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China's Incredible Find
Created: 12 September 2013
Author: ND
The terracotta army was discovered by accident in 1974 at Xian, in China, when local farmers digging a well broke into a pit containing 6000 life-size terracotta figures. Excavation in 1976 revealed two further pits both filled with terracotta warriors. On the eastern side of the tomb a number of small pits have been found containing the bones of horses and smaller size terracotta figures of grooms. Since then discoveries have continued to be made at the site and to date the remains of nearly 8000 terracotta figures have been recovered. The terracotta army was guarding the tomb of the First Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang di, who lived over 2200 years ago. He became famous for unifying the warring states into what is now China, and for becoming the country's first emperor. He is remembered for instigating the building of the Great Wall of China, and the fanatical fear of death and an obsessive quest for the secret of immortality.

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Cross-cultural communication
Created: 11 September 2013
Author: Daniel
Some time ago, I read an interesting linguistic article called Inscrutability Revisited by Linda Wai Ling Young ("Language and Social Identity", 1982, Cambridge University Press) comparing English with Chinese discourse strategies, and arguing that, basically a lot of the frustration English speakers encounter in "getting things done" in China can be attributed to a clash between acceptable discourse strategies between the languages. The article argues that the choice of discourse strategies employed by speakers of either languages is in fact determined by the structure of the language itself. It notes that many utterances (some 50% of them) in Chinese follow a grammatical structure typed as "topic-comment" which stands in direct contrast to the format of European (inc. English) languages which is described as "subject-predicate".

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Chinese Banquets
Created: 07 September 2013
Author: Momo
As a foreigner living in China, I've had countless banquets thrown with me being the guest of honor. A banquet to welcome me, a banquet to see me off, and banquets in between with numerous leaders, members of the communist party and sometimes just interested people who want my friendship and a chance to practice their English. The banquets start off with handshakes all around, translation when needed, and creating a seating arrangement that is suitable for the neccesary 'feng shui', with the guest of honor facing the door. Drinking is a major deal at the banquets, and any excuse to drink will be made. "Lets drink to this" and "lets drink to that..." Sometimes it's exhausting.

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Eating out for "Nianyefan"
Created: 23 January 2013
Author: Local Ren
Nianyefan is the Chinese term for the dinner on the eve of Chinese New Year (CNY). Marking the end of the year and the coming of the new lunar year, it is regarded as the most important reunion meal for Chinese families and is traditionally cooked at home as a big event, with delicacies usually unavailable and different from everyday dishes.

Traditionally, Chinese will travel from all over the country to be with their families for the meal, which always includes a fish dish - considered a symbol of prosperity - and plenty of toasting with rice wine. Until a few years ago, almost every family in the city ate at home, while restaurants shut for the evening. When I was a little kid, I always looked forward to the CNY for good meals and some other entertaining things.

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Chinese Superstitions
Created: 23 January 2013
Author: Local Ren
Many Chinese sank into absurdity, rushing to wed before the coming of the Rooster Year (2005), a "widow's year" made by an ancient superstition arising from a calendar quirk. Because of the vagaries of the Chinese lunar calendar, that Rooster Year did not contain the traditional Start of Spring. For many here, that means the Chinese year is a bad one in which to marry.

It is true that Chinese New Year is a high time for practicing Chinese superstitions. Regardless of the year you were born, there are certain customs that many Chinese adhere to during the New Year. Shooting off firecrackers on New Year's Eve is the Chinese way of sending out the old year and welcoming in the new. On the stroke of midnight, every door and window in the house has to be opened to allow the old year to go out. Many people also abstain from eating meat on the first day of the New Year because it is believed that this will ensure a long and happy life. Some may eat a whole fish, that represents togetherness and abundance, or a chicken with its head and feet intact, which symbolizes prosperity.

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University News top
Fight for Jobs
Created: 29 September 2009
Author: Hou Jing
Chinese University Graduates on a job fairXiao Zhang, aged 22, a college graduate in Xi’an, is just out of a job market. She looks depressed and exhausted. Like many graduates from the countryside, Xiao Zhang hopes she will be able to stay in a big city like Xi’an after graduation. However, the future of landing a teaching position in a middle-school in the city is bleak for the English major. It is the sixth time she has ever been to a “talent market”. But her talent is still waited to be found out.

Actually there are millions of students who are in the same boat with Xiao Zhang. The job-hunting season usually starts in November for college graduates. Each year after Chinese lunar Spring Festival, they make a high-speed rush toward desirable jobs. However, in the spring of 2009, the situation is harsher than ever.

