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September 14, 2018, 10:26:39 AM
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A Chinese girl named He Youbing made a Challenge show that she survived in a strange city for 21 days only with 0.21BTC to pay for all she needed including hospitality. It was extremely difficult in the first three days that she had to stay in McDonald's and ate leftover burgers. Hypoglycemia even brought her to hospital. Fortunately, the audience of the show put forth ideas for helping her out like reselling products she needed in exchange for her Bitcoins. And she finally lived through the 21 days. Because hotels didn't accept bitcoin, she had to bring a portable tent. Anyway, she made it. It was the first time when humanity lived in the society with Bitcoin. How do you think of it? Isn't a remarkable event? https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/iZJzzekJp3L5XKKUl4Cs1_56Vxenc9-NykPWTfsEwMf7OO36Eu5drTHwvkw3GsrpjF1KzBGOvvA3pW6pCxNPNa-dAQleO60ysRn9H7iFcc8A0Ir0MQe-vspjV3mDfzOx4nV1YlX2

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September 14, 2018, 10:34:09 AM
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  helping her out like reselling products she needed in exchange for her Bitcoins

I would not call that living solely on bitcoins, nearly none of the merchants accept bitcoins there.
If she gets a crypto backed card with visa membership it would be a lot easier to live a normal life.

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September 14, 2018, 10:57:12 PM
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Where is the link to the article talking about it? Your text has very little information and it is not possible to confirm if this, in fact, occurred.

There have been other people who have tried something similar for a short period of time. It even has the case of a forum member who traveled for a long period exchanging BTC for p2p. I believe that as entertainment is something relatively interesting. But it's still far from viable. BTC is only accepted as an experiment in very specific stores.
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September 14, 2018, 11:49:33 PM
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Where is the link to the article talking about it? Your text has very little information and it is not possible to confirm if this, in fact, occurred.
After a few minutes of googling I found two articles about the said challenge. Using image search on the image link shared by the OP would lead you to a youtube video of her doing the challenge.  

https://news.8btc.com/chinese-girl-challenges-to-survive-21-days-with-only-0-21-bitcoin-can-she-make-it
http://tech.chinadaily.com.cn/2018-09/11/content_36896437.htm

 helping her out like reselling products she needed in exchange for her Bitcoins
If she gets a crypto backed card with visa membership it would be a lot easier to live a normal life.
I was going to suggest this too (bitcoin debit cards) but you beat me to it.

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September 15, 2018, 12:28:13 AM
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I think living with some bitcoin is very convenient. There is a market to sell bitcoin. Because it's the same as in our country. Who don't accept bitcoin. But can be exchanged for virtual money.This means that women do not understand bitcoin
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September 15, 2018, 01:01:08 AM
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thrown 'into a strange city'
whatever the currency is.. the first few days will be living by the skin of your teeth learning your new surroundings.

but there actually are hundreds if not thousands of people that work and live but have NOT received an income in fiat for at least a year

i for one have been living happily on bitcoin since 2012

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September 15, 2018, 01:29:57 AM
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With that money, i can survive about 1 years or probably more in my country. Well, since it said she live in strange city and it probably cost more than in my country and since she only using bitcoin as payment.

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September 15, 2018, 01:35:26 AM
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If its purely Bitcoin to spend 24/7 then that's going to be hard since there's not much merchants that accept Bitcoins yet. I my self cannot challenge my self to live with just Bitcoins, I just can't specially in a country where Bitcoin is still an alien word to many. There's no store that sells meat or fish in exchange for Bitcoins. A few weeks ago I visited Thailand and the money I spent there came from the profits and earnings in Bitcoin. Unfortunately I have to convert it to fiat and lost around 0.012BTC for the fees.

This thread gave me an idea. Here we have a delivery service called Honestbee. You can buy grocery from you favorite store online and it will be delivered within the day. Maybe we can add Bitcoin as a pay option.

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September 15, 2018, 03:00:43 AM
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first of all 0.21BTC is not a small amount of money like 100 bucks! it is already worth about $1300 which is a decent amount to live on if you are not living a luxury life.

secondly we are not talking about a country with high costs of living. we are talking about China. they have weird things that you can't even imagine. such as "Capsules Hotels" which costs about $5/night so you can have a roof over your head for a little more than $100 of your total money.
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we are not talking about a country with high costs of living. we are talking about China. they have weird things that you can't even imagine. such as "Capsules Hotels" which costs about $5/night so you can have a roof over your head for a little more than $100 of your total money.

also stayed at mcdonalds and ate left over burgers
ended up in hospital with hypoglycemia
1. when in china you can hang around many restaurants and eat left overs from many different varieties. why only at burgers.. dang. even if you stayed at mcdonalds, they do serve more than just burgers.. so again why only eat burgers
2. if she had hypoglycemia after just 3 days. i guess she has an underlying medical problem and should have thought about and naturally known about trying a varied diet. so again why only burgers... EG stand near a vegetarian restaurant or dare i say it a chines restaurant

seems her choice of location to be in was the flaw. not the currency.
even with no currencies of any type. i would atleast explore the variety of locations and see whats available

your not going to find many bitcoin hotels, restaurants if you decide to go on strike and just sit in one restaurant for 3 days only eating leftovers of one food type

maybe the chinese lady should have tried 'beccy and austin' (life on bitcoin) as a tutor before doing the project, they done well and lasted longer

