Wednesday 18 March 2015

Visit to a Chinese restaurant

It's likely you've eaten 'Chinese' food from the West and loved it, but Western Chinese food doesn't even compare to genuine Chinese food made from within China itself.

My roommates and I visited a Chinese restaurant yesterday that's considered 'expensive' in comparison to other restaurants in China, but it still only ended up costing us around 75 RMB ($12) each for a delicious meal and drinks.

Outside the restaurant

As you can see, it's a great looking restaurant, which is the perfect mix of both a traditional and a modern style.

Outside the restaurant

As you can see above, it's a great looking traditional restaurant.

When you get seated, expect to be welcomed by all the staff, who see it as an opportunity to test their English, while it's an equal opportunity for you to test your Chinese!

You'll immediately be given a kettle full of tea, without ordering it. Not only is this for drinking, this is also for the cleaning routine of your plate, cup, bowl and chopsticks. This is done by pouring the boiling tea onto each, and effectively washing them.

The amazing food

All the attempts at saying which food we wanted in Chinese were most definitely worth it, for the amazing meal we had!

Monday 2 March 2015

My first few days in Zhuhai, China!

I've only been in the amazing city of Zhuhai for 4 days, and already I'm absolutely loving it! Luckily for me, I'm going to be here for another 4 months!

When I first flew in from the UK the first thing I noticed was the heat - despite the fact it's still considered the Chinese winter season, anything is warm compared to Wales in the UK!

It's not just the weather that's different, it's also a completely different lifestyle in China than anywhere else I've ever been - everyone seems to be much more traditional and culture plays a huge part in most peoples lives here - which means its a great opportunity to learn about the culture while living here, and in the short 4 days I've been here, I've already learnt so much.

One of the things I've learnt, is how amazing the food is here - each meal is so unique either the way it's prepared or the ingredients that are used, you can find some fantastic dishes, as long as you keep an open mind!

I came to China as an intern for the ODM group - today being my first day. It has been brilliant so far, as not only was everyone incredibly welcoming, they've also been great in helping me to learn more about Chinese manufacturing, which I hope I can continue to expand my knowledge of. I chose to intern in China for a number of different reasons, such as:

  • Being really interested by the Chinese culture.
  • The fact that trade is continually developing here, which has made it the biggest economy in the world, which means there are endless opportunities that comes with this.
  • Wanting to learn a new language.
  • It's an amazing experience, that will look fantastic on my CV!

and of course.. the food!

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