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Belarusian China Town: life of Chinese people in Belarus

Alexander Lukashenko will be taking part in the international forum One Belt, One Way on May 14, 2017 in China. The Silk Way supposes the creation of a trade corridor for product supplies from the East to the West at reduced rates. All the participant of this grand forum will be able to get some benefits out of it. Especially those countries, which are alike Belarus, found themselves on the new Silk Way.

Belarus is hoping to see investments from China. Beijing gives loans and other money for the establishment and development of their own or joint companies. It is not bad, especially when a plant is for tomorrow.

Alexander Lukashenko insisted several times on this. In most cases it happens. Not only Chinese politicians and businessmen come to Belarus, but Chinese builders do as well. Sellers come to Belarus too. However, they are hardly seen. The classical China Town (an area where the Chinese live) hasn’t been built in Belarus just yet. However, the arrival and the presence of many Chinese citizens in Belarus play its part. Some kind of an atmospheric, economic and gastronomic China Town is formed in Belarus.

Jin Go, a student of the Belarusian State Music Academy:
I decided to study in Belarus because it has many good teachers. Belarusians are very tender and kind people. Belarus and China are friends.

At first it was very difficult. The language for the student was like Chinese characters for Belarusians. However, spending seven years in Belarus the musician made friends, and now is planning to get a doctoral degree at the Academy.

Thousands of Chinese student come to Belarus every year to get higher education.

Jin Go, a student of the Belarusian State Music Academy:
I said back at home in China that Belarus has a very clear sky.

There are posters with Chinese names in her Academy, and there are notices in the Chinese language in the Academy’s hostel.

This room doesn’t need private tutors: two Belarusian girls live with the girls from China. The Chinese students learned how to cook their traditional dishes from Belarusian products.

They are also sure that cake “Napoleon” is a traditional Belarusian dish. They are also surprised that Belarusians can live without naptime.

Jin Go, a student of the Belarusian State Music Academy:
We usually have a nap for 30 minutes or one hour in the daytime. And Belarusians don’t sleep.

Koychzhu Xu forgot what a day naptime is. He works at the building site of the Great Stone, and it is the third building site for Xu in Belarus. Another proof is that “Made in China” is a quality label. His wife is in China, but she would probably praise the system of paying salaries in Belarus.

Koychzhu Xu, a builder:
All my salary is transferred to my Chinese bank card, and my wife can cash all the money.

China Town for Xu and his friends is in Chinese restaurants. The Chinese builders live in rooms for two.

The canteen is a few steps away.

This family knows about Chinese and Belarusian cuisine at the same time.

Yan Lu:
As for the tea ceremony, not only men can pour tea. Women can do that as well. Men cook better than women do in China.

The Belarusian-Chinese family of Natalia and Yan has three children, a Chinese restaurant and understanding, that two different mentalities can not only exist together, but can happily live together.

Yan Lu:
I came to Belarus, saw beautiful and kind Belarusian women, and fell in love straight away.

Yan’s father came to visit him not long ago, he didn’t come “to his son”, but he came “to his son’s home”. Unlike others, Yan found his own Belarusian China Town.

Belarusian China Town: life of Chinese people in Belarus