Infographic: Differences between Chinese and Westerners

    20.	Westerners cultivate their children’s independence; Chinese cultivate their children’s self-centeredness. (Screenshot from Secret China)19.	Westerners love sunbathing; Chinese love an umbrella and sunblock. (Screenshot from Secret China)18.	When cars first appeared in the West, Chinese still rode bicycles; now that China has cars, Westerners are riding bikes. (Screenshot from Secret China)17.	Westerners emphasize equality; Chinese stress hierarchy. (Screenshot from Secret China)15.	Westerners say 12 o’clock and they mean it; Chinese say 12 o’clock and they mean somewhere between 11:55 and 12:10. (Screenshot from Secret China)16.	Senior citizens in the West walk their pets; senior citizens in China walk their grandchildren. (Screenshot from Secret China)13.	Westerners logically connect with people they know; Chinese are socially complex. (Screenshot from Secret China)14.	Westerners are independent; Chinese form cliques and depend on others. (Screenshot from Secret China)12.	Westerners line up long and narrow; Chinese crowd around. (Screenshot from Secret China)10.	Westerners like to get straight to the point; Chinese prefer to go around in circles. (Screenshot from Secret China)

    Chinese-born, German-raised designer Liu Yang published the infographic series East Meets West and had a massive response. With her infographics, she captures the fine differences between Chinese and Westerners. Among those differences are attitudes toward raising children, transportation habits, and perspectives on beauty. The infographics have resonated with people due to the simple truths they communicate.

    (Note: the blue side represents the West; the red side represents China)

    1. Westerners take a shower in the morning before going to work; Chinese take a shower at night before going to bed.

    differences between chinese and westerners

    1. Westerners take a shower in the morning before going to work; Chinese take a shower at
    night before going to bed. (Screenshot from Secret China)

    2. Westerners choose to overcome difficulties; Chinese choose to avoid them.

    differences between chinese and westerners

    2. Westerners choose to overcome difficulties; Chinese choose to avoid them. (Screenshot from Secret China)

    3. Westerners eat meals cold or hot; Chinese eat three hot meals daily.

    differences between chinese and westerners

    3. Westerners eat meals cold or hot; Chinese eat three hot meals daily. (Screenshot from Secret China)

    4. Westerners look at beautiful scenery for pleasure; Chinese take pictures to show off to others.

    differences between chinese and westerners

    4. Westerners look at beautiful scenery for pleasure; Chinese take pictures to show off to others. (Screenshot from Secret China)

    5. Westerners speak in a soft and low voice to avoid disturbing others; Chinese speak loud enough for the world to hear them.

    differences between chinese and westerners

    5. Westerners speak in a soft and low voice to avoid disturbing others; Chinese speak loud enough for the world to hear them. (Screenshot from Secret China)

    6. Westerners love a tan; Chinese love to avoid the sun.

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    6. Westerners love a tan; Chinese love to avoid the sun. (Screenshot from Secret China)

    7. Westerners brag about themselves; Chinese brag about their ancestors.

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    7. Westerners brag about themselves; Chinese brag about their ancestors. (Screenshot from Secret China)

    8. Westerners stroll down sparsely populated streets on weekends; Chinese head out in crowds.

    differences between Chinese and Westerners

    8. Westerners stroll down sparsely populated streets on weekends; Chinese head out in crowds. (Screenshot from Secret China)

    9. Westerners prefer individual exchanges at parties; Chinese like roundtable discussion.

    differences between Chinese and Westerners

    9. Westerners prefer individual exchanges at parties; Chinese like roundtable discussion. (Screenshot from Secret China)

     10. Westerners like to get straight to the point; Chinese prefer to go around in circles.

    differences between Chinese and Westerners

    10. Westerners like to get straight to the point; Chinese prefer to go around in circles. (Screenshot from Secret China)

    11. Westerners paint anger on their faces; Chinese hide anger behind their smiles.

    differences between Chinese and Westerners

    11. Westerners paint anger on their faces; Chinese hide anger behind their smiles. (Screenshot from Secret China)

    12. Westerners line up long and narrow; Chinese crowd around.

    differences between Chinese and Westerners

    12. Westerners line up long and narrow; Chinese crowd around. (Screenshot from Secret China)

    13. Westerners logically connect with people they know; Chinese are socially complex.

    differences between Chinese and Westerners

    13. Westerners logically connect with people they know; Chinese are socially complex. (Screenshot from Secret China)

     14. Westerners are independent; Chinese form cliques and depend on others.

    differences between Chinese and Westerners

    14. Westerners are independent; Chinese form cliques and depend on others. (Screenshot from Secret China)

    15. Westerners say 12 o’clock and they mean it; Chinese say 12 o’clock and they mean somewhere between 11:55 and 12:10.

    differences between Chinese and Westerners

    15. Westerners say 12 o’clock and they mean it; Chinese say 12 o’clock and they mean somewhere between 11:55 and 12:10. (Screenshot from Secret China)

    16. Senior citizens in the West walk their pets; senior citizens in China walk their grandchildren.

    differences between Chinese and Westerners

    16. Senior citizens in the West walk their pets; senior citizens in China walk their grandchildren. (Screenshot from Secret China)

    17. Westerners emphasize equality; Chinese stress hierarchy. differences between Chinese and Westerners

    18. When cars first appeared in the West, Chinese still rode bicycles; now that China has cars, Westerners are riding bikes.

    differences between Chinese and Westerners

    18. When cars first appeared in the West, Chinese still rode bicycles; now that China has cars, Westerners are riding bikes. (Screenshot from Secret China)

    19. Westerners love sunbathing; Chinese love an umbrella and sunblock.

    differences between Chinese and Westerners

    19. Westerners love sunbathing; Chinese love an umbrella and sunblock. (Screenshot from Secret China)

    20. Westerners cultivate their children’s independence; Chinese cultivate their children’s self-centeredness.

    differences between Chinese and Westerners

    20. Westerners cultivate their children’s independence; Chinese cultivate their children’s self-centeredness. (Screenshot from Secret China)

    Source: SecretChina

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