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20 Things That Are Considered Normal In Asian Countries, But Weird In Other Countries

Have you ever traveled to Asia? If you haven't, we are sure that when you have a trip to Asian countries, you will find many things that are weird to you. The reason is simple. We are living on different sides of the world and each side has its own traditions, tendencies, attitude toward life, and habits. As a result, it's understandable that you are blown away by the weird things its citizens say and do.

For outsiders looking to travel to Asia, it's useful to keep in mind that they might come accross weird things that are considered normal in Asian countries. Some of the things we can rarely find on continents except in Asia. For example, while Asian people remove footwear before entering the house, we usually walk barefoot in the house. Or while we show respect by doing some specific things in our language whilst speaking, respect matters a lot in Asia. We have collected 20 photographs taken in Asia that may surprise and even confuse you. Scroll down to check them out now.

#1. Ears on top - Jomtien beach. Pattaya. Thailand


#2. Powerbank rental


In China, airports and hotels have these boxes. As it turned out, this is a power bank for rent. You scan the QR code, select the type of charging (iPhone, micro-USB, type-c), make a deposit of 99 yuan, and use it. It costs 1 yuan per hour or 10 yuan per day. 1 yuan = 9 rubles.

#3. Eating Ice


#4. Contemplating, doing simple things


#5. This is how Asian people connect with someone they love

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#6. Toilet slippers


Some people may find the unique Japanese approach toward cleaning to be a little unusual in some places. In any event, they ought to be watched so as not to seem terrible in front of the Japanese and so as to show them their respect. Special shoes for the bathroom are one of the unique features of Japanese architecture. Typically, these slippers are kept at the restroom's door and must be worn each time you use the restroom. You must put on slippers before using the restroom; after using the restroom, remove the slippers and replace them.

Of course, a lot of foreigners who are unfamiliar with Japanese customs could just forget to remove their toilet slippers. The home's owner won't scream at a nonchalant visitor, but this might prompt plenty of jokes directed at him. It won't be able to mistake toilet slippers because they are often marked with a unique "WC" emblem in Japan.

Not just slippers are used to convey the Japanese obsession with pristine restrooms. The bathroom is a full electrical universe in many Japanese houses. Even a National Toilet Association has been established in the nation to promote toilet development. Toilets in Japan are often designed to reduce the contact of body parts with the environment.

#7. Chinese delicacies ⁠


#8. Coconuts in China ⁠ ⁠


#9. Cherry Chips


Cherry chips Lays. At the bottom you can still see the trendy taste of matcha grass. - 3 years in China, and I see such chips for the first time) I thought that this is only in Japan, but we have snickers with hot peppers a common thing

#10. Have you checked your urine?

In the toilet of the Philip Morris factory in Korea


#11. Cedar ball, or Sakebayashi


Why do the Japanese hang a strange ball over the door?

There are many things, traditions, habits, and places in Japan that few people know about. In the new section "What is it?" we will discover a new unexplored Japan. In the first issue, you will find out why the Japanese hang a strange ball over the door. A cedar ball is hung to let everyone know that a new batch of alcohol is finished.

#12. Appliances in public places in Korea


Benches with heating.

In Korea, the winter is much shorter than in Russia, but it is quite cold in winter. Koreans really hate the cold. From small towns, they began to install chairs at bus stops that warm up the priests. Sitting we warm up the priests and calmly wait for the bus. This is the same function as in the car butt-heater. This technology is slowly spreading throughout the cities.

#13. Free onsen (hot spring) for the feet — anyone can let their feet rest here!

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#14. I don't think that's a good idea


#15. Oversized load

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A man transports styrofoam to be recycled in Guangzhou.

In 2016, China accepted about half of the world’s plastic scrap imports. Starting this year, China has banned the import of 24 types of solid waste, including several types of plastics.

#16. What do you think is going on in this photo?


Officials, strange masked people, wads of money on trays. It looks like some kind of show, but it's not like that at all. In fact, this is how methods of material incentives for the population look in China. Thus awarded three people who helped the law enforcement agencies in exposing mafia structures. It is worth noting that the maximum reward for valuable information is the amount of 500 thousand yuan, and this is a very substantial amount, given the average cost of one yuan of almost 9.5 rubles. Three whistleblowers were awarded at this event, two of whom received 200,000 yuan each, and the third received 100,000 yuan.

#17. A regular day in IKEA, Beijing

Source: bernyeatstheworld

You no longer whisper in Ikea in fear of waking people up.

If you are yet to venture to Ikea in Beijing you probably wouldn't know that the show beds and sofas are filled with people sleeping. It's utterly bizarre the first time and you feel the need to tread carefully and talk quietly.

#18. This guy did what I always wanted to do!


This is a game show where people have to figure out if certain things in the room are real or made of chocolate. So don’t worry, his teeth are fine — as long as he doesn’t eat too much chocolate, of course.

#19. Waterfall


In the Chinese city of Guiyang, a unique waterfall was created on one of the skyscrapers Water falls down from a height of 108 meters

#20. Morning stretch on West Lake

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Exploring Asia can be a fascinating adventure, and part of the intrigue lies in the myriad of unique customs, traditions, and everyday scenes that might seem peculiar to outsiders. This collection of photographs offers a glimpse into the intriguing world of Asian life. After scrolling through all these images, we hope you've found a sense of wonder and perhaps even inspiration to embark on your own journey to explore the captivating diversity of this vibrant continent.
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