Chinese Culture

One of the greatest things about Living in China as a foreigner is that you’ll experience a very different culture from that which you are used to. It can also be one of the worst things!

From discoverying new and cool things and experiencing the incredible friendliness of people who will invite you into their homes, to having people openly stare at the foreigner going to the toilet or smoke right next to you in a crowded restaurant, it certainly is an experience you won’t forget.

We look at some of the cultural issues and differences that you may experience in China.

Chinese Hospitality

This post was first published on October 6, 2007, on my web development blog.

After 4 months of blogging, I had my first enforced break and have been away from my computer for 5 days. I didn't really miss it much - a few pangs now and then, some minor guilt about people expecting replies to comments, but mostly I just really enjoyed being with my family.

China's Dragon Boat Festival Holiday

This is another post I wrote a little while ago and haven't posted until now.

China's Dragon Boat Festival (Duanwu) occurs on 5th May on the Lunar calendar. This equates to the following dates on the Western calendar:

2012 date: 23 June
2013 date: 12 June

As the name of the Festival indicates, it's famous for Dragon Boat racing! People also eat zongzi (glutinous rice dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaves) and drink baijiu (Chinese wine) during this holiday.