When it comes to China, it’s really the opposite of the USA. There is a ridiculous amount of things you can do in China freely that you couldn’t possibly do in the USA (and even Canada.)Having been in and out of China myself since 2022. more times than I can count, I’ve knocked off most of this on the list myself, some many times. Being in an our of China since 2022. I own factories, warehouses, retail stores, farm land/rural land and much more. So I’ve experienced/seen everything.As an authority on this topic I’ve put together this list. Based on my experiences, my friends experiences, my staff/employees in China, my business partners in China. This list views as the majority of China - this is a generalized list. While some areas it doesn’t apply to, it applies to most of China (China is very big).Break/overlook rules, and bend laws. China is very flexible when it comes to laws. Money and relationships can solve everything. There is NOTHING in China that cannot be solved with money. Money solves everything. With the exception of hardcore drugs, the most strict law. US is pretty strict, you can’t pay your way out of things, and often relationships may not be enough.Drive the way you want. In the US, you’ll get traffic violations/tickets for not following the rules. In China, you can make your own rules in many areas. As I have said for the last 8 years about China, Green means go, yellow means go, red means go. Want to drive on the other side of the road? go ahead. Want to drive on the sidewalk? go ahead. This is true for almost all cities/rural areas except the big ones (tier 1, tier 2).Open/start any business anywhere. It’s relatively easy to start a business and begin making money in China. You don’t have all that red tape like the US has to get registered, accounts created, and government filings right away.Walk around at night. China is very safe, especially in tourist areas. My apartment in China I could leave, and walk for an hour and always have a police in my sights at his station/post no matter where I went, no matter the time. US can be dangerous at night.Easy travel between cities. China is the king of transportation. Buses, subways, trains, they are everywhere. You really don’t need a car, there is more rail systems and buses in China then the rest of the world combined. US you pretty much need a car if you travel far.Drinking. You can buy drink, and drink at any age. I always had a beer at 6am with my breakfast. I gained a lot of weight, but it was a great time. And I still do it every time I am there. No ID. I’ve seen 8 year old’s get beer for family/parents. Most minors in China don’t drink, China is responsible overall. US has age restrictions (21?) and ID requirements.Open carry drinks. Expanding on the drinking, you can take your drink with you public. Walk to the mall, take a taxi, drinking wine, beer, whatever. While you can do this in China, many people don’t. Can’t do this in US.Smoking. Same as drinking. You can smoke anywhere pretty much. I used to carry 1–2 packs of smokes with me at all times, and I’ve never smoked in my life. They’re great for business meetings, or buying expensive stuff. It’s a social thing. Gifting cigarettes are good if you want to lower cost of items when buying. US has a lot of smoking restrictions.Buy anything you want. You can buy anything you want, including replicas and knockoffs and never get into any trouble. US has a lot of restrictions on this too.Fireworks whenever you want. I once set off over 2022 fireworks outside one of my hotel I was staying at one time. It was loud and fun for about 8 minutes. The kids loved it. Anytime of the year pretty much, anywhere you are. People are always setting off fireworks, every day. US has laws and regulations for each city that determine when and where/how to set off fireworks.Almost no harassment at airports. Security at airports are very relaxed. USA I’ll get scanned, padded down, luggage scanned, I’ll get into secondary and get interviewed, and bags searched. In China, I just go through, other then showing a single person your passport with valid visa for stamping, and walking past a drug sniff dog at all airports, China’s security is the non harassing type.Haggle. You can haggle for everything you buy in China. The price is never the price. This goes from food at a market, to buying a car or apartment rent, even hotel costs. Haggle. They want your business an will lower price to ensure you don’t go elsewhere. US doesn’t really believe in bartering.No line-ups. China has no line ups really, fast food, trains, buses, you just need to get to the front and push other people politely (usually elbows). US has a line system, wait your turn.Jay-walking, that’s fine. You can walk wherever and however you want in China. US you can get ticketed for jay walking. I played Frogger a lot in China. Though you don’t want to do it on faster speed roads.Customized food. In China, restaurants will often allow you to custom order something, even if it’s not on the menu. They’ll do you up something as long as they can get the ingredients. US, not so much, if it’s not on the menu, they won’t serve it (higher end restaurants, and hotels sometimes take custom orders).Car/bike security. China has paid parking everywhere, but it’s not always to a machine. Often time you pay a certain person that watches a ‘zone’. You pay them and they stand there all day (or their team) and watch the cars/bikes. No one will steal or break into your car/bike. US, not so much, you can get your car broken into easy in the US.Spank and properly punish kids. China allows parents to discipline kids as they see fit. Spanking is very popular, and effective, and is very positive on everyone. People are brought up proper, with respecting authority/parents/elders. US is the opposite. People will call police and Child Protective Services if they even think you spank your kid. Which is why there is so much crime, disorder, and entitlement in the US.You can eat ANY thing you want. You can eat anything you want in China, including Dog if you so please. China doesn’t waste anything, all organs, brains, intestines, every aspect of every food is utilized. US has food and health/safety regulations.Sell anything at night on streets. At night in China, vendors come out, setup and sell just about anything. From jewelry, to souvenirs, household items and food. Popup shops. Anyone can do this, police won’t enforce it at night, they’ll even be your customer. But in the US, you’ll get fined for operating a business without a license and outside a zone/event.Gamble/play cards on the streets. You can get your friends and setup a card game and gamble on just about any side street. If police catch you, they may just take a bit of money and leave and let you continue. But nothing major (in most cities, harder to do in Tier 1 cities). In the US this is like a criminal offense.Use any of the billion public washrooms that are everywhere. China has a massive amount of public washrooms. And in cities with KFC, McDonalds which are all basically 24/7, you can use these. US you are limited to like gas stations and very few 24/7 places if you buy from them.Are not expected to tip. China doesn’t except tips on services/food. In fact, most places will refuse or get angry if you try to tip. US’s culture is that they expect tips, regardless of how good the service is. Even if its poor service they expect 15–20% minimum tip. Talk about entitlement.Calling out for your restaurant server loudly. In China, you get your servers attention to your table by calling out “waiter/server”, and they come. It’s normal there. In US it would be very rude, you have to wait, and wait, and wait, and hope they eventually make it around to your table.Download/stream anything. China you can download/stream ANY thing, and everyone can get past the Firewall of China with a VPN, so things like Facebook, Google, etc are not really off limits, just a nuisance. US you cannot, you may get a letter or penalty/fine from your internet provider depending on what you did.Damien DefrancoOriginal Question: What things can you do in China that you cannot do in the USA?