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By Zaikovskaia Irina | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: Jan 28, 2022

[Russia] Zaikovskaia Irina, Capital University of Physical Education And Sports

Zaikovskaia Irina [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

After having lived in China for three years, I have learned a lot, which has completely changed my view of the world and my attitude towards myself.

I love China so much (for multiple reasons):

Safety. You can leave your bag in the cafe and find it intact in the same place when you return; you can take a taxi even late at night without fear.

Technology. You can buy anything you want on the Internet and get it in a few days; You pay using a QR code without having to carry a bank card and cash with you.

Lifestyle. You can go out with a scroll, a facial mask and pajamas; you can sleep in a cafe or dance in the park.

Zaikovskaia Irina takes part in the martial arts show. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

Hobby. Through my studies in China, I became interested in martial arts, calligraphy, Chinese cuisine and Chinese music.

Opportunities. You study hard to obtain a good scholarship; You can spend very little money to travel around the country.

Hospitality. People always smile at you; they would like to invite you to lunch and dinner; and they say hello even if they don’t know you.

Serve the people. I Like countless parks, alleys, benches, street lamps; I like flat roads, each with blind stones,for the convenience of blind people, people in a wheelchair or mothers pushing strollers can easily go around anywhere.

Traditional culture. China has an ancient history and culture, which can be seen from the Chinese architecture, music and food, especially the respect for their parents and their elders.

Thanks to Chinese language, I found a new world, new thinking, developed patience and complete self-control, and felt the peace of mind.

Thanks to Traditional Chinese Medicine, I have learned to love my body, observe it, listen to it, and follow it. I found the lifestyle and food that fit me and helped me live in harmony with myself.

The campus of Capital University of Physical Education And Sports [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

Thanks to Chinese philosophy, I have learned to feel the power of nature. By understanding Chinese culture, I have learned real gratitude. I learned to remember all the benefits that people bring to me and return them more. Thanks to the wisdom of the Chinese people, I have learned to enjoy what I have and to get more.

I am obliged to show my gratitude to the Chinese people, I learned to really love myself — to see my external and inner beauty, believe in my own strength, move forward not for the goal, but out of love for myself. Thank you China, you let me understand the essence of unremitting self-improvement. This road is infinitely beautiful.

The story is from "My Beautiful Encounter with China" Essay Competition organized by the Chinese Service Center for Scholarly Exchanges (CSCSE).