The best way to deal with them is have as little contact with them as possible. As to other things: Downtown there is a Tesco supermarket, an Ole (for expensive imported foods), a Carl's Jr and of course many other stores.They've not even managed to open a bank account for me after 4 months. It's kind of hard to use the restaurants though because so few have English menus (and photo menus/plastic food displays) aren't that common either.My fellow teachers are all older than me and are a pretty miserable bunch it must be said.We had one social event downtown but everyone left by 8pm. I found their QQ Group and asked where the meetings were held.I've subsequently found out my Guangzhou university was very prestigious and attracted the best applicants from all over China. Google Maps doesn't work very well so you have to use Baidu maps.A couple of my current students applied there but didn't get in. Software development standards are really low in China, and I've found all Chinese apps really drain my battery. The work permit system is a real hassle and I had to pay to get my China visa and certificates notarised (about 0 in total).It's really close to South Korea, Taiwan and Japan.So I had visions of really awesome holidays in those three countries (two of which I've never visited before).
Especially when you're such an obvious looking foreigner yourself.So I've tried to get a bit of a social thing going but it's been gigantically difficult. I'd heard it was a good place to meet ladies who want to meet foreigners. But they got all nasty and told me I should read the publicity poster (which is all in Chinese). Well screw them who wants to belong to such a miserable group anyway?I've generally found that Zhejiang residents are very group orientated. Well they're not going to like me making that comparison, but we are geographically very close to Japan.Well apart from the few copy watch guys there are here. The Zhejiang residents seem a lot more distant, and, well, unfriendly.Other Ramblings I got really excited about the prospect of working in Zhejiang.The Greatest Self-Help Secret Revealed: You Can Transform Your Life and Solve Your Problems by Leaving America for a Better Life and Love Overseas! In this post I'll review my first 4 months living in Chinas's Zhejiang Province. After 4 months I went for a 2 week holiday in Thailand, and stayed there for another 6 months. I am glad I spent the money getting a CELTA from one of the world's best language schools. Which was good as I was given a pile of textbooks and told to get on with it.