Having been staying in Hamburg for three months, sometimes I am asked about the differences between northern and southern China. As China is a large country, covering 9.6 million square kilometres, such differences, geographically divided by the Huai River–Qin Mountains Line, do exist.
Northern China tends to be dry during the whole year and colder in winter, while southern China is humid and of course, warmer in winter. However, it is very hot in summer in the southern part. So sometimes, it could be very difficult for people from northern China to get used to living in the south, and vice versa.
Though rise and noodles are very common staple food in China, people from different regions have their own preferences. For example, northerners like noodles more than rice. Some southerners prefer to have rice at every meal. Besides, the taste can be a little different. Northerners are fond of salty dishes while southerners like sweet dishes. Of course it doesn’t mean that all the dishes in southern China are sweet.
When talking about the differences between these two areas, Chinese people also think that northerners are more straightforward, compared to southerners, who are gentler, but it is definitely not a universal rule for every Chinese.
So basically, here are the main differences between northern and southern China. Of course there are other differences like the body shape and industrial distribution. I will talk about it in the next part. Let’s look forward to it!