How Expats Can Find and Keep Chinese Friends

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/>As an expat living in China, one of the most important things to consider is how to make friends. Although making friends with locals might seem simple, there are cultural differences that might make it difficult. However, with a little effort and patience, you can create meaningful relationships with Chinese people.
Here are some tips on how to find and keep Chinese friends.

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/>1. Join a language exchange group

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target="_BLANK">social media platforms such as WeChat or Facebook.
These groups usually meet once or twice a week, and you can chat with Chinese people who are also interested in learning your language. This is a good opportunity to make new friends and learn about Chinese culture.

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/>2. Participate in activities

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/>Another way to meet new people is to participate in activities that interest you.

There are countless chances for you to connect with like-minded individuals, be it via a sports team, culinary course, or choreography crew. These opportunities can be discovered on social media platforms or within expat communities. Not only will you be able to create fresh friendships, but you'll also have the chance to acquire fresh knowledge and skills.
Use dating apps

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Are you tired of swiping left and right on dating apps only to find yourself still single? Well, fear not because in China, Tantan and Momo are the go-to apps for finding friends or a potential partner. With a plethora of users, you can rest assured that you'll find someone who shares your interests. But, before you get too excited, remember that not everyone is looking for a platonic relationship.
So, make sure you're clear about your intentions to avoid any misunderstandings. After all, communication is key when it comes to matters of the heart.

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/>4. Attend social events

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/>Attending social events such as parties or networking events is a good way to meet new people.
You can find these events on social media or through expat groups. It's a great opportunity to socialize and meet new people.

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/>5. Be open-minded

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/>When it comes to making friends in China, it's important to be open-minded and respectful of cultural differences.
Chinese people may have different customs and beliefs, and it's important to show interest and respect for their culture. This will help you build meaningful relationships with Chinese people.

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/>6. Learn the language

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/>Learning the Chinese language is a great way to connect with the local people.
Even if you only know a few basic phrases, it shows that you're interested in their culture and language. You can take Chinese language classes or use language learning apps such as Duolingo or Babbel.

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/>7. Share your culture

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/>Sharing your culture with Chinese people is a great way to build friendships.
You can share your favorite foods, music, or movies with Chinese people. This will help them understand your culture and build a deeper relationship with you.

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/>8. Be patient

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/>Building relationships takes time, and it's important to be patient.
Chinese people may be reserved at first, but they will open up once they get to know you. It's important to show genuine interest in their lives and be patient in building a friendship.

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/>9. Keep in touch

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/>Once you've made friends with Chinese people, it's important to keep in touch.
This can be through social media or messaging apps such as WeChat. Keeping in touch shows that you value the friendship and want to maintain it.

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/>10. Travel in China

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/>Traveling in China is a great way to explore the country and meet new people.
You can visit different cities and towns and experience the local culture. You can also meet other travelers or locals and make new friends.

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/>In conclusion, making friends in China can be challenging, but it's not impossible. By being open-minded, respectful, and patient, you can build meaningful relationships with Chinese people.

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