Farewell to the Land of the Rising Sun: 7 Things to Do Before Leaving China

Are you ready to say goodbye to the land of Kung Pao chicken and pandas? As an expat in China, you've probably had your fair share of adventure and culture shock. But before you pack your bags and head off to your next destination, there are a few things you should do to make the most of your time in this vibrant country. From trying strange foods to visiting local tourist attractions, this list of 7 Things To Do before Leaving China will ensure that you have a truly memorable experience. So grab your passport and get ready for one last hurrah in the land of the rising sun!

  1. Indulge in some Strange Delicacies: China is known for its unique and eccentric cuisine, so it would be a shame to leave without trying at least one or two of these culinary wonders. From fried scorpions on a stick to stinky tofu, there's something for everyone's taste buds. Don't be afraid to be a little adventurous and give them a try!

  2. Climb the Great Wall: It's touristy, but it's also one of the Seven Wonders of the World. You can't leave China without visiting the Great Wall, so make sure to put it on your bucket list before you depart. Plus, it's the perfect conversation starter when you return home.

  3. Experience the Beauty of Chinese Opera: Chinese Opera may not be everyone's cup of tea, but it's an iconic and beautiful art form that's worth experiencing at least once. Whether it's Cantonese, Beijing, or Sichuan Opera, sit through a live performance and take in the sights and sounds. Bonus points if you can sit through all three!

  4. Pose for Pictures with Strangers: It's a rite of passage for any expat in China to appear in snapshots with Chinese people they don't know. These forced photo sessions are a test of how much you've truly experienced China. So, if you haven't had the opportunity yet, head to a local park, put on your best peace sign, and strike a pose.

  5. Visit a Chinese Public Toilet: It may not be the most glamorous experience, but visiting a Chinese public toilet is a must-do for any expat in China. While they may not be as comfortable as Western toilets, they offer a unique insight into Chinese culture. Plus, it's a great story to tell when you return home.

  6. Discover Local Tourist Attractions: While it's great to visit popular tourist destinations like the Yangtze River, the Bund in Shanghai, and the Forbidden City in Beijing, China is also home to many lesser-known tourist spots that are just as interesting and unique. So, take some time to explore and discover these hidden gems before you leave.

  7. Join in on a Ganbei: Ganbei, which translates to "Dry Glass," is a Chinese-style drinking ritual where guests are expected to drink with the host and other guests in order of seniority. It can be a bit overwhelming, but it's a great way to experience Chinese culture and make some new friends. So, find a party or celebration and raise a glass (or several) before you depart.

After all the fun and adventure you've had in China, it's time to say goodbye and set off to your next destination. But why not take your love for teaching and travel to new heights by considering teaching English in South Korea or Thailand? These two countries offer unique Cultural Experiences, delicious food, and a high demand for English teachers. Imagine teaching in a bustling metropolis like Seoul or Bangkok, or immersing yourself in the serene landscapes of the rural countryside. The possibilities are endless and the memories you'll make will last a lifetime. So pack your bags, brush up on your teaching skills, and get ready for an amazing new adventure in South Korea or Thailand!

Expatriate,  China,  Things  To  Do,  Leaving,  Cultural  Experiences, 

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