Category Archives: Events

Why All the Fuss Around New Year’s Gala?

I’ve recently mentioned how watching Spring Festival gala is something one must do on the eve of Spring Festival. Strangely enough,many people also told me they don’t particularly enjoy watching it. I decided to dig deeper and conduct my own investigation, by interviewing young professionals about what CCTV New Year’s Gala means to them and 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…

Chinese New Year aka Spring Festival

Imagine combining traditions of Christmas and New Year’s bang, and possibly the celebrations of 4th of July in US. Imagine a constant bang, puff and pang for a period of fifteen days; imagine eerily deserted streets covered with inches and inches of gunpowder and red paper wraps (from the firecrackers), and you’ll get close to Read More…

Hot Pot 101

It’s that time of the year; the weather is cold and you are always in the constant search for your next bowl of hot liquids (possibly with noodles). Well, let me tell you all, hot pot is in! For those of you who don’t have the slightest of what I am talking about, do read Read More…

Let’s Talk About Jiaozi

It is said that culturally, China is divided into Northern and Southern China; there are also other differences: sense of humor, people’s character (hard in the North, and soft in the South); the fact that the North enjoys central heating throughout the winter (while we are stuck with a dry (useless) A/C here, South of 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…

Chinese Calendar

Like everything else in China, the Chinese calendar is also super old (accounts differ: some say 2000 years ago, some 4500 years ago). In former times, this calendar was like an almanac, full of useful tips for farmers, as well as weather predictions and inauspicious or auspicious signs – the auspicious days can still be Read More…

Shen Yun Performing Arts

A subscriber of mine referred me to this which looks very good. You can watch a preview video here So what is it? Here is the description from the website:   Shen Yun presents colorful and exhilarating performances of classical Chinese dance and music. A performance by Shen Yun is a presentation of traditional Chinese culture Read More…

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