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Guest Post: 7 Chinese engineering marvels you haven’t heard about

Guest Post: 7 Chinese engineering marvels you haven’t heard about

China is a home to 1.3 billion people. It is rich in resources and has become one of the leading world powers in defense and energy sector. I would be lying to everyone if I state that Chinese people just made themselves great in this century. The whole world knows this nation is destined to rule the globe one day. Chinese are known to do magic with their work. We have a present example of The Great Wall of China to back our statement. Over the Centuries, China has not only made The Great Wall, but also some other Wonders of the World; such as The Forbidden City, Terra Cotta Army, Shi Bao Zhai Temple and more. Today, China is in continuous development and if you visit this Land of Wonders, you may come across many other Modern Wonders of the World and other Engineering Marvels you haven’t heard about yet.

A structural Wonder is first developed and designed as a building with an ambition to make it special. Chinese engineers and architects are ruthless and determined to the core. Designing and building an engineering marvel is a norm for them. Tourists travel to China from all over the world, to see Chinese engineering geniuses and wonders. If you want to visit China in the near future, you can book your cheap airline tickets with UK Travel Agency flights. Although you may know many of their modern man-made wonders, you may not have heard about the following 7 Chinese Engineering Marvels. So read this article and know more about them. We recommend you to include them on your to-do list in China.

  1. Three Gorges Dam

When we talk about Dams, the first thing comes to our mind is a huge water reservoir which we have seen in our local country and admired. But when we talk about Three Gorges Dam, nothing even comes near when we compare it with any other Dam, especially not the one you have seen; as it is in a league of its own. The Three Gorges Dam is the world’s biggest hydroelectric dam. It is also the world’s biggest concrete structure and the total cost to build it was 56 billion USD. It became fully functional in 2012 and is capable of producing 22 gigawatts of power.

You can go there when you visit China and we guarantee you will be left in the state of awe. It is located in Yangtze region and is one of the best spots for cruise ships. We recommend you to take a Yangtze River cruise to see the full might of this dam.

  1. Bullet Train

We have bullet trains in France, Spain, Japan and other countries but none of them compares with Chinese Grandest Bullet Train System. It is considered a modern engineering wonder of China and is about 22,000 kilometers long. This state of the art bullet train is also one of the best and cheapest way to travel in China. It is convenient and comfortable and can get you anywhere in China in a jiffy.

  1. The Danyang-Kunshan Grand Bridge

The Danyang-Kunshan Grand Bridge is the world’s longest bridge. China has some longest bridges in the world and they are all high speed. This bridge is 164.8 Km long and it was completed in 2011. If you plan to visit China, you should also plan to cross this bridge once.

This bridge is a part of Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway, and it bisects low lying terrain in the Yangtze Delta, river, lakes, and rice paddies.

  1. The Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge

The Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge is the longest glass bridge in the world. It is also the highest glass bridge ever made. This bridge is an example of creativity and passion towards inventiveness. Don’t just plan to visit it, walk over it for an extra adrenaline rush.

  1. The Shanghai Tower

Speaking of Chinese Engineering Marvels, one cannot ignore the second highest standing man-made structure in the world. The Shanghai Tower is a 632-meter, 128 stories mega-tall Skyscraper. It also offers the view of changing colors at the horizon from its highest observation deck. This building is equipped with the fastest elevators in the world and is one of the modern wonders of the world. Every aspect of this building is a record of some sort, so don’t miss the chance to visit it.

  1. Qinghai-Tibet Railway

Apart from state of the art bullet trains, China is also home to the world’s highest train service which also includes the highest train station and highest railway tunnel. It is one of the greatest engineering feats in modern world’s history.

With the completion of this railway track, China has made it easy for people to travel to Tibet, which was not easy to access before.

  1. China National Highway 314 – Karakorum Highway

China National Highway 314, or more commonly known as Karakorum highway, is one of the highest paved roads. This road connects China to Pakistan through the highland and mountains of Xinjiang Uyghur region; and is of very much strategic importance. This highway was made with amazing Chinese engineering and labor hard work. There are many tunnels and one can enjoy a comfortable car or a bus ride through it into the mountains. You can see amazing mountains that are 7000 meters high, along with Yellow River and other beautiful lakes.

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Guest Post: Tips to Stay Productive While Traveling

Guest Post: Tips to Stay Productive While Traveling

Working as a digital nomad has become increasingly popular over the last few years, and choosing to become one has its advantages and drawbacks. Being able to travel and make money at the same time is a very appealing idea. If you think you’re disciplined enough to balance out business and pleasure on your trips, then you should definitely think about working while traveling. However, there are numerous things that could go wrong on such journeys, and here are a few tips on how to avoid them.

