Originally Posted by Gloomtastic!
Do Chinese people keep pets or do they just eat them?
Quite a lot of Chinese people have pets. Yes, Chinese are known to eat a larger variety of animals than most western countries, but to be fair so do Vietnam, korea etc. It's a misconception that a lot of Chinese people eat dog, just not true. Yes, some do and there are certain parts of China that are more 'renowned' for it, but the vast majority do not. The only restaurant I've been to that had dog on the menu was a buffet restaurant in a small with in Hunan province. One of the dishes on display was dog and none of us realized until we saw one the chefs walking into the kitchen with a dead dog in the bag. That wasn't pleasant, as I'm pretty sure I ate some of it. Horse meat noodles at a food stall in Guizhou province was another time I ate something without knowing what it was.
Frog is quite common, as is turtle to a certain extent, but that depends on where you go. Donkey meat is also popular in certain parts.
Originally Posted by sheepondrugs
Is every state in China on lock down? i.e are the far western states quarantining people?
Is the Airport open?
What if you have a family emergency or something like that and have to leave China?
are there guards outside your building?
how are you passing the time?
Are the Chinese government/authorities giving regular updates about the situation?
sorry about all the questions. Great AMA, take care of yourself.
(My sister is teaching in Sth Korea , she had just returned there from a trip abroad and was put on 14 day quarantine- but not nearly as restrictive as in China by the sound of it).
I'm not sure about all provinces in China, as every province has administered it's own version of 'lockdown'. Hubei, of course, is completely shut down. Shaanxi, where I am, is semi locked down in the sense that I can go out, but only every 2 days. There's also nothing open apart from convenience stores and supermarkets. And I've heard from people I know in other parts of China that it's similar for them. Every contact I have on WeChat who has posted something (100's) is stuck indoors.
The airport is open, albeit with more cancellations There are still some taxis around and private drivers who are taking people to and from the airport.
If I had leave, for whatever reason, that wouldn't be a problem. I guess the problem would be finding a suitable flight.
Yes, there are about 8 or 9 guards outside our building. They are always there, but usually spread over the 3 different entrances. No only one entrance is open, so they're all concentrated there. You cannot leave or enter without showing a 'pass' that has your passport number and building/apartment number on it. They write the last date you left the premises on the pass, so if that is less than 2 days ago they won't let you out. It's fine, there are 3 convenience stores inside the complex and I can still order groceries for delivery if I need something in particular. Delivery guy just hands them over the gate.
I am working from home, so that takes up about 7 hours of the day and forces me to wake up early as I have to clock in via my phone. Though today I clocked in and then went back to sleep for an hour
Other than work, just walking my dog, reading, binge watching tv shows/movies and lots of cooking.
There's a number of large WeChat groups with hundreds of foreigners in them, so any important updates are usually gotten pretty quickly. I guess the only updates that really matter at the moment, for me anyway, is when people can/should physically go back to work and when this 'only allowed out every 2 days' bo**ox is lifted. I guess the 2 will have to coincide though.
Yeah it's the same for anyone returning to China from abroad, 14 day quarantine. My girlfriend just returned, so she is literally stuck in the apartment for 14 days. If she is quarantined, makes no sense that I'm not, but I'm not going to complain.
Hope your sister is not too bored