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The End or Not for Traditional Way of Shopping in China read more
Jan-17th-2013 | Post by expatree

In recent years, Chinese online shopping market has been growing.  Today, this has grown to a multibillion dollars industry and promotional sales events are frequently happen around us, explained in one article as “Crazy promotion sales in Shanghai”.  

However, the statistics shows that Chinese people still like to shop in traditional ways such as supermarkets and shopping malls. The total online sales in 2011 in China accounted for only 4.2% of China’s total retail sales of consumer goods. This article will explore both online and traditional shopping markets in China.

Clearly, people are still likely to use traditional ways of shopping rather than online shopping. There are a couple of reasons behind the trend.  First of all, the research by The Nielsen Company shows that Chinese people prefer “habitual purchase” than “experimental purchase”, which means that they do not want to buy goods from places that they don’t know
Are you still alive today? read more
Dec-21st-2012 | Post by expatree

Are you still alive?  21st December 2012, the end of the Mayan calendar, is approaching. As many of you know, it is claimed to be the day that the world ends. 

According to a research conducted by Reuters/Ipsos poll, 10% of people in 21 different countries believe the Mayan calendar which ends on 21st December 2012. Interestingly, the research also shows that Chinese citizens are more likely to believe the Mayan calendar (20%) compared to the average. It is quite hard to explain this tendency for me as a foreigner, but it is said that this is because of the influence of the movie “2012”, and this rumour is quickly spreading out through social media in China.

Although, the majority of Chinese people don´t seem to care about this day, I heard quite a few people bought candles in case of “total blackout”, which comes from a rumour posted on Weibo that predicted there will be 3 days of black out.  On the other hand, some are going to do somethi
Schoolbag or Trolley Case? An incredible change comes over China read more
Dec-13th-2012 | Post by expatree

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”
“I want to be…”

Do you still remember a similar question asked by your primary school teacher?
Everyone once had a beautiful childhood dream, however these days that sounds ironic to almost every Chinese student in primary school. If you think it’s a joke that kids carry a “suitcase” while going to school, you are mistaken. In every day life children are saying goodbye to the backpack with school supplies and start taking a suitcase to school. This phenomenon reflects several hot topics and arguments behind this incredible change.
Let’s see a brief interview from a primary school student in Shanghai,
Journalist:“It looks heavy when you carry your suitcase, how many books are in there?”

Student:“A lot. Besides Chinese, Math, English these basic books, there are other books such as a exercise books for Mathematical Olympiad, Technology, Arts and many
Binary Thinking?! Something You have to Know read more
Dec-6th-2012 | Post by expatree

East meets West: is binary thinking the only way to see reality?

Binary thinking stems from an ancestral way of thinking, it leads us to consider reality in terms of duality, putting elements into opposition, dividing issues into two extremes. This presents us with a number of thought provoking questions: In which context is this way of reasoning relevant? When and how can it limit us? How can one see further while integrating this approach together with others, in order to consider reality in all its complexity?
What is binary thinking?

This traditional way of thinking has its origins in the observation of the world, a world made of oppositions (day/night, man/woman, evil/devil etc). Aristote and Descartes were the first ones to structure this logic consisting of dividing, distinguishing and opposing items. In binary thinking, there is no in-between; all is black or white, good or bad, nice or ugly. It is the law of “all or nothing”, something is perfect or …s
When a Building has a Hole... read more
Nov-15th-2012 | Post by expatree

Girl: I have to admit that the Chinese expansion is just incredible, but some buildings could have been built too quickly… Look at this big hole! This one is not even finished!
Boy: I really don’t want to offend, but I think some European constructions, old or not, are also made with holes! Sometimes more than one!!!
Indeed even among Chinese people, there was a huge argument and doubt after the building design draft became available to the public. With a height 492 meter, The Shanghai World Financial Center was China's tallest building from completion to 2008. But there is an interesting story behind the buildings shape and especially the square hole in the middle.
KPF architecture designer, William Pedersen, came to Shanghai in 1993 and started to make a design draft for Shanghai World Financial Center. The initiative design from William was a “天圆地方(tian yuan di fang)” concept by the theory of yin and yang in traditional Chinese philosophy. S

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