Culture

Chinese Culture from a western perspective.

  • 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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

  • Culture,  Life

    A Fly on the Wall of Daily Chinese Life

    Have you ever wondered what daily Chinese life is like? Do they drink coffee? Is cafe culture even big in China? In the West, unless we live in a big city, our mornings are rather private, we get ready at home and drive ourselves to work; our streets remain relatively quiet compared to China. Read below to get a real feel for what a typical day in China feels like. Daily Chinese Life; As the Sun Rises Life in China begins early. People are up and going about their business by 6am. Old ladies start shuffling around picking up plastic and cardboard to sell. Food stalls start setting up for breakfast;…

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    10 Interesting Facts about modern China

    China has lept to the forefront of the world in recent years. Here are 10 interesting facts about China that you may not have heard. 1.  China has a lot more men than women. Due in part to the one-child policy and preference at the time of male children. China now has 33 million more men than women. That’s more than the populations of Sweden, Hungary and Portugal put together. 2.  China is aiming to be greener China now has more solar-powered energy capacity than any other country at 130 gigawatts, is the leading manufacturer of solar cells and installer of wind turbines. 3. The GDP of Shanghai is bigger…

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    10 Interesting Facts about Ancient China

    With written records dating back 4000 years, Chinese culture is a rich tapestry of knowledge, wisdom and some peculiarities. Here are our 10 interesting facts about ancient China. 1. Fat was Fashionable In periods throughout the Tang Dynasty, chubby women were considered attractive and fashionable. Quite the opposite of today.  2. The Chinese invented football and maybe ice cream. Recognised by FIFA as the first form of football, the Chinese game, Cuju, was invented during the Han Dynasty. It involved kicking a ball into a net without using your hands.  In modern China ice cream is hugely popular, so much so that Mcdonalds has restaurants that only serve ice cream.…

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    Guanxi: How the Chinese do Business

    While these days doing business in China without guanxi is becoming easier, even ten years ago this wasn’t the case. Doing business in China without any guanxi would have been impossible, and to a large degree, this is still the way it is. It is your influence and the long term trust and respect between you and the people in your web of social interactions, which provides you with a solid foundation for a business interaction or exchange. What does Gunxi mean? Guanxi loosely translates as ‘relations’ or ‘connections’ and when doing business in China it is often not fully understood by foreigners. It’s an aspect of Chinese culture that…