Category Archive: Life in China

Reducing plastic waste II: More ideas!

Last year I wrote a post about reducing the plastic waste we generate in our everyday lives. I listed some things I was doing, like using shampoo bars or reusable bags. If you… Continue reading

Summer foods in China

The Chinese calendar is sometimes extremely accurate. Last week, more specifically on July 23rd, was the beginning of the period of 大暑 Dashu or “Big heat”, a solar term that normally brings the… Continue reading

The Dragon Boat Festival

Tomorrow is the Dragon Boat Festival, one of China’s traditional festivities that started being an official holiday a few years ago. So tomorrow we don’t work! Yay! This holiday has several traditions, the… Continue reading

Caring for a baby: Similarities and differences between China and Spain

Baby A. is already 8.5 months old! Time flies, right? By now I’ve had time to experience some differences in customs regarding child rearing. As with anything else, each place has their preferences… Continue reading

Summer starts today!

Did you know that, according to the Chinese lunar calendar, summer starts today? Yes! Today is 立夏 lixia, the beginning of summer and one of the 24 solar terms in which the ancient… Continue reading

Data privacy? Not in China

More than 4 years ago, C. wanted to buy an apartment. To that end, he went to a couple of real state agencies to see what they had available. As you would expect,… Continue reading

My Chinese mother in law – Part II

A long time ago (5 years!) I wrote a post about how nice my mother in law was. At that time, I still had people who would sometimes tell me that she was… Continue reading

Getting ready for Chinese New Year

There’s only two weeks left for Chinese New Year! This is going to be my first time spending it in Suzhou so I hope we can do something interesting. My mother in law… Continue reading

Baby fashion in China

I’ve never been one of those persons who love babies, drool over them and want to hold every baby on sight. To be honest, I never cared about babies and I had only… Continue reading

Chinese postpartum traditions

My postpartum is finally over! In China, the postpartum period is called yuezi 月子 and it lasts 30 or 42 days, depending on who you ask. The tradition says that this is a… Continue reading