The exotic nation of China, home to a civilization five thousand years in the making, might as well be an entire world away in comparison to Canada. Any Canadian thinking about relocation to China should know several things about the nation.
If you are a Canadian, odds are good that you have only lived in or been to a few truly large cities: Toronto and Montreal in the east, Calgary and Vancouver in the west. China, by comparison, has over one hundred cities with a population of over a million people, many of whom have more than ten million or more people. Nearly the entire eastern part of the country is essentially a giant cityscape, home to over a billion people, which can be quite overwhelming for a foreigner. If you live in the western part of the country, you may feel more at home, since it is very wide open with a much smaller population.
Nearly everyone has stepped foot into a Chinese restaurant in Canada. You get the usual: spicy soup, kung-pow chicken, sweet and sour pork, and so on. Most of this food, however, would be quite strange to a native Chinese diner. Since the nation is so large, there are countless types of cuisine, but the North American version is quite rare to find. Instead, you are more likely to find lots of turnip cakes, rice rolls, noodle soups, gizzard shad, and other dishes that you would never find in Canadian Chinese restaurants. Be ready to explore with your taste buds, since these new dishes are quite a lot of fun to go through.
There is a saying in China: "the Emperor is far away and the mountains are very high." Although everyone in China is theoretically part of the Communist party, in practice most people are more than willing to make money on an open market. This makes it very easy to set up shop and do your business without worrying about breaking the laws or violating any principles. In fact, many Chinese are eager to move towards a free-market system and have embraced foreign companies like McDonalds and Starbucks to do so. While it is best not to create any political disturbances, especially not in the capital city Beijing, you do not need to worry much about the ideology of everyday Chinese.