Hello everyone, my name is Paul Smith and in this blog I want to tell you a story of how dramatically my life has changed for the past two years. To begin with, I have worked as a fancy restaurant manager in Wales for a little more than 15 years. I always used to postpone my traveling dreams, but this time I decided to seize the opportunity. So I packed my things and departed to Europe. I have visited all of the canonic European capitals – Paris, Vienna, Berlin, and Budapest. Seeing Europe was truly an unforgettable experience, but that was not the turning point of my life. Everything changed when I booked a trip to China.
The Celestial Empire
China was a whole new universe for me. It’s nothing like England at all; every single aspect of life there is different. I believe I experienced some kind of cultural shock when I arrived to Shanghai. It’s not only about modern skyscrapers and picturesque gardens. The process of communication, their worldview, it’s entirely different. To deeper explore the soul of the Chinese nation, I decided to travel around rural areas, and settled in the capital of Jiangsu province –Nanjing.
Life Changing Decision
I spent most of my time interacting with the locals and I enjoyed it so much that I decided to prolong my visit. It just turned out that way that I am now living in China for over a year, and I do not plan to return to Wales. The real estate in China is very cheap, and I had enough money to buy an apartment in the outskirts of Nanjing. For foreigners, especially those with limited knowledge of the housing market, hiring a real estate agent is indispensable when buying property in China (Nanjing). The city is absolutely remarkable. It’s calm, cozy, surrounded by charming nature and has all of the needed conveniences. But the main reason why I decided to stay is because I dived deeply into studying traditional Chinese medicine.
Chinese medicine has an inspiring and exciting historical background. It’s deeply interrelated with Chinese philosophy and worldview. Certainly, it’s interesting to study Laozi and Huangdi tractates, but that’s not what amazed me the most. What did impact me is the Yin Yang philosophy, which states that every sickness is the result of inner disequilibrium. Most of the diseases may be avoided by maintaining a healthy mental balance and by doing different medical practices. So I began studying the channeling of the Qi vital force and practicing acupuncture.
Nutrition is crucial when it comes to our health condition. Each day Chinese people consume a lot of fish and vegetables, which are rich in vitamins, protein and Omega-3 fatty acid. They also drink Chinese tea, which is very beneficial for health.
Benefits of Chinese Tea Include:
- Rejuvenating skin effect
- Digestive tract enhancement
- Fat burning effect
- It strengthens our kidneys and cardiovascular system
- Has a toning effect
Assessment of My Decision
All in all, I believe that moving to China was the best decision I ever made in life. Something inside me feels that this is where I truly belong. The atmosphere of tranquility, the shrinking into deep thoughts, culture, philosophy, medicine – this is what I have been longing to for my whole life.