Always plan ahead

First of all, it’s absolutely crucial to have a detailed plan on how you’re going to organize your typical day. You’ll have to establish some routines. If you don’t do that, you might end up not being focused enough while working, while on the other hand not enjoying your free time because you know you’re behind schedule with your work.

Your plan will, naturally, depend on the type of job you do, amount of work you have, as well as what you intend to do on your trips and your general habits and routines. It’s vital that you don’t think about work during your free time and vice versa – if you don’t separate the two, you’ll get yourself into trouble and you’re not going to enjoy your stay. Also, have in mind you’ll always need a few days to adapt to a new place, especially if there’s jet lag. So try to design your plan in such a way that you don’t have to work too much in the first few days and that you don’t stay at new places for less than a week.

Break your tasks down

It’s often hard to focus when you know there’s a huge project ahead of you and you haven’t even started working on it. Just the thought of the amount of effort you need to put in might be discouraging, especially if you’re on the road. Therefore, it’s important to take baby steps. Break big tasks into little bits, and think only about completing the next stage. It will be easier for you to concentrate and start working, and the sense of accomplishment after every finished stage will continually push you through your next task.

Work space

One of the things you should seriously think about if you choose to work while traveling is your work space. Ideally, your hotel room or the flat you’re renting can serve as one. But if you’re the type of person that gets distracted a lot when working from home, then working from a hotel room might be even more difficult. In addition to your coy bed and cable TV, there’s a whole world of things out there to discover at this new place and it’s hard to resist to just go out and play. That’s why you should consider other options as well.

In places where there are a lot of freelancers and digital nomads, such as Australia for instance, it’s not difficult to find an inexpensive co-working space or office for rent. Serviced offices are also a reasonable option, because they are more affordable and available immediately or on a short notice. You can find them in buildings run by facility management companies that will provide you with support staff as well. It’s easy to contact them online, so if you’re traveling around places like Australia, renting a serviced office in Melbourne or Sydney is simple and quick.

Charging your devices

Sometimes, you won’t be able to plan everything ahead and you’ll have to carry your laptop around while sightseeing or exploring the city, because you have a scheduled conference call or some work that can’t be postponed. Get used to always having your chargers with you and get an external charger in case there’s no power supply. It’s necessary to carry these with you at all times, since for you they’re just as important as your wallet or documents. Getting a solar-powered charger is not a bad idea as well. It’s easy to use the lack of power supply as an excuse and you simply mustn’t do that.

Prepare for offline situations

There will be times on your trip when there’s simply no internet whatsoever, especially while on the plane or on the bus. A solution to this problem is to download everything you might need in advance, so that you can do some work while being offline as well. Copy-paste important emails, download your tasks, projects and even articles about your industry that you wanted to check out. If you planned ahead to dedicate a few hours to your work, it’s important not to waste them, no matter whether you’re online or not.

Everything said above can be summed up into four words – discipline is key. You’ll be constantly tempted to break established routines but avoid that at all costs. Once you break the deal you made with yourself for the first time, there’s a good chance it’ll be happening again and again. Being spontaneous and impulsive on your trip is appealing, but if this is how you’re going to do it, then you should just simply take some time off and travel around. If you want to work and travel at the same time, then you won’t be able to think and act like an ordinary tourist, and the sooner you realize that, the better.

Lauren Wiseman is marketing specialist, contributor to bizzmarkblog.com  and entrepreneur. She helps clients grow their personal and professional brands in a fast-changing and demanding market, strongly believing in a holistic approach to business.

Super Advanced Sneak Peek!

Super Advanced Sneak Peek!

Hi everyone,

I haven’t made a post in a while, and as usual, that means I’ve been deep into a new writing project. Actually, I’m working on several writing projects. I am hoping to have another Qing Dynasty Mystery out soon and finish the Touching Time series this year.

But for those of you who are fans of Threads of Silk, I am planning to release a new stand-alone historical fiction book next year! Woohoo! I don’t want to reveal too much about it right now, but I can tell you that a lot of the setting is inspired by the aesthetics of where we live in Yangshuo.

The mountains, traditional architecture, and many minority groups who live in the area have given me a new view of the country we have called home for almost eight years. The Chinese countryside is a world away from Shenzhen, where we lived for the last four years. Country living has taken some getting used to, but we really love it here. We just never get tired of that view!

