Tag Archives: Living in China

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…

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…

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…

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…

Public Holidays in the category of Miscellaneous

In one of our previous posts I have already introduced the limited set of designated national holidays celebrated throughout China with rest days included. At this point,  let me also touch upon the concept of working weekends, which, inevitably, follow the days-off. For example, let’s say that the Mid-Autumn Festival falls on a Thursday, in this case Read More…

Hot – to die for

Everyone that knows me, knows of my outstanding affair with spicy food. It started with adding just that extra spoon of 辣椒 (LàJiāo – hot pepper) to every bowl of noodles that I came across to, to buying my own Mexican habanero sauces – ready to be used on every occasion. When I am faced with Read More…

How to: Start Speaking Chinese and Get Going

No matter what your starting point is, a university student 大学生 (DàXuéShēng), self-learner 自学 (ZìXué), or a devoted spouse of a Chinese native, get ready for some awkwardness 尴尬 (GānGà). Your first Chinese syllables uttered for the audience of at least “you + 1” (the mirror doesn’t count), will most probably turn out to be a Read More…

Shanghai, baby

My friends and family often ask me – still, after all these years – how could I describe China (this question is second only to: when are you coming back?). I’ve given up a long time ago on nailing down the whole country, but I can give my two cents on describing Shanghai. Shanghai 上海 Read More…

The Faces of China: The Goddess

Meet the famous actress, model (模特 MóTè), host – the goddess,  林志玲 (Lín ZhìLíng). Chances are that if a tall, slender, shy-looking beauty is staring at you from a nearby jumbo poster, you are most probably facing Ling Chi-ling. Born in Taiwan, Taibei in 1974, Chi-ling was later on educated in Toronto (多伦多 DuōLúnDuō), where Read More…

Knockoffs Galore

Living in China or studying Chinese you must’ve heard this word knocking about:山寨  (ShānZhài), which originally means ‘stronghold’ and is used to describe a mountain village with a defence wall. This word also signifies a remote, god-forsaken area populated by poor people, kind of like the American Wild West (西大荒 Xī DàHuang), also a port Read More…

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