Perspective on Foreigners
It is common for the Chinese to pay more attention to a foreign stranger than a local stranger; people are curious! Chinese students will likely want to practice English with you so try to use that as an opportunity to practice Chinese and to make new friends. Most Chinese, especially local students, are very receptive to American students. But even though many of your Chinese peers will speak English well, try to speak Chinese as much as possible. The Chinese will respect you for trying. In addition, speaking Chinese will come in handy when bargaining or trying to get around.