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It's time to taste moon cakes

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This year's Mid-Autumn Festival falls on September 12, the second most crucial festival only after the Spring Festival and just one day after the 10 anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Chinese people would travel back home for a family reunion with their family members, to have a dinner, to say together, to eat mooncakes, ...

This tradition of celebration of the heliday has a history of over 3,000 years. Sharing a mooncake is a ceremony and family members will go a shop to buy a cake from a bakery or supermarket.  When you visit a friend, the best way is to bring a good brand moon cake as your gift. You will see a lot of shops in selling countless moon cake brands.

Not every one from expatriate communities like the cake as you may feel too sweet or dislike its double egg yolks. But you could try and have a great fun with locals for the feast.



Last Updated on Monday, 19 September 2011 15:12

The 61st Miss World China 2011 contestants kick off

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Wuxi will be the city to host the final for this year’s Miss World China and Miss China 2011 will be crowned in Wuxi. This year's Miss China will represent China to compete the title for Miss World in finals that will be held in London in October 2011.

Miss World China 2011 contestants will appear in Shanghai, Huangshan and Wuxi during the finals, with the winner to be crowned in Wuxi on September 12 during the Mid-Autumn Festival. The contest is endorsed and sponsored by multiple companies and Wuxi, Shanghai and Huangshan Municiple governments between August 12 to September 12.

Last Updated on Sunday, 28 August 2011 17:15

Your high speed train ticket may be cancelled or delayed

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After July train collision in high-speed lines, which killed 40 people, ticket sales for the bullet trains linking Shanghai with Beijing and Nanjing will be suspended while schedules are reorganized, the Shanghai Railway Bureau said last Thursday.

It said the suspension affects tickets for departures starting next Tuesday and gave no indication when it would end. If your tickets are among those you may get trouble when you reach railway station.

China's railway minister announced the moratorium on new rail projects Wednesday on the cabinet website and promised a nationwide safety inspection. He also announced further speed reductions in the top speed of bullet trains following cuts in April.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:07

You need your your ID or passport to purchase train ticket

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Our forum members have already discussed the issue for train ticket purchase. Foreign rail passengers may spend more time to purchase bullet train tickets (high speed train) in ticket booths once a "real-name" booking system is introduced later in June 2011.

Unlike local Chinese passengers who can use their personal ID cards, expatriates/foreigners need to provide passports or other identification. "The information on these identification will require more time for the ticket booths to verify and input," said a railway official at Shanghai Railway Station yesterday. The additional problem is that most of these ticket staff may not speak a good English or other foreign languages which could cause a misunderstanding.

Last Updated on Saturday, 16 July 2011 13:11

Did global warming pause linked to sulfur in China?

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Believe or not, many scientists have come up with a possible explanation for why the rise in Earth's temperature paused for a bit during the 2000s, one of the hottest decades on record. How could it be in this case?

It's all that sulfur pollution in the air from China's massive coal-burning, according to a new study. The answer seems strange and ridiculous, huh?

Last Updated on Saturday, 09 July 2011 14:45

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