Colourful Cuisines from a land of contrasts

Discovering the 8 different cuisines of China Dogs, Instant noodles and strange insects. That’s what they eat in China right? And rice of course, lots and lots of rice. This being a comical untrue preconception, China is still an undiscovered leaf for many people, thus leaving room for imaginary conceptions on life [...]

By |October 25th, 2017|Chinese Culture, Food, Tips and Guides, Travel|2 Comments

The Global Chinese Powerhouse

Will Not Speaking Chinese Be The New Illiteracy In The 21st Century? “The Chinese are everywhere!”, an exclamation echoed around the world. How did they get there, what is their relationship with the motherland and how long are they staying? With increasing economic power and international presence, what is said about “Made [...]

Celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival

Honouring An Ancient Tradition With Mooncakes Among Friends And Family Celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival - 中秋节 With the long hot summers slowly coming to an end, autumn begins to show its face, bringing cooling winds and rainy days to prepare us all for the upcoming winter. In the Western world autumn is [...]

Strange Things On Taobao

Oh, What A Wonderful Web Okay, so let’s start this off easy with things you probably can't find on Amazon, but definitely can find on Taobao. After that, it will get increasingly weird so don’t say you weren’t warned. (The items were kept PG13 and relatively SFW - trust us when we say [...]

By |August 16th, 2017|Chinese Culture, Fun Facts, Tips and Guides|0 Comments

2 Cultures Meet For A Wedding

Avoiding the Divorce of Cultures During an Intercultural Marriage With the union of man from a western culture and a woman from a Chinese culture, the question is, how do both of the traditions fit? Does the couple lean more towards one culture or do they find a good balance of both traditions? Here is [...]

Guestblog: Understanding The Difference Between Pinyin and Zhuyin

Understanding The Difference Between Pinyin and Zhuyin This is a guest blog post from TutorMandarin “Your Online Mandarin Tutor” - a 1-on-1 Mandarin Chinese teaching service that uses professional tutors and student-focused lessons to get students speaking Chinese as quickly as possible.  Free download on mobile app and PC [...]

Dating Apps in China

Swipe for love New in China, or on your way, and scared you won't find love? Or maybe your current love interest doesn't like your pet, or the other way around, and it's time to replace them (the love interest, not the pet). Don't you worry, with the availability of a multitude of dating apps in [...]

By |July 19th, 2017|Chinese Culture, Tips and Guides|2 Comments

Chinese Football

The Rise Of Football In China Chinese football has been on the rise recently, and President Xi Jinping has made clear that he wants to see his country as a world football superpower by 2050. By renovating and building 6,000 stadiums as well as creating 50,000 football schools within the next ten [...]

By |July 12th, 2017|Business in China, Chinese Culture|1 Comment

Chinese Lingo on the Internet

Can you decipher the code? A lot of the textual Chinese lingo used by locals is made up of numbers. While this appears to be some kind of code, all you have to do is simply sound out the numbers (add a bit of a Beijing accent, meaning an "-er" at the end of each [...]

By |May 31st, 2017|Chinese Culture, Chinese Language|4 Comments

Become a Chinese Master Chef

5 Famous Chinese Dishes You Should Try (to make yourself) The more you begin to feel confident in China, the less scared you will be to venture out to local Chinese restaurants. Their menus are usually in Chinese (or with amazing translations) so if you've ever felt overwhelmed trying to choose a Chinese dish, here's what [...]