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Must-try desserts in China

When it comes to finding yummy sweets and desserts in China, my inner self would nod yes and say just take it because I will not find it back in the Netherlands (unless I am desperate enough to want the packaged powdered ones and make it myself). The most popular Chinese desserts actually come from Guangdong and there are many variations that can be served hot or cold. During my times in China, I made sure I visited enough dessert shops such as Hui Lau Shan, Honeymoon Desserts and others :). I have compiled my top 8 Chinese desserts since sharing is caring and you might end up liking them as much as I do ?. 1. 西米露 Xī mǐ lù...

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The real question is; why shouldn’t you learn Chinese? by Damian

Dearest Readers, Today’s article will be something different, though peculiar nonetheless! JDS invited me – a guy called Damian – to write about the process of learning Chinese. Similar to JDS, I have had the privilege to be selected for the Netherlands – Asia Honours Summer School (NAHSS), meaning I spent my summer in the mesmerizing China. Since I was a small kid, I dreamt of going to China, due to its rich culture, diverse landscapes, interesting food and challenging language. #gallery-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 50%; } #gallery-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */   Just two snapshots showing one of the many beautiful views and interesting sights which you can find in China All participants...

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The seized opportunity at Netherlands — Asia Honours Summer School

Reasons | Aspirations | Diversity Everyone probably aspires for something, and so did I when I applied for the Netherlands — Asia Honours Summer School (NAHSS). I was born and raised in the West and due to various personal and legal cases, I was unable to explore the culture and beauty of my parents’ motherland. My parents are from China which is fortunately also the main destination of NAHSS — as two of its destinations were in China with the other two in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Its programme offered an opportunity for me to gain knowledge about the Chinese culture and practices through actual experience, so I thought it was an opportunity I had to seize. I was fortunate to...

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A spontaneous trip to Fragrant Hills – Xiangshan Park

(see cover for gate) In Beijing I tended to let fate decide my adventures, leading to a stance with minimal planning while  looking forward to the unexpected. And one day I got an invite from my roommate Jens to join his Honours team on a trip to the Fragrant Hills of Beijing — I didn’t know the team nor the destination but I thought: “why not, and why not say more yes in life than no?” In contrast to my roommate who was ready to rumble, I had 10 minutes to brush my teeth, wash my face, and put some decent clothes to embark on this adventure. After rushing everything and meeting the team, it became clear that one of their teammates...

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Peking University the Harvard of China

Peking University is considered by the Chinese as the Harvard of China, and together with Tsinghua University the two form the most influential academic institutions in China. On the campus one will witness numerous children as young as 6 years and as old as teenages of 16, who are accompanied by elementary teachers, parents or even grandparents. This phenomenon would be mind-boggling in the Netherlands, as I have never experienced or seen an elementary school-trip to Dutch universities. In contrast to my Western perspective, this practice is actually amazing as the Chinese wish to instil the aspiration of aiming for the top as early as possibly in their children. They believe that education is the key to a prosperous future,...

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Is it the beginning or is it the ending?

On the day of departure to Beijing, I struggled out of my bed to the university to do my last exam early in the morning. Can you believe it? It is not even July yet and I am about to board the plane that would take me from the West to the East. As time continued to tick, I was reminiscing of all the good as well as the bad things in the past two years. Before my friends and I knew it, we were already entering the last stage of our bachelor, as well as our last year of being together in the same class. It struck me more and more that I am leaving the past behind, and starting...

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