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Life in the UK vs. China

By JordanBrowzer 20 Aug 2019

Sharon's Blog

Living in the UK is VERY different to my life in China.

I moved to the UK excited to start my new life and experience a different culture. I absolutely loved my time there but I wanted to make you aware of the big difference between the lifestyle in the UK and China.

Here are my some findings...

1 Pound = 9 Yuan

Please do not ask me the cost of living in the UK - everything is so expensive under the exchange rate. I spend £1 (almost 9 Yuan) in China to buy 4 or 5 lettuces but here, I can only buy one. Sad times! 

Chips, chips, chips

“What you want to eat today? Fish and chips? Rib and chips? Steak and chips?" and it makes me miss Chinese food. Rice, noodles, buns, dumplings and so on. But British food and the price has forced me to become a good cook...

Cash or card?

The common methods of payment are cash and card but in China, I'm more familiar with Alipay and WeChat payment by QR code so the only thing I would need is my smartphone. Make sure you remember your purse/wallet whenever you go out to the shops.

Push the button

Crossing the street in China, we use an overhead bridge but, in the UK I always forget that I need to push the button first before crossing the road so that the traffic lights change. Be careful out there.

Let’s go enjoy the sun!

Chinese girls always carry sun umbrellas when they go out to avoid getting too tanned. In Britain, people are the complete opposite. A lot of people here are obsessed with the sun and lying on the grass in summer to top up their tan.

Fancy a drink?

A lot of students in the UK like to relax in a pub or bar in the evening but I find that a little tedious. That is only because social activities are more various in China - we would go to karaoke, play Mahjong and eat hot pot instead.

Send an email

In China, if you need to inform others of an important message we prefer to use the telephone, but in the UK email plays a key role in work and daily life. Either way, make sure your information reaches the other person successfully!

"Oh, I'm sorry..."

British people say “sorry” a lot! Before moving to the UK I only used the word when you did something wrong or to express my apologies. If you bump into a British people, they will probably apologise before you do. 

Enjoy your university experience in the UK - I loved it! 再见