minutes in advance. In our opinion and compared to other Asian countries, the willingness to help was very little or nonexistent. Inquiries were mostly turned off. Shop assistants stand in secluded corners in the store and play on their mobile phones instead of helping with the weighing of the goods. During a massage, my masseuse kept playing around on the cell phone and half-heartedly continued massaging me with one hand.The bad experiencesand the negative impressions unfortunately clouded our initial euphoric idea of ​​China a bit. But it wasn't all bad! The infrastructures were very well developed, the subway worked great and we met the best English-speaking Chinese woman at the China Post. Even when we booked the driver for the day, he was on time and very polite. But it is interesting to find out what it is like when you cannot find a common basis of communication and values ​​and the expectations simply do not match. So the bottom line is that our first impression of Beijing was not very positive. We were all the more looking forward to being able to put our experiences in Shanghai to the test again in order to gain a different perspective and to be able to look back with a good feeling. Unfortunately it never came to that. You can find out why in one of the following articles.