In the news, you can often see the New Year celebrations in China. Fireworks, dragons, music… But how does it really look like? See for yourselves. The Year of the Dog has come.
Rare case of snow in Zhejiang province. See the photo gallery from Baiyun Mountain [en. Mountain of the White Clouds].
After few years of living in China you think you've seen it all. You can't be more wrong. Read a story about snake wine...
Do you have a power bank? Do you want to take it to China? If yes, you might have a problem. See why...
Most of Westerners think of Chinese cuisine as mysterious and full of surprises. Not many of them realize however that there also are some tricks to how it should be eaten. There are some customs that will shock Chinese if not followed and some, that will definitely shock you if you're unprepared. Check what you should know before sitting at a Chinese table...
Chinese cuisine has always been shrouded in mystery. Some dishes (like dog’s meat) became nearly legendary (from the point of view of an average Westerner). Most of the Chinese meals however are fairly ‘normal’ and simple. One of the best examples are peanut noodles. It is also something you can easily make at home.
Check yet another mysterious Chinese plant. It’s something you can buy from numerous street vendors in South-Eastern Asia. What is biqi and how to eat it?
Have you ever wondered what Chinese people eat for breakfast? I’ll give you a hint – not sandwiches. Every morning you can see vendors opening their steamy stands for business. That’s the place to look for an answer...
Chinese cuisine is known for innumerable unusual sources of protein. No matter how many years you’ve spend here, there will always be something that can surprise you. Recent example – swallow stew.
Visiting Chinese doctor is a very unusual experience (on many different levels). The same goes for the medicines. Guess how many pills you might be asked to take at one time. You’ll be surprised.
In many cities in China you can find a stand that (judging by its merchandise) could be run by a member of the Addams Family. Dried snakes, fried spiders and centipedes… Creatures in all possible creepy shapes and forms. What to choose? For today’s supper let’s help ourselves to fried black scorpion. Check how to eat it.
When you travel to another country one of the first lessons to learn is what you can bring with you and what items might cause problems at the border. The same question implies to shipping things to/from China. For example you might wonder if you’re allowed to send your family year worth of chicken feet supply for Christmas. Check what our guest writer – Mike from Internationalmoving company has to say about the topic - import/export regulations.
If you’re not prepared to be in the center of attention – China is not for you. Check out what kind of unusual or funny encounters you should be prepared for as a foreigner.
In China you can find a bunch of snacks and sweets which would be considered by average Westerner as… well let’s call that unusual. That’s the story about one of them. Check how bean ice-cream taste.
If you come from a country where those items are used on daily basis, you might be surprised by this question. For most Westerners however, the answer is far from obvious (at least for people from Europe). Whether you can solve the riddle or not is irrelevant at the moment. You can still read the post for there’s an electrifying story to it. There are blood, fear and screams. True mortal combat and survival of the fittest.
Who am I?
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My name is Aga.
I come from Poland.
Currently (since October 2012) I’m working in China as an English teacher embracing my new life as a foreigner in the Far East. For more - look “About me” chapter.
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