Is it easy to make friends with locals here? Are there any prejudices or any ethnic groups who might feel uncomfortable here?

It is next to impossible to make friends with the locals. No matter how well you speak Mandarin, Chinese people will still see you as an outsider. The Embassy also has some security restrictions regarding fraternization. - Aug 2020

Locals are generally friendly and welcoming. However, being a diplomat in China is a unique assignment and may limit the extent to which one can integrate himself or herself into local networks. Many diplomats in China end up socializing with other expats rather than locals, at least more so than they might do in other countries. - Jul 2020

It is not easy to make local friends. - May 2020

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