Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Some Common Myths Debunked

Myth #1: All people in China wear pointy bamboo hats.
Fact: Very few people in China wear pointy bamboo hats - only farmers and manual laborers that spend a lot of time out in the sun.

Myth #2: China is a very rural country covered completely in rice fields.
Fact: Although China does have a great number of rice fields, it is also a very urban country. It's large cities are much like those in America - huge numbers of people, taxis and other forms of public transportation, lots of colleges and universities, and skyscrapers.

Myth #3: Everyone in China eats cat.
Fact: Although I cannot completely debunk this myth, I can say that as a vegetarian who lives in China, I have never eaten cat (to my knowledge), so that's at least one person.

Myth #4: Chinese people love MSG.
Fact: Okay, the fact is, Chinese people really do love MSG... they put it in almost everything.

Myth #5: You get free fortune cookies at the end of your meal at Chinese restaurants.
Fact: This might surprise you, but this only happens in America. I have been in China for 3 months now and have never been offered a fortune cookie at the end of a meal. Come to think of it, I've never even seen a fortune cookie in China.

This concludes this session of Common Myths Debunked... I will update you if I find any more truths here in this wonderful country we call China.

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