WOW Member Feature : GRACE KIERNAN
This next feature member of WoW has joined us for a lot of events and activites recently, we will miss her and her optimistic vision of daily life in Wuhan. Grace has left us recently to discover a different city of China and she shares with us here her experience! So you will see that WoW members are not only housewives living in Hankou or Hanyang but also foreigners with a complete different background. We hope this article might give you an even better vision of what to expect in Wuhan 🙂 Enjoy the read and ’til next month!
Nationality: Australian (from Melbourne)
What was your first impression of the city? Very, very big and busy. So much traffic on the road, very crowded but impressed with the lake.
What was your last impression of the city? I am sad to leave, after having found so many special places to visit and so many wonderful people. I was lucky to come here.
What did you love about Wuchang? The East Lake and scenic area like Moshan, the Lotus flowers, the Yangzte, the Metro and the friendliness of the people despite language difficulties.
If one of your friends would now move to Wuhan, how would you help to prepare her? Recommend buying a copy of the Lonely Planet Mandarin Phrase Book. Small but invaluable for pointing at, especially for basic needs. A survival item!!
How did you experience Chinese culture and traditions? I love Chinese Art, architecture, film, food, botany, pandas etc. and it all here in its original form!
What have you learned from Chinese culture? I have just tipped the surface of the iceberg, but I want to keep learning more and more about China. It is important to remember Chinese people have their own way of doing things, just different. Often,you have to go with the flow, otherwise frustration will ruin your experience.
Living in Wuhan has made me… far more tolerant of people learning a new language and far more laid back than I was before. I now have good reason to think about the meaning behind old cultural traditons in China, why they have survived and why they should be protected for the future. Also the need for short and long term environmental protection for the citizens.