100 Things I Love About China

100 Things I Love About China

I usually look forward to the 4th of July, but I don’t think America deserves to be celebrated right now. And while there is plenty to criticize China about, there is a lot to love about this country too. So here is a list of 100 things I love about China – in no particular order.

  1. Adorable babies
  2. The people
  3. dumplingsdumplings
  4. embroidery
  5. calligraphy
  6. ink and wash paintings
  7. shadow puppets
  8. Hong Kong
  9. Hongkongers
  10. Bruce Lee
  11. Jet Li
  12. Ang Lee
  13. 12 Girls Band
  14. the erhu
  15. terracotta warriors
  16. 5,000 years of history (give or take a thousand years)
  17. hotpot
  18. Sichuan food
  19. Yangshuo
  20. Yangshuo’s karst mountains
  21. river cruises
  22. Prince Gong
  23. Empress Cixi
  24. The Forbidden City
  25. The Great Wall
  26. granny dancing
  27. domestic helpers
  28. not needing a car
  29. fast trains
  30. C-trip
  31. not having to tip
  32. taxis on demand
  33. low cost of living
  34. my daughter’s school
  35. wechat
  36. taobao
  37. meituan
  38. Zhang Ziyi
  39. Lang Lang
  40. Donnie Yen
  41. Jackie Chan
  42. Chow Yun-fat
  43. the ability to travel around the rest of Asia cheaply and easily
  44. The Feminist Five
  45. Qing Dynasty-era manor houses
  46. unique architecture
  47. pandas
  48. dragons
  49. phoenixes
  50. Chinese graves
  51. Zhangjiajie
  52. noodles
  53. Muslim food
  54. street food
  55. night markets
  56. ethnic minority cultures
  57. Dafen Artist Colony
  58. traditional artisans
  59. temples
  60. countryside hostels
  61. Jung Chang
  62. Xinran
  63. affordable medical care
  64. a general feeling of safety
  65. Lantern Festival
  66. Chinese New Year
  67. floating lanterns
  68. Singles Day Sales
  69. Lion Dancing
  70. Chinese Weddings
  71. Hongbaos
  72. Traditional Chinese Clothes
  73. watching China change from the inside
  74. watching the rest of the world change from the outside
  75. shops open late and on weekends
  76. local parks
  77. tea
  78. acupuncture
  79. kungfu
  80. Chinese opera
  81. cheap internet/phone service
  82. meeting people from all over the world
  83. endless opportunities
  84. The way Chinese youths are creative and innovative
  85. assigned seats in movie theaters
  86. silk
  87. the Chinese zodiac
  88. fireworks
  89. Ning Zetao
  90. only one time zone that never changes
  91. Shanghai
  92. Chinese acrobats
  93. Zigong Dinosaur Museum
  94. Lhasa
  95. Splendid China
  96. Anything made of jade
  97. KTV
  98. Toys-R-Us (Yup, we still have them over here!)
  99. Chinese Court Dramas
  100. chopsticks

There are many more things I love about China, but that is enough for now.

What do you love about China? Let me know in the comments.

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