This is the “greeting” that I heard the most of when I was in India or in Nepal (“Namaste” comes second).
Most Asian tourists in India and Nepal are from Japan or Korea. In my 30+ days in India and Nepal, while there were many Japanese and Korean, I had only met one girl from Hong Kong in Taj Mahal, and three when trekking in Nepal. As for tourists from the mainland China, apparently there’s even less. I met a party of four from Beijing on the last day of my 10-day ABC trekking trip, and I got very excited, as if I had just seen a UFO or some rare extinct animals.
There are many mainland Chinese who can afford flying around the world and enjoy taking vacation overseas with family and friends nowadays. But where are their favorite vacation spots? Australia is on the top of the list, then come France and United States. It’s not hard to understand why India or Nepal isn’t one of their vacation destinations. These are the newly rich Chinese in China, the well-heeled ones who love luxury brands like Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Moet & Chandon, and BMW. One can find the latest, or greater selection, or the special-editions of these beautiful bags and watches in countries such as France and Italy, but not many, if any, in Nepal or India. What these two places have are their fascinating culture and beautiful nature, especially Nepal when it comes to trekking.
But for the mainland Chinese, many of them still haven’t yet visited many of their own country’s beautiful, world-heritage graded culture and nature sites, such as Mount Taishan (泰山), Mount Huangshan (黃山), Jiuzhaigou (九寨沟). Why would they search outward when they have so much of these in their backyard?
Remember when I was in ABC, there were two 50ish Korean standing in front of a lodge, laughing loudly. When they saw us, they asked us with the all-time-favorite greeting, “Japanese? Korean?” After they learned that we were Chinese, they flaunted a signed board some Korean trekkers left behind (kind of like a guestbook) and laughed at the smaller one that some Chinese had there.
Men, so you laugh huh. It’s ok. May be you don’t have enough back home and are deprived now. But we have much. I guess most of us prefer to see and experience the fascinating sceneries back home first before coming to Nepal for more. 😛