I recently came across some brilliant illustrations by designer Yang Liu. She has been living in Germany since 1990. When she moved over to Germany she was just 12 years. Old enough to have grown up with Chinese culture and young enough to absorb a new culture. So what are the differences between a Western and Eastern culture?
In my last post I mentioned that I mainly saw Chinese tourists at the BMW World and BMW Museum when I visited last month. Actually, I shouldn’t have been surprised. Chinese people are absolutely car crazy, especially the young generation! Continue reading “Chinese and their cars: A love affair”
Few people in the Western world have heard of Foxconn. The Taiwanese company is where most of iPhones and iPads are being assembled. Foxconn made headlines about a year ago when some of the workers committed suicide. Now. a TV crew from ABC news visited Foxconn for the first time.
Sometimes I’m just lost for words. Some things are so strange, so utterly crazy that make me just shaking my head in disbelief. If you had told me that a bloke cut off his own private parts and kills himself afterwards I’d laughed at you. But it happened in Beijing.
I never understood the fuss about Google’s new music service “Google Music”. If you read the papers and blogs out there, Google Music might break Apple’s monopoly, kill iTunes and finally offer consumers a compelling alternative apart from Apple. Ok, listen guys: Google Music has been around for more than five years – in China. And it’s totally FREE and LEGAL! Continue reading “Google Music – Download for free”
Yes, Hong Kong Chinese are all dogs. And they smell. Maybe. At least, that’s what a Chinese professor at the prestigious 北京大学 （Peking University) said. So what is it all about? Well, there are two issues here. The first is Hong Kong’s identity in the world and within China. The second is a bowl of noodles on Hong Kong’s underground, the MTR. Continue reading “Hong Kongers are all dogs!”
I came across this cartoon on Global Times, a Chinese Newspaper in English (www.globaltimes.cn). The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, together with the badly injured Euro kid is knocking at the gates of the Forbidden City in Beijing. The Forbidden City had been the center of Chinese politics for hundreds of years. Now, it is Zhongnanhai, just on the other side of the road.
This cartoon very nicely depicts the current situation. The rich, debt-ridden countries of Europe ask poor China for money. “Hold on”, you might think, “China’s poor and Europe’s rich? Isn’t it the other way round?”. Well, it really depends how you see it.
I’m a huge fan of Chinese food. I love all kind of dumplings, rice and noodles. Particularly I’m fond of Cantonese Dim Sum and Sichuan cuisine which is very spicy. But sometimes I just crave for Western food. Bread, salad and nice burgers. On my last holiday I came across one of the best burgers I had in China so far – in Lijiang. Continue reading “China’s best burger”