• Culture

    The Good Women of China: A Review

    We lived in China for a really long time, much of that time we couldn’t speak Chinese. Therefore, getting to really know the Chinese women that surrounded us, our neighbours, egg lady, colleagues was impossible. We so desperately wanted to connect, to peel back the layers and get to know those around us. What’s happened in their lives? Where did they come from? Do they suffer the same human experience that we do? If you resonate with this feeling, if you live, are going to live or visit China, do yourself a favour and read this book. As a self-confessed Sinophile, I’ve read a fair amount of literature related to…

  • Work

    Looking For A Job in China or Abroad? Top 3 Things To Consider First

    Couple handsome salaries with cheap living costs and you have yourself one of the primary reasons why people are making the move overseas. People the world over are feeling the need for a change in career or environment, or both! So they are stepping out and experiencing the excitement of living in a new country; more and more people are moving abroad and becoming Expats. They begin by searching for their first job abroad. After seeing the packages being offered and considering what it would be like to live in another country. Soon enough they are packing up and travelling towards their new life with a positive outlook and no…

  • Culture

    Celebrate the Winter Solstice in China – Dongzhi 冬至 Festival

    When is Dongzhi? On the 22nd of December, 2019, China will mark the beginning of the winter solstice. China will celebrate its annual Dongzhi Festival; 冬至 (Dōngzhì) meaning ‘the coldest part of winter’. These days, the Chinese people will celebrate by eating boiled meat, vegetable or sweet dumplings. Families will gather to enjoy a big meal together, which includes dumplings and round foods of some kind. What is Dongzhi? Legend has it that Dongzhi traditions trace as far back as the Han Dynasty. This is when prominent physician Zhang Zhongjing supposedly took pity on some farmers who suffered from frostbite; he ordered his apprentice to make dumplings with lamb and…

  • Culture

    5 Autumn & Winter Street Foods

    As the weather cools and the streets slowly fill with people wrapped in coats and scarves, so do street vendors warm the air with their roasting vegetables and nuts. In this post, we explore 5 of China’s top winter favourite street foods. Baked Sweet Potato Number one on the list is baked sweet potato. In most central and northern cities sweet potato vendors pop up around this time on every corner. They recycle old tin barrels into portable wood-fired ovens, which are carted around the city on the back of a bicycle. Baked sweet potatoes can easily be sniffed out as they always come with a waft of smoke. They’re…

  • Life

    China Tales: New friends and night markets

    China Tales are short stories that are made up of events and situations which have happened to us, or friends of ours over our time in China. Please feel free to add your own China story in the comments below. We take our first tale from a dear friend of ours who was based in Hexian, Anhui (located on the eastern coast of China near Jiangsu province). Having visited Jack in Hexian (pronounced Her she an) a few times, I can say that it is a small town, by Chinese standards, and slightly backwards compared to other Chinese cities. Minimal to zero foreigners (apart from Jack) lived there, so he…

  • Culture

    12 Must Know Chinese Contemporary Artists

    Germany, in particular Berlin, is an artistic melting pot for creatives of all walks of life. The city has been likened to “Americans in Paris after the war”, a place where intellectuals and artistic misfits seek refuge from the mainstream. And it is Berlin that is now home to a growing community of Chinese contemporary artists, some shunned by the state, and others simply misunderstood. Who are these mainland artists? Some have immigrated to Berlin, others New York and London. Each and every one, born into an exciting time in China’s history, and every one given a wand for expression, a voice for criticism. These are the contemporary artists shaking…

  • Work

    How I Saved £15,000 in 3 Years working in China

    In England, unless you are sitting comfortably in a higher pay bracket, living expenses consume a large portion of your money. And these days saving money is even harder, especially if you want to live a nice lifestyle. Living in England, I always struggled to save any decent amount of money. I wasn’t extravagant, I had an old car worth a few hundred pounds, and rarely bought clothes or luxury items. My money mainly went on fairly normal things like rent, bills, and the weekend. It wasn’t until I went to China to work that all my money problems went away. Before I left, all I knew was that I…

  • Culture

    10 Things You Might Not Know About China

    Sure, you may be aware of China’s pollution and population woes. You might be a little disgusted at its quirky delicacies, or in awe of its technological advances. But there’s a hell of a lot that you don’t know about China, certainly about stuff they don’t tell you in the news! So here is our list of 10 things you might not know about China. 1. Gaokao; One of the World’s Toughest University Entrance Exams China’s National College Entrance Examination goes on for two to three days and last for over nine hours. It was reported in 2018 that 9.75 million people applied to take the exam. In China’s first…

  • Culture

    Traditional Chinese Massage; 5 Treatments to Try

    Chinese neighbourhoods always, always have at least one (if not many) traditional Chinese massage parlour. These places are more or less treated as health clinics rather than a place for relaxation. Chinese medicine is so ingrained in people’s everyday living, that the line between masseuse and doctor is often a little blurry. You will no doubt visit one of these parlours during your stay in China and it will no doubt become a part of your daily life, so we have compiled a list of 5 must try treatments. Anmo / Tuina (massage) In Chinese the word for massage is anmo, although traditional Chinese massage is mostly referred to as…