Happy New Year – Chunjie

Happy New Year! This week China is celebrating by far their largest holiday, which is the Lunar New Year called the Spring Festival. It is based on the moon, so it doesn’t happen on the same day each year. It occurs at the end of January or the first of February. Some...

All Year Long: Protection from the Coal and Sun in China

In areas of China where coal is used for heating, cooking, and in industry, it is common to see people wearing an additional sleeve from their wrists to their elbows. The reason for this is to keep their clothes clean. There is a very fine black dust that gets on...

You Never Know What You Will See Next

If you have read many of my blogs about my time in China, you will remember that I often say you should keep your eyes open, because you never know what you will see next. Well, that is certainly the case for my blog today. I was walking in a park beside a river and I...

The Fish Camps of China

As someone who considers himself a fisherman, I often enjoyed the views I had from the area around the campus where I was teaching.  There was a dirt road that ran along the east side of the campus, and the building where I lived was right beside the dirt road.  My...

A Visit to the Morning Markets

All across China each day there are an untold number of morning markets in each small neighborhood.  The vendors come into a common area, set up their booths, and sell their goods.  These markets give people an opportunity to get fresh vegetables, fruit, and meat each...