Saturday, December 25, 2010

Harbin Ice Festival 2011

The 27th Harbin International Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival opens in Heilongjiang Province on Wednesday January 5th. The hundreds of ice sculptures are built by around 15,000 workers and designed by local engineering students. The sculptures along the banks of the frozen Songhua River are illuminated at night with multi-colored lights embedded in the ice and also by laser shows. Firework displays are also part of the attraction.

Harbin Ice Festival

Nearby Yabuli Ski Resort is another pull for the nearly 1,000,000 visitors expected to arrive for the winter period.

Harbin Ice Festival 2010

images © Daniel Allen

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Dancing in Lu Xun Park Shanghai


Lu Xun Park, near Hongkou Stadium, is a great place to sample Shanghai park life at the weekends. Lu Xun Park dates from the late 19th century and at first was for westerners only.

Finally opened to Chinese people in 1928, the park became a favorite meeting place for Shanghai people as the surrounding area as a whole became part of the Japanese Concession before World War II.

In 1956 the writer Lu Xun's Mausoleum and Museum were built in the park to mark the 20th anniversary of the great novelist's death. The park was officially renamed Luxun Park in 1988. The writer's former residence is just south of the park on Shanyin Lu (Lane 132, House #9).

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Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Grand Millennium Beijing

Winter deals at the Grand Millennium Beijing.

RMB 1088+15% per room per night for superior room only
RMB 1138+15% per room per night for deluxe room only
RMB 1288+15% per room per night for grand deluxe room only
RMB 1488+15% per room per night for M club room only
The above rates inclusive of one daily breakfast
(exclusive of M club room)

• Complimentary internet service
• Valid from 19th November, 2010 to 6th March, 2011

Fortune Plaza, 7 DongSanHuan Middle Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing.

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Monday, November 01, 2010

Map of Beijing

Navigate to Beijing's main attractions including parks, temples and museums with this clickable Beijing map.

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Friday, October 08, 2010


Dear Friends and Wine Lovers,

We have the pleasure to invite you to the Opening Ceremony of the Carrefour 2010 Autumn Wine Fair.

It will be held on the 4th floor of our ShuangJing Store, starting at 12:00 on Friday October 15th, until Sunday October 17th.


During these 3 days, you can benefit from a 20% discount on our complete selection of imported wines. Also, you will enjoy free wine tasting, foods and a lucky draw.

We are looking forward to welcoming you and your friends.

Sincerely Yours,

Didier Pean
Shuang Jing Store Manager

Monday, October 04, 2010

Beijing's Four Seasons Courtyard

Just opened, the Four Seasons Courtyard hotel promises four-star facilities in an historic Beijing courtyard residence.

Beijing's Four Seasons Courtyard Hotel

Within easy reach of both the Drum Tower and Bell Tower, the Four Seasons Courtyard hotel has seven luxurious rooms available for its guests.

Beijing's Four Seasons Courtyard

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Sureno Restaurant Beijing

The Sureno Restaurant in Beijing's Opposite House Hotel serves authentic Mediterranean food.

Sureno Restaurant

After hanging out with chefs and his mamma in Europe this summer, chef Marino had some new ideas between too much vino and food. He's added them to the a la carte at Sureño to share, including his Mamma's favourite spaghetti alla chitara.

Sureno Restaurant
Building 1
Sanlitun Road,
Chaoyang, 100027
Tel: 8610 6410 5240

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Insider's Guide To Beijing 2010

The excellent Insider's Guide To Beijing 2010 is now available at various bookstores throughout the capital and online from Amazon books.

Updated annually by resident writers, the Insider's Guide To Beijing is surely the best guide book on China's capital city on the market.

Besides full color photographs of the rapidly-changing metropolis, the Insider's Guide To Beijing has informative sections on housing and hotels, food, art & culture, kids, sightseeing, nightlife, shopping, sports & fitness, health and beauty, transportation, excursions from the city, business and work, adult education and useful info plus a full index and area guide section.

The map section at the back of the book has area maps, mall maps and an updated map of the Beijing subway system.

