studychinese Posted August 8, 2014 at 06:48 AM Report Share Posted August 8, 2014 at 06:48 AM Been here one night so far... Some impressions. I might be wrong but Harbin strikes me as a relatively poor part of China. Apparently there are four million people here in the metropolitan area but there seems to be a rather large infrastructure deficit. There is no subway system, for example. Wherever the huge amounts of money that the Chinese government poured into infrastructure went, it didn't go to Harbin (or maybe it did and this is the improved Harbin). Second impression. People in Harbin hate me. More specifically they hate Russians and I supposedly have a Russian look. Got called Rosikiye a couple of times on the street. Makes me think that the places where people think that all white people are Americans are not so bad. Being Russian is much worse. Third impression. The 'standard accent' of Harbin is virtually incomprehensible to me. I went from understanding 99% of things said to me in Shanghai to about 60% here. It's like the Beijing accent on steroids. Almost every word is inflected with the r sound that I need to analyse to find the regular uninflected pronunciation. I had a similar experience in Beijing - the 外地人 were always easier to understand than the Beijing natives. Additional: I had a funny experience in the taxi. The driver was picking up other people while I was in the taxi. This is not the first time this has happened to me. The last time this happened was I'm South Korea in the year 2000. Next time I catch a taxi I will offer the taxi driver extra not to do that. Second additional: I need a t-shirt that says 'I am not Russian'. Actually that gives offence to Russian so maybe a t-shirt saying 'I am Australian'. Third additional: f*ck that. I am going to 'break bad' and tell people that I am from Russia. Anyone else have any experiences (especially funny ones) of Harbin? 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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