Tea Chart: Classifying Teas by Fermentation

Here is a “tea chart” created by a friend from work. It’s goal is to separate tea types by percentage of fermentation, which is a chemical process brought about from exposure to heat and oxygen. Useful Mandarin 绿茶 – green tea 红茶 – black tea / red tea 黑茶 – black tea If you thought … Read moreTea Chart: Classifying Teas by Fermentation

Tea and Tea House Culture

One of the coolest parts about living in China is the opportunity to refine your tea drinking palate. Although I still haven’t given up coffee completely, there are lots of interesting, different types of teas which I’ve come to know since moving here. One type which is relatively unknown in the U.S. is pu’er (普洱茶). … Read moreTea and Tea House Culture

Formal Mandarin Chinese (五道口 banner example)

Above you will see an advertisement from the back of a bus stop just outside of the U-Town shopping center. The poster shows two shop owners not accepting cash, stating they prefer customers use their digital wallets (不收现金). The poster was sponsored by the People’s Bank of China (中国人民银行) and interestingly at a time when the … Read moreFormal Mandarin Chinese (五道口 banner example)

Is the Term “China Hand” Still Relevant for Foreigners in China Today?

The word 中国通 (zhongguo tong) means “China hand” or “China watcher” in Mandarin. It’s a combination of 中国 (zhongguo – China) and 通 (tong – to know well). The three characters, when combined together, create the meaning of one who knows China well, i.e. a “China hand”. Today it’s still used to describe foreigners in … Read moreIs the Term “China Hand” Still Relevant for Foreigners in China Today?

The Difference Between 外婆 and 姥姥 In Chinese

Do you know how to refer to your maternal grandmother in Chinese? It depends on who you ask. One way to say it is 外婆 (waipo). The first character, 外 (wai), means outside. The second character, 婆 (po), means grandmother. The two characters come together to mean your “outside grandmother”, as in traditional Chinese culture the women goes … Read moreThe Difference Between 外婆 and 姥姥 In Chinese

40 Years of Reform and Opening up in China – the Importance of Perspective

By all records and opinions, China has developed quite fast over the past forty plus years. Starting in 1978 with Deng Xiaoping’s famous market reforms, the country has maintained an annual GDP growth of 9% on average. In fact, if you were to compare a modern Chinese city (commonly referred to as “first-tier”) with one … Read more40 Years of Reform and Opening up in China – the Importance of Perspective

Business Lessons from Luckin Coffee (瑞幸咖啡)

Business Lessons from Luckin Coffee (瑞幸咖啡) The rise of Luckin Coffee (瑞幸咖啡) in 2018 has everything that you’d want in a good China business case. A homegrown company that has leveraged technology and other assets to build a strong brand early on. So, what can we learn from Luckin Coffee about doing business in China? … Read moreBusiness Lessons from Luckin Coffee (瑞幸咖啡)

Jack Ma Talks Big Data and Poverty in Guiyang

Jack Ma Talks Big Data and Poverty in Guiyang Executive staff from Chinese organizations like Alibaba, Tencent, the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, Mengniu Dairy Group came together this past Sunday (5/27) at Guiyang’s third annual China International Big Data Expo to discuss the important topic of how to use big data to eradicate poverty. … Read moreJack Ma Talks Big Data and Poverty in Guiyang