The Shanghai Biennale

Last Saturday morning we hopped on a fast train and went to Shanghai to see the Shanghai Biennale of contemporary art. The Biennale is celebrated every 2 years (hello, Captain Obvious!) in the… Continue reading

The real China

The last time I went to Shenzhen to join the company’s New Year dinner I went out with some colleagues. In the taxi to the restaurant a foreign guy from another department sat by my… Continue reading

Sightseeing around Suzhou: Luzhi

Last Saturday we went to Luzhi (甪直), a small town close to Suzhou. Luzhi is one of the many water towns around Suzhou, among which the most famous are Tongli and Zhouzhuang. I… Continue reading

Can the Great Wall be seen from space?

I am sure you have heard or read this claim before: “The Great Wall in China is the only man-made construction that can be seen from space!”. My parents came to China 10… Continue reading

Holidays in Hong Kong

The holidays are over! They went by so fast! Most companies started working yesterday (and also worked today), but our office decided to start working tomorrow. Yep, tomorrow Sunday. Welcome to China! Our… Continue reading

The Year of the Rooster

Today is the last day of the lunar year so it’s the Chinese New Year’s Eve. Today shops closed earlier than usual and families got together to cook and eat dinner and then… Continue reading

“My mum is also a foreigner”

Most kids (and also adults) in my compound are scared of Nico because she is bigger than the mini poodles Suzhounese people like to have as pets. But there are a couple of… Continue reading

How to survive the winter in Suzhou

I should have written this post earlier, as normally it starts getting chilly in November, but this year we have had a gentle winter. Now it is starting to get cold, but I… Continue reading

Chinese movies (2016 list)

A few days ago I wrote about the books related to China that I had read in 2016. Today I want to write about the Chinese movies I watched last year! I also… Continue reading

The Panmen scenic area

2017 has not had a great start if we think about air pollution. The PM2.5 index has been over 150 (unhealthy) every day for now. Sigh, this is winter in China. But we… Continue reading