Post Tagged with "China"

Road rules in Austria

Test your cultural expertise with our weekly quiz. This week’s question is from Austria.

When either a pedestrian or a driver in Austria, you should be extra careful to observe the road rules and etiquette.

True or False?


February 24, 2011 3 comments

How many ethnic groups are there in China?

Test your cultural expertise with our weekly quiz question. Know the answer? Tell us about it in the comments.

China is a multi-ethnic nation. How many ethnic groups coexist in the country?

A. 56.
B. 76.
C. 106.


February 17, 2011 1 comment

Picture Postcards: Markets in The Netherlands and China

Happy Monday to you! We have a double offering for you this week as two people have sent in their market photos.

The first photo is from Sandra and was taken at Luilabloemenmarkt in Almere, The Netherlands. It was snapped during Pentacost weekend and she says, “Pentecost occurs seven weeks (50 days) after Easter Sunday and comemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples of Christ after the Resurrection. It is celebrated on Sunday and Monday, the first and the second day of Pentecost.” She explained that people buy all these lovely flowers to put in their houses and gardens.



January 16, 2011 Comments disabled

Best of of 2010: a world tour in twenty-three posts

We’d like to say goodbye to 2010 wıth a world tour of favourite posts from each of our contributors. Here they are, in the order in which each one celebrates midnight. Happy New Year!

Marie (New Zealand): The New Zealand Dairy

Where would Kiwis be without the local dairy? Certainly situations such as running out of the milk needed for the perfect cup of tea or not having enough snacks to share while watching a film on TV could get quite hairy.



December 31, 2010 2 comments

When Real China Doesn’t Feel So Chinese

Living in Beijing, I am constantly exposed to the center of China-ness. Many things in this city remind me of the magnificent China: classic landmarks like the Forbidden City and the Olympic Bird’s Nest, intimidating government buildings that sprawl across the city, and eight-lane avenues which are so wide that it would require two red light sessions to cross them, to name a few. Beijing is the place where the Chinese government officials meet foreign dignitaries, where important national policies are made, and where the 60th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party was wildly celebrated. The whole of China follows Beijing time. Whether you live in a village a few kilometers away from Pakistan or North Korea, your clocks tick at the same pace and tell the same time.

Living in the center of everything, it is easy for a Beijinger to forget that real China exists much further beyond the Beijing bubble. This is utterly unfortunate because China is a massive country that is amazingly diverse. But to recognize that China is diverse and to experience it are two separate notions.


September 13, 2010 3 comments

Kiss, hug or shake hands?

This is the first in a new series of collaborative posts, where we explore different social situations from the point of view of our contributors around the world.

Today’s topic: how to greet people in different countries.



July 14, 2010 44 comments