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A Gweilo in 1980s China - pt. 10

Written by Tai Pan


When we arrived in Changsha, a group of officials from the local textile factory – the same officials that I was there to do business with – were kindly waiting to welcome us at the train station. 1,122 more words

Story Of My Life

Soul Train

Onboard high-speed rail towards Henan

Changsha, Hunan

January 2014


Zhangjiajie, the real world Avatar, China, 2010

2010 in Zhangjiajie was still the year of Avatar–the movie of the blue humanoid species living on Pandora that broke box office records and surpassed Titanic as the highest-grossing film of all time–because James Cameron has cited the quartz-sandstone formations as his inspiration for Pandora. 581 more words

Zhong Guo

` Security Forces shot dead one person during knife attack in Chinese Hunan Province '

#AceWorldNews Security forces shot dead one person during a knife attack that saw at least people killed, following a row between a vendor and a customer in the western Chinese Hunan province, the city of Changsha, state media reported, as quoted by Reuters. 23 more words

Ace News Desk

Hopping Mad

It was a cold and cloudy Beijing morning and I was explaining to the hostel staff why I was looking nervous about my next food job. 1,098 more words

Foodish Boy

Stinky tofu in Changsha

Changsha is the capital city of Hunan, a province famous for its fiery food.

According to Wikipedia,  it differs from neighbouring Sichuan province in “its liberal use of chilli, shallots and garlic, Hunan cuisine is known for being dry hot (干辣) or purely hot, as opposed to  655 more words


It's Christmas… but not as we know it

Imagine Christmas. Family, roast turkey, mulled wine, open fires, Jesus (if you’re into that kind of thing), the smell of pine needles, mince pies, increasingly incomprehensible Doctor Who specials, pigs in blankets, long walks, Del-boy, parents going to extraordinary lengths to maintain their childrens’ belief in Father Christmas (including my father nibbling carrots into anatomically correct reindeer bite marks – it’s the only explanation), and even a few presents if you’re lucky. 584 more words