China: Hot Pot

Hot Pot is another great food experience in China that should not be missed. It is a cooking method with a metal pot in the middle of the table. The pot holds a soup that is simmering. In it rare vegetable and meat will be cooked. First thing to do is to order the vegetable and meat that you want to cook. We ordered a yingyang hotpot with two broths. The…

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China: How to order traditional food?

No English menu As in many cities of China English is not a spoken and written language, it is also reflected in the menus of restaurant.Which makes it particularly difficult to order something. On top of that, even with having pictures of the food, I was not always able to say what it is. (In case someone can tell me what is on the right picture, please leave a comment on…

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China: Day trip to Putuo Mountain

One of our weekend trips lead us to Mount Putuo. The trip started 6 am in Ningbo. It was a three hours drive to ferry in Banshengdong. The island can only be reached by boat, there is no land connection. The island is one of the Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains in China. The others once are Mount Wutai, Mount Jiuhua, and Mount Emei. As the island is big, plan in at…

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China: Peking duck

One dish that should not be missed, during a China visit, is the Peking duck. Especially the traditional preparation is much different from what you get in Europe under the same name. Usually this dish needs to be per-ordered one or days before, as the preparation will take some time. The dish come with several plates:thin, crisp skinpan cakesvegetablessaucesoup with the meat of the duck  How to eat:take a pan cakeat…

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China: A long weekend in Shanghai

Our trip from Ningbo to Shanghai started in one of the high speed trains. This was already an adventure. As the train system in China is working more like the check-in at an airport. Everybody has to wait in the station lobby. It is only possible to enter the platform if you have a printed out ticket for the train. Check-in to the train only happens 10 minutes before the train…

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China: Enjoy the slowness of life – Tea House

There is nothing more typical Chinese than getting a traditional tea in China. The best way to do that is taking two to four hours and sitting down in one of the typical tea houses. During the tea ceremony there is one woman preparing the team for the whole time of the stay. Usually the table is in a separate room, in order to have a silent, relaxing experience.  With the…

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China: An afternoon in Tianyi Ge (Ningbo)

The one touristic attraction in Ningbo is Tianyi Ge. It is a garden with the oldest library in Ningbo. It is a nice quiet place within the city and it was founded 1561 by Fan Qin during the Ming dynasty. When in the area try to go to this place. Plan in a half a day to explore the garden and just enjoy the silence of the place. Even that the…

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China: Posters

As every society has their own challenges, they have their own way to communicate rules and behaviors to the citizens. Find here some posters that got my attention. There are posters like that for everything, as most of it was not in English, I only share the once with English subtitle.

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China: Where is Ningbo?!

Before I got my assignment to work in Ningbo, I had no idea that this city even exists. That is interesting because it has a population of over ~7 Million people and one of the busiest harbors in the worlds. This is I guess just another proof that we know so little about the world. Ningbo is not a big touristic attraction. For that reason many foreigners will not know this…

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China: Cuisine (Part 1)

The Chinese food alone is worth the travel. From dumplings, spring rolls, chicken, glass noddles and much more. See some yummy food examples I tried during my time in China. Glass noddles in a black chili sauce Glass noddles in a black chili sauce Fish soup with herbs Tofu with a vegetable sauce Corn bites with sweet sauce Complete fish in a mild sauce Glass noddles with beans  Sweet mango in…

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