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China - Between Past and Future E-mail
City Life - Report
Written by Momo
China is a country endowed with a colorful history. Owning deeply engrained traditions that few of it's population stray from it is a country that is hard to decipher for the outsider. Often what is visible is only a fraction of what exists. China is a seemingly never ending tangle of milleniums old customs that it's people have endeared themselves to and cannot forget or alter.

This is slowly changing however in the bigger, more developed cities. Newer generations are leading more independent lives seperate from their parents, and going abroad for education and work, leaving behind the traditions of the past and rushing into a world of modern thought.

Baijiu E-mail
City Life - Report
Written by Paul
This baijiu article grew out of an interest in one of the most popular spirits that I’d never heard of. I’m a bit of a spirit enthusiast and so on moving to China I was somewhat surprised to hear the statistics. This led to a bit more research and some tasting – initially against my nose’s better judgement, but eventually with a little more enthusiasm.

The need to write it down arose out of necessity for a tasting I was supposed to be giving at The Hide Bar in London recently, although I’ve been meaning to put virtual pen to virtual paper for over two years…So those statistics: According to a Bloomberg report quoted extensively by Diageo in their 2010 investor report (“Outlook of the Chinese Wine Spirits Super Premium Market; McKinsey & Co.”, baijiu’s global market share in 2009 accounted for 31% of spirits world-wide.

Starbucks in Xi'an E-mail
City Life - Report
Written by Anthony DiFiore
It appears that I’ve located the most wretched hive of scum and villainy in Xi’an, and it’s a place you’d least expect. Starbucks. These past two nights I’ve gone to the downtown Starbucks near the Drum Tower section of Xi’an. It’s been a great place for free wireless internet, coffee, cheesecake, and studying/conversation. Each time has been an experience.

The first time I went in a group of six. At one point the waitress came up to us and said to watch our bags closely because two thieves were just in the coffee shop. This was around dinnertime. Last night I closed out the Starbucks. Peter (one of the guys on the trip) and I went to Starbucks to chat & do some work. I got one of those café vanillas, or vanilla cafes (I’m such a poor Starbucks-orderer, I really think the Barista community hates me) and a piece of green tea cheesecake. I can testify that the Chinese will make a green tea anything. If it’s edible and can have a green tea taste, it exists in China.

Fishing in Xi'an E-mail
City Life - Report
Written by Alex Absar
Fishing, that's a leisure activity which is not only helpful for refreshing your mind but also helpful to improve your power of patience. Being a Bangladeshi guy, I can live without meat and noodles but I can't without fish and rice as it is our national food. After five years living in Xi'an, I discovered an awesome place for fishing with wonderful landscape of mountain and stream.

If you like fishing, you shouldn't miss out such a beautiful spot if you visit Xi'an. It's called Yang Qiao which is located at the edge of Southern superb. It will only take 40 minutes for you to get there by bus from the TV tower. You can take either 905 or 923 bus to the South and simply get off at Yang Qiao. Afterwards, walk towards South for 50 meters where you will see a big gate and a sign board for fishing.

Strawberry/Cherry Times! E-mail
City Life - Report
Written by Alex Absar
If you are confused about what to do during weekends this month in Xi’an or if you feel like you have visited almost all the places in Xi'an, then, you should gear up for a day trip to visit beautiful strawberry field and Cherry garden. They are not so far away from downtown neither inconvenient to get there.

It's gonna be very surprising to the people who have not seen strawberry field before cause they often think strawberry grows on the trees as the other usual fruits. Anyway, fresh strawberry right in your mouth straight from the field always tastes better than the ones from the market. You can take either 215 or 603 bus from the bell tower heading to south and get off at the bus stop Quzhengfu (区政府) to switch the bus to get on 4-08 bus to Luanzhen (滦镇). You gotta take Chinese typical Tricycle from Luanzhen to get to the strawberry field.

International is what? E-mail
City Life - Report
Written by Peter
What are the criteria in China used for a company to be allowed to term the phrase “International” within the title of their business, eg International Hotel. It seems apparent to me that this is a clever deux started by someone, with an idea that far stretches meeting demands of “International” clients.

Let us dive deeper into this “International” word, by using two examples of places I have been at recently with the word in their names.

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