I enjoy living in China for many reasons. But like every foreigner here I've had my share of Bad China Days, and it takes a certain degree of Zen to get through them. When I first arrived in China the up-and-down waves came in daily and weekly increments. Now, they come every three months or so, and they can change on a dime. One minute you're euphoric about life here, the next you're looking into plane tickets home.
I realize this is straying dangerously close to expat navel gazing. An obvious banfa to my complaints about day-to-day life in China would be to go home. But I do love this place. China is dynamic and fascinating and challenging. It's an incredible place during an incredible time. For every one thing that drives me crazy about this country, there are several reasons that compel me to stay.