As a tribute to Yangshuo, the book cover for this super-secret book will feature original photos by my cover artist, Cherith Vaughan. She recently came to Yangshuo and took a lot of gorgeous pictures she is hoping to find some way to incorporate into her vision that best represents the book.

I can’t share her pictures, but here are a few I took that day, and even my amateur images look pretty amazing. If you ever wonder why we decided to pack up and move to the middle of nowhere, just refer back to this post.

 

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Guest Post – The 5 Best “Secret” Beaches in China

Guest Post – The 5 Best “Secret” Beaches in China

China. It’s a country rich in humanity, culture, and natural wonders. When we think of China, so many incredible images come to mind, but beaches aren’t usually among them.

China, though, has splendid beaches for enjoyment. The country has about 18,000 kilometers (over 11,000 miles) of coastline. While not every inch is part of a usable beach, China boasts hundreds of beaches.

If you live in any of China’s metropolitan areas, a beach getaway offers you the opportunity to slip away from the intensity of city life. If you are visiting, a trip to one of the serene beaches is a great way to unwind while experiencing yet another of China’s diverse riches.

So many beautiful beaches grace the coastline: Xiamen, Beidahe, Beihai, Puto Island, and many, many more. These are well-known so are crowded.

For those among us who prefer a secluded beach getaway, we’ve compiled a list of the five best “secret” beaches in China. These beaches are public beaches that can be openly enjoyed, but they aren’t so well-known that they attract daily crowds. In no particular order, we present peaceful, beautiful beaches.

1. Sanya

The city of Sanya on Hainan Island in southern China has several popular beaches. This is by far the best beach area in all of China. The region is known as the Hawaii of China because of its beaches.

The beaches are pristine and the waters a beautiful blue. If you love being active on the beach and engaging in water sports like snorkeling, SCUBA diving, jet-skiing, or riding in a glass-bottomed boat to take in underwater wonders, then one of Sanya’s beaches might be for you.

Expect crowds at many of these beaches. The “secretive” part of these beaches comes when you stay in one of the beach resorts. Most resorts have their own private stretch of beach available only to their guests. You get all the perks of these energetic beaches without the crowds.

2. Houhai Beach

Houhai Beach is another of Hainan Island’s many beaches. This South China Sea island has a plethora of sand, surf, and sun for all types of people.

If you want a secluded experience, head to Houhai Beach. The drive or bus ride from Sanya is about two hours, and the trip is well worth it.

This beach is little more than a stretch of sand and shoreline, but it is gorgeous. Nearly unspoiled by human presence, it is clean, clear, and surrounded by natural beauty.

The secret is beginning to leak out, however, and it’s increasingly frequented by surfers. The conditions are outstanding for surfing and for splashing and causally playing in the water as well. Be sure to bring snorkeling gear, for the snorkeling is excellent here.

A handful of small restaurants serve beachgoers. Vendors at fruit stands sell delicious, fresh local produce.

Enjoy hiking on surrounding trails if you want to venture off the beach, and then return to swim or just relax.

3. Coconut Island (Dongjiao Yelin)

In the northeast part of Hainan Island, Coconut Island is barely touched by human hands. Its natural beauty is breathtaking in its wild, largely underdeveloped state.

It’s developed enough that public transportation is available. A two-hour bus ride from the city of Haikou in the northeast part of Hainan Island will get you here.

Once you’ve arrived at the beaches of Coconut Island, you can settle in, stretch out, and enjoy peace and quite on the beach. Stroll up and down the sand without weaving around people and their belongings. The beach won’t be deserted, of course, but it will be sparsely populated.

You just might have the opportunity to gather coconuts, as Coconut Island is so named for it’s plethora of coconut trees. Even if you don’t, the coconut trees enhance the tropical feel of your beach day.

If you desire a break from the sand, you can enjoy the nearby Xinglong Tropical Botanical Garden. Stroll through this beautiful city garden and enjoy the colors and fragrances before heading back to the shore.

Small resorts are just beginning to spring up. Coconut Island won’t be a secret beach area for long.

4. Clear Water Bay Beach #1

If you live or are vacationing in Hong Kong, head to the Sai Kung area on the island. Hong Kong has numerous beaches; Sai Kung’s are the least known among them. This means, of course, that the beaches of Sai Kung are less busy and crowded than elsewhere around Hong Kong.

Of the beaches of Sai Kung, the best-kept secret is Clear Water Bay Beach #1. This secluded beach is smaller and quieter than its sister beach, Clear Water Bay Beach #2.

