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.
You enjoy your holidays in El Nido. Since possibility to eat different kinds of food is one of the greatest pleasures of traveling, you’re looking around to try something new. Right now you have this huge craving for something sweet. You look at the desserts in the menu of the nearest restaurant. There is one mysterious that catches your eye. ‘Halo-Halo’ – with the name that tells you absolutely nothing about the nature of this dessert, you have no other choice as to call a waitress and ask her directly what that thing really is…
As a teacher you’ve got 1 month of holidays for Chinese New Year. What to do with this time? Staying at home is not an option. It just would be a painful loss of a wonderful opportunity. Traveling around China during spring festival can be very bothersome though (crowds everywhere, problems with obtaining tickets and booking hotel rooms). Not sure what to do, you stare dully at the map. Then comes sudden realization… Wow! Philippines are so close! Quick look at flight tickets prices and your holiday trip plan is ready. Now you can bid cold winter farewell and enjoy sun at paradise island. Hello El Nido!
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…
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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