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.
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...
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...
This is one of the oldest and most fascinating Chinese traditions. How has it happen that in the country where lions are not native animals they became such an important part of the local tradition? What’s its meaning? See the enchanting dance for yourself (a film attached).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?!
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 should you do if you catch 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 …
Christmas is over. Santa Clauses and reindeer that have been occupying shop windows since November are being replaced by red lanterns. Streets become more and more bright and colorful with little lights and decorations. It’s unmistakable sign that lunar New Year is coming near. You’re pretty excited. This year you were invited to spend this holiday with a Chinese family…
Christmas Eve in China. You sit at teachers’ office. There comes one of your students and gives you an apple. “Merry Christmas”. You accept the gift and don’t think more about this event until next student comes to see you…
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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