JinzhuZhuang Village

JinzhuZhuang Village is famous for golden bamboo groves and is regarded as the first of the thirteen villages of Longji. 80 families and 450 people live in JinzhuZhuang Village, which is a typical village of the Zhuang nationality and is known as “the first village in BeiZhuang”. In 1992, JinzhuZhuang Village was accredited as a […]

JinzhuZhuang Village is famous for golden bamboo groves and is regarded as the first of the thirteen villages of Longji. 80 families and 450 people live in JinzhuZhuang Village, which is a typical village of the Zhuang nationality and is known as “the first village in BeiZhuang”. In 1992, JinzhuZhuang Village was accredited as a good example of Zhuang Village by UNESCO. Tourists can watch archaic folk dance of the Zhuang nationality, such as “shoulder pole dance” to celebrate harvest, “shigong dance”to symbolize the adult ceremony of young girls and “bamboo sticks dance”for driving off beasts. In addition, wonderful and appealing mountain songs can be heard in JinzhuZhuang Village.

Once you’ve tasted the specialty dining in Jinzhu restaurant, you cannot leave without the original flavor drinking toast song of Zhuang people.When you are enjoying your drinking, a group of local girls will drink cups of veritable Longji watery wine and sing the drinking toast song that has been handed down for several generations. The main idea of the lyrics is: pathway is zigzag and flagstone is ultramarine.Zhuang young girls welcome the guests, serve light dishes and wines, showing the sincere heart of Zhuang people”. If you finish your wineglass, Zhuang girls will continue to sing for you “Longji watery wine is pure and unmixed, served for honoured guests, please go on drinking, wish you can be younger and younger”. If your drinking capacity is good, you can stand up and say“gan le”, which means “luosui” in Zhuang language.Singing in chorus with others contributes to increasing the affection and friendship between guests and Zhuang people. What’s more, the drinking song can make you feel the traditional flavor of the Zhuang culture.

Longji Terrace

Xi’an-A City of History

On August 23, 2011, in Xi'an, by Jack Li

After seeing Beijing and Shanghai, what else are on your list of China Tours? If you really want to experience ancient China, Travel to Xi’an could be a good choice for you. Xi’an is a rather old city. It has a history of more than 3,100 years. Xi’an is the capital of the Shaanxi province, […]

After seeing Beijing and Shanghai, what else are on your list of China Tours? If you really want to experience ancient China, Travel to Xi’an could be a good choice for you.

Xi’an is a rather old city. It has a history of more than 3,100 years. Xi’an is the capital of the Shaanxi province, and a sub-provincial city in the People’s Republic of China. The city used to have a name “Chang’an” before Ming Dynasty. Xi’an is one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China, having held that position under several of the most important dynasties in Chinese history, including Zhou, Qin, Han, Sui, and Tang.

Xi’an City Wall

As a historical city, Xi’an is rich for tourism attractions. First of all, the Terracotta Army is well-known all over the world. The Terracotta Army was discovered in the spring of 1974 to the east of Xi’an in Shanxi Province by a group of farmers when they were digging a water well 1.5 miles (2.4 km) north of Mount Li (Lishan), a region riddled with underground springs and watercourses. So, it actually was discovered by accident.

For Terracotta army, it is actually a masterpiece. They were built to “guard” the first Qin Emperor in the under world which refers to the world after he died. Right now, there were over 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses, the majority of which are still buried in the pits. The figures were built a little bit higher than real man. It is admitted that Terracotta army is a miracle of ancient Chinese.

Terracotta Army

In addition, you can also visit Mount Li. Mount Li is a mountain of history. At the bottom of Mount Li, there was a hot spa of Tang Dynasty used to be the favorite place for Yang Guifei who is one of the four beauties of ancient China.

Besides this, you can just take a tour in Xi’an city. This city is like a living history. You can visit city walls, the bell tower and drum tower, Wolong Temple, Xiling Temple…… It is true that there are so many historical stories happened in this city. Walking along the streets of Xi’an,
you will have a feeling that you are actually in the history. There are so many historical sites in this city and each single site has at least one story. Sometimes, you will just feel the atmosphere of this city-peace and a strong sense of history.

