Tag Archives: China life

Pagoda at night in Fenghuang ancient town.

Promotion time in Guiyang

As I’m on a morning stroll around Fenghuang’s old canal, the Guiyang branch of English First contact me. I had had an interview with them a week before, but I assumed it was just similar teaching work to what I am now used to. Turns out that they want me to their new Director of Studies, someone responsible for managing the foreign teachers team and resources, coordinating with all the other departments and recruiting potential teachers. In short, a big job. I  was pretty taken aback at first, as I believed I was too inexperienced to take on such a…

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Busy street in Suzhou China

Two and a bit weeks in…

Two and a bit weeks in and I’ve experienced the full emotional spectrum, witnessing two alarmingly contrasting sides to my character in the process. First, shamefully, was the despairing shambles of a guy blatantly out of his depth, forsaking the mistake of ever having came to China in the first place. ‘I could be at home right now, where life was so easy…’. On the other hand, I’ve also experienced what I like to think of as ‘Michael Palin’ moments – the intrepid explorer striding confident and curious into the unknown. Firstly, I should probably get it out the way…

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Nick: China – Round 3

My arrival in China this year was very different from my previous experience. I had been to Beijing for a month in 2007, and Dalian for a year in 2010; this time I was headed for Hangzhou. The purpose for my visits was also becoming progressively more serious. Beijing was just one big bar and club crawl combined with a big fake shopping adventure. Haggling was so much fun. I bought so many fake clothes, trainers, Zippos, and replica fighter pilot helmets that I ended up having to pay $300 USD in excess baggage charges on the flight back, which…

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Chinese menu in South West China

Culture shock and how to handle it

When travelling half the way around the world to begin a new adventure in a culture so different from your own then it is probably no wonder why many new TEFL teachers suffer from a hefty initial dose of culture shock. Here’s a look at some of the stages of culture shock and how to handle them. 1) The honeymoon phase  Firstly comes the honeymoon phase. On moving to a new culture, you will tend to look at your new environment through rose tinted lenses, seeing the good points of all difference you encounter . This will almost certainly start…

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Christmas dinner, A Chinese Christmas Special

In the spirit of the festive season i thought that it would be interesting to see a Western Christmas dinner to cook Chinese style. That’s exactly what we did!   Picture of the bits that we left out of the roast Mashed potato, vegetables and a roast chicken, ate on paper plates and eaten with chopsticks. This was my first Christmas dinner in China and was a crazy fusion of Western tradition with an Eastern mix. After the dinner we cooked between us we went to a club and finished the night in style. Not a bad way to celebrate…

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