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I am in Shanghai and I miss Taiwan

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I am in Shanghai and I miss Taiwan

Postby Rabidpie » 15 Jul 2010, 17:55

So here's the scoop, I miss Taiwan.

I was super excited to take a position with a company that would send me to the Shanghai office. It will be good work experience and good for establishing a career in Asia.

I'm having a harder time fitting in with Shanghai life. Granted, I have only been here for a few days so this could just be the initial terrible feeling part of the journey.

I'm having a harder time meeting friends too. Anyone on here want to give any life experience similar to my siutation?
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Re: I am in Shanghai and i miss Taiwan

Postby Baas Babelaas » 15 Jul 2010, 18:22

I moved to the mainland from Taiwan in 2006. And it sucked balls big time. I left after 5 months, but decided to come back (to China) and keep plugging away. This should be my last year/few months - I need to be around semi-civilized people.

China will never be Taiwan, that's an important thing to realise. And Shanghai is a super-large city with many transients - I've heard the foreigners there aint great either.

Anyways, if you cut it in Taiwan you can cut it in another foreign country.
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Re: I am in Shanghai and i miss Taiwan

Postby Chris » 15 Jul 2010, 18:35

I hear this time and time again: Westerners in Taiwan look at China as if it's some Xanadu, filled with riches, freedom and opportunity, only to find that it's in fact a Communist country with serious poverty and human rights problems.

But you've only been there a few days. Try it out, and if you don't like it, you can always come back!
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Re: I am in Shanghai and i miss Taiwan

Postby bismarck » 15 Jul 2010, 18:50

Rabidpie wrote:So here's the scoop, I miss Taiwan.

I know what you mean. The main reason I've never left. The one time I left to go home to visit for a month I was back in Taiwan after a week...

Hang in there. Use the opportunity, and you may quite possibly come back with even better opportunities in Taiwan in the future. And as Chris said, if you really don't like it, you can always come back.
And you can hang out with us in the forum if you feel homesick. :thumbsup:
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Re: I am in Shanghai and i miss Taiwan

Postby Jack Burton » 15 Jul 2010, 19:06

shanghai is not a bad place to be. There's actually a few neighbourhoods that are similar in taipei. and there's lots of taiwanese that moved there if you miss being around taiwanese lol. For eg. hongqiao has been a large taiwanese community for awhile, etc. yes, it's not taiwan, but give it sometime; there's always pros and cons. good luck.
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Re: I am in Shanghai and i miss Taiwan

Postby redwagon » 15 Jul 2010, 19:31

Start by joining the functions your country's chamber of commerce holds and any professional associations you can join. It's not easy making friends in Shanghai but you have to start somwhere. Outside of hanging with friends there is not much to do.
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Re: I am in Shanghai and i miss Taiwan

Postby Tomas » 15 Jul 2010, 22:29

I travel to Shanghai on business a few times a month, have done so for the past year. I don't hate Shanghai, but I haven't been able to take to the place. I prefer to drop in the afternoon before the job starts, work for a few days, and leave the same day I finish my work. The folks I work with are great, but I don't enjoy the city very much. Taxis are difficult to find, and I don't want to attempt to navigate the subway system; it isn't half as friendly as Taipei (or other places I've lived in Taiwan); there's a lot more rude, low-class behavior, screaming and yelling in the streets; and a lot of surreal shit happens there that I've never encountered in Taipei.

It's a conundrum. I enjoy the work I do there and the people I work with, and I know Shanghai is more significant than Taipei in economic terms and probably in terms of career opportunities, but every time I see Taiwan's coastline, I'm overjoyed to be back in Taiwan (and not in Shanghai). I just enjoy Taiwan a lot more than Shanghai.

I suppose, RP, you just need a bit of time to establish a network, find the good in the place. I'm sure it exists. It's just a lot harder for me to see than it is in Taiwan.
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Re: I am in Shanghai and i miss Taiwan

Postby Rabidpie » 16 Jul 2010, 18:18

Thanks for your responses guys. Mostly my impression from you guys are saying is that I'm in a crap-hole. Well, guess I knew that once I got here. But I really do appreciate the supportive comments

Tomas, the subway system is here is really hardcore. I have a map I have to bust out all the time because i keep forgetting which stop goes with which one. It seems like I can never have enough information on how to use the subway system, although I'm definitely a lot more savy with it than when I initially arrived.

I indeed just got here, so I just assume things will get better with time. It just for some reason doesn't seem like it. But I do remember a long time ago when i first got to Taiwan, the first week was like hell for some reason.
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Re: I am in Shanghai and i miss Taiwan

Postby jimipresley » 16 Jul 2010, 18:20

You just don't understand Chinese culture.
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Re: I am in Shanghai and i miss Taiwan

Postby Mucha Man » 16 Jul 2010, 18:21

Could be worse. You could be in Qiqiha'er like me. :(
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