If you become tired of the history, you can also take a tour to Hushan which belongs to one of the most five scared mountains in China. It is famous for its natural vistas of steep and narrow paths, precipitous crags, and a high mountain range. So, just come along to enjoy this gorgeous landscape.

Huashan Mountain

As a whole, Xi’an is an amazing place for you to taste the ancient Chinese history and culture. Do not hesitate now and book Xi’an Flights to come and see.

 

 

 

 

The importance of Hygiene in China!

On August 23, 2011, in Cultural Experience, by Jack Li

Hygiene is important all over the world, but China takes a very high stance on the matter. The origins of a lot of objects can be identified as starting in China, such as toilet paper. On your China Tours you may see a lot of Chinese people wearing face masks around their mouths, it is […]

Hygiene is important all over the world, but China takes a very high stance on the matter. The origins of a lot of objects can be identified as starting in China, such as toilet paper. On your China Tours you may see a lot of Chinese people wearing face masks around their mouths, it is not because China is full of disease, but more so to make sure they protect themselves against outside germs. When you Travel to Beijing or any other parts of China, don’t be alarmed with non westernised toilets as well.

Before I arrived in China, I didn’t know what to expect, but the image I had in mind was it looking more like India, dirty and full of people. But on arrival I realised it was nothing like that. The roads and streets were clean as well as buildings and public places. It is said that the Chinese people take great pride in being clean, even the poorest of people, will make sure their homes are spotless and children are properly groomed well before going to school.

Most Chinese believe that expelling bodily gases and fluids is essential for good health and that a failure to clear the throat of sputum can result in respiratory illness. This is why you shouldn’t be surprised to witness many instances of public spitting and urination, the blowing of the nose without the use of tissue paper as well as coughing and sneezing without covering one’s mouth and face. I once went to a super market and saw a man hold his child in a corner to pee. Following the 2008 Olympics, the Chinese government made a conscious decision to change people’s habits. There was a lot of publicity to tell people to stop these habits and implement a whole host of habits they should change, such as queing for buses.

China is a country of discovery along with the compass, the first known bristle toothbrushes were produced in China in 1498. China claimed to be the home of the first flush toilet. An ancient latrine was discovered on a Western Han Dynasty (200 B.C. to A.D. 24) tomb. Additionally, the Chinese also invented toilet paper in the 14th century. This seems like quite a strange fact as a lot of places in China have squatting toilets. There is a unique system of throwing tissue away in bins as oppose to flushing them to stop blockages in water pipes. Tissue may be rare to find in some places so always carry some with you, other times the toilet paper is located outside the toilets and not in cubicles. It was noted that 452 public toilets in 305 tourist sites were opened in recognition of the 2008 Olympics as well, accelerating form 0 to 4 stars.

Going to any country is an adventure and a shock to the system, accepting their way of life and doing things can only help you grow as a person. So in your China Travel if you come across a squatting toilet, do as the Chinese do and Squat, it’s al part of the experience.

 

Sichuan Cuisine

On August 23, 2011, in China Travel Gossip, Restaurants & Food, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

I am sure some of you have ordered a ‘Szechwan Chicken’ before in a Chinese restaurant back home, but there is much more behind this glorious cuisine. Firstly, it is more known in China as ‘Sichuan’ as opposed to the Western term, ‘Szechwan’ or ‘Szechuan.’ Chinese food in general is delicious, however, Sichuan has a […]

I am sure some of you have ordered a ‘Szechwan Chicken’ before in a Chinese restaurant back home, but there is much more behind this glorious cuisine. Firstly, it is more known in China as ‘Sichuan’ as opposed to the Western term, ‘Szechwan’ or ‘Szechuan.’ Chinese food in general is delicious, however, Sichuan has a unique taste to it. It is known for its bold flavors, spiciness, due to its vast use of garlic and chili peppers. Peanuts, sesame paste and ginger are also essential ingredients to Sichuan cooking. When you are on your China Tours you should ask your China Hotels for directions to your nearest Sichuan restaurant.

