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Even though Christmas isn’t an officially recognized holiday in China, it is common to see plenty of holiday decorations. Many of the nicer hotels and department stores go all out with their decorations, and that is always interesting to see.

During a recent trip to China, I saw a combination of Chinese and western decorations together. So, what does it look like when East meets West in regard to Christmas decorations?

When East Meets West for Christmas

This photo was taken outside a mall that had holiday decorations displayed. The large green golf ball looking thing is actually part of a science education center for children, and at the other end of that building is where I have taught a time or two.

When East Meets West for Christmas

These certainly look different in the sunshine! If you are familiar with the song “Christmas in Dixie,” that wouldn’t apply in this location!

In this city there are several large department stores, part of a chain which is based in France, and they have many brightly colored options for your holiday decorations. You can even get a tree already decorated — and if you forget to say Merry Christmas, your tree can say it for you!

When East Meets West for Christmas

Maybe I should have this blog displayed again around the first of July. We will all probably be dreaming of a white Christmas at that time of the year!

Where have you seen the most interesting Christmas decorations?

For a semester I taught at the Jing Mei Business School in Beijing.  This was a wonderful school.  I made many friends and we have stayed in touch over the years.  It was humbling for me to teach there because my students were all smarter than me.  We had attorneys, graphic designers, research market analysts, publishers, IT leaders, and business people.  So, not only were the students intelligent, but the building’s concept was a great idea to me.

Let’s say the building was 35 floors high; I am just guessing since I don’t remember!  The building was established with a plan where the floors alternated business and residential.  The philosophy was that when one floor was leaving to go to work, the other floor would be coming to work.  This concept would maximize the building’s limited parking.

There was a nice area around the building where trees were planted and open areas where people would walk their dogs.  Also, there was a nice walking path that had stones which extended upward from the sidewalk.  The stones were there to massage your feet, which is important in that culture.  It was very peaceful in the park outside the building and there was playground equipment for children.  There was an international element to the building, as we made friends with an Egyptian family living there.  They didn’t take any classes, but would just come and hang out with us.  This made me think the design of the combination of residential and business was a great idea!