It’s been several months since my last post about things people like in China. I have a few more things to add to the list.
Naps. Chinese people all take naps during lunchtime, after they eat. At the office, they put their heads down on their desks and go to sleep, like that dude up there. Students typically go back to their dorms and sleep. It’s a bit like siestas in Spain, I guess. This is the norm in China and they actually think Americans are weird for not taking naps. A coworker asked me the other day, “If you don’t take a nap, aren’t you so tired? How can you work?” Hmm… good question.
Lens-less glasses. Many youngsters around China and Hong Kong wear these big plastic frame glasses without any glasses in them. I don’t get it. Is this a hipster thing? I don’t even know. I’m too old for this sort of nonsense.
Warm water. It’s nearly impossible to find icy, cold water in China. Even in the summer, even in a city as sweltering as Shenzhen. It’s because Chinese people believe that cold water is bad for your stomach — that it may cause indigestion and stomachaches. They think it’s particularly bad for women, especially when they are menstruating. Personally, I’ve found that being thirsty for a cold beverage during a Shenzhen summer is the worst kind of torture for a person — man or woman, menstruating or not.
Tea eggs: I have a couple of these for breakfast everyday, and so do a lot of Chinese people. Tea eggs are basically hard boiled eggs steeped in a broth made of soy sauce and certain tea, spices, etc. They also need to be a little cracked so that the flavor can seep in better. There are lots of recipes on-line, and they look pretty easy to make. I may try it when I move back to a place with a kitchen, but after eating these everyday for God-knows-how-long, I think I might be getting a little tired of them. OK, maybe very tired.