What things can you do in China that you cannot do in the USA?

Updated: Dec 29, 2019

Before people come to work in China, they always worry a lot. Since China is a socialist country, they will worry about there are a lot of things that they can do in the USA but forbidden here. Of course, there will be some inconvenience for a foreigner who first arrives in China like you need VPN to use your Facebook & Twitter ( Cause there was a terrorist attack organized through Facebook serval years ago in China). But is China a country like North Korea? No, actually you got more freedom in China than in the USA someway. I collect some viewpoints from foreigners who have been to China by themselves for your reference. You can find these people on Quora( just in case you think I make these things up).

——Chin, Partner of Wook Talent


Fuxing Train with a design speed of 350 km/h

1 When it comes to China, it’s really the opposite of the USA. There is a ridiculous amount of things you can do in China freely that you couldn’t possibly do in the USA (and even Canada.)

Having been in and out of China myself since 2010, more times than I can count, I’ve knocked off most of this on the list myself, some many times. Being in China since 2010, I own factories, warehouses, retail stores, farmland/rural land and much more. So I’ve experienced/seen everything.

As an authority on this topic, I’ve put together this list. Based on my experiences, my friend's experiences, my staff/employees in China, my business partners in China. This list views as the majority of China - this is a generalized list. While some areas it doesn’t apply to, it applies to most of China (China is very big).

Open/start any business anywhere.

It’s relatively easy to start a business and begin making money in China. You don’t have all that red tape like the US has to get registered, accounts created, and government filings right away.

Walk around at night.

China is very safe, especially in tourist areas. My apartment in China I could leave, and walk for an hour and always have police in my sights at his station/post no matter where I went, no matter the time. The US can be dangerous at night.

Easy travel between cities.

China is the king of transportation. Buses, subways, trains, they are everywhere. You really don’t need a car, there are more rail systems and buses in China then the rest of the world combined. The US you pretty much need a car if you travel far.

Open carry drinks.

Expanding on drinking, you can take your drink with you in public. Walk to the mall, take a taxi, drinking wine, beer, whatever. While you can do this in China, many people don’t. Can’t do this in the US.

Use any of the billion public washrooms that are everywhere.

China has a massive amount of public washrooms. And in cities with KFC, McDonald's which are all basically 24/7, you can use these. In the US you are limited to like gas stations and very few 24/7 places if you buy from them.

Are not expected to tip.

China doesn’t accept tips on services/food. In fact, most places will refuse or get angry if you try to tip. US’s culture is that they expect tips, regardless of how good the service is. Even if its poor service they expect a 15–20% minimum tip. Talk about entitlement.


—— Damien Defranco, Serial Entrepreneur, Venture Capitalist, Consultant & Mentor


TAXX club in Shanghai

2 Carry an open container while walking down the street.

Not having to show identification to enter a club or buy alcohol.

Board a plane without excessive and intrusive security.

Walkthrough a farmer's fields without concern of trespassing.

Walk home through a dark alleyway at 2 am in a major city without fear of being mugged.

Use your mobile phone in a public place without offending people around you.

Watch an unlimited supply of movies and television series for free.

Eat authentic Sichuan food.

Light off a Fourth of July's worth of fireworks in the middle of your neighborhood.

A sense of the sheer number of people who live on this earth.


——Tim Lamb, Not a China Expert


Fenghuang old town

3 I have never been to the USA, but I have lived in China and now live in the UK. I’ll try and answer this question comparing what I could do in China that I can’t do/ experience as much in the UK.

Travel around an area bigger than Europe that is just one country. Visit cities that are older than any city in the UK. Visit Taoist and Buddhist Temples. Visit deserts, the Himalayas and Jungles; all in one country. Get public transport that runs cheaply and efficiently and regularly. Walk the streets of any city safely at any time. Not have to witness a crime, abusive and foul language from anybody in public or indoors. Seeing old people and children walking the streets in the cities in safety. Not seeing any homeless people. Working happily and efficiently without any bullying and falling out at the workplace. Not experiencing any backbiting and conflict in the workplace. Not witnessing any vandalism in the cities. Seeing people walking around smiling and being generally cheerful. Living in a country where intelligence and decency are encouraged. Getting through a day without witnessing people arguing. Watching TV programs where good conduct is encouraged. Being able to live, pay rent, shop, and travel and socialize relatively cheaply. Not witnessing drug culture. Socialize with people who are friendly and where there is respect between men and women and respect for the elderly.

The list is endless.


—— David Barry, Lived in East Asia for Many Years. Now in Europe.



Shanghai Disney Land

4 What you can do in the US you can do in China except for no guns, don't strip on the streets any marijuana…other illegal drugs.

China is a free country that says what you like but doesn't publish something evil that is false that could destabilize civil societies.

If you are a responsible person China is a great place to be in.

It is a free, peaceful and safe. Don't believe in all the KPI freedom index because few have been to China and understand Chinese culture.

The crime rate is low compared to the west and has much fewer people castrated in prison compared to the US. Because guns are banned the place is exceptionally free and safe.

You can vote for the county heads and can report officials In your area that is unfair.

You can go where you like and sleeping in the streets are rare like in the US. You can buy what you want except guns and weapons that can cause harm to others.

Its a country design not to harm people rather than to protect themselves. Waiting for government subsidies and allowances is not a proud thing so everyone wants a job to earn a living to help themselves and their families. Don't worry Chinese are the happy peoples and I think it is now a better place to stay than in parts of the west.


——Alyasa Gan, Chief Operating Officer


Ultra China

5 In China, if you are bothered or hurt by some people, you may speak it out directly, no matter what color, what belief, what province. you will not be a society enemy, you will not be evaluated as an idiot, racist or psychopath.

if you quarrel with your wife, you push her out of your home, you do not need to worry about being arrested, gender discriminated by the police. They will know it is just a couple quarreling. If you are pushed out, the police will treat the same, no matter which gender you are.

In a big city, you may make jogging or drink a little just by the street at night, in downtown.

Nobody has guns, and very few people dare to attack the police, so there is a lower possibility to be locked when you negotiate with the police.

in a big city, you may order something online and it will usually arrive the next day. if it is your meal, it arrives in 1 hour, not only pizza, it maybe dinner. And you may pay on your mobile.


—— Kirby Ke

By WOOK Talent

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