Public Line Dancing

As daylight fades, small armies of middle aged and elderly ladies emerge from their apartment blocks to congregate in their communal square, a public space, or even in corners of an underground parking garages when met with inclement weather. A stereo cassette player, a bluetooth connected boombox, or even portable screening equipment is set up … Continue reading Public Line Dancing

ESL Series – Background Information 英语教学工业-背景知识

ESL in China is far too expansive to cover in a single post, so I'm creating a series where you can learn the inns and outs of the industry, its pros and cons, its inspirational figures and downright crooks, its incredible experiences and nightmare level plights. The acronym stands for English as a second language, … Continue reading ESL Series – Background Information 英语教学工业-背景知识

Chongqing International Women’s Group 重庆国际妇女社

The Chongqing International Women's Group (CQIWG) was founded in 2005 as a charity organisation aimed at supporting underprivileged children in Chonqing Municipality. It was founded by Lucy Chan Summers, the wife of the British Consul at the time. Back in 2017, I was fortunate enough to personally meet and talk about the women's group with … Continue reading Chongqing International Women’s Group 重庆国际妇女社

The Tomb Sweeping Festival 清明节

In my early days in China, there wasn't a public holiday given during the week for this festival, but after the Labour Day holiday was reduced from seven to four days, a day was given to each of the Tomb Sweeping, Dragonboat and Mid-Autumn festivals, in the form of a long weekend, as either the … Continue reading The Tomb Sweeping Festival 清明节

Mobile Phones in China 外国人通讯事宜

As in many other industries, Chinese products have shaken off an image for tacky replicas, and now stand on a far more competitive footing. Mobile phones are certainly no exception. Apple is certainly a huge player in China, but Chinese brands like Vivo, Oppo and Huawei have products that offer similar processing power, memory and … Continue reading Mobile Phones in China 外国人通讯事宜

Palm Springs C-7-3-16-1, did you say? 如何看懂中式地址

I'm going to offer you a crash course in understanding Chinese addresses, with a few examples based in Chongqing. The first principle you should know is that Chinese addresses are typically written on a single line left to right, in order of general to specific. In my example, the apartment complex is real, but the … Continue reading Palm Springs C-7-3-16-1, did you say? 如何看懂中式地址

Winter in Chongqing 重庆的冬天

The Spring Festival is about done and dusted, and we in Chongqing needn't fear the cold again until November, fingers crossed. That's right. To speak the absolute truth, the winter climate in Chongqing city is far from great, and it's perhaps the one biggest complaint from foreign residents and Chinese from out of town alike. … Continue reading Winter in Chongqing 重庆的冬天