You know you’ve been in China too long when…

You know you have been in China too long when:
You start shaving your eyebrows and stop shaving everywhere else;
You don’t know the conversion between CNY and USD;
You send back ice water for hot water;
You have a stock pile of deodorant;

  • People ask you how young you were (几岁) when you moved to China

 

  • You start shaving your eyebrows and stop shaving everywhere else

 

  • You think American clothing is very plain

 

  • Everything you are wearing was purchased in China

 

  • You don’t know the conversion between CNY and USD

 

  • People ask you where you are from and you say the Chinese province/city where you live

 

  • Your English has a Chinese accent

 

  • You can speak at least one other dialect aside from Mandarin

 

  • You drink powder coffee

 

  • You can’t understand why the waitress brought you a fork and knife instead of chop sticks

 

  • You send back ice water for hot water

 

  • You throw out your self tanners and carry an umbrella in sunny weather

 

  • You talk about movies and music in terms of things that are popular (in china) and things you heard are popular in America

 

  • You like ankle hose with sandals and a skirt

 

  • Your favorite beer is named after a place in China

 

  • You think all occasions should be celebrated with baijiu 白酒 and beer

 

  • You think Great Wall wine is high class

 

  • You add 7-up 七喜 to your wine

 

  • You married a Chinese person

 

  • You consider not buying diapers for your children

 

  • You play ping pong and badminton on a regular basis

 

  • You hear someone say “laowai” and look around not realizing he/she is talking about you

 

  • You can’t remember how to drive a car

 

  • You think a balanced meal must have rice, noodles or mantou

 

  • You like rice for breakfast and eggs for dinner

 

  • Your Chinese friends ask you to bargain for them

 

  • You don’t look before you cross the road

 

  • You talk to strangers while you are using the bathroom

 

  • You have never heard of any of the new English songs at KTV

 

  • You get excited about mid-autumn festival but forget about Halloween

 

  • You write the date yyyy/mm/dd when you sign your name on English documents

 

  • You think of months in terms of 1-12 instead of Jan-Dec

 

  • You drink gan mao cha 感冒茶 (南方) or banlangen 板蓝根 when you have a cold

 

  • You think women must be married by 30

 

  • You don’t think it’s weird to speak to other westerns in Chinese

 

  • You have a stock pile of deodorant and other western luxuries (because you don’t know when you’ll go back)

 

  • You talk about the China before there were so many foreigners here

 

  • You remember China before Starbucks

 

  • You know why Qingdao beer is spelled TsingTao and think it’s odd other people can’t pronounce it

 

  • You know what CAN, PEK, TAO mean

 

  • You make fun of Chinese people who speak funny Mandarin