Pretty in Pink: Why not to use Asian hair dye

It seems that this week I am destined to write a blog about hair dye. I’ve been dying my hair varying shades of ginger and red for over a decade and I’m not about to stop now. Aside from the fact that I don’t feel suited to my natural hair colour, imagining the growing out…

Ordos: How green is the Kubuqi Desert?

A 2 ½ hour ride from Kangbashi, the Kubuqi Desert is the 7th largest desert in China, surrounded by river, mountains and grasslands. As described, I imagine it as a videogame terrain. I’ve never been a fan of desert zones, they make me uncomfortable and the monsters are usually too tricky to fight. Thankfully, there…

Ordos: Our beautiful buildings

The buildings around the town centre of Ordos are a matter of pride, with each one uniquely designed, representing different parts of the local climate. The first one I’d like to show you is the theatre, which is designed to look like a Mongolian hat – or at least I was told that by locals…

Chinese kindergarten – is it too much?

I was due to start teaching last weekend, but because of recent holidays the students had to go to school on Saturday, meaning our classes were postponed a week. If you’re British and reading this, you probably think that’s nuts. I think that’s nuts. It’s not really a holiday if you have to make up…

Hong Kong: Multicultural or Colonial?

Arriving in Hong Kong, I didn’t know what to expect – would it be more Chinese or more British? My gut told me it would be more British, but that was incredibly naïve of me. It turns out it’s neither… or rather, it’s both with a few more cultures thrown in as well. First and…

Bye Bye, Beijing – The Good and The Bad

Alright, I know, I haven’t posted a blog in two weeks. Some of you care about that, I’m sure, but hey – here now! But I won’t be ‘here’ for long, as I am leaving Beijing tomorrow. It feels like I only just arrived but it’s been a full eight weeks, so it’s time for…

The Internship: Part 1

I’ve been an intern in China for two weeks now and wanted to share a little bit of what I’ve been doing, as well as my initial perceptions of the Chinese work ethic. As a disclaimer, I’m sure it differs industry to industry and this post is only based on my experience and the experiences…

Tourism is Forbidden

Trying to make the most of our last days before work started, we opted to do some mid-week sight-seeing. The Forbidden City had been on the list for a while and doing it when there weren’t going to be as many people seemed a smart move. I read up on it before hand this time,…

Being a Female in Beijing

  Before coming to China, I had already mentally positioned the country as a half way point between the culture in the UK and the culture in Japan, but I was majorly wrong. The main difference that has struck me between Japan and China is that I don’t have to be conscious of my gender….

Business Seminar: Branding a Product In a New Market, Part 2

Okay, so last post I spoke about using the government’s five-year plan when entering the Chinese market, inspired by a talk from Arthur at Strategic Public Relations Group. Today I’m going to talk about how things can work in reverse – moving a Chinese company to the UK. One member of the panel on Wednesday…

Business Seminar: Branding a Product In a New Market, Part 1

Last night was the first event hosted by CRCC during my time here. I was quite excited as it was a business seminar based on branding an international product in China and vice versa, which is essentially what my entire degree is about! We began with a talk from Arthur Hagopian from Strategic Public Relations…