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.
Get to know ephemeral Asian delicacy known also as ‘the queen of fruit”. It’s something you won’t find in Europe. Check if it’s worth trying.
Check why people will stare at you if you appear on Chinese beach in bikini. Why it’s better to buy swimsuit abroad and what Chinese people do at the seaside.
Visiting China might be very adventurous experience. Not only because of its long history and reach tradition, but also because of its food. You can discover various fruits and vegetables you’ve never seen before. One of those discoveries is Chinese Bayberry (杨梅 Yángméi).
Chinese fast food is something entirely different than Western one. Check what you can eat in China if you’re in hurry and need to grab a quick bite. Today - story about zòngzi (粽子)…
Arriving at the bus or railway station in a new city might be one of the most scary experience for someone traveling around China. Reason? Taxi drivers. What’s so scary about them? Check yourself.
Evening. You stroll down the streets in search of something edible for the supper. You hear the music. It’s apparently coming from the park nearby. Curious, you go to have a look. When you finally cross the gate something unexpected appears before your eyes… In the center of the park, at the big square, there are around 70 people dancing… waltz. You’re flabbergasted. What the hell is going on in here?!
Once in a while it’s nice to go somewhere for a weekend. Suichang seams like a nice choice for a short escapade. It’s one of the most interesting Lishui counties. Hot springs, white water rafting, gold mine and National Park are it’s most known attractions. You can however try something different, far from well established tourist paths…
Lishui – small city lost among the mountains. Here unending plantations of tangerines, peaches and other fruits occupy basically every slope. You hike every week enjoying surrounding scenery. Finally one day spring comes, turning those mountains into fairy tale like scenery, where every path is filled with colours, sounds of chirping birds and fragrance of blooming flowers…
Around the time of the Tomb Sweeping Day, when you stroll down the streets, you can see many shops selling ritual goods. Among the customs related to the Qinming festival, burning so called Hell Money is probably one of the most interesting. You just couldn’t resist yourself and did some research on the topic…
You’ve been just told that you will have one more day free this week. You’re very happy even though you don’t quite understand why you’ve been granted this privilege. You ask your colleague. She says “Oh, it’s because of Qinming Festival”. That doesn’t tell you much. Being completely clueless (which is written all over your face) as to the identity of mentioned Festival you’re asking for more elaborated explanation. With the help of your friend and ,of course, irreplaceable uncle Google, you’ve managed to reveal the mystery.
Short story how visiting a doctor with a sore throat, ends with a headache. What you should do if you catch a cold and why there are five unfamiliar men coming with you to the doctor's office. Let’s make it clear. Between visiting the doctor in China and in the West there is a world of difference… cultural at least.
Chinese people have no prejudges against any source of proteins. Insects, snakes or dogs have their place in Chinese cuisine. Majority of Westerners put that fact among other ‘legends’ about the Far East and don’t give it much thought. Most people don’t wonder how a dog would taste. They usually don’t even want to wonder about that. You can count yourself as one of those people. The thing that distinguishes you from majority is that, you were invited by a Chinese family for a New Year's dinner …
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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