The Perks of Traveling as an Intercultural Couple

Reading Time: 3 minutes I am a passionate solo female traveler but I also enjoy traveling with my better half. It’s always nice to be able to see different places and enjoy some quality time together. While traveling together, I also realized some distinct advantages when traveling as an intercultural couple. Here are the perks of traveling as an…

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Polyglot Learning: Similar Words in Chinese and Korean

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Complete Guide to Fenghuang Ancient Town in China

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Differences Between China and Korea

Reading Time: 4 minutes Now that I’m only a few weeks away from going back to Korea to visit my boyfriend Jeongsu, I started thinking about some major differences between China and South Korea. Even though they are both Asian countries and located pretty close to each other, you would think the two countries must be pretty similar. Indeed,…

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Happy Mid-Autumn Festival: Munching on Mooncakes!

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5 Things I’ve Learned From Working In A Chinese Company

Reading Time: 4 minutes It’s been 3 months, since I started working in a Chinese company here in Changsha, Hunan Province. Unlike the “typical” foreigner image in China, I do not teach English but work in the Marketing Department of a Chinese-German company selling computer accessories worldwide. As of now, I am the only foreigner working in the company…

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Guest Post: My Same-Sex Marriage To A Chinese Man

Reading Time: 4 minutes I am so happy to feature this guest post about same-sex marriage between an American and Chinese national. Previously, I wrote about the LGBT scene in China because I think it is of great importance in Today’s China. I hope you enjoy this post as much as I did!  “Its amazing how your expectations of…

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Chinese Words That Should Be Used in Other Languages As Well

Reading Time: 3 minutes Since I moved back to China, my Chinese has gotten better and better. Being the only foreigner in my company and almost only hanging out with Chinese people made me speak the language on a different level than before. When I speak English or German again, though, I sometimes like to use certain Chinese words…

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Why You Should Move To A New City Where You Don’t Know A Single Soul

Reading Time: 6 minutes A while ago, I read an article published by Elite Daily called “Why You Should Move To A New City Where You Don’t Know A Single Soul”. The title seemed very intriguing and spoke to me. I had just, again, moved to a place I didn’t know anyone a few months ago and wanted to…

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Chinese Tea Culture 中国茶文化

Reading Time: 5 minutes   I love drinking tea. China has a tea culture of thousands of years. According to legend, tea was first discovered by the Chinese emperor and herbalist, whose name was Shennong in 2737 BCE. The nobility considered the consumption of good tea as a mark of their Status and scholars hailed the brew as a…

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Traveling China by Bus and Train

Reading Time: 3 minutes China is a country with a variety of sceneries: it has mountains, beaches, lakes, valleys, rivers, deserts, ice and much much more to offer. With its 22 provinces, the country has plenty of tourist attractions and something to offer for everyone. Luckily, China’s infrastructure is getting more and more advanced and more and more cities…

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Studying Korean and Similarities to Chinese

Reading Time: 3 minutes Even though I love China, Chinese languages and my Mandarin is far from perfect, I started learning Korean because I have grown fond of the Korean culture. It has been a long time since I started from zero to start a new language and I must say I love the challenge. I always wanted to…

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Chinese Hair Made Into Bread?

Reading Time: 2 minutes Fact: A common ingredient in breads is derived from human hair harvested in China. If you read the ingredients label on a loaf of bread, you will usually find an ingredient listed there as L-cysteine. This ingredient is a non-essential amino acid which is added to many baked goods as a dough conditioner. This speeds up…

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10 Reasons Why I Love China

Reading Time: 3 minutes A lot of people I met during my time here in the US ask me what I want to do when I am graduating in March and when I say I am going back to live in China some of them ask why. That’s why I decided to write a post about my top 10…

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Die 5 Schwierigsten Chinesischen Schriftzeichen in Mandarin

Reading Time: 2 minutes Manche Chinesischlerner beginnen damit, die Sprache in Pinyin, die romanisierte Sprache, zu lernen. Allerdings reicht dies einfach nicht aus, wenn man forgeschrittenes Chinesisch lernen möchte und früher oder später muss man sich mit den komplexen chinesischen Zeichen auseinandersetzen. Die herkömmlichen Schriftzeichen, die man zu Beginn lernt, sind meistens 我 (ich), 你 (du), und 很好 (sehr…

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The Hardest Chinese Characters 最难写的汉字

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Heyuan: One of China’s Hidden Treasures

Reading Time: 4 minutes Since China is such a huge country, there are thousands of unique places to travel to. From the big cultural sights in Beijing and Xi’an over great landscape in Guilin and Yangshuo to developed metropoles like Shenzhen: The Middle Kingdom offers something for everyone. However, there is one place that unites culture, landscape and city…

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Happy Chinese National Day! 国庆节快乐!

Reading Time: 3 minutes Today it’s finally here, October 1st, the economic wonder of China is turning 64! This means, today, exactly 64 years ago, Mao Zedong founded the People’s Republic of China with a ceremony held on Tiananmen Square. If you want to skip the history lesson ahead continue reading at “What do see and do on October 1st…

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The Pros and Cons of Being a Western Woman in China

Reading Time: 5 minutes Even though there’s already many blog posts about this topic, I would also like to share my personal experience about being a Western women in China. As Sara Jaaksola described in her blog post “Being a Western Woman in China”, there’s not a lot of foreign women living in China, or at least in our Chinese…

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Chinese Song of the Week: Escape Plan – 夜空中最亮的星

Reading Time: 4 minutes I have been totally addicted to this song by Chinese rock band 逃跑计划 (táo páo jì huá) which stands for Escape Plan. The pop/rock/indie band was formed in 2007 in Beijing. Their first album “Take me Away” was released on August 8, 2008. They even won  the best new comer award of Tencent’s Starlight Awards 星光大典 in December…

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