Insider's Guide to Beijing

Get your copy of the Insider's Guide To Beijing 2010 at the following bookstores:

Branches of April Gourmet
Branches of Bodhi Therapeutic Retreat
Bridge Coffee in Wudaokou
Branches of Chaterhouse Booktrader -
Branches of Garden Books
Branches of Jenny Lou's
Kids+ in Shunyi
Lion Mart
Branches of NLGX Design & Café
Branches of O2 Sun Bookstore
O2 Sun Bookstore
Pass By Bar - Dongcheng Distirct
Plastered T-Shirts
Poetry cafe&bar
Branches of Sculpting in Time
T&K Coffee
Branches of The Bookworm
Trends Lounge
Twelve Oaks Café
Wangfujing Foreign Language Bookstore

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Public Telephones in China


The massive China Telecom corporation operates a majority of China's telecommunications.

Public Telephone in China

According to the company's website China Telecom has 194 million fixed-line telephone subscribers,62.36 million mobile (CDMA) subscribers, and 61.75 million broadband customers.

Public phone in China

China Telecom has the largest WiFi wireless broadband network in the world with over 30,000 hotspots located in over 250 Chinese cities.

Many of the public telephones in China come in traditionally-styled booths.

Telephones in China

A homeless man in Dalian has reportedly lived in a telephone booth for the last two years.

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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Animal Parts For Sale On Duolun Road

These various animal parts are for sale on Duolun Road in Shanghai.

Animal parts

Often used in Chinese traditional medicine, the dried glands and organs of various animals can still be seen on roadside stalls and traditional markets in the city.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Cardboard Recycling In Shanghai

Much of Shanghai city's waste is still collected by an itinerant army of scrap peddlars who trawl the streets in search of cardboard and aluminium cans to resell to dealers.

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Chinese Ornamental Goldfish

A common sight in luxury Chinese hotel lobbies and restaurants are tanks of ornamental goldfish.


A species of carp, goldfish have been kept as ornamental fish in China for centuries and there are now over 300 varities. The practice of keeping ornamental fish spread from China to Japan where koi carp are a symbol of good fortune and are much prized by fish breeders.


Ornamental fish are also kept in outdoor ponds in temples and gardens throughout China.

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Night views from Shanghai World Financial Centre


The Shanghai World Financial Centre (SWFC) is an iconic skyscraper in Shanghai's Pudong area.

Shanghai World Financial Centre

The building was developed by the Japanese Mori Corporation and is a must-see for the many Japanese tourists who visit the city on package tours every day.

Shanghai World Financial Centre

The night view from the observation deck is a popular draw. The observation deck at 474m on the 100th floor remains the highest in the world.

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Being Vegetarian

Give me some minutes and I’ll give you 1 perfect reason for being vegetarian.

While fish serves as the major dietary supply of the long-chain omega-3s eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid, which have been shown to be essential in supporting brain health, low intake of eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid in vegetarians won't adversely affect mood, based on a new study (Nutr J. 2010;9:26. DOI:10.1186/1475-2891-9-26).

A study team from Arizona State University conducted a cross-sectional study to check the mood of vegetarians who never eat fish with the mood of healthy omnivorous adults.

A total of 138 healthy Seventh Day Adventist adults residing in Arizona and California (64 vegetarians and 79 non-vegetarians) were enrolled in the study and completed a health history questionnaire, food frequency questionnaire and a couple psychometric tests, the Depression Anxiety Stress Scale and also the Profile of Mood States..

Vegetarians had significantly lower mean intakes of eicosapentaenoic acid, docosahexaenoic acid and also the omega-6 arachidonic acid; they had higher intakes of the omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid and the omega-6 linoleic acid.

"Seed oils are the richest sources of α-linolenic acid, notably those of rapeseed (canola), soybeans, walnuts, flaxseed (Linseed oil), clary sage seeds, perilla, chia, and hemp."

However, the vegetarians also reported even less negative emotion than omnivores in both psychometric tests. Mean total psychometric scores were positively related to the mean intakes of eicosapentaenoic acid, docosahexaenoic acid and arachidonic acid , and inversely related to alpha-linolenic acid and linolenic acid intake.

The study team noted there is also the possibility that vegetarians may make better dietary choices and may generally be healthier and happier.

If you'd like to give it a try, this is a good example of vegetarian recipe based on Italian cuisine

Italian Spaghetti with Zucchini

* 17 oz. Spaghetti
* 24 oz. Of thin sliced zucchini
* 1 / 2 cup walnuts oil
* Some basil leaves
* 2 tablespoons of yeast flakes
* Salt and pepper

In a skillet or frying pan heat the oil and when hot, add garlic and zucchini. Raise the heat and stir often to finish their cooking. They should be golden and crispy outside and tender inside. Cook the pasta, drain and sauté in pan with zucchini, basil and yeast. Serve immediately.

