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Beijing Foreign Studies University
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Topic Interesting Habit

An interesting habit that I observed in Beijing was the use of both umbrellas and sun umbrellas. As soon as the sun came out regardless of season, everyone got their sun umbrellas out. Although this was very different to me, it was considered a usual behavior here. Similarly, the use of umbrellas also very new to me. Even if it only rained a little bit, people would take out their umbrellas. After a while I discovered that it was not only because they did not want to get wet, but also because the rain is not very clean. I once went out with a plastic bag during a rainy day and noticed later when the water dried that it was full of dirt because of the rain. From this day on I started using my umbrella a lot more than I did before. This could also be a reason why people in Beijing use umbrellas when it’s snowing, something that I haven't observed in Germany.

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