Living in the UK is very different to my life in China!
I moved to the UK excited to start my new life and experience a different culture and I absolutely love living here. However, there were some differences between my lifestyle in the UK and China.
Here are some of my findings...
- Chips, chips, chips
“What you want to eat today? Fish and chips? Rib and chips? Steak and chips?" and Chinese food is slightly different to this. We have rice, noodles, buns, dumplings as sides instead. Make sure you sample authentic British food during your time in the UK.
- Cash or card?
The common methods of payment here are cash and card so make sure you remember your purse or wallet when you go out! In China, I'm more familiar with Alipay and WeChat payment by QR code but these aren't used in the UK.
- Push the button
Crossing the street in China, we use an overhead bridge but, in the UK I always forget that I need to push the button first before crossing the road so that the traffic lights change. This is something you really need to understand to ASAP!
- 1 Pound = 9 Yuan
Living in the UK can be quite expensive with the current exchange rate and I can spend £1 (almost 9 Yuan) in China to buy 4 or 5 lettuces but here, I can only buy one. Sad times!
- Let’s go enjoy the sun!
I'm sure you're aware that Chinese girls always carry sun umbrellas when they go out to avoid tanning but British people are obsessed with the sun! In the summer, lying on the grass to get a tan is very popular so I decided to join them for a change.
- Fancy a drink?
A lot of students in the UK like to relax in a pub or bar after lectures and in China social activities vary and I'm more used to going to karaoke, play Majiang and eat hot pot instead. Both are fun!
- Send an email
In China, if you need to inform others of an important message we prefer telephone but in the UK email plays a key role in work and daily life. Either way, make sure your information reaches the other person successfully.
- "Oh, I'm sorry..."
British people say “sorry” a lot! Before moving to the UK I only used the word when you did something wrong or to express my apologies. If you bump into a Britsh people, they will probably apologise before you do.