Category Archives: Travel

A Letter from China

Many of our students venture to China sooner or later and we thought it would be interesting to ask them to share their experience with others. Below is a short report from our student Alastair: “I had an interesting and enjoyable trip to China. The nine months learnings that I have had with your Mandarin tuition course was Read More…

Travel Time: Hangzhou part I

上有天堂,下有苏杭。 (Shàng Yǒu TiānTáng, Xià Yǒu Sū Háng) Paradise in Heaven, Suzhou and Hangzhou on earth. Hangzhou (杭州 HángZhōu) is considered to be the cradle of Chinese civilisation with its history spanning over more than 2,200 years. Besides being a major tourist attraction and being renown for its scenic beauty, Hangzhou is also the provincial Read More…

Hacking the Chinese Menu (Eat and Be Merry)

Oh, the dreaded Chinese menu. Here you are, sitting comfortably in a small restaurant in China, hungry and ready to dig into some big bowl of noodles or a pile of dumplings. The waiter comes by and hands you the menu. Oh no, no pictures! And, what’s worse, no English translations either. Sure, the translations Read More…

Chinese tourists

面子 (MiànZi) – ‘face’. A person’s manzi is very important in China, but so is the face of the whole country. I’m sure you have witnessed a news event where a Chinese official was ferociously defending his country – whatever the charge was – and saying that instead, each country should take care of their Read More…

Things we love about China

Whether you are just going to China for a short trip, or whether you are already a China veteran, I’m certain you will be able to relate to at least some of the points listed below. We would also love to hear what you love about China. Drop us a line in the comments section! Read More…

Rich in China and abroad

Today China’s borders are wide open and getting a passport is not a hassle anymore. This resulted in a huge wave of outbound tourism, with more than 100 million Chinese crossing the borders last year. Most of these, of course, return home. But there is also a growing number of those who choose to stay: Read More…

Pollution, pollution!

Pollution, pollution! Wear a gas mask and a veil. Then you can breathe, Long as you don’t inhale! (Tom Lehrer) China has been stamped as the world’s biggest polluter for a while now – although it’s still far from being number 1 in per capita basis (ranking 78th as of 2013). For a long time Read More…

Tsingtao and Qingdao

Tsingtao beer comes from the lovely city of Qingdao (青岛 QīngDǎo) situated in the Chinese northeast. This city is loved by many, local and foreigners alike, and is actually mistakenly considered to be the capital of  Shandong (山东 ShānDōng) province – when in fact, that is the city of Ji Nan (济南 JǐNán). Until the Read More…

Buddhism in China

One of the world’s most prominent religions is Buddhism, based on the teachings of Sakayumi Buddha. With estimated number of adherents somewhere between 350 and 550 million, Buddhism is the 4th largest religion in the world, following Christianity (in all shapes and sizes), Island and Hinduism. Originating in India, Buddhism was arrived to China more Read More…

When it’s too good to be true…Chances are, it is too good to be true.

In one of our previous posts we’ve mentioned the tea and gallery scams. Some students seemed to be confused about what actually happens there, so, this is a short summary of the net that might be cast your way someday as well. The gallery scam, or the art show scam, goes in the lines of Read More…

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