Tuesday, February 26, 2013

5 Things You Didn't Know About Chinese Men

I am going to preface this by saying that Chinese people in generally are very nice and kind.  Do they have a lack of personal space? Yes. Do they use deodorant? No.  But they are nice people with kind hearts, like anything there are exceptions and these of course are stereotypes.

5 Things You Didn't Know About Chinese Men

1. Chinese Men don't like grey hair. I'm guessing most Chinese men dye their hair because you see very few middle aged men with white or grey hairs, and then all the sudden the old men are grey/white.

2. Chinese men have no problem with stopping on the side of the highway and peeing into the ditch. Imagine driving down your local 8 lane freeway and stopping in the emergency lane to take a pee into the ditch. This happens in Beijing probably hundreds of times each day. They don't even try to hide it.  I'm not sure why they can't hold it, it isn't like they are in the middle of nowhere, but they don't.

3. Chinese Men love fancy handbags. I'm not talking about a briefcase, or a satchel, or even a fanny pack, I'm talking about a full blown, large name brand handbag.  I saw a guy the other day wearing one similar to this.

Now before anyone gets too excited, I do realize that men all over the world probably have handbags, but this isn't what I'm used to.  American men I know don't carry about Louis Vuitton $5,800 handbags  Especially one so expensive or big!  I'm not really sure what they care in it?

4. Chinese men don't wear facial hair. AT ALL! I've seen 1 guy with a mustache since I've been here and it was at the airport so he wasn't necessarily Chinese, just of Asian origin.  I'm not sure if this is because they can't grow facial hair or if they don't like it. I'm curious though!

5. Spitting in China. To be fair this isn't only men, but the majority of the time it is the men. Men spit and blow their noses just about anywhere here. They will spend forever hawking and clearing their throat and then just blow it all in the middle of the sidewalk or on the floor at the market. I don't think Chinese people use tissues for their noses.  When I walk, I am most often looking to avoid mucus, dog poop, and pee.  I think it is the most unsanitary habit, but am told that culturally they think it is a good thing to clear their lungs so they do it anywhere.


  1. Considering the state of most public restrooms (although admittedly they are better now that they used to be) I am slightly envious of the ability to easily pee of the edge of highways. But one time I saw a guy park his truck on a road looping from an expressway onto a city road, walk 20m from the road by a tree (so he was now CLOSER to the road as it looped around) and cop a squat right there. In full view. That oneI found a little less easy to understand....

  2. I think I see this happen about 5x a day and I'm not even sure how it is considered acceptable, but I agree that I'd rather pee on the side of the highway (in privacy of course) versus walk into a Chinese restroom and pop a squat!

  3. I have had an anonymous (of course they are always anonymous when they are being rude and inappropriate) comment on this post using foul language at me. Yes, sir I have gotten your rude comments and no I will not post them. You have a right to think I'm posting bad things about Asian men, but I'm not sure how not wearing facial hair or not liking grey hair or liking handbags can be considering being rude and racist to Asian men? Especially with a preface talking about how nice and kind Chinese people are to us.

    As for the other two comments, ALL day long I will say peeing on the side of the road in public and spitting/snotting your nose anywhere is disgusting and I don't care of you are Asian, Indian, American, Irish or Mexican, it will still be disgusting. I stand by my comments, and don't care if you find them offensive. This is a blog, don't read it if you don't like it.

  4. they don't like handbags chinese wives/girlfriends expect their significant other to buy them expensive handbags and then carry them for them