Mactuary Posted February 27, 2012 at 02:31 PM Report Share Posted February 27, 2012 at 02:31 PM Hello dear forum members, I have just recently arrived in HIT and I've loved it. I've already made so many friends in 4 days. I'm really looking forward to the Chinese course as a CSC student. However, as the title suggests smoking is a big problem for me. Many people don't really care about inhaling second hand smoke, but it really bothers me and I'm sure there are some people who are also in the same boat. I live in A13 (people say this is the good dorm!?), it is a two room (2 people/room) flat. My roommate is a dream roommate, he is also a non smoker (like me), though how he withstands the smoke is beyond me at this point. However, the people in the other room loooove to smoke. But not only that, they invite their friends to have smoking parties. They smoke in the common area in the flat, to which I'm not afraid to venture. Initially I didn't mind it because the smoke doesn't really go into my room, but after a while and a few more people smoking, the smoke finally penetrates into my room. Also, since the bathroom is also shared I have to go through the smoke in order to get to the bathroom. Also the bathroom stinks of smoke. And the corridor stinks of smoke. Everything smells of smoke. Anyway, I just want some advice on how to deal with this situation. I haven't talked to the smokers about this yet for a few reasons: 1. I don't speak Chinese very well (they're Vietnamese). 2. They seem to be nice people, I don't want to sour what little relation we have. 3. I'm not sure telling them not to smoke will do any good. Maybe they will smoke more to spite me. People tell me that smoking in the dorm is technically forbidden, is there a way to "activate" this golden rule and have it reinforced in China, china china....? At the moment my options are: 1. Ask to move to another unit in the same building. Hopefully no one will smoke in the unit, though who knows (this information was not asked in the registration). 2. If that doesn't work, then I'll try to find the rule about smoking in the dorm and contact the HIT staff to see if it has any power. 3. If that doesn't work then I'll try to find housing in another building in HIT, building 6 perhaps. Though people say that the facilities are worse than A13, and having seen the facilities of my unit...that does not bode well at all. 4. Otherwise I can try to find accommodation outside of HIT. Though I don't think CSC scholarship will pay for outside housing, I'm not even sure whether they will still pay for the 600rmb/month to me. I'm not sure how much apartments cost in general, any information on that? 5. If it's too much then I'll just go back home to Sydney, the land of being able to choose whether or not to get lung cancer. What are your thoughts? Regards, A polymath wannabe, Mactuary. ps: does this actually work http://video.sina.co...1982382042.html ? Look at the video. Thanks for reading such a long post, perhaps if you are in 哈尔滨 we can meet and have a chat. I'm learning Korean, Russian, French and Arabic as well as Chinese. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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