The Ordinary Prefecture – Welcome to Changzhou

After visiting Changzhou I took back my words and have never called it “The Ordinary Prefecture” again. Changzhou is like a strong glass of concentrated Chinese culture take all in a gulp without breathing. And yes we had it all in one day. Welcome to Changzhou. The city lies some few kilometers from Nanjing so…

Fujian Province Tour Day 5 – WuYiShan (武夷山) to Nanjing

Today was the last day at Fujian Province as the 5-day tour came to a close. The day was very good although the morning activities were not so exiting. However the afternoon opened up really well and we went around WuYiShan doing some last minute shopping ahead of the long train ride back to Nanjing….

Fujian Province Tour Day 4 – WuYiShan (武夷山)

The Wuyi Mountains are located between Wuyishan City, Nanping prefecture in Fujian province and Wuyishan Town, at Shangrao city in Jiangxi province. The mountains have been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site,for cultural, scenic, and biodiversity values since 1999. The Wuyi Mountains are the largest and most representative example of Chinese subtropical forests and South…

Fujian Province Tour Day 3 – GulangYu Islet (鼓浪屿)

GulangYu is a 2km sq island which lies off the cost of Xiamen(Amoy). The island has a unique history which makes it a hot tourist spot for Chinese and well as foreigners. So rich is the culture that there are literally no vehicles on the island except for electric government cars. Bicycles are also forbidden….

Fujian Province Tour Day 2 – The Fujian Nanjing Tulou(福建土楼)

This is perhaps one of the greatest sites on earth second to the pyramids at Gaza. Combine Confucianism, Taoism and the concept of living in harmony with nature and this is what you will get. The Tulou are circular or rectangular enclosed living structures with a common entrance where people lived in harmony. Located in…

Fujian Province Tour Day 1 – Nanjing to Fujian

With a population of 35 Million people, Fujian Province ranks 17th in China. The capital is Fuzhou City to the east. The province is well connected by China’s High Speed Rail but still relies of water transport since it lies on the Eastern part of China.  Our school has organised a 5-day trip to Fujian….

The Nanjing Garden Government Offices – 花园官署

The rising temperatures in the city has caused a stir as people take this opportunity to travel around Nanjing and its environs. The temperatures will rise till August making Nanjing very hot and humid place to live in. To most of Chinese this is okay but some foreigners would rather fly back to their countries…

The Confucius Institute Scholarship (孔子学院奖学金)

For the purpose of supporting the development of Confucius Institutes, facilitating international promotion of Chinese language and dissemination of Chinese culture, as well as cultivating qualified Chinese-language teachers and excellent Chinese-language learners…  You have probably read that line a million times if you have been to the CIS website, but am not going to bore…

Immersion – Playing Football

Someone once asked me which is the best way to study Chinese in China and I could only think of one answer – Immersion. The answer despite being very brief holds alot of importance which I have come to appreciate. Immersion comes from the word, immerse which means to dip something wholely into another. This…

Banking in China – Misplacement of ATM Card (挂失)

In recent times, banking in China has greatly improved and most of the cash movement systems are similar to the West.  Most foreigners who come to China have always had an experience worth talking about when they went to a Chinese bank. Mine is somewhat different since though it rarely happens but it is worth…