Author Archives: paveldvorak

Tesco-shopping for crabs

In China, the celebrations of the founding PRC have started and we decided to celebrate too. Because it was crab season, we wanted to celebrate with a crab dinner, which is typical in Shanghai. Shanghai people love eating according to the seasons. And autumn is a crab season, more precisely from September to December. Eating a crab is no fun. It's a long process and it took me a long time to learn how to do it.

Let’s welcome Chinese people!

Similar news from China was spread in Slovak and the international media in the last few days. The first one was about how a Chinese employer took 6400 employees to France and the second one was on how another Chinese employer took 12,700 employees to Thailand for a holiday. Of course, these numbers are staggering and also quite unusual for China, but to take employees on holidays is a normal thing in China. It is one of the basic work bonuses that companies tend to offer.

Photo gallery: Taishan, Mount Tai, Shandong province

Mount Tai (Chinese: 泰山; pinyin: Tài Shān) is a mountain of historical and cultural significance located north of the city of Tai'an, in Shandong province, China. The tallest peak is the Jade Emperor Peak (simplified Chinese: 玉皇顶; traditional Chinese: 玉皇頂; pinyin: Yùhuáng Dǐng), which is commonly reported as 1,545 metres (5,069 ft) tall, but is described by the PRC government as 1,532.7 metres (5,029 ft)

Having a Dog in China

We've got a dog at home. His name's Duoduo, which means in Chinese free translation 'something a little extra' and we got him from a shelter. Yes, from the shelter in China! This article is written for everyone who found this information surprising! When my wife and I uploaded a first picture of our little Duoduo on Facebook and wrote that our new family member is from the shelter, the first comments shocked us. I made up a test. Try to give someone around you two tasks. First, tell them to make ten sentences with the words 'dog' and 'China'.

Photo gallery: Fenghuang Phoenix town

Fenghuang County is under the administration of Xiangxi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, Hunan province, China, bordering the prefecture-level cities of Huaihua to the southeast and Tongren (Guizhou) to the west. It has an exceptionally well-preserved ancient town that harbors unique ethnic languages, customs, arts as well as many distinctive architectural remains of Ming and Qing styles. The town is placed in a mountain setting, incorporating the natural flow of water into city layout. Over half of the city's population belong to the Miao or Tujia minorities.

Weddings in China

Weddings in China are very much different, that they are in Europe. I am not talking about various wedding traditions... Just the idea of having a wedding is so much different between West and East. Imagine a big wedding in Slovakia. For instance, in a castle with a carriage and harnessed horses, a live band and lavish food...does it sound expensive? Not in Shanghai, because even such an expensive Slovak wedding costs nothing compared to an average wedding in Shanghai. There it normally costs more than 20,000 Euros. And it is not easy for a man to avoid this big amount of money. Why?