Zucchini contain fewer calories and also have no fat. But they are an excellent source of potassium, vitamin e, ascorbic acid, folate, lutein and zeaxanthin.

Most of these nutrients are very sensitive to heat and to enjoy their benefits you should find a quick method to cook or even eat raw in salads.

From the therapeutic viewpoint, zucchini have laxative, refreshing, anti-inflammatory, diuretic and detoxifying action.

About the writer - Louise Infante writes for the vegetarian weekly menu blog , her personal hobby blog centered on vegetarian cooking tips to help individuals live better.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Moon Gates in China

Moon Gates are a traditional design of Chinese gardens.

Chinese Moon Gate

Moon-shaped gates, often with wooden doors, though often without doors, offer pedestrian access to the various courtyards and inner spaces in Chinese gardens and palaces.

Moon Gate

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Friendship Bridge Dandong

The Friendship Bridge spans the Yalu River between Dandong in China and Sinuiju in 1943. The Beijing - Pyongyang railway line crosses the border here.


The Bridge was built by the Japanese in 1943, bombed by the Americans in the Korean War and subsequently restored.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Grand Millennium Beijing Spring Special Promotion

RMB 1088 +15% per room per night for Superior room accommodation
*Valid from 10th May 2010 to 30th June 2010

RMB 1588 +15% per room per night for Superior room accommodation
*Valid from 16th June to 19th June 2010

Grand Millennium Beijing Spring Special Promotion

*Complimentary internet access
*Daily breakfast for one person
*Additional Breakfast at RMB 178 +15%
*The above package cannot be used in conjunction with other hotel special promotions and contract rates

Add only RMB 50 to above prices to experience Grand Millennium Beijing Deluxe Room
Add only RMB 400 to above prices to experience Grand Millennium Beijing Executive Club Rooms & Benefits
Add only RMB 1100 to above prices to experience Executive Suites

The above promotional rates are only valid for new bookings only. Room categories & rates are subject to availability and confirmation from the hotel.

To reserve: + 86 10 85876888-5888
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Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Singapore Seafood Festival comes to CBD

Indulge in the culinary offerings of savoury Singapore cuisine at our Singapore Seafood Festival at CBD. Tuck into perennial favourites Chilli Crab, Crispy Squids, Drunken Prawns and more while you sip on Singapore's critically acclaimed Tiger Beer.

Singapore Seafood Festival comes to CBD

Singapore Seafood Festival is from 4 June to 13 June and is available Lunch, Dinner and Sunday Brunch Buffet at CBD.

Lunch Buffet at RMB 166 + per person
Dinner Buffet at RMB 216+ per person
Sunday Brunch Buffet at RMB 298 + per person

Fortune Plaza 7 DongSanHuan Middle Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100020 P.R.China.
Tel: (8610) 8587 6888 Fax: (8610) 8587 6999

Friday, April 30, 2010

Summer in the Sunken Garden

The Sureno restaurant in Sanlitun, Beijing is known for its modern Mediterranean cuisine prepared by European chefs.

The restaurant is part of the Opposite House luxury boutique hotel, where the rooms feature Japanese style bathtubs and handbasins in wood.

Summer in the Sunken Garden

The Opposite House
11, Sanlitun Rd
Tel: 6410 5240


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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Shakespeare Reveries In Beijing

A gloriously ludicrous, thoroughly entertaining, entirely improvised performance using ONLY the words of William Shakespeare!


Shakespeare Reveries In Beijing

Continuing its tradition of excellent Off-Broadway theatre productions ‑ such as the Pultizer prize-winning play Wit, the gritty American drama Orphans, and its bilingual staging of A Midsummer Night's Dream ‑ Beijing International Theatre Experience (BITE) is again setting imaginations afire in Beijing.

秉承推出高品质戏剧作品的传统——继普利策奖作品《W;t 》(《灵》)、很有力量的美国戏剧《孤儿》、以及双语戏剧《仲夏夜之梦》之后,BITE北京国际戏剧体验将再次在北京把你的想象力点燃。

Imported from New York City's International FRINGE Festival and now premiering at Beijing's hutong-turned-stage Penghao Theatre, Shakespeare Reveries is an original, improvised theatrical celebration such as you've never seen before.

