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  • RegisteredSeptember 11, 2008
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Forums > Living in Kunming > Found out I am not really because because I don't drink

I had the same problem when I first came here. The annoyance of being offered to 'gan bei' over and over (with bai jiu). My wife is Chinese and all her brothers drink like fishes. Even some of her female friend drink like that too. I tell them 'no thanks' and they try to push me into drinking but after so many events and holidays with them, they finally understand that I really don't like to drink alcohol. I just never liked the taste of it. Sure, I can drink a beer if there is nothing else but I just don't like it. I prefer soda, juice, coffee or water. Hell, I'll even drink tea (which I really don't like that much) since this is China. I also don't smoke and that's another thing that I hate about China. All that smoking and second-hand smoke is killing me. That being said, I don't go to bars, clubs and any other place that have a smoking crowd. Just stick to your guns and know that you are not alone. Heck, I don't even like to eat out because a lot of the food in China's restaurant is unclean. It's a gamble if you're going out to eat. After a few bout with 拉肚子, I decided to just mostly eat at home. Yeah, I understand that it's China's 'cultural' thing about drinking but I'm not about to indulge in alcohol for the sake of 'saving face'. If they want to 'gan bei' then I'll be happy to do it with water or sprite as you do. Hey, it's more bai ju for them to enjoy.

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