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PMSA New Zealand – Zhuhai Cultural Programme

by Nick Goldstein  

Two Week PMSA Language and Culture Programme

PMSA zhuahi

I’m not a very good writer, but when asked to write a piece on my first two weeks in Zhuhai as part of the PMSA Programme I volunteered. Not only because I want to get better, but because coming here under InternChina’s culture and internship program taught me the value of doing things you are scared of. That’s why I ended up here writing about InternChina’s program, having already wasted the first 60 words.

The first two weeks were packed! My personal highlights were tea making, calligraphy and Tai Chi classes. Although lots of fun, I also learned a lot. Much like learning about the history of your country helps you understand it today, learning about the details of Chinese culture helped me understand the big picture (it’s a really big picture!)

During this time, we visited two companies operating in the free trade zone. In the same way as our cultural activities, learning about the companies taught me not only about the company itself, its processes and operations, but also the way western firms interact with Chinese. I saw two models, although on the surface very similar, in practice very different, and I felt the difference. If I were to set up an operation in China, I know what I would do differently.

Language Classes

Part of the program was two weeks of intensive language classes. 3 hours a day in a room with other kiwis trying to learn Chinese was invaluable, and although my Chinese is not comprehensive, it is enough to make a contribution to the language gap. In China, at least where I am, the effort is more appreciated than required.

Homestay Experience

The third part of the program was the homestay experience. Make no mistake this was an experience, living with my own family was difficult enough, someone else’s is downright terrifying. Despite this, however, the most valuable aspect of the course was the homestay. Visiting companies and learning about culture is useful, but you only learn so much by teaching. Living in a homestay opened me up to the culture, exposing me to the intricacies.

Examples of what I have learnt are 1. That, at least in my family, no matter how loud your child’s friend is screaming, you don’t tell them off and 2. People really don’t like it when you wear shoes in the house, like REALLY don’t like it!

homestay

What I’ve Learnt

Jokes aside, I learned about the details of the culture, and I have made friends that I will take back to New Zealand. Reflecting on the past fortnight I think the most valuable thing I have learnt are soft skills. Cultural appreciation, empathy, an understanding of the Chinese approach, and an ability to work in Chinese culture, as well as, I believe, an improved ability to work with any culture. I think the friends, contacts and memories I have made are all important. Overwhelmingly, however, participating in this program has been mostly beneficial to my appreciation of different cultures, expanding my mindset.

Articles en français, Avant le depart

Plus Qu’un Simple Stage – Ce que l’on propose Ă  Qingdao!

Mais qu’est ce que l’on entend par la Ă  Qingdao? Cela signifie, des diners, des activitĂ©s et un accompagnement 24h/24.

Je suis actuellement stagiaire dans le bureau d’InternChina à Qingdao depuis maintenant 3 mois, alors laissez moi vous expliquer!

Quand vous rĂ©servez l’un de nos programmes , vous allez rĂ©aliser un stage dans une de nos entreprises partenaires, mais ce n’est pas tout! Les diffĂ©rentes Ă©quipes d’InternChina dans nos 5 destinations vont mettre en place pour vous de nombreux dĂźners et activitĂ©s tout au long de votre sĂ©jour! En effet, nous voulons faire de votre sĂ©jour une expĂ©rience inoubliable! Ce sera l’occasion de se connaĂźtre plus, de s’adapter plus facilement Ă  votre nouvel environnement de vie, ou tout simplement l’occasion de passer un bon moment avec des gens extraordinaires! Envie de voyager pendant vos week-end, c’est aussi possible, nous pourrons mĂȘme vous aider Ă  tout planifier!

Comme je vous le disais, je suis stagiaire dans le bureau de Qingdao, et j’ai eu la chance d’organiser de nombreuses activitĂ©s et dĂźners depuis 3 mois. Je vais vous montrer quelques photos et vous donner plus de dĂ©tails afin de vous prĂ©senter Qingdao, et vous montrer Ă  quel point les programmes d’InternChina sont une rĂ©elle opportunitĂ©!

