I along with all my generation started out with descriptive and am happy
playing over games in either format.
However writing about the game is far easy in algebraic and from
a printing point of view it is less expensive.
A Ruy Lopez.
Less than 10 seconds.
1. P-K4 P-K4
2. N-KB3 N-QB3
just over 20 seconds.
And a note.
The square c6 is weak.
Black's Queen's Bishop 3rd square is weak.
Also knowing algrbraic allows you, after a few minutes, to play over games
from Russia or any other countries magazine.
A lot use figurine notation which is totally universal.
Don't know about the Chinese. I have mags from practically every country
in the world but none from China.
(I suppose the trouble with reading a Chinese Chess magazine is....
30 minutes after you have read it, you want to read another)
The rules state you must
record in algebraic though I know
players who still record in descriptive and have not been puled up.