Category Archives: Alcohol

5 tips on food etiquette in China

In an informal setting there are hardly any special rules for dining in China and as a foreigner you will often be excused for any potential mistakes. But, if you find yourself in a business setting, for example, attending a formal banquet, there are a couple of things that you should bear in mind in Read More…

Eating Out: What Exactly is the Fuwuyuan Saying?

  In our last post we looked at some tips that will help you maintain your cool when dinning out in China. Well, sadly, just looking cool isn’t enough these days; in order to impress your date, you’ll also have to utter some Chinese phrases. But, hold your horses, if you want to know exactly Read More…

Red, Red Wine

It’s funny really, but due to some cultural characteristics white (grape) wine is somewhat under-appreciated in China. As a fan, I was quite affected, and I decided to get to the bottom of this mystery, only to be faced with the following (shocking, mind-blowing, kind-a-obvious) discovery: Firstly, the existence of Baijiu should be mentioned, (we Read More…

Survival Skills: How to Handle Your First Spring Festival

If you have a Chinese (boy/girl) friend, you will most probably be invited to their home for the celebration. Do say yes;  this will give you an invaluable insight into Chinese culture (and some pretty hilarious, post-Baijiu – photos!) So yes, it is a big honor, but at the same time, it will also be Read More…

Let’s Talk About Baijiu

Ouch, just hearing its name brings back the last hangover. Do not be fooled by its innocent sounding name; even though BáiJiǔ (白酒) could literally be translated as ‘White Wine’, its correct translation should be ‘White Spirits’. And spirits it shall give you! This baby sports around 40-60% alcohol by volume and it’s not delicious Read More…

BaiJiu: Alcohol of Choice for Binge Drinking

The Chinese president to be is a fellow named Xi Jinping. His ascent to the top will come as a great gift to a little known Chinese alcohol company called China Xi Jiu, which has been producing BaiJiu (aka MaoTai). Why? Well, by a fortunate stroke of coincidence, the Chinese character for “Xi” in China Xi Jiu is Read More…

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