My last days in china were fantastic.
China is like the “Non Plus Ultra” for shopping, the ultimate shopping place in the world, a paradise for any shopping girl.
I couldn’t speak any Chinese and most of them didn’t speak any English ( I assumed they would though).
When I realized that in china I could not use the oral language to communicate, I got very creative, and I was fun discovering that sometimes words are just sounds and there is a bigger and universal communication that goes beyond language, this trip changed my mind and my point of view in many ways.
So, In some stores we just communicate with the calculator or the cellular phone to write the prices and start to bargain, they always start with their prices very high but at the end they sell the item to you for what you want to pay.
I have learned to bargain with Ivy, my chinese friend which I met at the Canton fair, we hit it off instantly, she was very nice took me out a lot, we even met at Shenzhen when the fair was over, she taught me really nice things and we became really good friends.
I still remember that I wanted to buy some really cute bags and the sales person couldnâ€™t even understand the how much is that? question, so I had my friend Ivy to teach me how to say how much is that? in Chinese, that is Duo shao qian?
It was pretty easy, so I practice it a lot repeating Duo shao qian? Duo shao qian? and went back to the store…and asked the same girl in English again, how much is that? Pointing at a bag, but the girl couldnâ€™t understand what I was saying…and then I proud of my few words in Chinese I asked her: Duo shao qian? …and woala! I noticed that she could actually understand me and was so happy!!…and Then she told me the price…but in CHINESE!! Then I just start laughing because obviously I didn’t learn the numbers in Chinese, that moment was hilarious!!
My china experience was fantastic, as I use to say, everything you think about china, Think again.
Since Iâ€™m back from China Iâ€™m taking Chinese classes! It’s been a year now and I’m doing pretty good. That was a personal challenge to me and I just love it. Zai jian.