I just checked a few blogs of people I met in Beijing when I did business there and found a few nice posts:

Save your time: http://paztal.com/?p=211

More important from the same author Thai noodle soup in 5 minutes: http://paztal.com/?p=224

So I just recently saw the Beijing Acrobatics Show and Kung Fu Show, both really amazing. I personally liked the Acrobatics better just because it was more entertaining and I understand how hard some of the moves they do really are. The Kung Fu was more of a dance performance or musical story.

Anyways, these people perform things that you literally must see to believe. I’m sure I could describe it to you, but its just not as exciting as when you are there witnessing 15 people on one bike!!! My friend said throughout the entire show I looked like a 5 year old at a candy store, pure amazement was glued on my face and I was actually sitting on the edge of my seat. I don’t want to sound like I work as a spokesperson for them, but for 110 rmb a ticket, it’s definitely worth it. 1.5 hours of pure entertainment. PLus they sell beer 🙂 at the concession store in the Chaoyang theater.

So the evening started off with a great show and a tipsy Eric. The rest of the night included delicious Japanese food, delicious Japanese sake, and me trying to eat as much wasabi as possible. I didn’t get far since my mouth was on fire from the first big bite of it.

I definitely recommend the shows, so if anyone wants the phone number of the guy that I used, Paul, let me know, I can pass it along. Tickets normally start at 180 rm, so he gives you a very discounted price. 😉


not sure which one to get now, but i want oneeee

meizu m7 meizu m6 sl

A few days ago i went with other people of my school to a gigantic place where you can go and sing in a private room (KTV) and play bowling. The KTV rooms were like spaceships. Everything was white, from the tables to the leather seats. The KTV machines had a great selection of old and new songs in English. After an hour in the KTV room we all got down to serious business by going to the bowling alleys. Once we went on the top floor i was actually gobsmacked how many bowling alleys they had. My team was playing on the alley number 50 and apparently there was another closed off section with another 50 alleys…Making it, apparently, the biggest bowling club in the world! Just before leaving we noticed this place had a great bowling pro shop and a very sophisticated lingerie shop… China: expect the unexpected!!

Here in Beijing, I’ve noticed the locals do not believe in personal space, they probably don’t even know what it is! You have probably witnessed this lack of respect in the subways. Getting on or off and even while in the subway cart everyone is directly next to you, touching you as if they were hitting on you. Another example is when crossing the streets here. The culture is just go and dodge the cars and buses. Most people when crossing the streets here are literally millimeters away from cars because the vehicles don’t stop, especially the buses I’ve noticed. People are often caught between lanes while cars and buzzing by millimeters away from death. Quite scary sometimes. Even in NYC cars are ruthless and often zroom by but there’s a small ounce of respect and safety that people have. NYC locals don’t risk peoples lives like they do here. In my opinion, here in Beijing there is no such thing as personal space or respect for others. It’s kind of a society and culture that is very impatient, and only cares for oneself and your family, no one else matters. This isn’t a bad thing, it’s just a different type of culture to get use to.

funny translation

“Ahead of the Olympics, China is trying to improve its citizens’ public manners and curb behavior that might offend foreigners. Beijing officials are also trying to improve the English of some ads. A better translation of the sign above might be, “Find something new and be pleasantly surprised.””

This morning all of the foreigners, German, Polish, Italian, and American, seemed to agree on one thing…..COFFEE! When we all decided that having a coffee break in the morning is a glorious idea, we noticed that our one local Chinese colleague wasn’t as gungho or enthusiastic as we all were (maybe about the break but not the actual coffee). The Chinese haven’t gotten into the coffee thing yet, however being here you can see that the coffee addiction is definitely growing at a rapid pace. Coffee shops and springing up everywhere. I will actually take a bet that my Chinese colleague will get into coffee if we continue this coffee break trend. Even me, I didn’t drink coffee til about a year ago when I first started working. It gave me a jump start at work. Now, sometimes I definitely crave it!

I didn’t suppouse that the wheather in Beijing would be so nice in October. Especially after a couple of rainy days just after my arrival here. I went to the silk market last week to buy some warm jacket but now I feel like going there again and purchase some stylish sandals..

I was at the Pearl Market yesterday and I really didn’t want to stay long. I just wanted to get a laptop bag and a pair of cheap stylish sneakers. Anyways bargaining from the seller’s very expensive “original” price to a decent price that I want to pay takes a long time sometimes; very grueling too, takes a lot out of you. Basically I got home later than planned because of bargaining. Bargaining is great because you get a cheap price, but geez, if you can’t take my price than let me leave, i hate the back and forth bargaining. The seller was actually playing tug of war w/ my shirt, not

Today at lunch I learned very interesting thing from my chinese officemate. I heard that while having tea in China you should never put the kettel on a table in a way that the spout is pointing towards someone.

In chinese tradition it is considered as very impolite behaviour, espacially by the elderly people. Although the younger generation seems not to care about this custom any longer.


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