Surtout lors de votre programme, n’hĂ©sitez pas Ă  nous faire part de vos envies et nous essayerons d’organiser des activitĂ©s qui vous plaisent!Tous les jeudis soirs nous organisons les cĂ©lĂšbres “Thursday Dinners”!

C’est l’occasion de se retrouver pour partager un repas, dĂ©couvrir la cuisine chinoise, ou asiatique, et partager nos expĂ©riences! Je suis aussi Ă©tudiante, comme vous, donc ne vous inquiĂ©tez pas, nous essayons de choisir des restaurants bon marchĂ©, mais avec d’excellents plats! Nous nous fixons un prix moyen par personne de 50 RMB, soit environ 7 EUR, parfois mĂȘme moins!

Comment ça fonctionne? Généralement nous publions un article sur notre page WeChat officielle, ou alors nous publions un message dans notre groupe WeChat!

On essaye de dĂ©crire le restaurant, le type de nourriture, on donne des prĂ©cisions sur l’heure et le lieu de rendez-vous. Si le post vous intrigue, ou que vous voulez simplement passer une soirĂ©e avec nous, il vous suffit de scanner le QR Code pour vous joindre au groupe chat du dĂźner. Ainsi on peut savoir combien de personnes seront prĂ©sentes, afin de rĂ©server une table! En Ă©tĂ©, il y a parfois plus de 30 participants Ă  ces repas!

Mais nous nous occupons de tout, il vous suffit de nous lire rĂ©guliĂšrement pour rester informĂ© et scanner le Qr code pour vous joindre Ă  nous! Facile la vie non?AprĂšs une intense semaine de stage, pourquoi ne pas visiter la ville le week-end? AprĂšs tout, c’est l’occasion de dĂ©couvrir la Chine! Encore une fois, on vous comprend et c’est pour cela que nous organisons des activitĂ©s tous les samedis, et parfois mĂȘme des voyages!

Nous essayons  d’organiser des activitĂ©s diffĂ©rentes chaque semaine! Cela montre bien que la ville de Qingdao Ă  beaucoup Ă  vos offrir! CotĂ© budget, c’est variable, parfois gratuit, parfois 100RMB (13 euros), mais cela reste toujours abordable!

Plus de dĂ©tails? A Qingdao il y a de nombreuses visites Ă  faire : le musĂ©e de la biĂšre, des parcs, des temples, la tour de la tĂ©lĂ©vision, le zoo, l’aquarium, le vignoble
 C’est aussi une ville pour les sportifs: randonnĂ©es en montagne Ă  Fushan ou Laoshan avec notre super guide nommĂ© ThĂ© Vert, de l’escalade, du tir Ă  l’arc, du karting, du bowling
 Pour les passionnĂ©s de culture, c’est aussi gĂ©nial : calligraphie, cours de cuisine chinoise, cĂ©rĂ©monie du thĂ© ou encore cours de Kungfu


En fonction de la saison il y aura aussi des Ă©vĂ©nements particuliers comme des marchĂ©s de NoĂ«ls, le festival de la biĂšre
 En un mot, il y en a pour tous les goĂ»ts, et c’est impossible de s’ennuyer!Nous essayons Ă©galement d’organiser des voyages certains week-ends, afin de vous permettre de dĂ©couvrir d’autres villes!

Par exemple, le mois dernier mes collĂšgues ont organisĂ© un week-end Ă  PĂ©kin! En effet, venir en Chine sans voir la grande muraille, c’est dommage non? Dans le passĂ© nous avons aussi organisĂ© des voyages Ă  Shanghai, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Suzhou et Qufu
 il y a tant de possibilitĂ©s depuis Qingdao!

Et lĂ  encore, vous n’avez Ă  vous occuper de rien! Nous vous fournirons un emploi du temps dĂ©taillĂ© avec les activitĂ©s du sĂ©jour, et nous essayerons de rentabiliser le voyage! Ce genre de voyage c’est un budget, mais cela inclut le transport, le logement et les visites, donc c’est une super opportunitĂ©! Et vous ne risquez pas de vous perdre, puisque notre Ă©quipe vous accompagne!L’équipe d’InternChina vous offre un accompagnement et support 24h/24, 7j/7! Bien sur nous sommes prĂ©sent avant et aprĂšs votre sĂ©jour en Chine!

