Sunday, April 5, 2009

China- 我居住那裡此秋天

So. I'm moving to china this fall... only 4 months away! But I've been getting all psyched up about it since November.  My good pals Ryleigh and Riley are there right now teaching English to a school of over 4,000 students. Gosh.  But I'm so excited.  Among some of their interesting experiences include the food, restrooms, and overwhelming culture shock.  But I looked up some fun facts on China:

* When a Chinese child loses a baby tooth, it doesn't get tucked under the pillow for the tooth fairy.  If the child loses an upper tooth, the child's parents plant the tooth in the ground, so the new tooth will grow in straight and healthy.  Parents toss a lost bottom tooth up to the rooftops, so that the new tooth will grow upwards too.
*It is considered good luck for the gat to a house to face south. 
*Red is THE lucky color.
*Fourth graders are expected to know 2,000 of the over 40,000 written Chinese characters.  By the time they leave college, they will know 4,000 or 5,000 characters.  Each character is learned by looking at it and memorizing it.
*The Great Wall stretches 4,500 miles across North China.
*In China, treehugging is strictly forbidden.
*All Disney characters were banned in China for 40 years.
*Spitting is considered a sport in certain parts of the country.

Anyway.  I will be living in Hefei.  Some consider it the armpit of China, others consider it wonderful.  Guess I'll have to wait for August and See!

(Photos courtesy of Ryleigh Allred.)


natalie said...

awww man! jealous! i should have just done it, but maybe in the spring! oh those cute pics of ry, and the nasty chicken! babaha
you're gonna have SO much fun!

Jamie Jenkins said...

I'm so jealous! That will be so fun. Make sure you post lots of pictures when you go. That will be awesome! Who bans Disney characters? Haha. I would be mad if they ever did that to me.

Si said...

You are going to LOVE the food. love you.