Before your stay

Stereotypes & Prejudice – Part 2

1) Milk
Chinese can’t drink any milk, they are not able to digest it, so it is also for foreigners impossible to buy (fresh) milk in China.
True or false?
False. Well more or less at least. Chinese people don’t really drink milk, not as much as we do anyways, but that doesn’t mean they don’t drink milk at all. And it also doesn’t mean that you can’t buy any milk in China. In most of the big supermarkets (Walmart, Carrefour) it is possible to buy tasty fresh milk! There are also some ‘variations’ with a lot of sugar and it’ll only be milk powder in Milk Tea, but…well you probably won’t be buying that anyways!


2) In China they eat dogs
Chinese eat everything, even dogs!
True or false?
This is true! But it’s not like Chinese people would eat dog all the time, it’s more a delicacy which can be quite expensive. I have met some foreigners who tried dog and they said it was not really worth trying, just normal, nothing special. You should be more careful about the duck neck and chicken feet, because they are normally spiced with loads of Sichuan Chili!

3) Everybody in China knows Kung Fu!
Prejudice: Every person in China, no matter how young or old, knows how to do Kung Fu.
True or False?
False. It’s the same if you would say that in Germany everybody knows how to play football. But in every myth there is a spark of truth, so Chinese people like to gather in parks in the morning, doing QiGong and Taiji and in the evening, dancing together or do some other workout. But don’t be disappointed, InternChina does know one or two real KungFu teachers, so you will still have a chance to become a famous martial artist after you come to China.

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by Hanna