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Share U Don't Know Chinese Food - Part 1
2016-11-28 08:44
After about 8 months of living in China, people asked me what I liked most about China. I always replied, “That’s easy. I love the people and, I luvvv the food.” If all you know about Chinese food is what you get at Panda Express or at your local Chinese restaurant, then, when you visit China, you’re going to be in for a huge shock. Chinese people love, love, love hot peppers and spicy food. Being from Texas, I’m a near expert (at least on eating; ha!) spicy food. We blended the more bla ...
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Share U Don't Know Chinese Taxis
2016-11-28 08:41
In addition to e-bikes, bicycles and cars, China provides very good public transportation. My favorite way to use public transportation used to be taxis. Taxis are cheap, available and of course, will take you wherever you want to go. I grew up and lived in a small town in Texas. My family still lives there. I wasn't used to taking the bus or taxi when I came to China. I knew nearly nothing about them. The little that I did know from traveling in other countries, I guess I had forgotten. Most ...
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Share U Don't Know Chinese Hot Pot
2016-11-28 08:40
Another phenomenon that I’ve not seen in the USA, yet, does exists in many of the Chinatowns of our larger metropolitan cities, is ‘hot pot.’ It is a simple concept. Special tables are built for the hot pot restaurant. They simply have one or more electric or gas stove top burners near the center of them. You order from a menu and the server will bring you several dishes of raw food. All of the veggies that I’ve mentioned in my other posts about Chinese food are quite common. Also, meat ...
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Share U Don’t Know How To Drive In China
2016-11-28 02:32
You would think that with the long, arduous and very difficult process of getting a driver’s license in China that the driving habits would be better. Trust me. They aren’t. Like I said before, there is little to no enforcement of traffic laws by actual physically present police. You do want to be careful in the presence of traffic cameras. They are watching you and if you break the law, you'll get a ticket. Drivers will often by-pass a long line of cars that are backed up and go dire ...
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Share U Don’t Know Chinese Travel
2016-11-27 22:38
Another surprise that I got after coming to China was the e-bike. This is a scooter that runs entirely on electricity. In fact, the name ‘e-bike’ means ‘electric bike’. Most of them resemble a Vespa scooter. Some of them are more like what I’ve always known as a moped. They actually have the option of peddling them if you run the batteries dry. I got my first e-bike from one of my assistants at the university where I was teaching. She had bought one and it was a bit too big for her so s ...
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Share U Don’t Know Chinese Transportation & Travel
2016-11-27 22:36
U Don’t Know Chinese Transportation & Travel
U Don’t Know Chinese Transportation Travel As I’ve shared in the beginning of this blog, my experience has just been ‘my experience.’ Let me explain. I have lived in East Central China for 5 years. I’ve lived in the city of Zhengzhou in the province of Henan. I’ve also traveled extensively throughout China when I was giving lectures and making presentations at several dozen universities and private high schools. Other foreigners who have lived in China for many years may have had d ...
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Share U Don’t Know Chinese Sports
2016-11-27 22:06
Sports is not such a big topic in China in everyday conversation and especially, television, as it is in the USA. However, China is second only to the USA in total medals won at the recent Summer Olympics in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. I guess the most popular participant sport in China is badminton. In fact, ping pong, though very popular in China, even runs a close second behind it. You see people playing it almost everywhere. The Chinese don’t need a net or court to play it. They will play it ...
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Share U Don’t Know China - Money - Part 2
2016-11-27 21:57
U Don’t Know Chinese Money, Part2 Let me begin by saying that most of my dealings with Chinese people regarding money has been fair, honest and mutually beneficial. President Xi knows that dishonesty in government must be dealt with. He is aggressively going after the cheaters and putting them in jail. I believe he is a great man, full of honesty, integrity and excellent character. In fact, I admire him more than any other leader in the world today. I full well know that most Chinese peop ...
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Share U Don't Know China - Money - Part 1
2016-11-27 21:37
NOTE: I have a blog on several blog sites in the USA that has become quite popular. It is called U Don't Know China. Too many people in the West have wrong ideas about China. It is my desire to help them understand what my experience has been while living in China. I'll share several blogs that I've written there. I'll share the good, the bad and the ugly. U Don’t Know Chinese Money, Part1 Well, this blog (and subject) could go a lot of different directions when talking about money. The ...
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Share Why English Is So Difficult (for Chinese learners)
2016-11-27 21:12
I've taught thousands of students since I came to China in 2011. I've taught hundreds of Chinese English teachers. I've met students who have studied English for 10 years in school. I've met adults who have studied and tried to learn English for 20 years or more. Most of them still have a lot of mistakes. Most of the time their mistakes are common grammar mistakes. Once in a while they will have word choices that are not the best. Why is English so difficult for Chinese students and learners? ...
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MichaelM

Michael is the author of the transformational book, Powerful Attitudes. He is a professional educator, an educational consultant, an author. He lives in Zhengzhou, Henan Province. He enjoys playing guitar and writing poetry. He loves China.

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