Here are some of the weird and wacky things that we have seen in China. Make no mistake, we see odd things on a daily basis here but we don’t always have the time to take out a camera and get a good shot of it. In fact, some of it is becoming “normal” as the time goes by. Well, not normal – let me rather say – easier to ignore.
I want to learn how to skate. Yes, I am in my late twenties and I have a pair of rollerblades. Don’t judge me! Below you will see why I can’t rollerblade on the sidewalks. It’s way too crazy around here to even try to learn. On odd occasions, I have practiced on the school’s track, but the truth is that I’m pretty bad. Haha… I need a teacher and a whole lot more confidence. I’m afraid of breaking a bone and having to go to a Chinese hospital!
If the rollerblades done result in a broken bone, simply walking might do so. Just look at these sidewalks. They are incredibly uneven. Some parts have caved in, and others simply start sinking into the underground… slowly… more and more everyday. They are, after all, MADE IN CHINA!
When we stopped at a KFC in Dongying Bus Station, there was no fried chicken. No chicken Rounders. And wait for it… No fries!!!! BUT, you could order the meal below. It looked like some kind of mystery meat (definitely no chicken) covered in a dark brown gravy, served with vegetables and rice. Ummm… KFC, really?
TOO MUCH POLLUTION?
What is this guy doing?! I have to say, this was a rather disturbing sight. At first glance I thought that this boy was tied to the back of the truck, but it looks like he is voluntarily standing here. With a bag over his head!!!!
A common sight, especially in Southeast Asia where we have seen families of 5 – and all their groceries – on a tiny scooter. It’s still interesting to me. How they load all of that junk on their bike, and manage to stay balanced. That’s raw talent right there! Notice that there is NO way he can see anything in those rearview mirrors!
In China, babies generally don’t wear diapers. The back of their pants are split so that they can squat wherever they need to go to the toilet. This sounds terrible, but the truth is that these babies are potty trained by about 12 months (compared to 36 month in Western countries). It seems odd, but there is some logic to it actually.
When we eat out in China, we receive our plate, bowl, glass, and spoon wrapped in plastic. I assume that this is to ensure that they are clean (and dust free, haha) but still, it’s a little strange to see. And this isn’t just the ‘hole in the wall’ places – We have even this bizarre plastic wrapping in semi-decent restaurants.
CHINA CONSTRUCTION BANK
Quite a literal term for this Chinese bank. There is always construction EVERYWHERE in China. It is mind-blowing that you hardly ever see the work completed. It just goes on and on…. and on!!!
Even though we have been living, and traveling, through Asia for over two years, I still can’t get used to squat toilets. To be completely honest, USING them is not the problem, at all. My main concern is that most people don’t seem to know how to use them, despite probably using them for their whole life. It seems that most people either can’t aim, they don’t know they are meant to go IN the hole, OR they are blind! Justin always waits nervously outside the woman’s toilets… knowing that I will probably come out with a sour look on my face.
This is a common sight in China. When men are feeling hot they lift their shirts to expose their bellies. The first time I saw this, I thought that the man was showing off his stomach muscles. However, since then, there have only been big bellies exposed!! It doesn’t matter what they are doing – Having a cigarette, riding a motorbike, or waiting for a bus – when they feel hot, they simply lift their shirt!
At a market, in the Xian Muslim Quarters.
You really can buy any animal part that you want here! ANY PART!!
Oh the crazy things we see!
More coming soon.