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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…

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…

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…

Beijing – The Northern Ruler

It’s no secret, having lived both in Beijing and Shanghai, I do prefer the later one. Yes, Beijing is the cultural hub of China, with it’s lovely hutongs 胡同 (HúTòng) and tea houses and its superior fengshui 风水 (FēngShui), but Shanghai is the one that gets you easily spoiled with its international cuisines, shopping malls Read More…

Welcome to Harbin International and Snow Sculpture Festival

Here are a couple of things that Harbin is known for: the beer (HARBIN啤酒 PíJiǔ), the cold, oh-so-cold winters, the very clean and easily understood Mandarin spoken by the locals (convincing even some winter-averse laowais to pick Harbin as their destination for studying Chinese); and the Sculpture Festival. Now annual Harbin International Snow Sculpture Festival Read More…

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