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Pregnant in China Part I – Things my mother-in-law told me not to do



Pregnant in China Part I – Things my mother-in-law told me not to do

Pregnancy is a special time in a woman’s life. With the decision to have a child, usually everything changes. Being pregnant comes with its own challenges, but pregnancy in an unfamiliar environment can be a challenging experience, especially if you …

4 Chinese Dishes I Never Thought I Will Like



4 Chinese Dishes I Never Thought I Will Like

Chinese food has been popular all around the globe. But what I have thought was Chinese food while back in Germany, cannot be compared to what real Chinese food in China looks and tastes like.

I have come to love …

The Anniversary Confusion: Why we have two wedding anniversaries



The Anniversary Confusion: Why we have two wedding anniversaries

An anniversary can be a very important day for some people. For a couple an anniversary is a meaningful milestone that deserves to be celebrated.

Yesterday, exactly four years ago, we went to get our red little Chinese wedding booklets.…

My Chinese parents-in-law’s display of love



My Chinese parents-in-law’s display of love

There is a saying in Chinese “Actions speak louder than words” (shishi shengyu xiongbian 事实胜于雄辩) and my Chinese parents-in-law are fully living up to it. Their way of displaying love and affection is very different to what we are …

Bozhou’s Peony Flower: One of Anhui’s Major Medicinal Herbs



Bozhou’s Peony Flower: One of Anhui’s Major Medicinal Herbs

The herb market in Bozhou, Anhui is the largest medicinal herb trade market in China. The geography and diverse climate of Anhui is particularly well-suited for growing medicinal herbs.

Since ancient times, Bozhou has been seen as the “Capital of …

Cooking With Father-In-Law: My 2 Favourite Noodle Dishes (with recipes)



Cooking With Father-In-Law: My 2 Favourite Noodle Dishes (with recipes)

When I first visited my Chinese parents-in-law, their biggest worry was if I will be used to their food (mine was if I will even understand a word of their dialect…). It turned out their worry was unnecessary (mine wasn’t …

Discovering Fengyang: Birthplace of Zhu Yuanzhang, the first emperor of China’s Ming dynasty



Discovering Fengyang: Birthplace of Zhu Yuanzhang, the first emperor of China’s Ming dynasty

One of my previous teacher’s favourite Chinese emperors has always been Zhu Yuanzhang, the first emperor of China’s Ming dynasty.

It was through him that I learned all about that particular emperor’s life, achievements and also failures. Back then I …

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