Category Archive: Life in China

How to get your driving license in China

Yesterday I got my Chinese driving license!   The procedure is quite straightforward (well, as straightforward as Chinese bureaucracy can be!) if you already have a driving license from another country: you only need… Continue reading

What no one told you about studying in China

Most people that come to China to study Mandarin are university students or recent graduates that want to improve their language level, or even maybe start from scratch. And most of them choose… Continue reading

The tallest building in Suzhou

Chinese men are very competitive -they can’t just play a game for fun- and Chinese cities also like to compete with each other: which city has the tallest building, which one has the… Continue reading

The karaoke

One of my favourite weekend activities in China is going to the karaoke. I have always liked singing, just for fun, I don’t have any musical ambitions. But in Spain karaokes are creepy… Continue reading

The park

Parks in China are like a parallel universe where you can find anything. Of course, there are trees, flowers, benches and all the usual things that you would expect to find in a… Continue reading

Holidays in China

Today I want to talk about the holidays in China. Or, well, maybe about the lack of them. In my home country, Spain, there are around 12 public holidays, counting national holidays like… Continue reading

The Year of the Horse

In 2014 the Chinese New Year will start on January 31. The Chinese New Year is called 春节 chunjie, Spring Festival, because according to the lunar calendar it marks the beginning of spring.… Continue reading

“Are you a foreigner?”

We paid for our shopping and headed for the exit. Standing next to the supermarket glass doors there was a kid reading a book. He looked at me. I looked at him. He… Continue reading

Wacky Races

One of the first things that you find out after arriving in China is that traffic rules are different from those in western countries. Well, to be precise, the laws and regulations are… Continue reading