It was the first time in four years our 6 year old had been able to have a face-to-face chat with her Chinese great-grandfather. However, they were in different countries this time and it was WeChat that finally brought the mountains of Gansu province closer to our flat in the UK. Great-grandfather proudly showed us the last of his apple harvest.
Straddling the banks of the Yangtze and Jialing Rivers, Chongqing is a vast and rapidly developing city in Southwest China. I first moved here from Zhejiang a little over five years ago, and have seen urban transformation unfold before my eyes.
The tourist industry in China has been transformed into a lucrative venture during these five years of current Chinese Government. I would highly recommend a trip to both the foreigners and Chinese from other parts, to gain knowledge and could learn something valuable from the history.
China has proven its economic insight through a huge investment in Asian countries but the domain is not just limited to Asian, European, African countries but the new emerging market in Latin American countries.
During one of my journeys to Montreal, my hometown in Canada, I had the chance to meet a Chinese who was supposed to be studying in Canada, yet he was working at the counter of a Subway outlet in downtown Montreal.
People that haven’t visited China often consider it an intimidating place to travel, let alone live, as a foreigner. ”Why China?“ everyone asked when I announced I was moving to Beijing last year. It’s not a question asked of those who move to London or Paris.
As a Malaysian, I was lucky to get the chance to run Beijing Marathon this year, one of the top class marathon races in China. I enjoyed it in my own way, but it maybe a little different compared with my fellow Chinese runners.
When I get a chance to return to my native London, it seems almost lethargic by comparison. There is a famous saying, "He who is tired of London, is tired of life." It should be updated to read "He who is tired of London should go to Shanghai." There one will see energy, optimism, creativity and glimpse what the future will look like in the economic capital of what will surely soon be the world's largest economy.
It is common, a practice as old as humanity itself. So many express easily their opinion on others, as it is, unbridled, generally without a full knowledge of their history, the backgrounds. It is even worse when the viewpoint concerns a foreigner, often a deluge of biases and assumptions, once in a while, half-truths.
This is not a fairy tale. It is a true story of a long cherished dream being fulfilled by an unemployed man living in a small village in West Bengal, India. Yes, this is my seven days of real life being in China, which I will never forget
I envy my friends who grew up in Beijing, because they remember their childhoods. When I immigrated to America, I was old enough to miss China, but not to remember it. My homesickness never manifests in yearning for a particular place. Instead, I have moments of paralysis, when I go still at the conviction, I have been here before.
Having just ordered a little after-dinner snack serving of dumplings from the local restaurant, I sit on one of the small, flimsy chairs and wait for them to be freshly prepared. The scene here tonight is usual for local Chinese restaurants: waitresses yelling to each other about mixed-up orders, the sound of the kitchen at work, and customers eating and talking in equal measure and vigor.
One cannot deny that food is one main source of our happiness and it is indeed our thirst for survival. China won my heart when it got through my stomach.
Arriving to Beijing hasn't been an easy step in my life, not even small, since the first moment I stepped on this land I was exposed to a new language, which I didn't understand anything so that was Chinese great wall, it was impossible for me to ask directions, order food, communicate with people, therefore I didn't feel in home.
China became the world's biggest market for industrial robots in 2013, surpassing Japan. In 2016, China manufactured 72,000 industrial robots, around a quarter of global output. According to a report released by the Chinese Institute of Electronics on August 23, 2017, it is estimated that more than 110,000 robots will be sold by China for industrial use in 2017.
China, a land of incessant development, has been continuously reaching the milestones deemed impossible by rest of the world. In the last five years, China has developed dramatically in all sectors under the leadership of President Xi Jinping.
For China the five-year interval since the 18th Communist Party of China (CPC) Congress in 2012 has been marked by remarkable changes both internationally and domestically. China was the world’s leading power for more than a millennium until aggression by foreign powers beginning with Britain’s First Opium War in 1839 began the period of China’s national humiliation.
Since I was first in China in 2012, my life, and China itself, have developed and changed a lot. My first China interaction was in 2012, when I came here with a friend to backpack. We traveled from Beijing to Shanghai to Xi’an to Anhui to Sichuan to Guilin and to Hong Kong, all in 5 weeks.
I was not much of an adventurous person before coming to China. Back home, I spent my whole life at work, and therefore, I had so much stress that I could ever imagine.
I met a student from Africa on my first year of study in China. He was majoring in architecture at the time, and after conversations with him, I saw his ardent passion for his field. Living in China for more than 5 years, he showed evidence of how quickly China developed over a short period of time.
Beijing. It is a hot July afternoon. I am in the heart of the city, in bustling Guomao, a district that is all dressed in glass. That’s the place where one can feel the pulse of the city, hear its sounds which, for the most part, are cars honking, people talking on their phones, and yellow and orange bikes behind you beeping to let them pass.
I’ve lived in China for close to 10 years and I get asked quite often by family and friends — mostly skeptics — why I have been here for such a long time. I tell them there are a plethora of reasons why I choose to stay in China, one of the world’s oldest civilizations. It wasn’t love at first sight, but over time that love has blossomed into something beautiful. I can now confidently say China is my second home.
Last Thursday, as my plane was about to take off, I realized that day I had breakfast in New York, lunch in Washington D.C. and dinner in Miami. What’s more, I travelled by car, train, bike and plane in less than 12 hours.
The first response from my academic colleagues in The Netherlands when I announced I would study innovation in China in 2004 was, “That must be a short project!” Today the world is embracing China as an innovation nation, one where residents have a “ringside seat to entrepreneurial development”, according to Thinkers50.
As a foreigner myself I must admit that since 2015, when I moved to Chongqing, not a single week has passed without hearing news of cultural events being organized throughout the country.
So there I was in Linzi district, standing under an enormous statue of the Qi emperor and facing a television camera. The director patiently but urgently repeated the Chinese words I was supposed to learn on the spot, while 12 other people representing the television station and the local government looked on.
To be frank, I was hesitant to write an article about China's National Holiday. I attribute my apprehension to the fact that I have written several articles emphasizing the amazing achievements that China has been able to attain since the establishment of the People’s Republic of China in 1949.