Chinese cultural puzzles for foreign visitors

Chinese cultural puzzles for foreign visitors

Staff Reporter

  • 2013-03-12

“Why don’t public restrooms in China offer toilet paper?” Questions like these — the peculiarities of Chinese culture against many things Westerners would consider normal — have confused many foreign visitors in China. China Internet Information Center, a mainland web portal, has listed nine confusing questions about China from a stand point of a foreign visitor, reports Want Daily, our Chinese-language sister newspaper.

Some of the questions include: “Why do Chinese act so politely when you talk to them but become so mean on the internet?” or “Why can Chinese people be so weak when giving a speech on stage while they are so humorous off it? ” and “Why don’t Chinese people attend the Ultimate Fight Championship as they are good at Kung Fu?”

One of the questions even asks about the ‘local dialect:’ “Why do Chinese people usually say ‘F#$% your mother’ whereas Americans say ‘F#$% you?'”

The web portal suggests that, in a joking way, visitors should post a sign saying ‘stingy’ on a public restroom that does not offer free toilet paper as most tourist sites charge money for entrance. The web portal also says that Chinese people are not united even though there are excellent individuals around the world.

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