Epic Adventures in Asia: Losing a Bank Card in China


  1. anybody who goes into a bank with an important problem such as replacing a card, and is dressed like a 1960’s hippie, bearded, probably bad breath and stinky and scraggly should return to Australia and marry a sheep. I had a card missing in Hong Kong. The citibank people were extra cautious about taking my report and called back to san Francisco to verify the information before issuing a replacement in 24 hours. I didn’t get angry, I was concerned that the procedure took so long and had to return to Hong Kong Central but understood that it was for my own protection. I suggest you get a wand and wave it repeatedly at anybody who troubles you. Change them into a frog, capture them and deep fry them.

  2. Stupid question Chris. You have been living in China all this time and still don’t speak Chinese? Also. I’d be changing banks. That ones dodgey!

    • A great many expats in China don’t know Chinese. It’s a very difficult language to learn to begin with, and it’s compounded by the fact each region has its own variations. People who speak Shanghai Chinese, for example, might not be able to understand those who speak the Nanjing dialect – and the farther you travel, the bigger the gap.

      There are something like sixteen major variations on Chinese – Mandarin and Cantonese being the most well known of them.

      But, deep down, I just find it to be an ugly language and my desire to learn it has been further dampened by the fact I don’t enjoy a lot of my interactions with the local people.

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