Articles By: kaizpuru
Whether you’ve spent your day temple-hopping, hiking the Great Wall, scooting around a traditional courtyard hutong neighborhood in a rickshaw, or like this author, hunched at your desk making lesson plans, there are few things more refreshing than ending the day with a cold brew or two. Or three or four.
My roommate from my semester abroad, Rose, lives in Shijiazhuang, the capital of Hebei province. Since we’re both in
northern China, I’ve been wanting to get out of Beijing for a few days and go to visit her. So a couple weeks ago I picked a date, emailed Rose to confirm I was still invited, and next thing I knew I was buying my ticket to Shijiazhuang.
Getting around a Chinese city can seem daunting. What if you don’t understand any signs? What if you get lost and can’t find your way back to your hotel? For many travelers, it seems easier to just stay at home in their hotel room unless they are with a private guide or a tour group
The last time I was in China, fall 2008, I had a part-time internship with the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, a think tank in Shanghai. Towards the end of my internship, my boss invited me to lunch with him and someone he wanted me to meet.
“Foreigners just have the most wonderful smell. Did you know? All of us here have noticed it. Every time I get a foreign customer, I notice. I don’t know how to describe it, but it’s different than the smell of Chinese people. I really like it.”