Sichuan Province is commonly known as the ‘heavenly country’ due to its huge amount of food and natural resources, thus the region is famous for its food. It is the first thing that comes to my head when I think of Sichuan Province. There are seven basic flavors: sour, pungent, hot, sweet, bitter, aromatic and salty. Furthermore, there are 5 types of Sichuan foods: sumptuous banquet, ordinary banquet, popularized food and snacks.

I am sure some of you are familiar with Kung Pao Chicken. The Chinese word for it is ‘gongbao jiding’ just in case you wish to order it in a restaurant where the menu is not in English. The dish was in fact named after Ding Baozhan, a late Qing Dynasty official. His titlse was ‘Gong Bao’ and thus the name ‘Kung Pao’ derived from it. Kung Pao chicken consisnts mainly of diced chicken. The wok is seasoned and then chili peppers and Sichuan peppercorns are fried to add fragrance to the oil. The dish itself is also mixed with peanuts before being topped off with Shaoxing wine to enhance the flavor of the marinade.

Mapo doufu is another special Sichuan dish. It is a combination of tofu set in a spicy, bean-based sauce. Doufu is often cooked with minced meat, usually pork or beef. Sometimes you can vary the ingredients and add water chestnuts, onions and other vegetables to the dish.

My favorite Chinese dishes are pork-based, therefore the Sichuan dish I would strongly recommend is a dish called “Twice Cooked Pork” or “Hui Guo Rou.” Its name is as it is because the dish is essentially cooked twice before serving. First, by boiling the belly pork steak chunks with slices of ginger and salt. The next step is to cut the pork into small slices and place them back in the wok to be fried. Cabbage and peppers or leaks usually accompany the dish.

Finally, Chinese cuisine would not be complete without noodles, thus I suggest you try the Sichuan style noodles, referred to as, ‘Dan Dan Noodles,’ which literally translates to ‘Peddler’s noodles.’ The dish consists of a spice sauce containing vegetables, chili oil, Sichuan pepper, and minced pork, scallions served over noodles. It is named after a type of carrying pole (dan dan), which was used by walking vendors who sold the dish on the street.

As I stated earlier, I love Chinese food, and one thing I love more than Chinese food is spicy food. So Sichuan has it all. If you have a taste for hot dishes, I thoroughly recommend you make Sichuan one of your first dining experiences in China. Book your Air China flights now to experience this unique culinary culture.

 

Huangluo Yao Village

Huangluo Yao Village is located along the Jinjiang River. Here live 60 families and 400 people, who are all HongYao nationality. The women here all wear long raven hair. You can see women whose hair can brush against the surface of road everywhere. The longest hair is as long as 1.81 meter, so this village […]

Huangluo Yao Village is located along the Jinjiang River. Here live 60 families and 400 people, who are all HongYao nationality.

The women here all wear long raven hair. You can see women whose hair can brush against the surface of road everywhere. The longest hair is as long as 1.81 meter, so this village is well-known for the “Long Hair Village” certificate which is issued by Guinness headquarters, becoming another “World’s Talent” of Longji Terrace. When you come to visit Huangluo Yao Village, young women of Yao nationality in colorful folk costumes will welcome you by singing sweet folk songs and performing their unique dances, like long-drum dance, hand bell dance, and making up long hair. Here you can also try the favor of delicious oil tea of Yao family.

There is one river flowing through the village and two chain bridges connect the people of both sides, which can make it convenient for young women and men talk with each other quietly. Here we should talk about the unique activity of Huangluo Yao Village “Choosing Bridegroom”. Every young man who comes to the Huangluo Yao Village has the chance to take part in it and the key part of the activity is to find out who can win the affection of the most beautiful girl in the village. The man guest who has been chosen will act as the bridegroom and the most beautiful girl will put on the bridal dress and red veil, coming to the bridegroom.

