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Work Life Balance – a Hong Kong perspective

Work Life Balance(This article will appear in the “Europolitan“, the alumni magazine of ESB Reutlingen)

Holidays, annual leave, 40 hour weeks, paternity leave “Elternzeit”. All that contributes what we in Europe call the work-life balance.

But how do things look in different parts of the world? Like in Hong Kong where I live.

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Shaoxing (绍兴) – China’s wine city

Over the Easter weekend I flew up to Hangzhou, a city around 200km south of Shanghai to visit a friend of mine. We spent a few days, eating and drinking way too much.

He also took me to Shaoxing – China’s wine city. Before we set of, I though that I heard the name Shaoxing before but I wasn’t able to connect the dots.  Finally I did. Around five years ago, while working for a sourcing company, I visited the city, although only the factory belt. I skipped the downtown area completely which is a shame….

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What the f*** is happening Hong Kong?

Hong KongIf you don’t live in Hong Kong, chances are slim that you heard about what’s happening in Hong Kong. Unless you’re a news junkie that scans CNN, BBC, the New York Times, on a constant basis.

For those of you, who just saw the Hong Kong police throwing tear gas at students, a quick summary what happened over the last months and years. Read More…

Old Shanghai – an exhibition you shouldn’t miss

If you’re living in Shanghai or happen to visit the city anytime, don’t miss out on the “Old Shanghai” exhibition on display in the “Shanghai Urban Planning and Exhibition Centre” at People’s Square. I’m not a culture vulture myself, but I was really impressed by the paintings of Hè You Zhí (贺友直).

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Culture Shock China! So what are the differences?

Noise level in a restaurant

Noise level in a restaurant

I recently came across some brilliant illustrations by designer Yang Liu. She has been living in Germany since 1990. When she moved over to Germany she was just 12 years. Old enough to have grown up with Chinese culture and young enough to absorb a new culture. So what are the differences between a Western and Eastern culture?

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Shenzhen in 1980

Few people outside China have heard of Shenzhen. And since Shenzhen, as we know it, is just 30 years old it might not be surprising. Still, Shenzhen is a city unique city in this world. I believe no other city other than Shenzhen has experienced such a rapid development! If you want to appreciate it, you need to compare photos of 1980 and today. 

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Chinese and their cars: A love affair

Chinese and their cars...In my last post I mentioned that I mainly saw Chinese tourists at the BMW World and BMW Museum when I visited last month. Actually, I shouldn’t have been surprised. Chinese people are absolutely car crazy, especially the young generation! Read More…