Quand vous arrivez en Chine, nous venons vous chercher Ă  l’aĂ©roport et nous vous emmenons dans votre hĂ©bergement, que ce soit un appartement ou une famille d’accueil, peu importe l’horaire! offrons une sĂ©ance d’orientation afin de vous familiariser avec votre nouvel environnement, vous donner des conseils et vous en apprendre plus sur la Chine!

Vous recevrez un kit de bienvenue, avec une carte sim, une carte de bus, un plan de la ville, votre adresse en chinois sur une carte, et des goodies InternChina !

Nous sommes lĂ  pour vous Ă  tout moment!

De plus, nos Ă©quipes sur place seront lĂ  pour vous soutenir! DĂšs votre arrivĂ©e nous vous donnerons des conseils pour bien vous adapter! Si vous ĂȘtes malade, nous vous accompagnerons Ă  l’hĂŽpital! Un problĂšme survient, appelez nous et nous ferons tout notre possible!Vous n’ĂȘtes pas encore un pro de Qingdao, alors voici mes recommandations personnelles! Si vous voulez vous y rendre pendant votre temps libre ou y inviter vos collĂšgues pour les impressionner!

Magic Eggplant – ou le meilleur restaurant chinois! çŸŽèŸŸć°”ć€§ć°§äž‰è·Żćș— – Dayao San Road

ChunChuan Iron Plate – le meilleur restaurant corĂ©en ! 青ćț枂掂汱ćŒș苗ćČ­è·ŻÂ  瑞çșłèŠ±ć›­ć†… Miao Ling Road

Huadong Winery – un superbe vignoble: vous visiterez les vignes, le musĂ©e et la cave! Sans oublier la dĂ©gustation Ă  la fin, tout cela pour 50 RMB! ć—éŸ™ćŁćŽ‚ć±±Nanlong Kou, Lao Shan

ZhongShan Park – un superbe parc Ă  la chinoise, ou vous pouvez flĂąner pendant des heures. Le zoo est juste Ă  cotĂ© si vous voulez voir le panda de Qingdao! 澂捗ćŒșæ–‡ç™»è·Ż28ć· Wen Deng RoadJ’espĂšre que mes photos et explications vous ont prouvĂ© qu’InternChina avait beaucoup Ă  vous offrir! Vous ne vous sentirez jamais seul ici, et vous allez vivre une expĂ©rience incroyable, j’en suis persuadĂ©e!

Rejoignez-nous pour en faire l’expĂ©rience par vous mĂȘme!

Travel, Weekend Trips, Zhuhai Blogs

Rural Tangkou Community Project – A Kiwi Trip to the Country

by Kim Whitwell
For the first weekend in December, 19 InternChina staff and interns travelled overland to the rural area of Kaiping, China to experience the rural offerings of historic diaolou country.

tangkou trip

Setting off from Zhuhai, we all made our introductions and settled into getting to know each other. It was the first group trip the PMSA Kiwi students were involved in since landing a week earlier, so friendships were formed pretty early on.

Tangkou Community Project

Met by our tour guide Peter, and newly opened hostel owner Rocky in Tangkou, the group arrived just in time for a cooked lunch made with local produce from the area. Bellies full, and smiles on our faces for the blue skies and green scenery Kaiping was providing for us, we jumped on our bikes and followed Peter for the first of our diaolou tours.

hostel stay

Diaolous are fortified watchtowers built by the overseas Chinese in order to protect their rural home towns. To ensure their families were safe during mass emigration in the 20th century, overseas Chinese sent money back from afar to build them.

Displayed to the public, the presence of dialous are a marker of Chinese history and heritage. It reflects the rich culture and influences from both immigration (styles of décor in the diaolous show western influence) and emigration.

dialou

We wove in and out of rice fields all at the many different stages of cropping. Peter provided the knowledge and the various rural communities provided the photo opportunities. We all soaked in the authentic appearance and operations of the locals who went about their daily business with little more than a “ni hao!” in response to ours. We saw drying bok choy, rice husking, traditional instrument playing and oxen all within an hour.