引进自纽约国际艺术节 (NYC International FRINGE Festival)的《莎士比亚幻想曲》将在北京的“胡同舞台”蓬蒿剧场首演。这是将一场你前所未见的原创、即兴、戏剧庆典。

So What Is 'Shakespeare Reveries?'《莎士比亚幻想曲》是什么?

New York's OOBR theatre magazine describes this uncharted journey through Shakespeare's many worlds as "gloriously ludicrous...thoroughly entertaining...the feeling of a which familiar elements jostle together in unexpected but fascinating ways."

美国的戏剧杂志 OOBR 这样描述这段通向莎剧世界的未知旅程:“绝妙的荒诞成分……充分的娱乐性……如梦似幻的感觉……这里,一切人所熟知的元素以意想不到、却极富魅力的方式融合在一起。

In Shakespeare Reveries, all the characters and stories of Shakespeare's plays come to life ‑ all of them!! The bawdy and belligerent, the murderous and merry, the triumphant and tragic all collide and coalesce in an exciting evening of improvisation that draws audiences into Shakespeare's worlds and all the infinite possibilities that arise therein.


"Play with your fancies, and in them behold!" “跟着幻想走,让它带着你!"

How might the fairies of A Midsummer Night's Dream do battle with the wicked spirits of Macbeth? What happens when Romeo steps out of an orchard in Verona to court the wizard's daughter of The Tempest? How might Petruchio enlist the help of Benedick in his Taming of the Shrew? By what audacity would an actor cradle the head of an audience member and address him as Yorick? Or brush the cheek of a fair maiden to woo her with a love sonnet? Anything can happen and will, when actors and audience have the entire Shakespearean lexicon at their disposal!


China Daily (Oct. 20, 2009) praised '...Reveries' for opening up "unimaginable facets of Shakespearean rhetoric by rearranging the sequence, borrowing across plays, and playing across genders." Moreover, Chinese subtitles are included to give audiences a new gateway into the timeless wonders of the Bard.


Shakespeare Reveries, led by British-actor-turned-Beijing-resident Ian Reed, represents a bold and innovative step for English-language theatre in Asia. This April, enjoy the magical and unforgettable evening at hand, and see "what dreams may come" when we enter the world of Shakespeare Reveries!


Shakespeare Reveries

April 15-18, 7:30pm
Penghao Theatre, 35 Dongmianhua Hutong, 64006472
Tickets: 80/100/120 (student/advance/door)
BITE: 13911565014,

4月15-18日 19:30
蓬蒿剧场 东城区东棉花胡同35号 64006472
票价: 80/100/120 (学生/预售/现买)
电话/ 邮箱: 13520450019,

Directions to Peng Hao, 64006472
From Nanlouguxiang (从南锣鼓巷): Turn east at the Central Academy of Drama's Experimental Theatre and walk toward the gate of the school. Walk 150m past the school gate and you will see a small round sign "Peng Hao Theatre/Bar/ Cafe" on the left. Turn down the tiny tiny hutong and you will see the theatre.


From the subway (地铁): Zhangzizhonglu line 5 - Exit A ‑ From there, walk west (in the same direction as the traffic nearest you) on Zhangzizhong road. At the first major intersection you come to, when you see a large China Construction Bank (on the opposite, south side of Zhangzizhong road), turn right, away from the bank, on to Jiaodaokou Nandajie (now heading north). Then walk a few minutes north until you see a small ICBC bank branch on the other (west) side of the road. Turn left there, into the alley with the ICBC on your right, and continue walking west about 150 metres. Look for a round white 'Penghao Theatre' sign on your right, and there turn right into an even smaller alley. The theatre will be on your right. 最近地铁站:张自忠路(5号线A口)

出A口后,沿张自忠路西行(沿着你身边的车流方向走)。第一个大的十字路口 (反方向,即张自忠路南边,有一个大的工商银行营业厅)右转,背对工行的方向沿交道口南大街往北走。前行直到看见马路对面(西边)的工商银行支行,从银行处西行约150米,在你的右上方有“蓬蒿剧场”的正方形招牌处右转入小胡同,剧场就在你的右手边

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Recycling In Shanghai

As Shanghai gears up for the opening of the World Expo, the city is sprucing itself up to live up to the Expo slogan of "Better City, Better Life."

