The Covid-19 outbreak (Wuhan virus) shows signs of decline. First Chinese cities relax quarantine measures.
For about three weeks, the world has been following all reports about the new coronavirus holding its breath. Newspapers and TV news are full of headlines like 'The new deadly virus kills hundreds in China!'. Pharmacies around the world are selling out surgical masks. WHO statistics however, indicate that this virus is not as dangerous as the media tend to present it, and the epidemic itself is finally beginning to show signs of decline (or at least stabilization). Today, the first Chinese cities released some of the residents from home quarantine and allowed some shops and restaurants to be opened.
Nowadays China has switched from cash to mobile payment nearly entirely. Unfortunately, up until now in order to use this service, one had to have a bank card from a Chinese bank. That understandably left a huge population of foreign tourists outside the system. Now it’s about to change. If you’re planning a trip to China, see what you should do in order to access this service.
Have you ever seen it sold in Chinese candy shops or on Amazon? If you have ever wondered what that really is, have a look. Most probably, it’s something different than you thought it be.
Have you ever seen one of those funny photos or videos of people walking on shaky legs through the glass bridge? Most of those shots are probably from Zhangjiajie (where they shot the Avatar). Because of the extreme popularity of this attraction in a last few years, glass bridges have sprouted all across China. Jinyun (Zhejiang Province) just got one as well. Have a look…
Do you like travelling to places where hardly any tourists are? China has a multitude of those undiscovered gems. One of them are definitely the rapeseed terraces in Longquan county (Zhejiang province). Once a year this place turns into a scenery that could easily fit in a fairy-tale. See for yourself…
Are you planning to travel around China? Have you thought of coming to Lishui (Zhejiang Province)? Maybe you should. This city, and surrounding mountains, have much more to offer than you’d expect. And, what’s very rare nowadays, it’s still relatively undiscovered by tourists. See what this region has to offer…
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...
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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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