On return to the hostel, we settled into the night on the roof top area watching the last of the sunlight fade. The hostel kitchen provided another extremely delicious meal, which some interns helped prepare. After, Peter captivated us with more of his extensive and passionate knowledge of diaolou country.

More chat, more beers and more laughter followed well into the night with a great time had by all . The immaculate hostel providing the most comfortable place to lay our heads for the night.

Day Two

Day two arose with breakfast (a personal highlight) of both Chinese and Western cuisine (peanut butter on toast)! Then onto the bus we hopped to travel to some unique UNESCO sites in the local areas.

Bamboo forests and a local wedding greeted us at our first stop. Peter continued his extensive commentary on the history and significance of diaolous, mansions and operations in the local villages. Stop number two provided the Instagram opportunities! Lunch back at the hostel concluded our weekend in Kaiping. Bellies full once more, smiles a plenty and memories made, we filed back onto the bus and travelled a fairly sleepy and quiet journey home.

The Area

Kaiping is an authentic display of Chinese rural life that draws you into a time machine back 30 years. The attractions aren’t crowded or over commercialised so the experiences you have are very much genuine. Peter’s knowledge of the area and history behind it was captivating. He helped bring to life a part of the world not well known or considered in the tourism industry. Rocky has created an accommodation space that also feels genuine and homely. Utilising the infrastructure provided by history within the area the place is quirky and unique. If you are looking for a relaxing, yet interesting, time out from city life, this trip is for you.

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Zhuhai Ready : Meet Audrey, new IC office intern !

About Me

Hello everyone ! My name’s Audrey and I come from Strasbourg, France, and I just graduated with a Bachelor degree in Trade in the European Environment. As part of my studies I already had the opportunity to do an internship in Shanghai in 2015, and this was by far my most memorable and rewarding experience! The idea of going back again to China has been haunting me since, s0 now I’ll be interning in the Zhuhai office for 6 months!

Background

I always had an interest in Asia, I could not explain it, it is just a part of me! My trips to Shanghai made me fall in love even harder. Before I arrived in Zhuhai, I wasn’t stressed at all- I waited for so long after being offered the role that it felt much more like a release to finally arrive! My adrenaline level was at its height when I jumped in the plane and made my way to Zhuhai via Hong Kong and Seoul. At the airport, my roommate and fellow office intern picked me up and brought me home!

 Zhuhai so Far

It has been 1 week so far and Zhuhai is better than expected. The people are nice and welcoming, the food is delicious, the views are stunning and the relaxing vibe is amazing!  The IC office staff are always keen to help and explain anything I need to know. Although I got overwhelmed in the beginning of my stay, the more time passes by, the more this experience seems like to be the opportunity I needed to move on and find my path. I kind of struggled with English at the start of my stay, but time will help and now I feel more at ease with people. Especially as I can enjoy the nightlife here with people from all over the world!

My Expectations

I hope to :

  • Develop my “Guanxi”.
  • Acquire new professional competencies through my work within an international team.
  • Gain more self-confidence.
  • Re-discover and deepen my knowledge of China and its business environment.
  • Enjoy the city and its possibilities as well as the local culture.

Articles en français, Avant le depart

Les options de paiement – InternChina

InternChina Ă©tant une organisation axĂ©e sur les Ă©tudiants, lorsque l’un de nos candidats confirme sa place sur notre programme, InternChina est en mesure d’offrir des options de paiement flexibles pour rendre cette partie du processus le plus simple possible.

OPTION 1

Tous les participants auront la possibilité de payer leurs frais de programme dans les 30 jours suivant la confirmation de leur participation au programme en signant leur formulaire de réservation.

OPTION 2

L’autre option consistera pour nos participants Ă  effectuer le plus petit paiement de 20% de leurs frais de programme dans les 30 jours suivant la confirmation de leur participation au programme et les 80% finaux au moins 30 jours avant leur arrivĂ©e en Chine.

