Tag Archive: life in china

The Laba Festival

Happy new year and happy Laba festival! Yes, today January 2nd it’s a traditional Chinese festivity called Laba (腊八节). Laba means the 8th (ba) day of the 12th month (which in the Chinese… Continue reading

“What kind of trash are you?”

On July 1st, Shanghai became the first city in China to enforce a compulsory trash separation system. Previously there were separate containers and bins on the street for recyclable and not recyclable waste,… 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

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

My first Chinese New Year in Suzhou

And, just like that, the Chinese New Year holidays are over! As I mentioned in my previous post, this was the first time I spent this holiday in Suzhou. Chinese New Year has… Continue reading

The Chinese hamburger

The other day I suddenly felt like eating roujiamo (肉夹馍). A roujiamo is like a sandwich and it is originally from Shaanxi province (Xi’an is the capital of Shaanxi province). The bread is… Continue reading

Don’t do that!

One evening last week I was walking Nico around our compound, as usual, when I saw a man sitting by a big white cabinet which is installed in the garden. You know, one of… Continue reading

G20 Blue

This month of August has been amazing: we’ve been having blue skies and lower-than-usual pollution for several weeks straight. The air quality is usually better in the summer than in the winter, but… Continue reading

Chinese Valentine’s Day

Today it is the Qixi Festival, also known as Chinese Valentine’s Day. This festival is celebrated on the 7th day of the 7th month in the lunar calendar and this year that happens… Continue reading

Sculptures around the lake

Yesterday it was a very nice day: the sky was blue and PM2.5 was under 70! That is quite a feat! It seems Beijing gets all the bad press about air pollution but… Continue reading