Category Archive: Thoughts

The 996 controversy or China’s 72-hour work week

A few days ago, Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba and one of China’s richest people (also #21 richest person in the world according to Forbes) made waves when he openly supported the… Continue reading

Early spring recap

Finally!! It’s spring!! This is a key transition every year in China because, apart from marking the beginning of warmer temperatures, it usually also means less pollution. In winter the pollution is always… Continue reading

In China, autumn starts today

  According to the Chinese calendar, autumn starts today as it is 立秋 liqiu, the beginning of autumn. The traditional Chinese calendar has 24 solar terms in which certain events are supposed to… Continue reading

“Fruit makes you fat”

A couple of weeks ago I went to a childbirth preparation class that ended up being more of an informative speech by the doctor –I expected a more practical approach, to be honest.… Continue reading

There’s a man in China that does everything

There’s a song from the middle of the noughties called “There’s a man in Spain” and the lyrics are very cryptic. They go like this: There’s a man in Spain that does everything,… Continue reading

The obsession with fakes and brands

When I was studying in Beijing, my parents, brother, uncle, aunt and cousins came once to visit me. They wanted to make the most of their trip and see other places in China… Continue reading

My favourite Chinese characters

Most people think learning Chinese is difficult. Every time I’m back in Spain and I tell someone I can speak Chinese, they invariably reply with a: “Wow! Isn’t it super complicated?”. Some (weird)… Continue reading

How I ended up in China

Have you ever pondered how every decision that you made in the past brought you to where you are now? How everything could have been completely different if you had chosen the other… Continue reading

Fleeting spring and bitter cold

We thought spring had arrived. Well, according to the Chinese calendar, it did start February 16th! We had some warm days, the plum trees blossomed first, and then the magnolia trees. Everything seemed… Continue reading

The Christmas market disappointment

Last weekend, after we finished visiting the Shanghai Natural History Museum, we had a quick stroll in the Jing’an Sculpture Park. It was sunny, the air was clean, the trees displayed beautiful autumn… Continue reading