As the economy worsens, the number of employed college graduates in the season has hit record low. According to Xiao Zhang, in her grade, only eight students out of forty-nine have signed employment contracts by the middle of March, 2009, which is less than 20%, compared to over 70% the same time last year in her department. Those lucky ones are mostly male students. Straight-A girl students have to face even more of picky eyes and strict selection than their male counterparts.

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More exchange and closer ties
Created: 05 September 2009
Author: ND
Martin Winter, vice president of the University of Vechta (Lower Saxony, Gemany) recently was on a 3-week trip in China to meet with representants of universities for the purpose of discussing co-operations and exchange programs. Among other cities, such as Beijing and its BISU (Beijing international studies University) he has been to Xi'an as well.

He met Prof. Wen, a germanist of Xi'an International Studies University (XISU) which is a partner of the University of Vechta since many years. Approx. 10 germanistic students from Xi'an are being invited to study germanistic in Vechta every year. Martin Winter thanked Wen for the good co-operation and called Wen and all present members of the XISU, honourable representants of their city and their University.

Wen expressed great appreciation for the care of their students in Vechta and wishes to extend the co-operation. Herefore he wants to invite german professors from Vechta to teach in XISU.

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Calligraphy Exhibition
Created: 15 June 2009
Author: Chen Li
On March 10,a Sino-Japanese calligraphy exhibition was held on Chang’an campus, Shaanxi Normal University. The exhibition is hosted by the College of Fine Arts of Shaanxi Normal University and Japan Soka University. Calligraphic works of both universities students will be presented.

”This is the first time for us to hold such an exhibition,”accroding to Xiao zhenghong,a vice-chancellor of Shaanxi Normal University.

“By this exhibition, we hope to promote the  cultural exchanges and strenghten friendship between us two universities.” said Mr Xiao. The exihibition will last a week, until 17. March 2009.

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China - Between Past and Future
Created: 24 January 2013
Author: 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.

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Created: 16 January 2013
Author: 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.

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Starbucks in Xi'an
Created: 03 November 2010
Author: 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.

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Fishing in Xi'an
Created: 03 July 2010
Author: 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.

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Strawberry/Cherry Times!
Created: 12 May 2010
Author: 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.

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The Elderly Boom
Created: 14 September 2013
Author: Local Ren
For nearly three decades, Mao Zedong encouraged population growth, seeing it as an asset to development. In the late 1970s, amid a runaway population boom, Mao left one extreme for the other and slapped on a one-child policy to limit the offspring of couples. Since then, the policy has halted an estimated 300 million births, leaving China's population at 1.3 billion today.

A possible effect of the "one child" policy, however, is the hastened arrival of China's silver tide. The consequences of the policy had not all been fully recognized when it was put into effect, but note that overpopulation is a far more problematic situation than an "aged" society. The early arrival of an aged society is an inevitable price for solving the great pressure of overpopulation. If we hadn't carried out the policy, the uncontrolled increase in population would be too large of a burden to shoulder.

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Tedious Taxi Trouble
Created: 11 September 2013
Author: Bro Fan
Cab driver got the full whack of my jetlagged frustration as I arrived into the capital this morning. A female cab driver, I might add - always a novelty over here, but in my epic experience, on balance they do tend to be the ones that rip you off even more blatantly than their male counterparts. And this specimen certainly did herself proud.

If you’ve ever arrived at Beijing airport, you’ll know the score - before you’ve even got your baggage there’s already some geezer puffing on a fag collaring you for a cab. “Taxi SIR!!?” - I scowl - “Maybe later” he concedes, moving onto the next whitey and his fabled bulging wallet. Once in the arrival halls, the floodgates are unleashed as all manner of brown-coated shifty-looking males attempt to lure you into their respective rattling vehicles.

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Time for some introspection
Created: 11 September 2013
Author: Bro Fan
Sure - you may have harboured fantastic illusions of 6am tai chi sessions followed by fresh fruit breakfasts direct from the countryside before hopping on your bike to work/school/the commune. A low-fat diet, heaps of reading, bit of dabbling with the lingo - you’re not even three months in and you feel 21 again, cholesterol and stress levels back down to zero, right?

Ha. It all goes sour when you realise just how early 6am is. Especially just to go and wave a cardboard fan around with the old dears in a car park, at the mercy of the freezing morning wind. Then, your ideal breakfast is reduced to your inhaling of a few baozi as you run to work, late - and hungover, since last night you discovered tequila’s sick cousin, Baijiu. You don’t even smoke, but within 6 months, Beijing’s air will allow you too to sample the lungs of an 80-year old asthmatic first hand, plus the skin complexion to match.

