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Zhu Qin Zhe

Utbytesbloggen Uppsala

Zhu Qin Zhe kommer från Kina och läser svenska vid Uppsala universitet. Hon bloggar om livet som utbytesstudent i Uppsala.
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Wet day

Rain comes down constantly, and I find it pretty annoying when the wetness is around everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. That’s the typical characteristics of the climate in South China -damp and warm in the spring, damp and hot in summer, damp and cold in autumn and winter.

Clothes can hardly be dried, therefore, we are forced not to wash any clothes, and the old clothes stink of dampness. Papers and books are all wrinkled up because of the wetness, and water drops fall down over the wall, as if it is sweating.

We do not dare to wash any more clothes, for it is not common for a Chinese household to own a tumble drier.

It is getting warmer and warmer, as it is getting wetter and wetter. That’ s the troubling thing people from Longyan complain about all the time, whenever the spring is around.

That’s why they never understand how in Sweden, people do not put their bed sheets outdoors for sun bathing – they do not have to, for the tumble drier does all the work.

Oh I can’t be sitting here and writing now, I have got to help my mother setting up the simple tumble-drier to dry out the clothes. She is pretty annoyed right now.


Back to Sweden

Having stayed in China for over six months, I am finally going back to Stockholm in a week’s time. I heard that it is still snowing up there, whilst spring has already arrived down in South China. It keeps raining, all the time, and I can hardly get my shoes dried and clothes exposed to the sun.

People ask me if I miss Sweden after being away from the tranquil land for so long. I can’t describe the feeling, for I have homes in both countries, and there is no such a place called “being away from home” as they all say. The only difference is that I have different social networks, and we talk about different matters.

In China I go out often, whilst in Sweden I mostly stay indoors. For me, Sweden is quiet and suit for writing – my job, and China is more like a place where I am able to grab the projects for further cooperation. I am happy in both places, but I would miss either one, whenever I am faraway from her for some time.

Honestly speaking, however, I do feel a bit worried about not being able to concentrate as I am in China, yet I also feel worried about not being able to see anyone around up there in Sweden. Therefore, I will have to do the exchange every now and then, so as not to forget about my schedule, my goal and my own dreams.

Anyway, I do wish that I could return to China sometime soon. I look forward to having all of the projects I am trying to connect right now worked.


Friend with a star

Being a public figure requires a great deal of strength in heart. That’s something I have learnt by being a friend with an actor.

I am not quite sure about how western entertainment industry truly works, yet being with Chinese entertainment industry makes me realize that an actor or an actress, however popular you are, will attract anti-fans anyway.

The anti-fans would swear the dirtiest words at you, or even conduct some crazy deeds. If you do not have a strong heart tolerance, you would be easily affected and probably give up the motivation of chasing the dream.

If you want to wear the crown, you will have to bear the power it has given to you.” Basically speaking, the more exposed you are to the public, the stronger you will have to learn to be, to taste the wonderfulness, and to go through the filthiness.

You are not alone, whether you are liked or disliked.

I wish my friend good luck ahead. So far, he can tolerate all those dirty words coming from the anti-fans, and all the pressure and stress.


Beijing away

My short visit in Beijing came to the end, as my cousin finished his last examination. We went home taking the 12-hour high-speedy train, and arrived in Longyan late at night. It was raining heavily. It felt uncomfortably cold. The chill in Longyan differs from that in Beijing. It pierced into the bones, making people shiver from inside out.

“Oh it is so freezing”,my cousin exclaimed as we stepped out of the heated compartment, and as the raindrops beat against our face, running slyly through the collars, wetting our flesh.

“But the temperature is much lower in Beijing!”his parents said confusedly when they picked us up and saw us trembling. Well, it is true that the outdoor temperature is indeed higher than that in Longyan, but we are talking about the indoor temperature – it is 25 degree in Beijing with three-layer isolating windows protecting us against the cold attack from outside, whilst it is 11 degree both indoors and outdoors in Longyan ,with one-thin layer window that is hardly able to get us off any hands of coldness.

It is not that North people rarely feel the cold, it is just that they are better protected – that is something south people would never understand, just like when North people never understand what makes south people so excited about snow.

During my time in Beijing, I felt nothing like smog. The air had been clearer and fresher, and I even experienced a day of snow. Hope that I would be able to return to that place very soon. However many drawbacks this city has, what she has given me is more than a vast area, but an even more nostalgia memory.

Beijing visit, follow-up

As the temperature drops in Longyan, I am prepared to head home from 13 days’ stay in Beijing. Generally speaking, it has been an expectedly relaxing and pleasant time here in the city, where I start a day with a two-hour training in the gym, and where I get to eat various, well-done food appearing in almost every corner on the street. Even the ordinary, oily stands on the roadsides seem attractively delicious. I wonder if it is a psychological affect, or really because I did not eat anything worth speaking of back at home. I believe that it is because of my nostalgia thoughts, and the curiosity towards the fast developing capital, so that I put up my excitement and eagerness for almost everything aside.

It would be quite different if I stay a bit longer, if I stay two more months, and if my life every day follows the exact same routine.

There are things I dislike about this place, and mostly, the confusing behaviours and the unpredictable reactions of the population. They seem so impulsive, so full of grudge all the time, that a little mistake would cause a huge riot. For example, the other day when I was riding on the bike lane and trying to round about a car that stood still in the middle, only to crash into another bicyclist that came from the reversed direction. I ceased my bike immediately and before I could get back to the seat, she, a middle-aged woman, began to scold at me for being stupid. Gradually, she turned to swear with filthy words. Seeing this scene, I said nothing but apologized briefly before riding away quickly. Because I would not know what more she would conduct, if I stayed a bit longer – she might pretend to fall off the bike, hurt and then ask me for compensation. She might even beat me by starting a fight. None of these conflicts were necessary, I was thinking, for it was apparently her fault throughout the whole thing.

I learnt not to argue with people who try to quarrel with me over unreasonably small things. They are not with a mind of sensibility, they are simply trying to make a fuss by shouting loudly, because in this way, they would look powerful and strong, even though what they say have nothing that could stand a point.

I heard similar stories from friends who aren’t born in Beijing and who come here to chase their dream. Beijingers tend to be fickle and angry, properly because of the huge pressure they have with work, with housing and with the polluted air that keeps drilling into their lungs and hearts. Well, that is an important to change the attitudes in life, to bring sunshine to the folk, yet it might take a bit longer time for us to follow the so-called ethnicities.

Still, I love Beijing, for every great opportunity it has offered to me, and for every wonderful memory it has created in the past or the present being. Hope that it would not be long before I am here again, not just for a day of transferring, but for a longer staying.

Namn: Zhu Qin Zhe
Ålder: 22 år år
Bor: Stockholm
Pluggar: Media-och kommunikationsvetenskap

Familj: Mamma och pappa
Gillar: Att smaka god mat, ta tupplur och jogga
Gillar inte: Sitta still, sola på stränder och pendla
Gör om tio år: Hoppas på att jobba som översättare till ministern
Lyssnar på: Sveriges radio
Läser: Harry Potter, deckare och historia
Intressen: Läsa böcker, skriva dagliga texter, festa och träffa olika människor

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