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Shenyang, China – A Lesson In Table Manners

Shenyang city, the capital of Liaoning province in China, is a second-tier urban center undergoing rapid industrial and commercial development. Home to nearly 10 million people, Shenyang also houses plants for multinational giants like Michelin and BMW.  However, when compared to first-tier cities like Shanghai and Beijing, Shenyang is still decidedly more underdeveloped and lacking international flavor.  Westerners, though they certainly exist in Shenyang, are much harder to come by. During a recent visit to “the city to the north of Shen River,” our friends – who have been Shenyang residents for nearly a year – took us out to their favorite hole-in-the-wall neighborhood eatery for some authentic Northeast cooking. As we approached the restaurant, we noticed a number of make-shift grills set up outside for cooking chuan’r.  This presentation played right into my new found addiction to BBQ meat-on-a-stick;

February 21, 2012 | Scott Adam

Spring Festival: The Great Migration

With SpringFestival kicking off next week on January 23rd, the annual migration of literally billions of people is set to take place throughout the Asian continent, but especially within China. The traditional week-long holiday, in celebration of the Lunar New Year, is a time of rest and reprieve for Chinese citizens and often sees hundreds of millions of migrant workers fighting crowds to make it home to their families by whatever means necessary, be it by rail, road, water or air. Although China’s transportation infrastructure has improved by leaps and bounds over the last decade, this might be one of the most difficult years yet for those traveling long distances to get home. Typically migrant workers have purchased train tickets and fared several hardships in the process in order to see their families, including waiting in long, exhausting, order-less lines

January 19, 2012 | Rose Disarno