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An Expat Talks about Living in Guilin, China

Apr 22, 2019


Guilin, China

An expat talks about how his initial life in Guilin, China

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Guilin

Describe how you "dreamed" expat life would be before you moved overseas. Please provide as much detail as possible.

I was completely overwhelmed by the number of people walking the streets, riding on city buses, not recognizing ques, allowing their children to urinate and defecate on city streets, the number of active Mahjong parlors in existence and the stares from the public. Time relieved all of these seeming inconveniences and with the passing of time, my Chinese improved, my knowledge of their customs and traditions. Long term personal relationships developed and I felt deeply involved in their lifestyles. Most importantly was my time spent at the English Corner each Sunday in the late mornings and there I developed an opportunity to speak with young English speakers and enjoy their conversation and questions. Guilin is a small city and easy to navigate, and the thrill of walking openly within the city became a daily joy. Removing all biases became a relief, allowing me to fully enjoy my time in Guilin.

How has your expat experience met the expectations you dreamed about before you moved abroad?

Beyond my wildest dreams. I was able to teach English, both oral and written at two fine Universities where I met other Expats and we formed a wonderful relationship, including the weekly Sunday Poker Game by the river.

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How has your expat experience NOT met the expectations you dreamed about before you moved abroad?

Actually no. My expectations were finite, therefore no displeasures.

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