Cela permet Ă  nos participants de confirmer leur place sur le programme le plus tĂŽt possible pour s’assurer qu’ils peuvent rĂ©server les vols les moins chers possibles et se rĂ©jouir d’une expĂ©rience incroyable, dans certaines des villes les plus Ă©tonnantes que la Chine a Ă  offrir !

Merci de nous communiquer votre choix d’option de paiement par mail afin que nous puissions prendre les mesures nĂ©cessaires.

Pour les paiements internationaux nous vous recommandons d’utiliser TransferWise – plus d’infos ici.

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Articles en français, Avant le depart

Le processus singulier d’InternChina expliquĂ©

InternChina est fier d’ĂȘtre le fournisseur de stage en Chine possĂ©dant une approche Ă  la fois Ă©thique et transparente dans le but d’organiser des stages de qualitĂ©, et ce dans une grande variĂ©tĂ© de secteurs.
Le facteur le plus distinctif de notre processus de candidature consiste dans le fait que vous ĂȘtes en mesure de discuter et de confirmer votre stage avec l’entreprise d’accueil de votre choix avant de vous engager dans le programme ou d’effectuer un quelconque paiement.

Vous trouverez ci-dessous une brĂšve explication concernant chaque Ă©tape du processus et de quelle maniĂšre InternChina vous guide tout au long de ce dernier tout en mĂȘlant rapiditĂ© et efficacitĂ©.

1. Exprimer votre intĂ©rĂȘt pour les programmes en soumettant vos coordonnĂ©es via le formulaire de candidature ci-dessous.
2. Un membre de l’Ă©quipe europĂ©enne d’InternChina vous rĂ©pondra dans les plus brefs dĂ©lais avec des suggestions de stage qui vous permettront de jeter un coup d’Ɠil et de juger votre niveau d’intĂ©rĂȘt pour ces derniĂšres. Ces suggestions seront basĂ©es sur la candidature que vous aurez soumise.
3. Vous devez ensuite indiquer au membre de l’Ă©quipe InternChina les entreprises et les stages pour lesquels vous souhaitez postuler, votre prĂ©fĂ©rence pour la date de dĂ©but du stage, la durĂ©e du sĂ©jour en Chine ainsi que l’hĂ©bergement et les prĂ©fĂ©rences gĂ©nĂ©rales du programme.
4. Votre demande sera ensuite transmise Ă  l’un des membres du personnel basĂ© en Chine. Ce dernier vous fournira plus de dĂ©tails sur les postes pour lesquels vous avez montrĂ© de l’intĂ©rĂȘt ainsi que sur la destination. Ce sera Ă©galement l’occasion de vous prĂ©senter au superviseur de stage dans les sociĂ©tĂ©s d’accueil pour lesquels vous souhaitez ĂȘtre considĂ©rĂ©(e).
5. Une interview sur Skype est gĂ©nĂ©ralement organisĂ©e et effectuĂ©e entre vous et la sociĂ©tĂ© d’accueil pour que vous puissiez en savoir plus sur l’entreprise, vos tĂąches et le projet sur lequel vous travaillerez. La sociĂ©tĂ© qui vous accueillera profitera Ă©galement de cette opportunitĂ© pour dĂ©cider si elle souhaite ou non vous accepter pour le poste.
6. Le membre du personnel d’InternChina supervisant la candidature recueillera alors auprĂšs de vous et de la sociĂ©tĂ© hĂŽte la confirmation que les deux parties sont prĂȘtes Ă  participer et Ă  fournir le stage.
7. Si l’entreprise ne convient pas, InternChina a des centaines d’entreprises et de postes intĂ©ressants pour lesquels postuler. InternChina peut Ă©galement suggĂ©rer des stages alternatifs auxquels postuler. Si la sociĂ©tĂ© d’accueil est heureuse de vous accepter et que vous ĂȘtes heureux d’accepter leur offre, InternChina vous accueillera !
8. Un membre de l’Ă©quipe InternChina basĂ© dans la ville oĂč vous vous rendez ou de l’une de nos Ă©quipes europĂ©ennes sera alors en mesure de passer par toutes les Ă©tapes requises avant le dĂ©part et vous aidera Ă  vous prĂ©parer pour un moment inoubliable et dĂ©terminant en Chine.

