If you are an expat in China, you will surely miss some things back in your home country. Tell me what you miss most while living in China.
1. Western food, at a decent price
We love Xiao Long Bao, Bao Zi, Chinese noodles, Hot Pot... But who doesn’t miss real meat, good beefsteak at a not so expensive price? Who doesn’t miss real bread, cheese, salads and so on? Who doesn’t miss milk, butter, or even organic vegetables? All of which, finally, are not so expensive in Europe, compared to the products in China.
2. Good Western manners
Each culture and nationalities are different, but when you are from Europe, for example, you do not spit everywhere, in subway, restaurant or in street as Chinese men, women and children do. You can understandably be shocked by this behavior and miss western good manners.
Except if you are rich enough to have a car, you will not drive any car during your expatriation. Driving your own car, feeling free, just going where you want at any time, without waiting for the next subway and being crushed against each other, without wondering if the subway station is closed, or without seeing a cab driver who refuses to drive you home because he doesn’t want to.