The last weeks in China

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I planned to see a lot more things in China in the second half of my stay but due to weather conditions and some problems with my thesis I couldn’t really organize all the trips I had planned. Instead I stayed mostly in Nanjing to see the places I hadn’t seen yet, such as the remainings of the old city wall or the Fuzi Miao temple and the Purple Mountain which is covered in countless …

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Work is hard!

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The last post before I leave for 2 weeks through China. We had a visitor from Germany in the office for the last weeks, so a lot of meetings all day long and of course social activities. In comparison to Germany it is definitely more usual to spend company money for the entertainment of the guest as well as the team the guest works with. So for Wednesday I originally assumed we would just go …

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Chinese Language (part 1)

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Disclaimer: I am far away from actually speaking or understanding Chinese! Actually I do know enough words for basic conversations…in theory. The problem is that people generally don’t understand me because of the pronunciation and intonation of what I say. I also know that probably not everything I will write here is 100% true, however it gives a little insight in how the language works and if you are advanced enough to spot the mistakes …

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Shopping in China

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So shopping in China is not significantly different from other countries…you have the usual big supermarkets (walmart, carrefour,etc.), you get shopping carts or plastic baskets for your errands, you pay at the end at a usual cashier…so far so good! A few things still are different: Somebody might stay at the entrance to hand you a shopping cart so that you don’t have to walk the additional 2 meters I couldn’t find something between a small …

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Annual Dinner

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So as I said before people were practicing for weeks now for their performance at the Annual Dinner Party, everyday they would gather in the meeting rooms for rehearsal.  In the beginning I had no idea what kind of show I should expect. I knew of two colleagues that sang a German song so I assumed it would be something karaoke-like just on a bigger stage. A few days ago then I witnessed the rehearsal of “my” …

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Trip to the North

Finally in a few days I will start travelling! As I was working during the christmas days while everybody in the rest of the world had days off, now there is the Chinese New Years’ or Spring Festival, where basically nobody in China works. It’s the biggest holiday in China and also the biggest relocation of population you can imagine. Everybody is going hom to their family to spend the holidays with them. Now, while …

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Work in China

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With all my preparation for working in a Chinese office, I was quite surprised when I arrived there…many of the stereotypes are, at least in the Schenker office, hardly true. At least the atmosphere is kind of like in a German office, although way more quiet. Anyway there are a few things worth mentioning: There are shuttle busses in the morning and evening, so nearly everybody arrives and leaves at the same time. I was …

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A month without (nearly) any fork!

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One month in China is over! Since my meal in the plane to Nanjing I have seen and used only one fork, everything else was eaten with chopsticks, spoons and my fingers. So what I learned about Chinese people is that they eat!…always!…a lot! On the streets you find restaurants or kitchen every few meters and if there are no restaurants, there will be somebody on the street selling something according to day-time. It is nearly always …

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The Nanjing Massacre

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After basically everything I had planned for this weekend (4/5th of January) was cancelled for several reasons, I had a free Saturday to tick off some of the tourist sites in Nanjing. I decided to visit the Memorial for the Nanjing massacre, which is only 5 minutes’ walk from my apartment. To be honest I didn’t know much about the event up to that point. I only knew that Japanese soldiers killed a lot of …

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