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Cultural, Internship Experience, Learn about China, Understanding Business in China

Hear It From the Companies: Guanxi & Mianzi

Congratulations! You have acquired an internship in China! By now, you must have researched all about how to successfully communicate and work with your soon to be Chinese co-workers. Through the research you have gathered, you must have read about “face’’ and “guanxi’’ a lot. Well, here’s a bit more, with tips and advice from two of  our partnered companies here in China!

What is Guanxi or Mianzi?

Here is a quick introduction for those that don’t know these two concepts. Guanxi, or “relationships,” is used to describe relationships in their many forms. These can be between friends, families, or businesses.

You can read more about the concept of guanxi from James here, but it is absolutely essential to conducting business and succeeding in China.

Mianzi or “face”, explained here, is so important in Chinese social, political,  and business circles that it can literally make or break a deal! It can be translated as “honour”, “reputation” and “respect,” and the concepts are deeply rooted in the Chinese culture.

So how do you achieve Guanxi and Mianzi??

There are a few ways you can better your guanxi and gain some mianzi- read some comments from our partnered companies on how best to do it!

“Be open-minded, curious, and prepared!” – Marketing firm

The lifestyle and the business environment in China is different than it is in the West, so have an open mind for your new lifestyle here in China. You need to try being patient and understanding of your new cultural surroundings and work with potential language barriers.

Be Curious

Ask lots of questions while you are at your internship! Don’t worry about bothering your new co-workers, they want to help you, so ask away!

You should also engage in conversations while you are at social events, such as dinners, with your coworkers- this a great way of building your “guanxi!” However, you should remember to keep your questions reasonable and appropriate for the situation. You don’t want to ask any questions which might embarrass or cause your coworkers to lose face themselves.

Be Prepared 

Even though you might not know much about China in general, the city you are in, or the language, you can always do a bit of research to show you care enough to learn. This might mean doing some research before you visit, and continuing to ask questions and engage while you are there.

“Offer to buy dinner or go out to eat, and asking for help with and opinions on your work.” – Education company

interns-out-to-lunch-with-their-Mandarin-teacher-build-guanxi

But this doesn’t need to be anything fancy! Even something simple such as grabbing some nice dumplings or noodles at lunch can do the trick. Spending some quality time with your co-workers will be good for your guanxi and networking, and for your daily working life! If your coworkers ask you out for dinner after a long day of work, take the chance and enjoy a good meal and conversations- you will build your guanxi, mianzi and social circle!

Finally, ask for help when you need it. This is still an internship! You aren’t expected to know everything, so don’t be afraid to ask for advice when you don’t know something. Asking a colleague will show you are engaged and interested in the work, and they will appreciate sharing their knowledge of the task with you and gain face. It’s as great to earn as it is to give face!

Feeling ready for that internship now? Best of luck and enjoy your time in China!

Don’t have an internship yet? Check out 5 reasons why you should get one in China!

Learn about China, Travel, Weekend Trips

The Great Wall: From Badaling to Zhuangdaokou

Hey travel addicts! Let me show you the Great wall as you would have never have imagined it!
You might think you know quite a lot about China, but this massive country has plenty of secrets. If you’ve already been, you’ve probably visited the Forbidden City in Beijing, and the Bund in Shanghai. I bet you’ve seen the Terracotta Army in Xi’an, the lovely pandas in Chengdu, and the “Avatar Mountains” in Zhangjiajie


If you have managed to see all these things, it seems like you might be half Chinese now- congratulations! But what if I told you there is way more to China than these popular tourist spots? The Great Wall of China is probably one of the most famous tourist spots in the world, but I’m sure you’ve not seen all yet!

