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64 Thousand Yuan question:
Is China safe? (..from whom? 😉 ) 

Is China safe? Yes. Period. China is the safest, most humane, reasonable and decent country I’ve ever had the good fortune to live in. I came here with a smile and an open mind and heart, and tried to leave any pre-conceptions behind..

Moving to China was the best move I ever made. I’ve never looked back. I’ve felt warmth, hospitality kindness and friendliness every single day. I can tell you honestly that China has, and continues to be a delight to me. China is a wonderful place to be, to work, to live and enjoy life! (I’m not paid to write this – this website is a labour of love) 
China is also the safest country in the world in which to live. 

If you’re planning a visit to China, or are concerned in any way about the ‘human rights’ record – Let me set a record straight and put your mind at rest – In six years of living in China I haven’t seen one single instance of infringements on human rights. anywhere.

(ok, tell you the truth: I did see a woman smack her husband on the nose a few weeks back in Hainan, a quality right cross.. ? – but really – I’ve never felt threatened or in danger, not once in six years, whether daytime or anytime of night, China’s pretty darn safe!)

No matter where you are in the world there’ll be things that raise your hackles; China’s no different, there’s good and not so good anywhere you go.. But. I feel happier and safer here than anywhere else I’ve lived.

I’ve never even seen a fist-fight! In six years! This tells you a lot about a country, and about China. The Chinese people are, in my experience, non-confrontational, and non-violent. This is almost universal in China. Make no mistake, if they have to, or had to defend themselves, or their loved ones, they’d fight to the last breath. But really, China and Chinese people are really genuinely peaceful, peace-loving and ready to offer the hand of friendship to everyone.

See also:

Barrie’s Twitter timeline – latest China News

Now.. umm.. where was I? Ah yes.. ‘human rights’, ‘authoritarianism’.. blah..

If you’re planning a visit to China, or are concerned in any way about the ‘human rights’ record – Let me set a record straight and put your mind at rest – In six years of living in China I haven’t seen one single instance of infringements on human rights, anywhere.

I remember arriving in Guilin, getting a taxi from the airport and just sitting in downtown Guilin to catch my breath. I rolled a cigarette and got a coffee easy enough, and I just sat, and watched: ‘Ok China – let’s have a look at you’.. and what I saw enthralled and enchanted me, fascinated me, and at the same time, at no point did I feel any ‘culture shock’, I felt safe, welcome, comfortable, ‘at home’, at ease.. .. I fell in love with China instantly.. I’ve never felt more personal freedom, never felt safer, and never been happier.

Barrie’s Twitter timeline – latest China News

Now.. umm.. where was I? Ah yes.. ‘human rights’, ‘authoritarianism’.. blah..

I remember arriving in Guilin, getting a taxi from the airport and just sitting in downtown Guilin to catch my breath. I rolled a cigarette and got a coffee easy enough, and I just sat, and watched: ‘Ok China – let’s have a look at you’.. I fell in love with China instantly..

In over six years of living and working in China I’ve never seen , heard of or felt ‘the hand of authoritarianism’, not seen one single shred of inhumane treatment of people – not once, not anywhere. 

Oh yeah.. I’ve spent time in Guangxi, Guilin, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhangjiajie, Changsha, Zhengzhou, Nanning, Hainan, Haikou, Haitang Bay, Sanya, Hohhot, Nei Menggu, (Inner Mongolia) Xiamen and I have friends all over China; in Kunming, Dali, Shanghai, Beijing, Tibet, Sichuan and Xinjiang, including people like the much respected Jerry Grey (twitter)  (read one of his articles here: See also: ) who’ve travelled extensively through Xinjiang – So I’ve got quite a broad perspective and many valued and trusted opinions to enquire of.

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Six years now living very happily and very safely and free as a man could wish to be right here in China! Best move I ever made, never regretted a second. I’ve experienced kindness, hospitality and friendliness every single day. China is my home and my joy. Happyhappykuaile! 

p.s. I am man who questions things; a man who is no fan of infringements on freedom or authoritarianism, control, elitism, injustice, or inhumane treatment of humans or our fellow creatures and I’m very happy living in China! Go figure!
p.p.s I’m not paid to write this.

