Inner Mongolia Day Three: Fossilized Fun

A GIANT 4 STORIES FOSSIL! China’s biggest fossil, China does seem to have the biggest of everything and today was no different. Today after a well deserved lie-in (slightly longer for some of us) we had a city tour of Hohhot. First stop was a beautiful Tibetan...

Inner Mongolia Day Two: Riding The Beast With Two Humps

Day Two, the day I personally look forward to as the day that gets sand all over my belongings. We awoke very early in Baotou to head to the desert. This proved to be all worth it as we were there in just over an hour. Looking at it was really strange, turning off a...

Moon Cakes And iPods

Do I have a tale for you. These past couple of days have been crazy – non stop! Have you heard of a Moon Cake, or Moon Festival? Nope, well neither had I. To be short and sweet (like the cake) a Moon Cake is the Chinese version of a Fruitcake, yup, that also...

Winter Wonderland

The frost covered coaches lined up patiently awaiting the copiously clad interns in the half -light of the icy dawn.   Snowflakes fluttered in the frozen wind, coating the ice-glazed pavements in fleecy whiteness.  The pallid heavens polished the way for the tour bus...
Interns Get Their Chi On!

Interns Get Their Chi On!

Tai Chi – or T’ai chi ch’uan (太极拳) is an extremely popular kind of Chinese martial arts practiced throughout centuries. I don’t know about you guys, but when I think “martial arts” I think kicking, punching and insane fighting a little a la “Karate Kid”....
Scorpions, And Snakes, And Spiders! Oh, My!

Scorpions, And Snakes, And Spiders! Oh, My!

Have you ever eaten a scorpion? How about grasshopper? Snake? Tarantula? I thought not, and if you’d asked our very brave interns yesterday morning, I’m sure they would have turned green at the thought. Not now, though, because last night saw our trip to Wangfujing...

Chinese New Year ( Spring Festival 春节)

Chinese Spring Festival, also called ‘Lunar New Year’, has more than 4,000 years of history. Being one of the traditional Chinese festivals, it is the grandest and the most important festival for Chinese people. It is also the time for all of the family members to get...

Sports & Games In China

It is inevitable that with such a long history and great culture China should have developed several unique and traditional sports and past times. Although China has long been associated with the martial arts, sport in China today consists of a small variety of...

Shanghai Calling – A Film About Expats In China!

There are many ways to prepare yourself for the shock of uprooting your whole life and moving to a foreign country, you can read books, surf the net or speak to people who’ve been there and done it. As of 2012, and thanks to director Daniel Hsia, you can now also...