Match Making in China

Match Making in china
In today’s fast paced and career-oriented world, it can be tough finding a partner to spend the rest of your life with. And it can be especially tough in China’s larger cities, considering the strict requirements that act as a sort of Chinese social standard for getting married. For men, this means being financially successful enough to buy an apartment/house and in most cases, own a car as well. Women, on the other hand, have the unfair disadvantage of becoming too old or risk being labeled one of the infamous 剩女 (shèngnǚ). Sure, one can try out the many online dating sites and apps in order to meet that special someone, but many large cities, including Shanghai, have gone one step further and brought online dating, well, offline. 

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FOR THE LOVE OF PALE SKIN

Using an umbrella during sunshine in China
Walking down a city street on any sunny, summer day in China, you are almost guaranteed to see an array of young women holding sun umbrellas (阳伞), trying to hold off the darkening effects of the sun’s rays. Not only this, but if you visit virtually any cosmetic store in China, you will see an entire section devoted to skin-whitening creams and other anti-tanning products. It appears that in Asia, white skin is a key quality of beauty – a sharp contrast to the world of beach bums and tanning salons found in the west. In fact, it is estimated that residents of Asia spend $18 billion dollars a year on keeping their skin white. But just where did this obsession for pale skin originate?

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Century Eggs

A very cultural dish in China is the Century Egg (PiDan 皮蛋), also referred to as Thousand Year Egg, Millennium Egg, 100 Year Egg etc. These eggs are rarely matured more than 100 days. The egg is made by using alkaline materials mixed with clay and then left to "cure" for up to 100 days.

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Brand Names in China

Coca Cola China, Chinese
Coca-Cola is undoubtedly one of the world's pre-eminent brands; if you've ever taken a marketing course, there's a pretty good chance your first day began with a PowerPoint slide about the soda's ubiquitousness. Given their branding mastery, one would expect Coca-Cola to have a clever Chinese brand name, and they most certainly do. The best brand names retain some of the original's phonetic resonance while still conveying the brand message - Coca-Cola accomplishes this brilliantly with the name 可口可乐 (kěkǒukělè), which sounds a lot like their English name and can be loosely translated as “let your mouth rejoice,” a perfect name for a bubbly, tasty soda.

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Chinese Lantern Festival

Chinese Lantern Festival

The Lantern Festival is a Chinese festival celebrated on the 15th day of the first month of the Lunar year, when it is full moon.

As early as the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC 25 AD), it has become a festival of great significance. 

The Lantern Festival is called Yuan Xiao in Chinese because the first lunar month is called yuan and in the old days the Chinese called the night Xiao. 

According to the Chinese tradition, one should hang thousands of colorful lanterns out, and children will attend parades in the evening to celebrate and appreciate the clear bright full moon in the sky. 

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Latest events

  • Thu 17 Aug

    Lunch Meeting @ Hooters, 168 Lujiazuei West Road (back of Super Brand Mall).

     

    Thu 15 June

    Lunch Meeting @ Goose Island Brewhouse, 209 Maoming Lu (near Weihai Lu).

     

    Fri 26 May

    Game 7 Hockey @ Big Bamboo, Jinxiao.

     

    Wed 17 May

    Summer Farewell Lunch @ Goose Island Brewhouse, 209 Maoming Lu

     

    Thu 05 May

    Meditation class.

     

    Thu 20 April

    Lunch Meeting @ Disney Town.

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