Month: August 2016

Tipping in China: To tip or not to tip?

One of the great attractions in China is that there is NO TIPPING. Many foreigners ask themselves during their stay or while traveling through Mainland China whether they need to give a tip in restaurants or when using services.

Numerology in China – Lucky and unlucky numbers.

Most cultures have their lucky and unlucky numbers. In the West, many people from various countries believe that the number 13 brings calamity (with Friday the 13th being an especially unlucky day), whereas 3 and 7 are usually seen as benign. Most Western fairy tales, for instance, use the numbers 3 and 7 in a…

Shenyang Style Fitness.

When you’re thinking of fitness, which pictures come to mind? Vigorous young people with perfectly muscled bodies who sweat in well-equipped gyms? This is one side of fitness in China in general and Shenyang in particular. Another is that of hordes of the elderly who populate parks and squares to pursue all sorts of activities…

Hiker Diary – Preface and Episode 1

In this, the Hiker Diary, Buke Wang will introduce you to places in Shenyang by words and pictures. They are not necessarily all landmarks but guaranteed to be charming and good for half-day tours. Instead of locating them clearly, the Hiker Diary will only give some hints, so that readers can do some exploring of their…

Discover the Hungry Ghost Festival

The (Hungry) Ghost Festival (中元节,  zhōngyuán jié) is a Buddhist and Taoist festival held on the 15th night of the 7th month of the Chinese lunar calendar. Tradition claims that the 7th month of the lunar calendar is ghost month, where ghosts and the spirits of your dead ancestors come back to earth to visit…