How eating pork brain and paying with mobile phones make my day in China!

The first challenges When I went to China end of February this year, it was my first time ever being in Asia. So everything was new to me from the moment I left the plane. The first challenge started when buying a metro ticket. Was it Changshu Road or Changshou Road, I was wondering where [...]

Stay Healthy with Traditional Chinese Medicine

Everyone gets sick. But is it because you forgot to wash your hands one too many times, or because of an imbalance of yin and yang in the body? The Chinese believe that harmony between yin and yang helps keep you healthy. Likewise, an imbalance can lead to disease and illness. The human body is [...]

By |August 3rd, 2016|Chinese Culture, Tips and Guides|2 Comments

Rediscovering Chinese: An ABC in China

The youngest bird has left the nest. That bird, figuratively, being me. I was thousands of miles away from my home, but obtained an unforgettable experience. This summer, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to intern with Hutong School in Shanghai as a Marketing Intern. Growing up, I had always thought of myself [...]

Dragon Boat Festival or Duanwujie

The Dragon Boat Festival or Duanwujie is upon us! This traditional holiday that commemorates the famous Chinese Scholar Qu Yuan, known as China's first poet, takes places on the fifth day of the fifth month of the traditional Chinese lunar calendar. This date is also the source of the alternative name used to refer to [...]

Top 5 Places to Visit in Mainland China

Studying Chinese in Shanghai or Beijing for a couple of months offers the perfect opportunity to do some traveling to the top places to visit in Mainland China. Whether you’re taking Intensive Chinese Classes or doing an internship in one of these two cities, the travel possibilities for a fun weekend are endless!   Mount [...]

The Untranslatables

Learning Chinese is a difficult task for many and when translating Chinese words into another language, people will inevitably bump into difficulties at a given point because some words don’t have a direct translation. This causes non natives to fail to grasp the exact meaning of the word and maybe even to fail to understand [...]

How to do business in China: A Practical Language Guide

Last week we talked about the three concepts of time, mianzi (face) and guanxi (relationship) that are crucial to understand if you want to do business in China. Now that you know about the importance of these cultural and sociological ideas, let's get to business with this practical language guide. The Three Stages Greeting Business meetings [...]

Doing Business in China: A Cultural Guide

Solid economic expansion, coupled with a rapid market transformation and a series of government reforms, mean China -- the world's second-largest economy -- is no longer just a country for low-cost manufacturing. It is also an increasingly attractive destination to do business. -  CNN China is an increasingly attractive destination to do business indeed, [...]

清明节 – Qing Ming Jie or Tomb Sweeping Holiday

Qing Ming Jie (also called Pure Brightness Festival or Tomb-Sweeping Day), a traditional Chinese festival that remembers past ancestors, is upon us! On the 4th of April, everything will revolve around cleaning and sweeping the graves of passed loved ones and remembering ancestors, but it's also a time for celebrating new life. Lao Guo has written an [...]

By |March 31st, 2016|Chinese Culture, Holidays and Festivals|0 Comments

Happy Chinese New Year – Words of Wisdom for the Year of the Fire Monkey

The year of the fire monkey kicked off with neither bang nor spark. No fireworks were set off in Shanghai for the year of the monkey due to the strict instructions of the government. Pollution levels being what they are, throwing more soot and smoke into the sky is not considered a good idea. On New [...]

By |February 16th, 2016|Chinese Culture, Fun Facts, Holidays and Festivals|0 Comments