Recycling In Shanghai

Garbage bins are appearing in pairs bearing the legends "Recyclables" and "Non-Recyclables" - though the suspicion is the contents of both bins will end up in the same landfill.

A recent report in the UK Guardian newspaper focused on Beijing's garbage problem as more and more Chinese people adopt a western-style, consumer lifestyle. The Chinese capital produces 18,000 tonnes of waste daily - 7,000 tonnes greater than the capacity of Beijing's municipal disposal plants. Less than 4% of Beijing's rubbish is recycled.

Recycling In Shanghai

The report suggests that Chinese citizens are unaware of the difference between "Recyclables" and "Non-Recyclables" as there has been inadequate information made available to the public on the distinction between the two.

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Friday, April 02, 2010

Hongdetang Church Shanghai


The Hongdetang Church in Shanghai sits proudly on Duolun Road Culture Street, just south of Xu Lun Park in the Hongkou district of Shanghai.


Constructed in the 1920s the church is a mix of traditional Chinese and Western architecture.

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Thursday, April 01, 2010

Chinese Public Parks

Public parks in China are like no others anywhere in the world. People, admittedly the middle-aged and over, come to practice all sorts of activities: ballroom dancing, tai chi, water calligraphy, kite flying and much more.

The video below was shot in Lu Xun Park in Shanghai.


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Monday, March 29, 2010

Guang Dong Hotel Shanghai

The Guang Dong Hotel in Shanghai is a large four star hotel on Yixian Road in the Hongkou district of the city.

Guang Dong Hotel Shanghai

The Guang Dong Hotel offers clean, spacious rooms with an excellent buffet breakfast. Rooms include a fridge, free internet access and movies on demand.

The hotel has both Chinese and Japanese restaurants, a gym, fitness centre and a massage parlour.

Guang Dong Hotel Shanghai

As well as standard rooms there are a number of VIP suites available.

Guang Dong Hotel
328 Yixian Road
Shanghai 200434
Tel: 021 5117 1888

The nearest subway station is Jiangwan Town on Line 3.

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Shanghai Chinglish

We've collected some more classic Chinglish from Shanghai and Suzhou.

Shanghai Chinglish

This sign is in a restaurant wash room.

Shanghai Chinglish

Shanghai Chinglish

The above two signs were in the Liu Yuan Garden (The Lingering Garden) in Suzhou.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Electronic Cigarette Book

We've written about the electronic cigarette before.

This amazing device, invented by Chinese inventor Hon Lik, has the ability to save the lives of millions of people.

Indeed, Hon Lik only had the idea for this device after being devastated by the death of his father from lung cancer.

Now the full fascinating story has been put together in the Electronic Cigarette Book.

Best of all the book is free.

Free to download, free to pass on, even free to distribute from your blog or website!

To get your free download, click here: Electronic Cigarette Book.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Learn Chinese

Do you want to learn some Chinese? Now it's within everyone's grasp! On the first 10 lessons are available to everyone for free.

Learn Chinese

So everyone can enjoy a fun and easy to use introduction to Mandarin Chinese. Each of the chapters contains a multimedia lesson along with fun and challenging exercises for you to show off your newly acquired prowess in Chinese.

There is also a glossary which serves as a useful reference for the new words and phrases in each chapter. The lessons are presented by Dani Wang, a Beijing native with fluent English and a professional background.

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

The Wine Republic - Gourmet Wine Dinner with Christopher Makos

The Wine Republic - Gourmet Wine Dinner with Christopher Makos @ Timezone 8, at 7pm, Wednesday, March 17th, 2010.

Click on the image for further details.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Ruinas de Sao Paulo Macau


The magnificent facade of the former Jesuit Cathedral of Sao Paulo is Macau's most iconic historical building and major landmark.

The facade is a "sermon in stone" that depicts some of the main events of the scriptures.

Ruinas de Sao Paulo Macau

Interestingly, the cathedral was partly constructed between 1582 to 1602 by Japanese Christian converts who fled to Macau to escape religious persecution in Japan in the 16th century.

After the Jesuits were expelled from Macau in the 18th century, the building became a barracks until it was destroyed in a fire in 1835.

Ruinas de Sao Paulo Macau

Restoration work carried out in the 1990s stopped the edifice from falling down. The former crypt and nave are now a small museum dedicated to Macau's many historic churches.