Perhaps one reason it’s so peaceful and almost deserted is that it can be challenging to access. To access it from the road, one must walk down a long flight of stairs. It’s about a five-minute walk from top to bottom. If you can complete the walk, it’s well worth it.

On almost all weekdays and some weekends, there’s a calming hush about this beach that is instantly stress-relieving. This beach offers no flash in the form of jet ski- or other equipment rentals. It’s made for quiet relaxation activities such as reading, napping, meditating, and meandering.

When you get hungry, take advantage of a large barbeque area. Enjoy a picnic of freshly barbequed food as part of your relaxing day at the beach.

5. Kwun Yam Beach

Find Kwun Yam Beach on Cheung Chau Island, just off Hong Kong Island. Take a ferry (an approximate 40-60-minute ride, depending on whether you take the standard or fast ferry), and then walk for about half an hour to this beach. The fairly long trek deters some beachgoers, making the beach less crowded than it otherwise might be.

If you enjoy watersports, especially surfing, windsurfing, and canoeing, Kwun Yam Beach is the one for you. Rent equipment from the Cheung Chau Windsurfing Centre, and enjoy an active day.

While playing on the water, be sure to spot the unique costal rock formations found in the area as well as the Mini Great Wall, the granite railings along the Cheung Chau Family Trail.

China’s richness extends to its beaches, and its “secret” beaches offer an escape from crowds. Citizens and foreigners alike flock to these beaches for a warm, fun, and restorative break.

Luke runs a beach and travel blog, where he helps his readers prepare for upcoming getaways through in-depth product reviews, and beach guides. You can check out more of his content at BeachRated.

 

Guest Post – 8 Best Careers for Foreigners in China

Guest Post – 8 Best Careers for Foreigners in China

For a long time, the main avenue open to foreigners in China had been teaching English. However, times have changed.

As a result of significant economic growth and the push for globalization, foreigners are finding more opportunities to work in China, within a variety of different fields including sales, marketing, engineering and more. Most of these jobs come from international companies run or invested in by foreigners, but even some Chinese firms are beginning to hire foreigners and expatriates.

Working in China offers not only the opportunity to participate in the fastest growing economy in the world, but also will allow you to experience a new rich and varied culture.

Education

Teaching remains the most common job offered to foreigners in China, though it’s slightly on the decline. A wide range of teaching jobs are available at nearly every level of the Chinese education system, from high school to college, as well as private language schools.

In order to qualify as an English teacher in China, you’ll likely need a Bachelor’s degree and TEFL or TESOL certifications; experience is also very welcome. Teaching is a potential chance for young college graduates with good English skills and little professional experience to work in China.

IT and Engineering

China’s IT industry has been expanding rapidly, and that expansion brings with it a desire to target international markets. As such, Chinese software and tech companies are looking for computer scientists and software developers who understand international standards and languages other than Chinese.

The need for software engineers who are able to bridge the gap between China and other countries is growing, especially in small to mid-sized tech companies. These opportunities are especially concentrated in Southern coastal cities like Shanghai and Shenzhen, which are granted flexible governmental measures regarding free trade due to their status as Special Economic Zones.

Further, the Chinese government is heavily pushing expansion in the IT and tech industries, which is leading to an overall demand for qualified engineers. Newer, specialized fields like clean energy, gas and oil, and the automotive industry especially tend to outsource, as Chinese universities find it difficult to train qualified IT professionals in those fields.

Marketing and Advertising

Just like with IT and engineering, Chinese companies are turning their gaze to the international markets, and are looking for qualified professionals who can help them engage those markets. This opens up opportunities in the fields of marketing and advertising.

Advertising and marketing in China are very different from how products and companies are marketed in other cultures, and Chinese firms looking to launch global campaigns are looking for marketers who understand other cultures.

Large Chinese companies, such as electronics and software giant Xiaomi and e-commerce kingpin Alibaba, have already begun to hire significant numbers of foreign ad and marketing professionals to help with global campaigns, and this trend looks to continue to increase over time.

Translation and Proofreading

Another great way to put English skills to use for bilingual job seekers are the fields of translation and proofreading. Many companies are looking to bring their content into English, and to do so are seeking native speakers of English.

If you are able to demonstrate your advanced levels of both English and Chinese proficiency, you’ll likely be in-demand as a translator. An advanced degree isn’t necessary in order to demonstrate your ability in Chinese, as you can acquire credentials by passing the HSK test.

In addition to a need for translators, the demand for proofreaders is also growing. Chinese students and young professionals are often times required to demonstrate English proficiency, and they’re looking for proofreaders to edit their resumes and other material.

