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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…

Let’s Talk about Chinese Food

  If loves goes through the stomach, then certainly, the way to loving (and knowing) China is through Chinese cuisine. But, “it’s complicated”: Food has always played an important role in China (and let’s be honest, food plays an important role everywhere, but after answering to 你吃饭了吗 for the umpteenth time, you might agree that 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…

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…

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…

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