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Hot and Noisy
Created: 09 September 2013
Author: Mary Higgins
One of the things about living in China is that you just can’t get any damn time to yourself. Wherever you go, no matter how far, there will ALWAYS be someone else there. If you climb the most distant part of the Great Wall, a little old lady will follow you all the way up trying to sell you cruddy postcards.

If you climb some far off sacred mountain, there will be someone at the peak trying to flog you a picture book, a bottle of fake water or some instant noodles. On the other hand, Chinese people seem to be cool with this. They find comfort in groups: Chinese people like “热闹″ (”re’nao” - literally, “hot and noisy”) - crowds of people, lots of noise and colour. This is fun.

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There’s more space at the back of the bus!
Created: 09 September 2013
Author: Mary Higgins
When the summer heat becomes unbearable, I leave my bicycle in the parking garage and I head to the good 'ol bus stop. I don't mind the bus, it's relatively quick and more importantly, air conditioned but it does have the effect of driving my “rage-o-meter” through the roof. If you ever see a bus drive by in Shanghai, then you are sure to notice that there is an enormous depression right in the center of the bus. This depression is a result of every passenger without a seat refusing to move any further away than their arms gripping the doors will let them. It doesn't matter if they are getting off in 17 stops. For some reason they absolutely must be within arms reach of the door at all times. This is most noticeable when you need to get by someone to get off, the people in front of you will usually do no more than slightly arch their backs or barely twist their shoulders.

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Top 75 books for learning Chinese
Created: 09 September 2013
Author: ChinaOnSite
Mandarin Chinese isn't a very complex language, in real life, if you have Chinese-speaking friends then you can practise with them or there are a numerous online Mandarin schools exist for helping improve your Chinese. But the most important is that you need to be practiced daily with your Chinese learning books, it is the most convenient way to learn Chinese.

First, you may think that Chinese is difficult to learn, but once you try to understand it, you will embrace it and it will be now easy for you to cope up with it. There are plenty of books and multi-media materials for learning Mandarin Chinese. You can find out what is the best for becoming your Mandarin Chinese learning resources. The following are some top selling books for studying and learning Chinese language in Amazon.

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Mao's Revenge
Created: 30 July 2010
Author: Daemon Borek
If you're North American you have heard the stories of Montezuma's revenge. Horrible stories of visiting Central and South America and getting a stomach bug that side-lines you from travel for days at a time while you pray to any God who will listen to make your body stop exorcising the demons of last night's supper.

It’s a common story for all traveler’s to share around a hostel bar table and can usually bring about a series of one-ups that clears out a table faster than a guy expressing his heartbreak at a Super Bowl party. And in this vein of naming the stomach bug based on a region’s leaders, I would like to present “Mao’s Revenge” for common use for those of us floating around this great land. Mao Zedong was not the biggest fan of foreigners, albeit with good reason, and would probably not be super impressed with the increasing amount of us here in China.

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Learn Standard Chinese
Created: 27 April 2010
Author: ND
We discovered a great free resource to learn standard chinese and dozens of other languages as well. And we want to share it with you: "Standard Chinese: A Modular Approach", provided by the Foreign Service Institute. This institute teaches foreign languages to U.S. diplomats, military- and embassy personnel abroad. These courses were developed by the U.S. government and are in the public domain now. FSI says:

"This course is designed to give a practical command of spoken Standard Chinese. Nine situational modules form the core of the course. Each core module consists of tapes, a student textbook, and a workbook. In addition to the core modules, there is a resource module and eight optional modules". The amount of materials for Mandarin is excellent and will keep you busy for many days - if not weeks. The content comes as .PDF files. That makes it easy to use the materials and lessons on every platform (Iphone, Mobile PSP, iPad, Linux, Windows, OSX...).

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Finding Work in China II
Created: 26 April 2010
Author: David A. Dayton
Here’s what I’ve been telling people about starting a business here. First, you have to really understand what China means for you. China is not competitive in commodities. China is not competitive in small qtty’s. China is not a billion people just waiting for (enter-your-brand-here) because it’s a poor country that only wants something (other than money) from the West. While there are certainly culturally specific rules about working (successfully) here, the laws of business, in particular the rules of due diligence, still apply in China.

To be honest, China is probably a waste of time/money for many small companies when costs, mistakes and shipping are figured in. Really. Unless you know what you’re doing here, China will kill your bottom line and production quality.

