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Written by Daniel Otero

China Thrives between Chinese & Foreign Cultural Elements


By: Daniel Otero


Hui-dong County, China (28 October, 2018) – ‘The world is flat!’ according to some people.  But after explorers discovered that the world was round, cultural elements began exchanging around the world, and from there, only for the better.

Take for example, this community in China on a Saturday evening.  It thrives with the delights of Chinese and foreign restaurants.

As the elegant dancers prepare  and are poised for their number at the local square.  They dance the night away elegantly in their gorgeous, but sexy qipaos (cheongsam).  The traditional Chinese dress which never goes out of class and style!  They twirl, spinning beautifully in their peak-a-boo dresses.  The women try to show on leg up to the thigh, as they please the crowds gathered.

The night carries along, between the delicious sea breeze.  Then, down the way, there’s another group square dancing to the classics of Teresa Teng.


Coming back from the boardwalk, there are restaurants.  Where families feast on dumplings, the delights of the sea and hot-spicy dishes that reflect a familiar-communal environment.


There’s a Czech pub selling their country’s favorite beers and platters, as they celebrate a Czech national holiday in China.


Progress indeed for the local Chinese or foreigners living here.

A cafe is also on this section of rows, outdoor patios and businesses.  To enjoy the traditional-elements of a Chinese tea or Western-styled coffee. This is one to reflect on the traditional gusto, with its sweets and to drink-up a delicious espresso.


The markets and supermarkets around the area come together to sell their goods; as the community buses in white and blue spin around every 10 or 20 minutes.


But its the commonality to gather and enjoy at the local noodle place one of the best dishes in town.


A weekend down in this Guangdong coastline town offers relaxing food and beach entertainment to calm the stress.  Enough for the senses to get back-on-track with life!


With more and more economic exchange between Mainland China and Hong Kong. Now, retired Hongkongers are coming more than ever into Shenzhen and then, Hui-dong to not only have fun in the sun.  But for the tranquility and real estate. Therefore, some decide to make the daily or weekly commute to and fro.  This is specially important for the exchange of cultures and for economies to thrive in these areas.  Making this place more attractive and affordable; whether it’s for the schools, the work or living.  The baby-boomers and ‘X’ generations are certainly looking for quality of life!

About the author

Daniel Otero

A New Yorker who has been living in China for the past 10 years. He's a freelance writer/journalist and ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher.

A former member of the military with extensive travel to 50 countries and has lived in six.

Lover of life, good food, travel, writing and dealing with social issues.