The costume of women of Huangyao nationality is very beautiful and delicate. It can take as long as three years to finish the embroidery on the costume. There are various designs of embroidery on the costumes and the wide belt with flowers embroidery and the pleated skirt like the proudasa peacock are all their own understanding of beauty. Watch their ears and arms closely, you will find lots of silver ornament, among which the most eye appealing ones are the earrings and the bracelets which are all exquisitely carved by local silversmith.

Women of Yao nationality are all warm and generous, good at singing and dancing. Their song and dance is more pretty and charming with their beautiful long hair. One has to say goodbye after one end-all dance and women will offer up a cup of “Lanmen Wine” and sing the farewell song. This is the supreme courteous reception of the host and may you be safe throughout the journey of life.

Longji Terrace

Longji Terrace

On August 23, 2011, in Guilin, Nature Scenery, Valleys and Scenic Spots, by Jack Li

The Longji Terrace is 22 kilometers away from Longsheng County and 103 kilometers away from Guilin, with a total area of 66 square kilometers. The terraces are distributed between the height of 300 meters and 1100 meters and the degree of the slopes is mainly from 26 to 35, while the steepest can be 50 […]

The Longji Terrace is 22 kilometers away from Longsheng County and 103 kilometers away from Guilin, with a total area of 66 square kilometers. The terraces are distributed between the height of 300 meters and 1100 meters and the degree of the slopes is mainly from 26 to 35, while the steepest can be 50 degree.

The terrace is comparable to a shell, forming tier upon tier some small some, big layers. Watching it from a far distance, the beautiful curve of the terrace, is strip by strip, and stream by stream, paralleled or crossed. The twisted layers are like spiral shells, the misty ones like cloud tower, showing the breathtaking line of beauty. The lines are natural and smooth, unrestrained and fluency; the scale is majestic and magnificent. The Longji Terrace is known as the “the world’s best terrace”.

All the areas covered by soil develop terraces, from the rapid river valleys to the mountain tops with white clouds and from the edge of the forest to the edge of the cliff. The vertical height is five or six miles, while the width riches as far as five or six miles. The rolling and towering mountains climb to the sky step by step. The terrace is like a giant abstract painting between the sky and the earth. Everyone who has seen the breathtaking landscape is shocked. It is a shock which is beyond words and caused by the splendor of nature and mighty power of human beings.

Here we can see different sceneries all around the year. In spring the fields are filled with water; in summer, the green leaves are like arranges of green waves flowing from the sky. In golden autumn, the piles of heavy wheat, are racks of golden tower; and in midwinter, a timely heavy snow promises a good harvest and is like circles of white jade building on the cloud front. The picture deserves the title of the most marvelous spectacle on the earth. However, the most interesting thing is that in the vast world of terrace, the biggest field is no more than one mu and most of the fields are broken blocks of field which can only grow one or two rows of wheat. Here comes the saying “Coir raincoat can cover the field.”

Longji Terrace Attractions

Jinzu Zhuang Village

Huangluo Yao Village

Longji Terrace Mysterious Story

1. Terrace

It is said that in this place, one harsh landowner said to the farmer that he could not call it a day until he had ploughed 206 pieces of land. However, after a whole day work, the farmer just finishes 205 pieces. He had no choice but to pick up the coir raincoat on the field and get ready to go home. Yet to his surprise, he found that the last piece of field was just under the coir raincoat.

You can never imagine, how the first settlers here of Zhuang people and Yao people, over 8oo years ago, facing the deep mountain and depending on the primitive slash and burn agriculture, struggled to developed the first piece of terrace. The temptation of rice is so strong that their descendants carried on the work of their forebears with no hesitation. Day by day, year by year, is it the most satisfying thing for them to hear that another new piece of terrace has been cultivated whilst reaching into their later years they are still able to play with their grandchildren. From the Yuan Dynasty to the early years of Qing Dynasty, as long as 650 years, it will never occur to the ancestors who developed the Longji terrace that the terrace which they cultivated with sweat and toil even lives turn into such a charming and free world of lines.

2. Seven Stars around the Moon

There is one beautiful and sad love story about the origin of Seven Beauties.

