10 Reasons Why I Love China

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…

And The Winner Is….

Eileen黃愛玲!!! Eileen voted for Shanghai which ended up in first place, too, and won my great giveaway!!! I said Shanghai. No reason. I just voted for the sake of voting. Although, now that I think about it, I should’ve voted for Hangzhou. Hangzhou is beautiful. The city is in proverbs and poetry for a reason.…

My First Trip to Asia

Born and raised in Europe, I was able to travel a lot growing up. Family vacation in Italy, skiing trips to Austria or language exchange to France and Belgium – I was very well travelled by the time I graduated highschool. With my American father  I had also traveled to the US at an early…

Using English – View of an Asian Living in the U.S.

This is an interesting guest post written by my friend HJ from Korea. He has been living in the US for a long time calling it his second home but still, English can be quite tricky. He even developed a new term “English for earning money” vs. “English for spending money”. Very interesting insights! Here’s…

China’s Tattoo Industry Is Emerging

On Sunday I visited the Tattoo Convention in San Diego, California when I made an interesting discovery. All of the tattoo artists came from the U.S. – except for one. One tattoo booth was from China/Taiwan: China Ink. With tattoo parlors in Shanghai and Taipei, China Ink came overseas all the way to San Diego…

Vote for Most Attractive Chinese Cities *GIVEAWAY*

Recently, results of the 2012 Amazing China – The Most Attractive Chinese Cities for Foreigners were released, with Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, Suzhou, Kunming, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Tianjin, Xiamen and Qingdao listed as the top 10. Now, I want to see what you guys think! Which one is your personal most attractive Chinese city – or your Chinese home town? Vote for your favorite Chinese city and have the chance to win a very unique giveaway item: A love lock from liebesschloss.de! A love lock is a padlock which sweethearts lock to a…

China News: Are Chinese Tourists Really Rude?

Right before Chinese National Day on October 1,  the government published a Guidebook for Civilized Tourism, which is supposed to educate Chinese tourists about how to behave when traveling – especially abroad. Soon after that, the Internet was flooded with articles and posts such as “Why are Chinese tourists so rude?” etc. Apparently, Chinese tourists were…

The Hardest Chinese Characters 最难写的汉字

Today I have something special for you: my first blog post about a Mandarin Chinese topic. I have been studying Mandarin for 3 years now and passed HSK 3 in December of last year. Right now, I am preparing for HSK 4. Some Chinese learners start learning the language by only studying Pinyin; but at…