The Great Wall: Tourist Destination

If you’re in Beijing, well of course you should go to the Great Wall, otherwise you’ll never be a brave man – äžćˆ°é•żćŸŽéžć„œæ±‰, as the Chinese proverb said.

For a first experience in China, Badaling ć…«èŸŸćČ­ and Mutianyu 慕田ćłȘ are nice spots of the Wall, and are very well renovated- this therefore means they are the most visited parts of the Great wall, so don’t expect to be the only tourist there!

Quiet Spot

But if like me you’re not really into tourist traps, and crowded places, let me show you another piece of the Great Wall called HuangHuacheng é»„èŠ±ćŸŽ. This is the only lakeside piece of the Great Wall, and some parts of it are not renovated, which means there is the perfect balance of tranquility and adventure- you definitely should try it!

Athletic Spot

If you feel ready for a hike, I have another piece of the Great Wall for you! Zhuangdaokou is one of the unrestored sections of the Great wall in Beijing, and you should definitely visit here if you feel like an adventure. Don’t be scared if you see some signs which won’t allow you to climb there, they are most likely like the “no smoking” signs all over China 
 not really significant.

Unknown Spot

Did you know that the Great Wall isn’t the same everywhere in China? For example, in Inner Mongolia the Great wall is totally different, and it’s of course way harder to imagine how they could defend their country with this kind of wall, made of soil and sand. In every hostel in Hohhot you can book a tour to see those amazing landscapes, and since Inner Mongolia isn’t that far from Beijing, you definitely should go and take a look there!

Do you feel like exploring the Great Wall of China? Then you should apply now!

Qingdao Blogs, Qingdao Eating Out Guide, Things To Do in Qingdao

Tips and Tricks for Qingdao Street Food

While eating street food here, you might think that eating the street food in China is a bad idea and say, “Never will I eat that!” However, I can tell you that soon you’ll be saying “Daily!”

Spit it Out, This Isn’t Food!

At least that is what the small Western voice in your head is saying, annoying you while you are chewing on things that you never would have dreamed of eating before coming to China.

Sadly, you won’t see me eating a scorpion on a stick. If I dared to eat that, I would be grinning in the camera saying “yes, I am a badass!”

I also don’t want to tell you about what you should or shouldn’t try, but I will give advice to help prepare you for the wonders of Chinese street food- especially in Qingdao.

Jian Bing being prepared by a street food vendor in Qingdao

One of the best “pancakes” (jiānbǐng) in Qingdao in process

First Things First

If you want a nice tidy kitchen, then you better stay at home where you will not have to look at messy street food stalls- but you also will miss some of the best food out there. I had my first encounter with street food on the street right behind the University.

Variety of Food

The difference between Chinese and Western street food, that I have seen, is obviously the variety and amount of food offered.

On one stand you will find a type of  pancake, “jiānbǐng” (ç…Žé„Œ), which can be filled with vegetables, crispy wonton or meat.

The always grinning guy from the other stand will give you some spicy chicken meat in a tasty sauce on potatoes, and with an even broader grin he will ask if you want an egg with it.

Ro jia mo is prepared for me
Propably the best “ro jie mo” in Qingdao

You will also find the so called Chinese hamburger, or “rou jia mo” (肉ć€č銍), so called because they both have meat and bread! You will find a guy using a scraper, normally used for plaster, to create flatbread. You will see another guy, with his mouth covered by a mask, mixing the cold ingredients you choose by yourself, such as peanuts, noodles, peppers, ginger, salad, tofu, seaweed and so on, in a bowl, and he will then give you your food directly in a plastic bag.

Street food stalls behind Qingdao University
Normal group of street food stalls (not crowded)

You will have the agile couple trying to break a record in preparing your meal as fast as possible. Him, hammering around like a lunatic on his iron hot plate, her, throwing the ingredients for fried noodles directly in front of his constantly moving spatula. You will find a competing couple selling chicken kebab with rice. Their arms and hands, heads, legs, knees and toes will be covered, to prevent them getting brown skin from the sun, while you will stand there, wearing a T-shirt, shorts and flip-flops, sweating.