Legend has it that there was young man of Zhuang nationality called Star fell in love with a girl of Yao nationality named “Moon”. However, at that time the conservatives in the village thought that the young men and women of Zhuang and Yao nationality could not get married with each other. If they did, they broke the rules of the villages and would be punished by the clan members. To avoid the view of clan members of both sides, they, after experiencing several setbacks, settled down in the mountain area covered by cloud and mist all year long. They cut into the mountain, growing farmland and developing layers of terrace around the mountain. Star and Moon depended on each other and bore children. Before long, they had three boys and three girls and they lived a happy life.

However, the good times did not last long. One day Moon went to chop wood and was discovered by her clan members. Then suddenly at one night, lighting torches in the night, the king of Yao nationality led his clan members and surrounded their hut. They bought Moon back to the Yao village and put her into the prison. The poor Moon, reviled by her clan members every day, missed her husband and children more. She, suffering form and hunger and coldness, became weaker and weaker gradually and finally died with regret. After her death, she was buried in the place known as “moon land” now. One day, Star took their six children to mourn Moon and cried so sadly that the God was moved. Suddenly it rained heavily with lightening and thunder, and strong wind. After the rain, Star and his children all disappeared, leaving only seven hills of different sizes around the tomb of Moon, taking the fancy shape of “seven stars around the moon”.

It is said that Star and Moon and their children went up to heaven and became the moon and stars in the sky, living a happy life. Now, there is a custom in Pingan Country, every August 15, if you fall in love with a girl, then you can tell her secretly to have a date with you on the “moon land”. If the girl also likes you, she will keep the appointment on time. Then watching the bright and clear moon and stars and making a wish, your love oath will come true.

Ancient Chinese Health Care

On August 23, 2011, in Accomodation, Featured China Stories, Transportation, by Jack Li

Many would not take china to be a place for relaxation and health care, but you will be pleasantly surprised as to the degree of seriousness Chinese people take their health. By booking your China Flights you could be one step away from removing any annoying niggles or underlying health issues. Book your China Hotels […]

Many would not take china to be a place for relaxation and health care, but you will be pleasantly surprised as to the degree of seriousness Chinese people take their health. By booking your China Flights you could be one step away from removing any annoying niggles or underlying health issues. Book your China Hotels and begin your relaxation with a trip to an up and coming nation.

Across china there are hundreds of massage and Spa clinics that aim to relieve any tension and provide you with a self-indulgent experience. This may be relaxing and relieve temporary aches. However, there are also many ancient Chinese remedies that can help you to relive more serious issues that may be hindering your day-to-day life. Skin Scraping is a very common form of treatment that helps to relive many small problems within the human body.

One of the most natural ancient Chinese therapies is Skin Scraping (Gua Sha). Based on the skin theory of traditional Chinese medicine, by using tools such as jade or ox horn, scraping and rubbing the relevant parts of the skin constantly to dredge the channel and activate blood circulation to dissipate blood immobility. To relieve fatigue and improve one’s immune system regular Skin Scraping is an excellent treatment.

Skin Scraping therapy has an extremely deep past. When people used to be sick, through pure instinct, they rubbed or hit the relevant parts of the body with hands or stones. Occasionally, it really alleviated the disorder’s symptoms. Through long-term practice and increased knowledge, the method of curing the diseases with stones was formed. It gradually developed into a therapy through the support of modern scientific methods of Chinese medication.

The principle of Skin Scraping is very easy to understand. By scraping the meridian points, good stimulation is created. This helps to activate the meridian points and improve local circulation. This lessens the potential for disease and the human immune systems are increased.

Skin Scraping therapy uses tools to scrap the surface of the meridian points till red spots appear on the skin. Then through sweating, the toxins will be expelled, and the aim of healing is achieved.

Due to the development of the modern technology, the tools of scraping are becoming more suitable for the scraping of every parts of the body. The techniques also become more reasonable. Combined with the techniques of massage, hitting at meridian points and acupuncture, Skin Scraping has become the massage without direct hand touching, acupuncture without needle in the body, and cupping without cupping jars.

