Meet Marine, the newest and valued member of the TCB blogging team but with a twist! She is an art historian and all about China! We hope you enjoy! :) Below is an article introducing the work of the female photographer Xiaoxiao Xu (Image credits: @Xiaoxiao xu) In early 2015, the photographer Xiaoxiao Xu (born in Wenzhou, China, [...] Read more

ISo we’re just about to wrap up another year, as we eagerly await the new year festivities. Whatever you have planned, be it fireworks over The Bund or a quiet evening shared with friends, we hope you have a brilliant time! To get you in the melancholy mood that starts every new chapter, and following […]

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China has an entire month each year in which is it believed the gates to hell are opened and the spirits that are normally trapped inside are free to roam. During this ‘Ghost Month’ there are certain traditions which are observed to ensure you stay on the right side of ghosts and spirits. This blog […]

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For a country currently ranked 78th in the FIFA World Rankings, shadowed by the likes of Burkina Faso and Guinea-Bissau, China’s ambition to become a world footballing superpower by 2050 is viewed by most as nothing short of a pipe dream. However, stood on the Bund in late 20th century China, people would have called […]

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Looking to update your Chinese music playlist or for some more material to rule the roost at your next karaoke night? We’ve got you covered! Our writing and editing team have come together to select their top 5 list of Chinese pop songs in 2016 to learn Mandarin. You might want to clear some room […]

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Smashed watermelons. Popped balloons. Textbooks thrown from dorm room windows. Those are just a few of the last-minute stress-busting techniques employed by this year’s Gaokao examinees as they marched towards the two or three days of testing that are make or break for any university hopeful in China. The Gaokao has been the centrepiece of […]

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It’s a part of cuisine that is often overlooked during conversation, but there are as many choices for breakfast in China as any other meal. In a country where people like to start the day early (anybody who has taken an morning stroll through any park in China will echo that sentiment), breakfast is extremely […]

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Time flows differently in the village. There’s no need for clocks or calendars. The hours are marked by how many sunflower seed shells lay on the flour and the days by how many fish remain idling in Styrofoam traps. If there are no sunflower seeds scattered around, it’s still early and the revolving flow of […]

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Dancing grannies, public square dancers, the hectic minefield blocking the way between the subway exit and your apartment block after a long day at the office… call them what you will, Chinese dancing aunties have come under increasing pressure in recent years. Not content to simply work off their bingo wings in peace, the dancing brigade have decided […]

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This week we caught up with Furio of Sapore Di Cina (SDC) to talk all things China. We have been fans of SDC for a long time and often share their articles on our social media channels, so we were delighted when he agreed to an interview. Here’s what he had to say (it’s also […]

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