What are some Chinese stereotypes?

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When you hear the word China what are the first few things you think about? Have you ever wanted to visit?

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In no particular order, just off the top of my head:
  • billions of people
  • an ancient civilization
  • Mao Tse Tung
  • Tiananmen Square
  • human rights violations
  • The Great Wall of China
  • cheap electronics, clothing, and toys
  • Chinese medicine
  • Chinese food, dim sum
  • an emerging consumer climate
  • a huge potential market
  • etc.
 
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Very interesting list. There's a mix of good and bad things, and funny enough, after living in China for nearly two months what you say is pretty accurate. What hit me the most was probably the huge skyscrapers and the traffic being a strange combination of an organised mess! :)
 
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Hey John,

Yes, those empty cities do exist and it's quite eerie. Huge skyscrapers and everything a normal city has, except no people.

Yes I am here working for a company which helps people bring their business to China. I have learnt a lot about the Chinese laws and how they function with regards to foreigners. Very interesting and truly informative.

Have you ever been to China, or planning to go?
 
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While the entire world sources its products from China, what you think they export the most? Is electronics is really low cost there?
 
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Whenever the word China comes in my mind I think about their economic strategy. They have chosen a path of cheap labouring to produce cheap products that are literally consuming the whole world.
 
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Honestly?

In no particular order, just off the top of my head:
  • billions of people
  • an ancient civilization
  • Mao Tse Tung
  • Tiananmen Square
  • human rights violations
  • The Great Wall of China
  • cheap electronics, clothing, and toys
  • Chinese medicine
  • Chinese food, dim sum
  • an emerging consumer climate
  • a huge potential market
  • etc.
Nice information. I want to add more to this information:
China has the world's largest standing army and second-largest defense budget.
China is the world's largest exporter.
The groundwater of 90% of Chinese cities is polluted.
Every year, about a million girl fetuses are aborted and tens of thousands of girl babies are abandoned in China because of the country's one-child policy.
 
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While the entire world sources its products from China, what you think they export the most? Is electronics is really low cost there?
yes, China export the most but their products are cheap because they have cheap labor. Raw material is also cheap because most of them produced in China. But Chinese products are mostly of lower quality than other products. China only has VAT taxation system which allows taxing only to value added services. So production is cheap. Plus, China doesn't charge on export. And the US doesn't have import duty for Chinese goods. China charges on import.
 
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I remember when i was in Beijing the one stereotype that i heard was Southerners are effeminate, smaller, but more intelligent.
 
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