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Thank God for bike sharing in Shanghai. That’s right, in a city of some 24 million people it makes perfect sense for residents to have 24-hour access to an inexpensive way of getting around town; you know, outside of the subway or bus.
KTVs, or karaoke bars, are a blast. In China, it’s almost a rites of passage to gather up a group of friends on a late night, head to a KTV, order a ton of snacks and beers, and sing your heart out until the early morning. In addition, KTVs are a great way to meet new people, mingle, and even entertain business associates. As an English teacher in China, for instance, a night out with friends at a KTV is a sure way settle-in with your new colleagues, be introduced to other foreign teachers, find a potential boyfriend or girlfriend, or simply encounter new faces around town.
There’s nothing like being able to walk outside your apartment on a daily basis to chow down on delicious street barbecue. You can usually find a variety of beef, lamb, pork, chicken, fish and vegetables on sticks, along with fried rice, noodles, and bottles of beer.
And best of all: street barbecue is dirt cheap. A tasty meat stick, for instance, is typically anywhere from 1-5rmb, or about $.10-$.75 depending on the size, and a carton of fried rice is just around 6-8rmb, or a little over a dollar.
Almost every day from 6:30pm-8:00pm across China you’ll find a small to insanely a large group of older individuals (mostly women) dancing to the jarring tunes of rhythmic sounds in various public spaces such as parks, recreational fields, and even street corners. Well, welcome to the wonderful world of Chinese square dancing!
Electric motorbikes are some of the most convenient forms of transportation around. In China, E-Bikes are any and everywhere. They come in all shapes, sizes, and are of varying power. They are great for short distance travel and, most importantly, for saving money and time. You won’t ever spend to spend big bucks on filling the tank, and you can get-up-and-go anytime you need.
Nearly all cities provide a small lane adjacent to streets for E-Bikes and cyclist, as well as small yellow boxes that serve as charging stations. E-Bikes can also range from anywhere between 1,300 and 4,000rmb, or about $200 to $700, and last several good years or more. Doesn’t that sound great?
Yes, China’s elderly are some of the most active and healthiest senior citizens on this planet. Just how do they maintain their lifestyles?
For one, it’s very common to see grandparents taking an active role in raising their grandchildren. You’ll often catch grandparents walking their grandkids to and from school, helping with household chores (they’ll often live with their son/daughter’s family), assisting with the family business, and preparing dinner for the entire family while still somehow finding the time to go square dancing in the evening! Whew!
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