Journalism and Editing

If you’re not fluent in Chinese but have strong English skills, editing is possibly a niche you can fit into. In many cases, Chinese news syndicates will have stories already written in English and are looking for native English speakers with a strong command of the language to perfect these articles. These company even hire telecommute copy editors that can work from anywhere.

Beyond editing, journalism as a whole can be a good field, especially as an area which English teachers can move into over time. It should be noted that many journalism positions involve working non-standard hours, as a number of news syndicates are delivering news all over the world. Beijing, in particular, has a number of state-run TV channels and other media sources putting out content in English at all times.

Sales and Import/Export

If you possess a strong understanding of the way Chinese do business, a job in sales or facilitating imports and exports can be a lucrative start to a career in China. Many Chinese manufacturers are extremely motivated to find foreign connections who can help them move their products to global markets.

This isn’t a position where everyone can succeed – You’ll need to have strong sales skills, the ability to put Chinese firms into contact with foreign distributors and buyers, as well as an understanding of the way Chinese businesses transact.

But if you do possess these attributes, this is probably the best area for you to succeed in. Most opportunities will be located where most of the factories are, with means in Guangzhou or Shenzhen, or else in smaller cities.

Finance

Although Hong Kong dominates finances within the Chinese sphere, the financial system in mainland China has also begun expanding. As a result, this is a market where foreigners with expertise can make inroads.

Banks are looking for senior financial executives, and companies of all types are seeking Chief Financial Controllers in particular. In order to fill these types of roles, you’ll likely need experience with both Chinese and Western finances, in addition to strong financial fundamentals.

Hospitality

China has more and more become a tourism juggernaut, and this trend doesn’t show any sign of slowing. As China welcomes increasing numbers of foreign tourists, its demand for hospitality workers at the front end is also growing, and those positions are the ones in which foreign job seekers have a natural advantage.

This is especially true when it comes to premium hospitality services at places like luxury hotels. VIP type clients expect a certain level of accommodation, which includes interacting with workers who are able to communicate fluently and in a familiar manner. Foreign chefs have also been able to thrive in China in recent years.

Native Chinese students are learning English at significantly increased rates, which means that simply speaking English is no longer enough to guarantee employment in China. To give yourself a leg up, proficiency in Chinese (or at least showing the desire to learn it) is a must in conveying to recruiters that you’re someone who is committed to working in China long-term.

Working in China has its challenges, but it’s also a life-changing experience, one that will give you real-world skills and develop your character significantly.

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Jen McKenzie is a self-employed author hailing from New York, NY. She writes extensively on business, education and human resource topics. When Jennifer is not at her desk working, you can usually find her hiking or taking a road trip with her two dogs. You can reach Jennifer @jenmcknzie

Guest Post – How To Pack Your Life Into a Carry-on

Guest Post – How To Pack Your Life Into a Carry-on

The Numerous Suitcases

Many people are convinced they require at least three suitcases to take a weekend trip. They worry about having the perfect ensemble, shoes, toiletries, jackets for all seasons, etc. These individuals can overcomplicate the process of packing to such an extreme they begin to panic. It is possible to be extremely well prepared for any trip with just one carry-on. The secret is in the planning, and knowing exactly what to pack, and what should be left behind. There are some excellent tips below that should enable anyone to go from three or four suitcases to one carry-on. 

The Necessities Come First

The first step in packing a carry-on is to include the necessities first. These are items it would be impossible to live without including money, travel documents, medication, foreign power adapters, cell phone and undergarments. There may be variations for different people, but basics are basics. Nobody needs to pack a dozen pairs of shoes for a vacation.

Making the Most of the Basics

A classic pair of jeans and a T-shirt will work well for numerous occasions. They can be dressed up or down, and have numerous different looks. A pair of basic flat shoes, dress shoes and boots are all anyone really requires. Packing a neutral wardrobe will make it much easier to mix and match the different pieces. Anything outlandish should be left at home. Keeping the wardrobe basic will greatly reduce the amount of clothing necessary.

The Practical Approach

Although it may be tempting to include materials such as wools and silks, having clothing dry cleaned while away from home can be problematic. This is especially true in a foreign country. The best clothing to pack is easily washable, and does not require any ironing. The clothing should be placed on hangars as soon as the destination is reached to prevent any wrinkling. Just these first few steps should eliminate a large percentage of the wardrobe.

Do Not Pack Anything Irreplaceable

When traveling, luggage can be lost. When an individual travels from hotel to hotel, items can be lost as well. Any item considered irreplaceable should not be packed because there is a chance it will be forever lost. This includes items of sentimental as well as monetary value.