Under the increasing pressures of fast-paced life, present day people are confronted with the problem of poor health. Therefore, the natural therapy of Skin Scraping is beginning to attract many people’s attention as a quick and easy remedy to their problems. Although it may sound rather painful it is not to be frowned at as the results can be particularly beneficial and can increase the life expectancy. In china it is very common and starting to be carried out in households. Nevertheless, there are professional spas that carry out this much desired treatment, so Travel to Beijing and be cured from those menacing aches, pains and colds.

 

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Dong Zhi Men

On August 23, 2011, in Accomodation, Beijing, Tours, by Jack Li

Dong Zhi Men is the location of the ancient North-East city gate and although it once led out into the countryside, it is now considered central Beijing, and one of the most important transportation hubs; linking the airport light rail to the subway system. Despite its central location there are an abundance of trees and […]

Dong Zhi Men is the location of the ancient North-East city gate and although it once led out into the countryside, it is now considered central Beijing, and one of
the most important transportation hubs; linking the airport light rail to the subway system. Despite its central location there are an abundance of trees and the newly renovated canal system is a wonderful place for romantic evening strolls under the willows, with the exercising grannies of course! If you are going to Travel to Beijing, this is a good place to live on a long-term period and also to stay in a China Hotel for a short-term period.

Dong Zhi Men 1908

Housing

Dong Zhi Men is perhaps the area where rents have the widest price range; where students and CEO’s can all find a place they will want to call home. There are private villas in closed compounds starting at 70 K RMB per month.  There are lots of mid-range apartments with sleepy doormen and elevator ladies who will never fail to ask you lots of personal questions- a good way to practice your Chinese. All have their unique charms.

People

Dong Zhi Men is amass with people from all walks of life, Chinese migrant peasants selling fruit and sleeping on cots behind stacks of crates and diplomats from
all corners of the globe zooming around in posh cars past bird walkers and fishermen down by the canal.

Pubs, Clubs and Entertainment

Evening comes and the neighborhood gets a little sleepy unless you enjoy watching locals play chess on the corner, but just a hop-skip and jump away is the San
Li Tun Bar Street where you can put on your dancing shoes. If the munchies hit in the wee hours head to the west side of the Second Ring road to the 24 hour
Ghost Street restaurants, hot pots of scampi’s await. If you looking for more culture, theatre goers will find a never ending line-up of local and international
music and dance performances at the Poly Center just around the corner. And if you can’t afford tickets to see rock’n roll line ups like Cui Jian or Singer
James Blunt at the Workers Stadium- just open your windows to sing along- it’s that close.

Parks

Officially there are no parks at Dong Zhi Men, but the canal system runs through the northern periphery and if you start at the Chun Xiu Lu Pizza Hut it will lead
you all the way to the Third Ring Road near the Kapinski Hotel, a great walk on a summer evening. For indoor sports East Gate, East Lake both has gyms and accepts non-resident members.

Shops, Restaurants and Takeaways

On the corner of the Second Ring and Dong Zhi Men is the Gaza Plaza, mostly genuine name brands at exorbitant prices. Many local restaurants will deliver; some will even let you leave a deposit for the crock pot if you want take away soup on a cold winter’s eve. There is of course Pizza Hut and for those who like living
dangerously  a Mcdonalds.

Transportation

Anywhere you need to go the Dong Zhi Men transport hub will have a bus, train, subway or long distance mini-van to take you there. The express train to the airport, the line 13 subway and the original loop subway line number 1 all travel from or through Dong Zhi Men. And if you need to escape the chaos go to the newsstand in front of Sky Plaza give them 16 Rmb and get on the airport shuttle. You must get the Beijing Tours experience to enrich your culture and to get information about the places you are visiting in Beijing!