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My desert-island...
Created: 28 January 2010
Author: Noruma Mueller
All-time, top five most memorable chinese words / expressions are: 1. Bu hao yisi. As my colleagues in Xi'an tried to explain me the meaning of "Bu hao yisi" I found this is a quite funny expression. My friend said: Look it is quite simple! Imagine you are in the bus and you and another person are standing.

Suddenly one seat becomes free. So you could be nice and offer the seat to the other person standing. Or you could run and take it four you. So if you go and seat in the last free seat you should say “bu hao Yisi” to the other person. Because actually it was not so nice of you! And you are seating while she is still standing! I asked, If I just take the seat and say nothing, it is bad! But if I say “bu hao yisi”, then it is ok? Yes, exactly! So if there is only one piece of cake in the fridge and I don't want to share it with my husband, I just eat it and tell him “bu hao yisi”?!  ;)

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Why We Don't Like It
Created: 06 August 2010
Author: Daemon Borek
It is sometimes said that if you want to keep your friends there are 3 topics that you should never discuss: Politics, Religion, and Abortion. Anyone who has ever engaged in a discussion about any of the above three know that the conversation usually gets heated, as all involve people arguing from an emotional response to the topic based in a personal belief.

Any man who is married understands that when your wife is having an emotional response to something based on her own personal belief it’s best to go “Caveman”; just nod and grunt your way through until she loses steam. Trying to argue is futile and any logic or rationale you think you can bring to the argument is like trying to put out a grease fire by throwing water on it. Well, music is a topic that should be added to that list. This is very true for those of us living in China. The topic of Chinese Music will usually be met with the rolling of eyes and knee-jerk reactions that border on soul crushing insults.

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Real Estate top
Pretty Bubbles in the Air
Created: 12 August 2010
Author: Daemon Borek
My wife came to me at the end of Spring Festival this year and exclaimed, “I think we should buy another house.” We talked it over for a bit and I agreed to go shop around and see what was out there. I was against the idea, for reasons I will get into later, but went along anyway because she has proven to be smarter than me on numerous occasions. After several weeks of looking around and literally reading anything I could get my hands on about the housing market in China, I vetoed the plan. Here are my reasons.

Before we get into the nitty-gritty though, let’s get one thing perfectly clear. I am not an economist, my father was a CFO for numerous companies in the US for 25 years, and spent the last 10 years consulting for small and medium businesses looking to expand and/or merge with larger companies. Unfortunately for my brother and myself, the apples fell far from the tree, rolled down the hill, ended up in a river, got fed into the ocean, and washed ashore in Asia.

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Real estate prices in Xi'an
Created: 12 July 2010
Author: Tang Tang
As of today, the average housing cost of downtown Xi’an, the most developed and inhabited metropolis in Northwestern China, is slightly over 5,500 CNY per square meter (646 EURO or 820 USD). For a common household comprising of 3 family members, an apartment measuring 70 square meters or more (753 ft2) is essential in comfortable accommodation. Preferable is an apartment of 100 square meters or larger in size which would be worth over 550,000 CNY or 82,000  USD. And that is without any interiors nor furnitures at all.

Though not much for some US residents and EU citizens, that’s a ton of money for a common household in Xi’an, China, let alone an individual. Multiply it by 5 and you get the rough average real estate price for Beijing and Shanghai.

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Boom Market: Construction
Created: 12 December 2009
Author: ND
In the last couple of years the Xi'an region has actually grown at an average of 15% per year. The growth in Xi'an is therewith once again 50% to 100% higher than in the rest of Mainland China. You think that China's economic growth of 8% is impressive?

Well, according to the governor of Shaanxi province YUAN CHUNQING an economic growth of 13,5% is being expected this year.

The regional government expects that the average living space per city inhabitant will be more than doubled by 2020. Therefore, over the next decade approx. 427 million square meters of housing space must be constructed.

We do not know how to title this whole development other than "Hot Trendmarket". The frontline of Chinas economic growth offers especially to national and international building companies enormous advantages and chances.

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Real Estate Price war
Created: 15 June 2009
Author: He Meng
Real Estate companies compete desperately for customers these days. Hard times for them but good for consumers. It was never that cheap to buy a house/apartment these days in Xi'an. How long it will last until prices start to raise up again?

It is quite usual these days that real estate companies offer up to ¥100000 discount for their objects to attract buyers. Aggressive marketing and advertising campaign are all over Xi'an, a sign for a hot market situation. The average price in Xi'an now falls between 4500 RMB-4800 RMB. About  300 apartments are sold each day while the profit for real estate companies is 10% per successfull sale.