The Importance of the Weather

As obvious as it seems, many travelers fail to consider the weather. In addition to considering the expected temperature for the time of year, the traveler should always consider the possibility of rain. Packing a simple, lightweight, waterproof jacket will handle many situations. If the area is cold, and there is snowfall expected, include a pair of gloves in the case. Although it is always possible to purchase any missing items at the destination, nobody wants to have to spend money on items such as hats and gloves.

The Accessories

Accessories are small and can make the most of every outfit. Everything from inexpensive jewelry to a bandana can be packed, and requires very little room. A T-shirt takes on a whole new look when worn with a bandana, and those classic jeans come to life with just the right belt. By mixing and matching the different pieces of clothing with an assortment of accessories, a wide variety of outfits can be easily achieved. Extremely expensive jewelry should be left at home along with those irreplaceable items to ensure it remains safe.

The Toiletries

When traveling fairly close to home, bring any necessary toiletries along. For travel farther away, and especially abroad, it is much simpler to purchase basic items including shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, deodorant and lotion once arriving at the destination. The airlines have restrictions on any liquids including shampoo. It is easier, and safer to purchase the travel sized portions at a local store. For longer stays, larger bottles are readily available as well. There is also the risk of certain toiletries exploding due to the extreme change in air pressure. For any electrical items such a blow dryer or razor, remember to pack a foreign adapter to ensure the item can be used.

The Importance of the Weight

Once the individual has come to the realization that everything necessary will fit nicely into one carry-on, the weight factor must be considered. Baggage fees are incredibly expensive, and each airline has a maximum weight for a carry-on. Finding out what the weight is, and what the fees are if the weight limit is exceeded is highly advisable. This can be accomplished by simply weighing the carry-on using an average scale.

The Single Carry-On

The most important thing to remember is everything in the carry-on should be easily replaceable. If the luggage does become lost, it should not be catastrophic. It is also advisable to leave a little extra room in the bag because most people inevitable find a couple of items they want to purchase and bring home. Stay with smaller, lighter weight items and everything will fit perfectly.

Saleh Stevens has expertise in the fields of technology and travel. His skills are notable and include cryptocurrency, strategizing, blockchain, coding and investing. He makes improvements with blockchain technology in cases where the same programming has become stagnant from overuse. Saleh Stevens also considers travel as one of his favorite hobbies.

Two Americans in China in Malaysia!

Two Americans in China in Malaysia!

This week we took a quick little jaunt to Kuala Lumpur. We were really only there for two days, but it was a lot of fun and we look forward to going back.

Our hotel was within walking distance to the Petronas Towers, which were the tallest buildings in the world until 2004 (they are currently the 8th tallest buildings) and were the site of the climax for one of my favorite movies, Entrapment. So we were able to get lots of pictures of the buildings. I have seen many pictures of the buildings over the years, but until I saw them in person, I didn’t realize just how beautiful they are. They have a very art deco style that draws the eyes. I couldn’t stop looking at them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also took the obligatory Petronas Tower Selfie, which is a lot harder to do than you would think, especially with a squirmy toddler. 

Our hotel was actually a one-room apartment, and we had a fantastic view there too, but it was of the Kuala Lumpur Tower, the 7th tallest building in the world. At night, it was lit up in its own light show that our daughter loved to watch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course we went up into the Petronas Towers, which was really awesome. They have two observation levels. The sky bridge, which connects the two buildings, and the 84th floor. 

It was pretty crazy being up so high, but our daughter has no fear. At least we all got to mark going up in the towers off our bucket lists. I still need to show my husband Entrapment, though.

There is a lot to do around the towers, including a small aquarium, which is one of our daughter’s favorite places to go. It was cute and a good way to kill an hour or two.

We also spent a day at Sunway Lagoon, which is a multi-zone theme park with several water zones and dry ride zones. It was pretty nice, and not crowded at all since it was a Tuesday. We got to see the Paw Patrol, which has been all the rage since this is the Year of the Dog.

And that was about it. The food was amazing, and the city was so clean and efficient. We had a great time and look forward to going back when we can spend more time outside of KL.

What about you? Have you been to Malaysia? What should we put on our Must-Do List for next time?

Guest Post – What To Consider If You’ve Had An Accident In China

Guest Post – What To Consider If You’ve Had An Accident In China

Disclaimer: the material presented in the article below should only be considered as a general overview regarding what to know if you get into an accident in China. Should you, or anyone you know, find yourself in this situation, it’s advisable that you should speak to an accident lawyer immediately. The lawyer can help you decide on what are the best legal actions you need to take.