But If you are hungry after a long day of travelling or sightseeing, no need to worry. Qingdao can help you out with BBQ on the streets, so search for what you want, sit down and wait for your meal to be prepared over charcoal fire.

Long story short, it is crazy the variety you have with street food, and you can go every day and eat something different. And the best thing is, as far as I got to know, it is the same everywhere! The people and ingredients may vary but the system is the same.

One of the best things to add, street food is there for you night and day!

BBQ grilled over charcoal
Different examples of street BBQ

 

What Street Food to Eat

So, what should you pay attention to?

First, you should apply one rule to all the food you eat, if you eat it and it tastes bad or unusual in a way, then follow your inner voice- spit it out! This may sound hard but believe me, if you don’t want to know what “la duzi” is, follow this advice! You wouldn’t eat bad food at home, so don’t do it in China.

Don’t hesitate to push your way to the front- “active-queuing” is a very popular sport in China! Be prepared to stand your ground and be firm, or you may lose your spot to an old lady who took advantage of the space you left.

When you find yourself standing in front of a vendor, you’ll be asked, “What? How much? Spicy?” You will have a hard time answering in English, but if you have an index-finger attached to your arm you will get what you want with pointing. Nodding and shaking your head is also optional!

Last but not least, for your own health follow some simple rules; go to the stalls that have people queuing up, and to those who are there every day. You can be sure their food is good!

 

Qingdao Blogs, Things To Do in Qingdao

Qingdao’s Biggest Fan: From Student to Intern

Hi everyone, ć€§ćź¶ć„œ! I’m Pauline, the new InternChina Qingdao office intern. This internship will be a great opportunity for my personal experience of course, but it’s also a chance for me to come back to my favourite city in China so far: QINGDAO!

Why Qingdao?

You might want to ask me why Qingdao is my favourite city in China, so let’s try to see how it is different from other Chinese cities and what makes it the best city for me.

I first came here as an exchange student in 2014 and as it was my first experience abroad, I guess I enjoyed it even more. There’s plenty of things to do here- let me try to convince you!

InternChina - Qingdao seaside

Food

Do you like food? Well, one of the most important things is that you can find any kind of restaurant here. As you may know Qingdao is a port city, so the local seafood is amazing for sure! But the other traditional Chinese food is also excellent and not too spicy for a first discovery.

You can of course find Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese and even more Asian restaurants, or if you feel like missing home and having a pizza, or some cheese for the Frenchies, there is plenty of nice European restaurants!

But you definitely should try the famous street barbecue- doesn’t it look tasty?

Street BBQ food in Qingdao

 

Scenery

Qingdao is also well known for its amazing seaside scenery, where you can easily find typical Chinese temples to rest and admire the view. If you’re up for something a bit more challenging, I’d recommend you go to Laoshan (掂汱). Don’t forget your camera because the view from the top is definitely something you need to share with your Instagram followers!

Seaside at Qingdao with a pagoda and skyscrapers in the background

Culture

Are you a fan of Chinese culture and history? You might also want to visit some Buddhist temples, or a typical Chinese park – how about Zhongshan Park (䞭汱慏曭)? You might as well want to see the German legacy, which you can find when you walk around the Badaguan area (慫性慳), or in the Old Town enjoying the old churches and architecture.

I am sure you’ve heard about Tsingtao beer before, right ? If you’re a fan of beer, you can check out the Tsingtao Beer museum, where you can taste the beer at the end, and even customise a bottle with your own picture!

German buildings in Qingdao's Old Town

What are you afraid of in China? Scared that all you’ll see is skyscrapers? Here in Qingdao they are not covering the sky. Of course if you look up you’ll see tall buildings, but also mountains and seaside. The climate here is so comfortable thanks to the sea wind, so you’ll never feel too hot! The language barrier can be a problem everywhere, but here, people are well known to be really friendly. I really experienced it when I got lost -just stare at your map and somebody will come to help you!

Afraid of missing your country? The expatriate community is growing fast, with lots of events and social activities to get involved in. You’ll never be alone in Qingdao!

You should join us in, and Apply Now!

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