chinese culture

  • “You, me, together tomorrow marry.” Was that a proposal attempt? Nope. Just a typical attempt at a conversation in English with Xiwen, my roommate for the next 3 months. After my look of total confusion, she translates to Chinese. We’re going to wedding in two days. I’ve heard different things about weddings in China, so I knew this was going to be an experience.

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    Okay, brace yourselves, another incredibly random blog coming your way. So ‘off the wall’ I had to seek special permission from my boss (CSA David) to even be allowed to write it.
    So what’s this week’s topic of madness? Well, a couple of weeks ago I wrote about the cultural differences between China and the West in my China FAQ blog. All these comparisons triggered a memory about a TV show I used to watch many moons ago by the name of ‘Firefly’. For those who don’t know or don’t remember what Firefly was, it was Fox Network TV series starring Nathan Fillion set in the future about a renegade set of war veterans (on the losing side) who had become lowly paid mercenaries flying around the galaxy on an aging, but unique spaceship called ‘Serenity’.

     So how does this have anything to do with China?

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    lolAnother successfully completed CSA trip means its time for another blog by yours truly.

     The weekend of the 23rd / 24th of May saw myself and eleven other able bodied 留学生 (international students) nip down to the literal opposite of Beijing (Northern Capital) known to the rest of us by the name Nanjing (Southern Capital).

    Having visited during the summer of 2014, I was determined to get a CSA trip to this wonderful and completely underrated city often overlooked by its more popular neighbours in the form of Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou.


    Our trip began with a slight hitch at Wu Dao Kou Subway Station as we battled to group everyone together amongst the rush hour crowds of the Beijing Subway. An hour later though, much to my relief, we all found ourselves outside Beijing Station ready to swap the hustle and bustle of Beijing for the clean air and tranquility of its southern counterpart.
  • imagesHere is a little blog for practicing your Chinese as well as learning a bit about the culture of Numbers in China! 
    The Chinese are famous for their valuation system on different numbers which originated from ancient times and is still relevant in modern times, their explanations still continue to produce new meanings.
  • Chinese familyIf you ever have the opportunity to be invited into a Chinese family’s home for a meal... go! One of the main reasons people come to China is to learn about the Chinese culture and make more Chinese friends. Being invited to someones home will give you the opportunity to do just that. Nowhere else will you get to experience the true taste of an authentic home cooked meal, and observe how Chinese people interact with their friends and family in the comfort of their own home. It may be a little intimidating at first, but you'll soon settle in and get a delicious stomach satisfying experience. Here are a few things to help you prepare for visiting a Chinese home.

  • Beijing

    China Study Abroad Ltd
    3610 Capital Mansions,
    6 Xinyuan Nan Road, Chaoyang
    Beijing, 100027
    Phone: (+86) 10 8468 3799 
  • London

    China Study Abroad Ltd
    154 Bishopsgate
    London EC2M 4LN
    United Kingdom
    Phone: (+44) 0207 377 84 
  • Hong Kong

    China Study Abroad Ltd
    Rm 604-7 Dominion Centre
    43-59 Queen’s Road East
    Hong Kong
    Phone: (+852) 800 968 924 


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