In our searching for Asians in Krakow, we have contacted Yuzhen(玉珍). She is a Chinese girl who was born in Tibet. She came to Krakow as a student. Yuzhen told us that the idea of studying abroad came to her mind when she was ending her undergraduate studies in Tibetology at Beijing University. She had two scholarships to choose from: Jagiellonian University in Krakow and Virginia University in the USA. Because of a better and more interesting offer she chose the former. She revealed that she had not know much about Poland before her coming to Krakow, only couple stories about how beautiful Polish cities are and how straightforward people seem to behave. She didn’t know where to find Poland on a map of Europe.
What were your first thoughts when you have arrived?
Iwas amazed by the Floriańska street. Never have I ever seen such a beautiful buildings. I was able to see why I had heard so many positive things about Polish cities. Additionally I was surprised that lifestyle in Krakow is not much different from the one I was used to when I was living in Tibet. Nobody is in a hurry, people seem to enjoy every moment. I really like living in Krakow.
Was there anything particular that caught your eye in Krakow?
Oh of course there was. When I was wandering through the city I was amazed by churches. Despite my strict Buddhist upbringing I was really impressed how these temples presented themselves from the inside. At the beginning I liked to sit in them and admire their marvelous decorations. You can say that in this particular case religions have connected two totally different cultures (laugh). I also liked Wieliczka Salt Mine and st Kinga’s legend connected with it. Also I was surprised by the rivalry between Krakow and Warsaw. It is similar to the one we have in China between Beijing and Shanghai. To be honest I prefer Krakow, maybe because you are not going to experience haste and rush here. It is a very calm city.
Are you fond of Polish cuisine?
Not so much, I am not a big fan of schabowy but I once a while I like to go out and eat pierogi ruskie and soups. Mostly I diner at Kuchnia u Babci Maliny.
Do you have any tips for people who one day would like to visit Krakow?
If somebody from Asia is thinking about visiting Krakow, he should remember about culture differences. I know that we live in highly globalized world but still tone should be aware of differences. A must experience thing is of course night life. It is amazing, so many bars and dance clubs where you can have fun till early morning. Krakow is a must see place for every tourist coming to Poland!