Getting involved in an accident can be scary, especially if you’re in unfamiliar territory. You might be traumatized and afraid of what’s going to happen to you. You may not know how you will deal with the aftermaths of the crash, especially if the laws are new and strange to you. However, if you calm yourself and think wisely, you’ll be safer whether you’re in your home country or currently staying in a foreign country like China. So, in order to familiarize yourself with how to be safe on the road, we will provide you with different Chinese traffic laws and the things to consider if you’ve had an accident in China.

Traffic Laws in China

The fact that most drivers in China ignore the traffic rules should not make you forget that when you get caught, you’ll end up facing severe punishments. These punishments include instantly going to jail without a trial, license suspension, and paying heavy fines. This is why you should be familiar with the different traffic rules and regulations of China.

  • Drunk Driving There are two types of drunk-driving offenses in China. The first one is “driving while intoxicated,” which classifies people who get caught driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08. The second one is when you get caught with a BAC of 0.02 to 0.08, which is classified as “driving after drinking alcohol.”
  • Always Follow The Speed Limits
  • Seatbelts If you’re a front- seat passenger, you should fasten your seatbelt, or you’ll face a fine of 50 yuan ($6). And even if you’re not sitting in the front, you should still wear a seatbelt as it can help save your life.
  • Using Mobile Devices It’s illegal to use your mobile devices such as phone and tablet while driving.

If you’re foreign and not familiar with the Chinese language, it’s advisable that you should avoid driving. Most road signs are bilingual, but signs on some roads are not.

What You Should Know If You’ve Had an Accident in China

If you get involved in an accident in China, make sure to do the following:

  • You should wait for the police Never leave the scene of the accident and wait for the police to arrive. If you leave the area, you may end up looking guilty, especially if there’s someone injured or property/properties have been damaged.
  • You should talk to the police You should ensure that you inform the police of your account of the accident. They should interview you when they are making the police report. You should be entirely truthful when the police are questioning you.
  • You should keep your calm You should never lose your calm if you get involved in an accident. You should never argue with the other person involved in the crash. You may end up making them hostile, which can cause them to be uncooperative during the trial or when dealing with the insurance company.
  • You should never negotiate You should never negotiate with the other person involved in the accident. Some drivers will tell you that they’re sorry for the crash, but will later deny this when the police arrive. Wait for your lawyer’s advice before taking any action.
  • You should obtain the other person’s information To ensure that you can contact the other person involved in the accident, you should obtain his/her complete information.

You should never forget to write down:

  • Information on the other person involved – Name, home address, and phone number
  • Insurance details of the other person involved – Insurance company, insurance policy number, and name of insurance agent
  • Details of the other person’s vehicle – Type, make, and license plate of the vehicle

You should also give your information to the other person involved, so he/she can contact you when needed. If you’ve been injured and unable to write these things down, you can ask someone else to do it for you.

  • You should write down witnesses’ information You should never forget to look for possible witnesses and write down their information.

You should ask for:

  • Complete information – Names, home addresses, and phone numbers.
  • Their view of the accident – Ask them what they think happened, and if they’d be willing to give a statement to the police.

An accident can leave anyone, even with the most experienced drivers, disoriented. Things can be quite confusing, especially if you’re in unfamiliar territory. But with the right knowledge on how to correctly deal with the accident, you may be protected from any unnecessary worry. You may be confused right now, but this is not the time to lose your wits. Just remember to stay at the scene of the accident, talk to the police, never argue, never negotiate, and obtain information.

Joanne Reed has been writing about law and business for almost a decade, and is currently writing her next big law project. She is an avid sports fan and loves watching games if she has free time.

Yes, That CCTV Gala Sketch Was Racist

Yes, That CCTV Gala Sketch Was Racist

Like most families in China, we always spend part of our Chinese New Year’s Eve watching the CCTV Gala, one of the most watched annual events in all of television with an annual viewership of about 400 million people. (By contrast, the Superbowl is watched by about 100 million people). This year, though, we had thankfully gone for a walk when this garbage showed up.

CCTV Racist Sketch

While the entire Gala show this year was centered around China’s influence on the various minority groups around the country and on other countries around the world as part of Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative, the Gala directors thought that the best way to celebrate China’s relationship with Africa was to dress up a Chinese woman in blackface (complete with a sexualized Hottentot Venus bottom) and have her accompanied by a monkey, either played by a Black actor or another Chinese actor painted to appear Black. While the Chinese actress has been confirmed as Luo Naiming, no one has come forward to admit to being the monkey.