Ruinas de Sao Paulo
Rua de Sao Paulo
Tel: 0853 358 444

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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel

The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel can claim to be Macau's most luxurious hotel. Home to Asia's largest casino with 1000 slot machines and over 600 gaming tables on the go 24/7.

The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel

The Grand Canal shopping mall has over 300 shops and restaurants with real Venetian gondolas. Stores include top brands such as Agnes B, Fiorucci, Calvin Klein, Diesel, Nike and Zara et al.

The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel

Rooms at the Four Season's Hotel, which is part of the complex along with the Sands Macau Hotel, are around 1,888 HKD a night.

The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel

The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel
Estrada da Baia de N. Senhora da Esperanca
s/n, Taipa
Macao SAR
Tel: (853) 2881-8888

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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Beijing Visitor Photo Gallery

See a gallery of Beijing & China images. Click on the image to read more about the story behind the photograph.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Visas For China From Japan 2010

Chinese Visas From Japan

Japanese citizens do not need a visa for a travel visit to China. Nationalities who do need a visa to visit China can NO longer obtain them in person at the Chinese embassy or consulate in Japan and much make use of a travel agent, with HIS, for example, charging 13,000 yen (130 USD).

Chinese Embassy Tokyo Japan

3-4-33 Moto-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan 106-0046
Tel: 03-3403-3388
Fax: 03-3403-3345
E-mail: info[at]

Nearest subway stations are Roppongi on the Hibiya & Oedo Lines and Hiroo on the Hibiya Line.

2-8-37 Higashisakura, Higashi-ku, Nagoya, 461-0005 Japan
Tel: 052-932-1098
Fax: 052-932-1169

Nearest subway station is Takaoka on the Sakuradori Line - Exit #3.

Chinese Consulate Nagoya

9-2, Utsubohonmachi 3-chome Osaka Japan
Tel: 06-6445-9470
Fax: 06-6445-9480

Nearest subway station is Awaza on the Sennichimae and Chuo Lines.

Hours: (Monday to Friday) 9.00am-12.00pm (except Chinese and Japanese Holidays)

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Good Books On Beijing

See a slideshow of some good books on Beijing including all the best travel guides and some books on Chinese food.

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Chinese New Year 2010

Chinese New Year 2010Chinese Near Year 2010 begins on Sunday 14 February this year, which also happens to be Valentine's Day.

On New Year's Day young members of the family are given hong bao (红包) or lai see (利是), lucky red envelopes containing gifts of money. Everyone wears new clothes and puts on their best behavior, making a special effort not to lie, swear or raise their voice. It is also considered bad luck to break anything on New Year's Day.

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Saturday, February 06, 2010

What happens when your bicycle is stolen in Beijing

Thousands of bicycles are stolen each day in Beijing.

Bikes in Beijing

Xinhua in 2007 reported that Beijing authorities had arrested 329 bicycle theft gangs, arrested 3,686 suspects, raided 774 hide-outs and confiscated 18,825 bicycles by November of that year. Those figures represented a 40% drop in bicycle theft.

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Our Latest Website!

Readers of our other websites may know that we also cover Qatar with our website

We have now set up a companion website to Qatar Visitor.

At QatarVisitor jobs you can upload your CV, browse jobs and set up job alerts.

Employers who have already joined include the Marriot Doha Hotel, Brunel Oil and Gas and Compass International School.

Click here to access the jobs board to start looking for work in the richest country in the world.

You can also find the latest jobs posted on our facebook page,

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Harbin Ice Festival 2010

The 26th Harbin International Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival opened in Heilongjiang Province on Tuesday January 5th. In Harbin the amazing ice sculptures are illuminated at night with multi-colored lights embedded in the ice. Firework displays are also part of the attraction.

Harbin Ice Festival

Disney style palaces, a huge pagoda and the Egyptian Spinx are all included in the ice sculptures this year.

Harbin Ice Festival 2010

images © Daniel Allen

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Sunday, January 03, 2010

Du Jin Sheng Silk Weaving Factory and Museum

Du Jin Sheng Silk Weaving Factory and Museum in Hangzhou dates from the 1920s and is an award-winning center of silk production.

Du Jin Sheng Silk Weaving Factory and Museum

It is possible to visit the factory to learn about the silk-weaving process. The factory's museum exhibits some of the products made on the premises, including historic pieces.

Image © Daniel Allen

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Friday, January 01, 2010