After experiencing the New Zealand-style teaching, I began to reflect on my schooling in China. I explored the Chinese’s focus on education- on mathematics in particular. The way of counting in Chinese is additive and the education system is highly enclosed. This parallels the way an abacus works; like the buttons of an abacus, the Chinese teaching style leaves little room to move and navigate subjects with your mind. These were widely used in Chinese schools in the past and have become a symbol of the rigid Chinese education.