Besides the snow and the heat coming on early, the other big story in town this week is the smog. I realize that I say this about every six months or so, but I think yesterday was as bad as I’ve even seen it in Beijing. Within minutes of stepping outside my eyes were burning […]
Let There Be Snow
Earlier this week I wrote about the unusual heavy snowfall that we had here in Beijing on November 1. One report I saw said it was the heaviest snowfall in 22 years. On Tuesday the Weather Modification Office (now there's a scary govt. bureaucracy for you!) proudly announced that they were responsible for the snow. […]
After my last post on the perils and pitfalls of excessively saying thanks in China, I thought I'd do the obvious thing and talk about what comes next. Whenever I work with a group of newcomers to China, I try to teach them some very basic survival Chinese phrases to help them get around. This […]
Stop Saying Thank You
A few weeks back I had the opportunity to give a seminar for local expats on the subject of communication. Specifically, my topic was on how to communicate effectively with Chinese (not sure why anyone would think I'm an expert on that subject, but…I digress). Styles of communication vary greatly between Chinese and North Americans, […]
Without any warning, winter landed on us this morning as Beijing was covered with more snow than I've seen in the 11 years I've lived here. This was the scene out my apartment window. UPDATE: Well, I guess Farmer Wang was behind all this. State media is reporting that the clouds were seeded last night […]
Without any warning, winter landed on us this morning as Beijing was covered with more snow than I've seen in the 11 years I've lived here. This was the scene out my apartment window.