Since a lot of capital is pumped into the real estate market to support the economy in these days, constructions are "growing" like "mushrooms". Therefore there are more houses and properties than buyers and that pushes down the price. It is a good moment to buy a real estate object!

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Fantasy Club Xi'an
Created: 02 November 2010
Author: Mapo Doufu
Nightclub "Fantasy" in Xi'an from a manly, slightly drunken point of view. When entering Fantasy it seems like a regular nightclub. Of course the first thing to do is to get something to drink. That’s when you first start wondering that what this place is. Bartenders play with bottles like true professionals where a slightly drunken tourist can just stare mouth open wide and admire. But after the short period of admiration reality hits hard.

You see the drink list and notice that prices are ten times higher than in a local supermarket. You panic and an order a beer. It’s 35 Yuan. You try to bargain but of course it’s useless, just shut up and pay your beer. After being ripped off for a beer you try to find a place to sit. Well that’s not going to work out either is it? The tables seem to be full every time. The tables where older Chinese guys are laughing with several young women and drinking whisky makes you smile and wonder. But it’s better not to say anything. I guess it’s a win-win situation. Okay, you couldn’t find any place to sit so you have to go for the plan B. Hit the dance floor.

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Stumbling in Xi'an
Created: 18 August 2010
Author: Daemon Borek
“I’m Doug Stanhope and that’s why I drink.". If you have ever watched Charlie Brooker’s “Newswipe” you will be familiar with the statement above. If not, you get the general idea. Sometimes the reason to drink can be as simple or complicated as all that utterance entails. And in celebration of the hapless liquor pigs around the world, let’s do a little something about boozing it up Xi’an style.

I’ll start off with the normal options and slowly move into the less traditional and infinitely more interesting ones. There are a plethora of options available in Xi’an when alcohol is involved and I truly feel sorry for people in Xi’an who don’t drink. Drinking is a time honored tradition in Western culture and thankfully heavy boozing in Xi’an is not like England in the 1800’s.

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Xi’an Underground Notes
Created: 24 July 2010
Author: Daemon Borek
Sometimes we like to think of the past in a deluded nostalgic way that just takes the good and conveniently leaves out the bad. My memories of my 7+ years in Xi’an are inevitably littered with omissions and thought of in the way an American sees a Norman Rockwell Christmas poster. But I do have one glaring exception to this rule and that is in the music scene that once thrived here and threatens to have a stunning re-birth.

After living in Xi’an for about 4 months in the spring of 2004 my friends and I stumbled across some concert posters on the top floor of the Bai Hui market in Xiaozhai. Being an avid music fan, due mostly to having no musical talent, I convinced the others to start attending these shows with me. They jumped at the idea and whether we were went to a show on Bar Street (DeFuChang) or one in a condemned roller skating rink in an alley outside XiGongDa, the concerts never disappointed.

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1+1 Club
Created: 04 October 2009
Author: ND
When you enter the door of this popular club a standard security check awaits you. That is quite normal here for this kind of clubs and should be seen as a positive measure that increases safety. You should make sure that you are dressed "in style", although for foreign guests this rule is not always fully applied. After the "airport like" security check and body scans the atmosphere in the 1+1 will surely impress you.  

The music has a strong but not incovenient volume level and it is powerful and inspiring. Full of energy and most of the songs are in english. We would like to see spanish, french, german, russian or other songs and hits in a different language. It would be something different and reflect real internationalism!

The DJs (especially Dj Elemance is to be mentioned here; check out a big poster of him on the entrance of 1+1 these days!) are top performers. If you ever pass by Xi'an, pay a visit to 1+1. It is worth it! The drink list is very extensive and it offers drinks for all tastes. Naturally for a place like this, the prices aren't cheap. They can be compared to hotel bar prices, so be prepared for it.

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Ryan and Marcello
Created: 13 September 2009
Author: ND
On 3. September 2009 a nice and cosy event took place at OSCAR's Bar and ND was there for you. Marcello Gil and Ryan Peters 2 friendly expats and artists in Xi'an were showing a glimpse of their great musical skills.

Marcello and Ryan are true insider tips of the expat music scene and one of the premier expat artists in Xi'an. Ryan is a gifted singer from South africa, Marcello is a passionate and skilled guitarist from Venezuela. They perform as a Duo and indeed they harmonize greatly together.

Ryan's selection of songs was a perfect mix. He properly got the audience on his side, gained some respect and admiration from the listeners and definitely gained some new fans in the process.

After their performance, Ryan and Marcello sat down with their old and new fans and friends. It was a little neat gig with a great atmosphere and audience of expats and locals.

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