I remember when I had decided to move to China, and told friends, a few of them, people I considered to be cognisant, intelligent beings were taken aback, actually worried about my decision! I was surprised at their reaction. ‘Why?’ I asked.. ‘Human rights’ came back the usual reply; almost as if regurgitating whatever the western msm had fed them – Again, I couldn’t understand. I’m very (deeply) interested in and aware of history, current affairs and geopolitics and follow news with a system of cross-referencing and fact checking rather than taking anything at ‘face-value’.. Suffice to say I was nonplussed and carried onward regardless!
So happy I did!

I can tell you that western mass media and news representation of China and human right issues is 99.999999% disinformation. 

Dogs. Dog meat.

There’s a lot of hoo-ha bandied around about dog meat.. well.. yes, dog meat is sometimes eaten in China. As horse meat is eaten in France. There is a type of dog which is kept, just as any other ‘stock animal’ is kept, for meat. And yes, occasionally there are people who treat animals barbarically, in China, just as in any other country. But! I can assure you that I really haven’t seen any bad treatment of animals, and that the Chinese government is opposed to inhumane treatment of animals and human beings, and there is now a ban on wild animals being traded or sold for meat. I can also tell you that I’ve never seen dogs, ‘regular dogs’, family pet variety, of all breeds, more loved, well-cared for or better trained than anywhere in the world than right here in China. 

So, the real question is this: Where do you draw the line if you eat meat? Perhaps we shouldn’t eat anything we wouldn’t be prepared to raise or catch and kill ourselves? Does that go for vegetables?
I was eating camel meat just t’other day at a beer festival..(tasted a bit like lamb crossed with chicken – a smidge on the fatty side..)

Best China Info / The Chinglish Experience China (WeChat channel)  is a journal of our experience of life in China with a quirky and whimsical look at the world past present and future – we’ll post things we find interesting, though that doesn’t necessarily mean we concur with any particular posting!

We are a Chinese-English couple who work in education, marketing, writing, editing, and creative initiation, and we also advise and act as consultants for clients as diverse as CCTV, Wanda corporation, and the Chinese government!

We hope we can make many friends, and increase positive understanding of China while strengthening bonds of friendship and mutually beneficial cooperation between China and the world!

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China ~ Coming soon: An easy to grasp ‘potted’ historical perspective of China – for the uninformed outsider. Most foreigners know very little about the actual history of China – I know I was taught nothing about the Opium Wars  – simply that the ‘British Empire’ was great and honourable (!) Anyroad, with 2020 having been disrupted worldwide by coronavirus epidemics, pandemics and accompanying uncertainty and disruptions to world detente, and now with the US election season and accompanying hubris and bluster in full swing.. or should we say; ‘spin’, We’d like to set a few records straight!

‘if you’re planning to visit, conduct business, live, tour, or even just communicate with Chinese people ‘Best China info’ will be happy to help you to get off to a good start!

About Us
Best China Info is intended to be a genuine and authentic ‘go-to’ resource for all China-related information, news, insider tips and advice – written by real people with experience of living in China, Vietnam, Thailand, North africa, UK, Europe, US and Australia. Our chief editor and writer was born in England in the the not-so united schmingdom and moved to China in 2014. A man who considers himself optimistic, discerning, and at the same time critical and knowledgeable. He has lived in China very happily for the last six years and hopes to continue to do so – China is his home and joy!

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2 thoughts on “Best China Info Blog!

  1. Good to see this in action. As a man who has lived here 16 years and travelled even more extensively and by bike too, I concur with pretty much everything you say about China. Safe, secure, free and enjoyable. Good work on getting this site up and running and please feel free to contact me for more resources, you know where to find me

  2. Hi Jerry! Thank you for taking the time to leave a very much appreciated and valued comment sir! Most honoured to receive this from such a highly respected and learned fellow and colleague. Yes also! Best China Info would be more than pleased to include and reproduce any further resources and materials from your already very widely read and highly respected oeuvre! We’ll get back to you soon on this! Many thanks again Jerry – very much appreciated! Best regards, Barrie – for BCi

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