“How come? It’s impossible!” yes it is impossible, unless
you have your company sent you to China for a business trip, just like what
happened to me last week (april 4th – 11th 2012) hahaha, envy me come on.. It was
my 1st visit to China, and was a combo coz I went to Beijing,
Fuzhou, Guang Zhou, and Shanghai! Yes Shanghai! My dream one! China is mezmerising,
I never thought they are this BIG. I knew they’re growing fast, but I never
imagined like this BIG. My first impression was in their capital: Beijing, a
megapolitant city, beautiful cityscapes built from exotic skycrappers. Very
modern and edgy.
That night was 9 degrees when I arrived in Beijing, quite
torturing for a tropical-beach girl like me. I was willing to buy boots, but
seconds by seconds, I think I could handle the cold weather only with my ballerine
shoes. Taruli, my work mate in China, picked
me up at the airport, what a convenient for me. I was full, thanks to the
dinner served during my HK-Beijing flight. It was just the beginning that I was
full, the rest days in my China trip were a hunger games.. I feel hungry most
of the time! I blame the cold weather, and the delicious food they have. I
almost ate anything, except shark fin. Halal or not halal :D
Smile and hospitality are so rare here. I think China never
care about the word “service” in its life. It took me half an hour to ask
shop-assistant in Beijing to buy a cell sim card, then another 30 minutes to
top-up the credit, then next day another 45 minutes in China Mobile outlet to
turn on the GPRS, then 20 minutes in Guangzhou’s China Mobile Outlet to
re-check my GPRS connection. Pathetic.
If you visit a small restaurant, the waiter will look like
they want to dare you for a fight. But don’t worry, that’s the way they are.
Speak loud and sometimes spitting everywhere actually are the things I try so
hard to “accept” when I was in China. They way they look at me is humiliating.
I feel like an alien.. but it’s just the way they are, I don’t really care.
It felt good to be illiterate. I really
enjoy while I don’t understand what people are actually talking about, what a
calm life! Hahaha, especially when you’re already get bored with works.
Translation is amazing.
Everything’s made in China. You know industry grow bigger
and bigger here. People starts getting more money, and so they can afford
lifestyle. Chinese people are consumptive. Creditcards swiped everywhere. You
can find international brands easily, and so high-quality local brand. Real
ones, or fake ones – oh yes I am talking about fashion. Some looks very chic,
some are still typical Chinese – curled hair and tattoed eyebrows. I thought I
only saw these typical in Indonesia.
Beijing – Shanghai – Guangzhou is kinda similar,
megapolitant, 1st tier city. Everyone’s really busy, and sometimes
they don’t care each other. Apart from those 3 megacities, Fuzhou is kinda
different. I feel it’s more like Semarang – Central Java capital city. Kinda
“old”, slow, and I still see teenagers greets the elderly, and smile to each
other. But still, this 2nd
tier city can not be compared to Jakarta. It’s beautiful, clean, big roads, and
have metro. Damn. Indonesia, why are you
Some people asked me, why did I travel to China, leisure or
business? Yes it was a business trip, a whole week for a qualitative market research.
You know why I enjoy my work? Coz it enable me to travel and see people. Listen
to what they believe and value. Though in fact I could manage my time to visit
Forbidden City, Tianmen Square, and Lama temple in Beijing. Also The Bund,
Tianzifang, Yuyuan Garden, and Xintian Di in Shanghai. I even met my fellow Indonesian traveler,
Harry Kawanda, during his around-the-world-adventure in Shanghai.. amazing!
Trip in China is kinda hard if you don’t speak and literate
their language. Most of the sign are written in Pinyin letter, and least people
speak english. Thanks to Taruli, my work mate, who accompany me each day of my
China trip, he does speak mandarin very well. I also install Chinese Phrasebook
in my android phone, in case, just in case I am forced to talk to them. In the
airports, often the officer talk to me in mandarin, put my face into a blank
one. Also hotel front officer gave me a prank-call speaking in mandarin, in a
long sentences, and I just answer “I don’t understand”. Sometimes I got smiley
face, or a slight anger reaction from them.. hihihi..
Overall, it was a great time I spent in China. I should go
back one day to visit Hangzhou – which mentioned by Marcopolo as the most
splendid city, or to the Great Wall.. ;)
hello, i'm Titisari Raharjo, currently working as a consumer insight officer. Still in love with photography and traveling, things that keep me alive!
Eye hungry for good style, great designs, colour and esthetic!