By the time you get to know someone, say expat friends who have been here for years, it’s time for them to leave. “That’s my roommate from Australia,” my roommate had once told me, perfectly matter-of-fact, pointing to a massive collage of pictures on the fridge. I think it’s sad,” wrote an expat woman in a Reddit discussion about dating in Beijing.
Everyone is either leaving, already has a partner from back home or just wants to mess around, she said, which makes long-term dating a difficult prospect.
Public loos are great if you prefer to do your business with no doors and several squatting Chinese grannies staring straight at you.2. Having a white man call you “my Indian princess” in bed is an excellent way to bring all proceedings to an immediate, awkward halt. For those interested, yes, I did carefully delete his number approximately a second after we said goodbye.As I discovered, it is also a bubble which soon enough, bursts on its own.“Indian girls smoke, eh?” Jason grinned, drunkenly, as I and a couple of others ducked back indoors after a smoke break, at a popular brewpub. From the mild glee that crossed his face, I knew exactly what he was thinking. In dude-speak, I was a It is one of those things that my girlfriends and I are used to back home – that efficient classification of sanskari, or traditional, and non-sanskari.Beijing is also where China’s identity crisis makes itself most evident – the struggle to hold to its traditions, while attempting to shake them off in a race to become modern and Westernised.Its winding , with homes that were built centuries ago, also house designer boutiques and craft breweries.