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ChinaCulture & Custom

What are the cultural norms I need to be aware of?

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Cell X: I could probably say humble, reserved and strong family loyalty. Also, morally there’s a strong need for politeness and to respect the old and cherish the young. As living in such a populated country, the social relationship is critical, especially the “Face” .

Wiki:
“Face is a class of behaviours and customs operating (active) in different countries and cultures, associated with the morality, honour, and authority of an individual (or group of individuals), and its image in social groups.”

Nevertheless, I have to mention that there are 56 ethnic groups and more than 1 billion individuals in China. There are common characteristics depending on the groups or geographies, but there are always counter-examples existed. It’s hard to attribute some culture as a standard, so as a traveller I think the fun part is to recognise and collect the differences.


NetherlandsCulture & Custom

What’s a normal tradition that’s unique to the Netherlands?

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NoordQuarantined: Poldermodel - cooperation despite differences.

With one of the smallest land in the world, the Netherlands can lead the way in both fisheries and agriculture, so think of fishers and farmers, what would happen if they reach a consensus?

ChinaFood & Drink

What foods are delicious and eaten a lot here by locals in China?

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Charlotte Zhu: I grew up in Shanghai and have visited most provinces in China.
In my opinion, generally, if you would like to taste Chinese food which rarely finds in other countries but usually eaten by Chinese locals, I would recommend below:

1) Hot pot - a kind of traditional and pop food which you can see the hot pot restaurants almost in every city. Especially when it gets colder, we would like to have hotpot together with friends or families. Wiki says, “Hot pot is a Chinese cooking method, prepared with a simmering pot of soup stock at the dining table, containing a variety of East Asian foodstuffs and ingredients. While the hot pot is kept simmering, ingredients are placed into the pot and are cooked at the table, in a manner similar to fondue. Typical hot pot dishes include thinly sliced meat, leafy vegetables, mushrooms, wontons, egg dumplings, tofu, and seafood. The cooked food is usually eaten with a dipping sauce.” In fact, in different regions, people prefer different kinds of ingredients in hotpots. For instance, in Sichuan Province, people like duck intestine and blood; while in Inner Mongolia, people prefer beef and lamb.

2) Noodle - I believe there are hundreds of types of noodles in China. So, different from which you can find in Chinese restaurants in western countries, you will find plenty kinds of Noodle Houses in China which mainly even only make and cook noodles.

3) Dumplings - The most typical dumplings in China should be boiled by hot water instead of being fried. However, although it is one of the most traditional dishes which each Chinese family will have it on Spring Festival (the biggest festival in China), the best dumplings are always in Chinese homes. But you can also find some superb homemade dumpling restaurants.

Besides, there are so many typical Chinese foods for you to taste. Enjoy there!

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FranceCulture & Custom

Which films can I see Notre Dame de Paris in?

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TripCell Official: Answer from @thomasprinsen: De klokkenluider van de Notre Dame

ChinaActivities

What do locals in Shanghai do for fun on weekends?

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TripCell Official: Take a walk with families.
Play badminton or games with families or friends.
Moms / grandmas dance together in the gardens.

NetherlandsFood & Drink

What are the top three typical Dutch food?

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TripCell Official: @corkhat45:
Roti &Fernandez Red, or a Kapsalon! (Fries, Döner meat, salad, cheese, sauce all together in the oven)
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