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2017 Liebster Award

2017 Liebster Award

I first heard about the Liebster Award about a year ago and I thought to myself, how do I get one of those? Well my prayers have been answered by A Side of Sunsets!   Any award that’s given peer-to-peer, encouraging bloggers to make friends is a positive thing, but there’s quite a variety of rules and guidelines over what to do once you’ve been nominated but since this one offers the chance to win a Go Pro and has the word…

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Have you eaten yet?

Have you eaten yet?

Eating and drinking is a very important part of Chinese culture and so it seems natural that I would devote this post to the dining habits here. The Chinese generally eat meals shared between everyone at the table which is why round tables are popular as they allow better access  to the shared dishes. So let’s start simple with a lesson in chopstick etiquette Do not put chopsticks vertically in a bowl as it resembles the incense sticks used for…

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“To do business, we must first be friends”

“To do business, we must first be friends”

This is a post to introduce the concept of Guanxi and Mianzi. Chinese culture is founded on mutual trust, long standing relationships and trust and it is correct to assume China is somewhat sensitive. Guanxi is similar to the western idea of ‘it’s not what you know it’s who you know’. In simple terms Guanxi is your connections with other people  for which there are 3 different forms; Qinqi is your family members, Tongxue is your class mates and Tongshi…

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