I am happy to live with Beijingers, says an Iranian student

16:49, July 08, 2010      

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"I have found Beijing urbanites very humorous and interesting after four years' living and studying in the city," said Sali, an Iranian student at Beijing Language and Culture University.

Many local residents do not have breakfast at home and they like to buy their breakfast from the roadside vendors near underground stations, bus stops and around schools. Students, workers, and ever senior residents have their breakfast outside homes.

"There is no need to go to fancy hotels for meal, and no need to need to drink top-grade tea. We pay more attention to the taste actually," Beijingers are quoted as saying. They don't have cold drinks in the morning, and tea and hot milk are very popular.
"I like to have cake and juice for my breakfast. My Chinese friends are very surprised at my habit and persuaded me to change it," Sali added.

Beijingers are fond of green tea. They can't live without it even in hot summer days.

"One of my friends who tutored me in Chinese often reminded me of to have more hot water and tea in her text message that she sent to me. I felt ill at ease at beginning because I was not a child anymore and wondered why she talked to me in such a way. However, I understood gradually that she was showing care and wished me to stay healthy. Now I use this way to greet people," Sali said.

Beijingers like to send gifts to others.

"One of my classmates always brings me a gift every time he visits me. More interesting, he also gives me gifts when I go to his home. The gifts Beijingers like are tea, fruits, pastry and so on. I am very thankful that they treat me in such a good way," Sali said.
Beijingers are quite polite.

"One day a Chinese friend invited me to dine out, she asked me to order first. I didn't know which one tasted good and asked her to pick some for me. But she insisted that I should choose the dishes. When I finished ordering, she chose more dishes. Although I told her we couldn't finish the dishes, but she was still quite determined. Later I understood that all she did was to show respect for me. In Iran, it at most takes 30 minutes to have meal, but in Beijing, almost two hours, and sometimes, three or four hours. People usually talk to each other while having the meal, which is quite lively. Beijingers are cheerful and easy-going, and I am happy to be with them. I love Beijingers."

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