You can watch the skit in its entirety on Youtube, but the basic summary is that a young Black woman (played by an actual Black woman but I haven’t been able to find her name) asks the Gala’s host, Zheng Kai, to pretend to be her boyfriend to keep her mother from setting her up on a blind date, and he happily plays along. Which, honestly, was a pretty forward-thinking setup. When it comes to interracial relationships in China, Chinese people who date Black foreigners face a lot more pressure and discrimination themselves than if they choose to date white foreigners, who are often welcomed with open arms. But any goodwill or progressive thinking the directors hoped to engender with the skit completely bombed by casting a Chinese actress to play the mother and trotting out her monkey counterpart.

The skit ends after the host’s Chinese wife makes an appearance, ending the farce. But the “Black” mother is not angry for being deceived. She instead proclaims, “I love Chinese people! I love China,” because “China has done so much for Africa.” (I’ll come back to that particular point later.)

To get right to the main point, the skit was racist. Period. I say this because many people will try to defend the skit because blackface is an American phenomenon. While it is true that America has a specifically nasty history with blackface, that doesn’t make blackface acceptable in other countries. It’s wrong, and it’s offensive.

Some people also might say that China and Chinese people aren’t racist at all. After all, racism is a system of oppression, not simply a prejudice or dislike for people of another race, and China doesn’t have many Black people or a history of immigrants. In fact, if you ask any Chinese person if they are racist, they will vehemently tell you no. And China does have a particular fondness for many aspects of Black culture. Black sports stars and hip-hop music enjoy a popularity here you would be hard-pressed to find in any other country outside of America. But if you then ask them specifically their thoughts about Black people, most will respond with the typical derogatory words and statements that have been used to harm and insult Black people for centuries. An op-ed published last year gave voice to many of China’s irrational fears of Black people, Black men especially. And Black people do suffer from systemic oppression here. Many Black people – whether they are from Africa or a Western country – have difficulty getting jobs, work visas, or even crossing the border into China. They are often denied housing. And, as mentioned earlier, it is difficult for them to form relationships with locals.

I also want to add that China’s racism is not limited to Black persons. Many of the same derogatory words are often used to describe China’s minority ethnic groups. And the Chinese government is systematically attempting to wipe out the Tibetan and Uyghur peoples through oppressive policies.

Lion King CastWithin hours, the skit and reactions to it were all over Wechat and Twitter. Most people recognized the skit for the racist failure it was. So within hours, the Chinese government was trying to cover its tracks and explain why it wasn’t racist. An op-ed in the Global Times spends several paragraphs explaining how the skit wasn’t racist because “Chinese people love monkey.” The article also went on to talk about how reverential the other animals were as well. This is a bit of a sidetrack, but I just want to point out how stupid this guy’s attempt at an argument is. In the Broadway version of The Lion King – which I’ve seen, and is fantastic – almost all of the characters, including the baboon Rafiki, are played by Black actors. Rafiki has also always been voiced by a Black actor. It is the context that matters. And in the context of a monkey accompanying a Chinese woman in blackface, the monkey character was also racist.

Over the last few days, China has grown even more desperate in its attempt to buck blame for the embarrassing skit. China’s foreign minister said that the cries of racism were an attempt by Western media to undermine China’s relationship with Africa. I really don’t think my blog is that influential, but maybe I have more readers than I realized 🙂 But in all honesty, very, very few Western journalists care about China’s relationship with Africa – which is itself a problem, if an unrelated one.

This brings me back to the “China has done so much good for Africa” portion of the skit, which has been largely ignored due to the glaring and horrifying racism of the sketch, but it is probably the more insidious part of it. I don’t write or even talk about this topic very much because I am far from an expert on it, but it is something I have kept within my field of vision over the years because it is very concerning. For about two decades, China has been heavily investing in Africa. And while on the outside this appears to be a good thing, many people who are experts on the matter have accused China of “neo-colonialism” or “economic colonialism,” charges China vehemently rejects. The Gala skit, with the “Black” mother proclaiming that she “loves China” was China’s propaganda machine on full display and in full defense mode. I don’t know if what is happening in Africa constitutes colonialism, but I do know that China often uses economic “development” as an excuse for its oppressive treatment of Tibetans and Uyghurs. China also uses it’s money to prop up dangerous governments like North Korea. While it might be extreme to call China’s role in Africa “colonial,” it is not extreme to say that the world needs to be watching this development more closely.