So far I’ve only experienced the polite people of Haikou and Baoa, where staff of any establishment are more than happy to help you.
Houhai is not like that. It feels like we are an inconvenience to their lives by just being here.
I know of the Chinese proverb: Man who cannot smile should not open shop.
They clearly aren’t aware of this in Houhai!
This doesn’t stop us heading out to get breakfast from the street vendors, who seem happier to see us. They even helped me learn a little Chinese. (I liked his food and needed him to teach me the name so I can order it again!)
Had a rather unfortunate experience when we went to sit on the public balcony of our hotel, a beggar man came in and would not leave me be, to the point where he was grabbing my legs. The woman who runs the hotel just stood watching until Sana shouted to her to do something! Got a bit scary.
We had lunch in another less than friendly hotel. Mind, we only went there to use the hammocks and felt obliged to pay for something.