23 Jan 2017
car2go INSIGHTS

China meets Germany – Experiencing a new culture

Which country is located more than 7000km from Germany, can be reached within 9 hours by plane and is always 7 hours in the future? We talk about China the country where our colleague Shasha Su lived before she decided to leave her home country in order to live and work in Germany.

How is life far away from home, which cultural differences has she experienced and in what sense differs the working environment between Germany and China? Shasha Su tells us about her experiences and gives us some interesting insights.

Let’s talk about work…

At car2go I am responsible for …

…China product development coordination, mainly for the coordination between the China team and the Headquarter product creation team regarding new feature requirements, testing feedback, local feature development etc.

My tasks in 3 words…

…gap-bridging, supportive, communicative.

Working in Germany is different from working in China because….

…working in Germany is more systematic and rational. It takes longer time and more thoroughly thinking to plan a project before doing it. Strategy is the key and people like to stick to their plans.

The greatest difference between German and Chinese working environment is…

…that life and work is more balanced in Germany, and of course, more Holidays. 🙂 In China, people have 15 holidays from their company.

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…and what about your private life?

My life in Germany is like ….

…from “everything is chaotic” to “get many things in order”. In the beginning, it was difficult to adapt to a new culture and working environment. For example, German food is totally different than Chinese food. In the first half year, I visited different Chinese restaurants very often, like twice or three times a week. I know almost every Chinese restaurant in town and can even name their popular dishes… Now I start to appreciate German food, and even try to learn how to cook it.

My favorite dish in Germany is …

…Bratwurst.

The biggest shock when I came to Germany was…

…that here is lots of paperwork needed. For example, you need to receive, sign and send back lot of paper documents to get registered, or to get a new bank account, or to get an invoice from a doctor. In China, I’d say it’s more digital. People deal more with messenger services like WeChat, app or website instead.

What I miss most from China…

…family and friends.

Intercultural communication means for me …

…respect and equality.

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April 2016 car2go opened its first location in Asia – Chongqing in China. But how do Chinese feel about Carsharing and car2go?

Carsharing in China is…

…a new but boosting industry with fierce competition.There’re already all kind of car sharing forms: taxi hailing, chauffer service, free-floating car sharing, station-based car sharing, p2p car sharing, and ride sharing, etc.. Autonomous car sharing is also under development with lots of funds.

Finally, car2go is in China because …

…People like car2go’s free floating car sharing concept and smart vehicles. What is also important is the connection between car2go and Daimler. It made the brand more trustworthy since many people know and like Daimler and Mercedes-Benz in China.

The end of the year is a special time in Germany- and what about China?

The most beautiful thing about German Christmas is …

…Weihnachtsmarkt and Gluehwein!

Christmas and New Year’s in China is like…

…not a traditional festival in China that families would get together to celebrate. Instead, it’s more like a commercial festival. Friends get together and go shopping, Restaurant and bars or watch a movie during Christmas and New Year.

In 2017 I want to …

… speak more German with family, colleagues and friends.

… be able to cook German food and bake some nice cakes.

My favorite Chinese saying is…

“yan bi xing, xing bi guo” – „Keep your words if it is a promise, and stick to your plan if it is a decision“ by Confucius.

Thanks a lot Shasha for broadening our horizons and giving us your personnel insights! 🙂