 

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Ling Mountain Scenic Spot

On August 23, 2011, in Beijing, More Places of Interest, Mountain Areas, by Jack Li

Ling Mountain Scenic Spot is 122km far from the center of Beijing.  As the highest mountain in Beijing, Ling Mountain has an elevation of 230m.  It is adjacent to Longmen forest park on the west, closed to Longmen Gully Scenic Spot and connecting to 101national road on the south side.  Because of its height, a […]

Ling Mountain Scenic Spot is 122km far from the center of Beijing.  As the highest mountain in Beijing, Ling Mountain has an elevation of 230m.  It is adjacent to Longmen forest park on the west, closed to Longmen Gully Scenic Spot and connecting to 101national road on the south side.  Because of its height, a 25sqkm scenic spot with picturesque peaks, rocks and scenery can be seen.  Because of the changeable weather of Ling Mountain, different elevation has different plant species.  As a result, plants from Temperate zone and Frigid Zone such as azalea, lilac, white birch, hazel, rose and more are growing on the mount at the same time.  The famous Marshy grassland on the mount is a paradise for squirrel, hare, giant pig, role deer and other wild animals.   Moreover, it is also the unique natural farm where raises Xinjiang fine-wool sheep, Ili horses and Tibet yak.   Though Ling Mountain is situated in Beijing, it has a temperature variation of 10—12℃ against the city proper.  That makes it a perfect scenic spot and summer resort for leisure and vacation.  On your way to the scenic spot, you have a great opportunity to appreciate the ancient beacon, drink the fresh spring water and taste local specialties such as chives, wild day lily and mushrooms.  Besides, KTV, Bar and Bonfire party nearby the spot are located nearby.

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Working Life in Beijing

On August 23, 2011, in Cultural Experience, by Jack Li

Beijing is such a vibrant city to work in; it is becoming one of the world’s biggest business districts. Working in Beijing is like something I’ve never experience before in England, everything is so different, from their business etiquette, to their mannerism, ideology and their customs. It is truly a unique opportunity to work here, […]

Beijing is such a vibrant city to work in; it is becoming one of the world’s biggest business districts. Working in Beijing is like something I’ve never experience before in England, everything is so different, from their business etiquette, to their mannerism, ideology and their customs. It is truly a unique opportunity to work here, and understand how one of the world’s superpowers operates. So why not book your Beijing Flights with Air China and enjoy what China has to offer from the moment you step on to the plane.

I have worked here for a few weeks and have already found so many cultural differences compared to England.

Business formalities are so different for example whereas in England we greet a business person with a handshake and the important person first. In China you have to address them by an adequate title, and be given permission to call them by their first name, also you greet the oldest person first as a sign of respect. Also the exchanging of business cards must be done wit the upmost respect in China. You present your business card with two hands and the right way, so they can read it when they receive it, (also with two hands.) Also you must be seen to put it somewhere safe, just putting it in your pocket is also a sign of rudeness. Additionally, never deface the business card as it is an insult to the person who gave it to you.

One of the most notable cultural differences I have encountered is the Chinese way of building relationships. ‘Saving face’ is deemed to be extremely popular here. Face is someone’s honour, reputation and respect. An employer will always try and save face of his or her employees by for example never saying ‘no’, the Chinese people would most like say, ‘I’ll think about it.’ Not only this, but there is great emphasise on relationships, whereas in most European countries, your boss can’t be your best friend as well, the Chinese see things differently. For example if you did something wrong, instead of getting told off or fired, or given disciplinary procedures straight away, the Chinese way is letting you know that you were doing wrong and not to do it again. They value relationships much more then business. In the same way, the Chinese are less likely to work with another company unless they are introduced by an intermediary, therefore networking is crucial.

If you are going to work for a company in China, gift giving is a big tradition. You should buy your manager a present, preferable a food basket as the Chinese love to eat. They will never open it in front of you, so don’t be alarmed if they just walk away with it. Gift giving generally in China is a big thing, you should humbly accept a gift and also give gifts in exchange, you shouldn’t be seen as the receiver, it has to be equal.

If you go dinning with the company in China, be aware that a lot of toasts are made throughout the night, the Chinese love to drink, and once you start drinking, it’s rude to say no more. The host will always order the food for you, and if you don’t eat anything, it is a sign of disrespect to the host. Also another thing you should remember for your China Travel is that you shouldn’t leave your plate empty as it means your host has been stingy and hasn’t fed you enough.