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you do realize that this was just a story, right? and just like any story it needed twists and turns. if  the protagonist in the story has no challenges and just lives a regular life with no obstacles then the story would be boring! hence the "Hypoglycemia" twist in the story and the hospitalization afterwards. Wink

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September 15, 2018, 05:15:23 AM
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 helping her out like reselling products she needed in exchange for her Bitcoins

I would not call that living solely on bitcoins, nearly none of the merchants accept bitcoins there.
If she gets a crypto backed card with visa membership it would be a lot easier to live a normal life.

In normal circumstances she might not have survived. But her friends helped her out with the necessities. Still I agree with your post. It will be much easier if she gets a Visa or Mastercard debit card, which can be topped up with Bitcoins. I myself owns one.
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  helping her out like reselling products she needed in exchange for her Bitcoins

I would not call that living solely on bitcoins, nearly none of the merchants accept bitcoins there.
If she gets a crypto backed card with visa membership it would be a lot easier to live a normal life.

In normal circumstances she might not have survived. But her friends helped her out with the necessities. Still I agree with your post. It will be much easier if she gets a Visa or Mastercard debit card, which can be topped up with Bitcoins. I myself owns one.

but the main message of stories like these is to show usage of bitcoin not fiat. note that it is not saying she survived with a thousands bucks. it is saying she survived with some amount of bitcoin. using a Visa, debit, ... are using fiat not bitcoin even if you top them off with bitcoin you are still doing an exchange of bitcoin to fiat then you use the fiat which raises the question of why bother with bitcoin in first place and pay an additional fee instead of sticking to fiat!

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September 15, 2018, 05:45:28 AM
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I think it is a smart way to live your life with limited amount of money while if i say about my self then i have more expenses than this girl if she lives with this amount she will become a good saver and rapidly she can further invest money in bitcoin and she can make more money so we can say that bitcoin is helping people.

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September 15, 2018, 05:50:31 AM
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I tried to do a little bit of research, so please do correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the monthly minimum wage in China just above $350 USD? She basically had 4x that amount, with 2/3 the number of days and no family to feed. Why are people thinking she pulled off a miracle here? Lol.

But yeah, if we look at it from a perspective where she tried to use solely Bitcoin on a crypto-hostile country, I guess that would make sense. I don't think there's much of a point though, except for proving how difficult it would be to only use crypto in a country where no one accepts it. I mean, she could've used some obscure country's money and it would be just as difficult and just as pointless. Bitcoin is money -- you should be able to convert it like any other country's.

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I tried to do a little bit of research, so please do correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the monthly minimum wage in China just above $350 USD? She basically had 4x that amount, with 2/3 the number of days and no family to feed. Why are people thinking she pulled off a miracle here? Lol.

But yeah, if we look at it from a perspective where she tried to use solely Bitcoin on a crypto-hostile country, I guess that would make sense. I don't think there's much of a point though, except for proving how difficult it would be to only use crypto in a country where no one accepts it. I mean, she could've used some obscure country's money and it would be just as difficult and just as pointless. Bitcoin is money -- you should be able to convert it like any other country's.

It would be very interesting,if somebody tries to live 1 month with 1000 USD worth of gold only.By "gold" I don't mean gold coins,but one big piece of gold.Would it be easier,compared with bitcoin or no? Grin
How to cut one big piece of gold,where to sell it(most of the gold buyers cheat).
That would be a helluva journey.

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Well.. she should try to do that challenge in more crypto-friendly city like Amsterdam. Also a crypto debit card from Wirex or other popular providers would have made the challenge much more easier for her.

 
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September 15, 2018, 06:40:08 AM
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Its not first time when peoples try to live only for cryptos.
I am hear many bloggers try do it in Russia, but then do not tell how much they spent.
0.21 its big moneys for 21 days if compare with fiat moneys

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September 15, 2018, 06:51:59 AM
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This proves very little, eating leftover burgers does not constitute using Bitcoin to survive at all. In any way, if you give that money to anyone living in a 3rd world country, they would be able to feed a family of 5 with that for a month. <Taking into consideration that most people are currently surviving on $10 a week in most of those countries>

The challenge will be to give them that money and then see if they can use it to survive. <Selling it for fiat, does not count>  Roll Eyes
Now, that would be a true challenge, because people will have loads of bitcoins, but they will not have a place to use it.  Roll Eyes

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September 15, 2018, 06:56:09 AM
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This is a remarkable story but it highlights how bitcoin is really not ready to be used as a common means of payment. It would be easy to survive on the dollar equivalent of that BTC. I hope that in the future someone else can attempt this and have much more success. I think it would've been easy in a lot of cases to just attempt to explain to people how she can pay in btc and they can then convert that to fiat.

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