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The most fashionable city in China – SHANGHAI

 

Shanghai can be called as the most fashionable city in China and also a main industry hub of China.  Hence, the city attracts many tourists to have a visit. There is a saying that goes, “Shanghai is heaven for the rich, hell for the poor.”

http://wikitravel.org/en/Shanghai#Get_in

 

The Bund

It is worth to have a view of the Bund’s florid night. Under the use of periodic lampposts is consistent with the beauty of the building structure. It fully shows the magnificent architecture of various architectural styles, forming the best night view of Shanghai, as well as the colorful lights floating in the river and flashing lights on the other side of the river.

Luxury Hotel on the Bund
The Peninsula Shanghai,

 

Shanghai Center Tower – the Tallest Skyscraper Center
Shanghai Center

 

JINMAO TOWER  Floor 88 sky experience adventure,  sightseeing.
Jin-Mao-Tower-Skywalk
JINMAO TOWER

 

Shanghai Disneyland Resort

It is is a themed resort in Pudong, Shanghai, China. It is the first and the biggest Disney park resort in mainland China.

Shanghai Disneyland

 

The Most Popular Shanghai Dishes You Should Eat

>Interesting  food you can eat in shanghai.

Soup Buns,  Nanxiang Steamed Buns

Fried Mantou

Steamed Crab: Da Zha Xie

 

Dongpo rou

 

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Top 5 Film Inspire You To Travel

Nothing will give me more excited than a good travel film. It give you the inspiration and the motivation to a new destination. Here is my personal list of top 5 travel movies. Which ones are your favorites?

 The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty

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Iceland

Walter Mitty, a longtime magazine employee goes to Greenland and Iceland to search the lost photo of final and historical magazine cover. In this movie, you can how the majestic views in Iceland and I think you also want to the places visited by Mitty.

Midnight in Paris

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Paris

Owen Wilson walking around Paris and going back to the 1920s Paris in everyday at midnight. How Paris charming in 1920s! Do you want to go to Paris to see it?

Before Sunrise

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Tram

A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe and they only one night together in Vienna. On the road, you will meet someone very special, one day can feel like a lifetime. Come to Vienna to experience the romantic story.

Into the Wild

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Road trip in Casablanca

A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe and they only one night together in Vienna. On the road, you will meet someone very special, one day can feel like a lifetime. Come to Vienna to experience the romantic story.

Secret

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Nice day in Taiwan

 

A love story happened in Taiwan. If you are a big fan of Jan Chou, you cannot miss this destination for your travel list!

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GIF Picture: Rongling Zhang

For foodie: Do you know the most delicious food in the world?

Masala Dosa🇮🇳

A properly made crisp and savory Indian dosa is wonderfully delicious, and fairly simple to make at home.

Karsten Moran
Seafood Paella🇪🇸

Shrimp, lobster, mussels and cuttlefish, accompanied by rice and a variety of herbs, with oil and salt fresh cooking out of this Valencia food, will immediately give you the feeling of the holidays. Although you are not eating it in Spain, but it is likely that you have left that you are already there.

Peking Duck🇨🇳

Beijing roast duck is made of the local expensive Beijing duck, nowadays, Beijing roast duck is the world famous food, the ancient gourmet to eat Beijing roast duck, they summed up a lot of skills, such as the duck must be based on the season, seasoning and food with the appropriate mix to eat the roast duck.

Cheat’s Peking Duck
Neapolitan Pizza🇮🇹

Neapolitan Pizza is made with tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. Ingredients can be San Mañano tomatoes ( A juicy tomato that grows in the southern plain of the Vesuvius volcano) and the Campana buffalo cheese mozzarella cheese (The buffalo is from the marshes of the semi-wild states of Campania and Lazio, and now the Marshalla has been protected by the European protection mark of origin).

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Sushi 🇯🇵

Sushi is one of the traditional Japanese cuisine. The main material is sour sauce seasoned to maintain the body temperature of the rice, coupled with fish, seafood, vegetables or eggs as ingredients, its delicious, very popular with the Japanese people.

Taste treasures in London

People become more knowledgeable as far as their own opinion of their palette of tastes. It is always worthy to have an experience from a high valued and well-presented  restaurant.

Here is a list of highly rated restaurants to visit in the heart of London with designed menus for all the preferences.

 

 Ralph’s Coffee & Bar

Ralph’s Lauren Coffee & Bar internal decoration

The first restaurant in Britain under the label of the well-known fashion designer. A venue that combines the intimate feeling of Paris and Manhattan. Is a new entry in the hospitality industry, which has come to bring elegance and cosy vibes.

 

Caviar House & Prunier Seafood Bar

Caviar House & Prunier Seafood Bar internal design.

Category by themselves, the shells have many fans recently. A restaurant designed with finesse for oyster lovers in the heart of London.

 

The Ledbury

Ranked as the 14th out of 50 restaurants for 2016, according to The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. A new contemporary twist of a modern British cuisine.

Front entrance of The Ledbury restaurant

 

Internal decoration of Dinner by Henson Blumenthal restaurant

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal 

One more awarded restaurant, ranked as 45th. Henson’s fine-dine it combines accurately emotions, expectations and memory through a rich vein of British culinary history for its inspiration.

 

Luca

Luca restaurant inner view

A venue that has different types of menus and dining. At the bar, for quick drinks and antipasti snacks, the a la carte menu and lastly the private dining according to the chef’s specialities.

 

The Clove Club 

A restaurant ranked as 26th in the global ranking. A casual eatery with an open view kitchen is here to give a ‘Britalian’ taste. It has an entire history behind but is an ambitious 5-courses menu and an extended one, featuring interesting and often overlooked British ingredients.

An idea of the Clove Club restaurant’s kitchen

Once in a lifetime experience: Volunteering with AIESEC

Have you ever joined a programme that finally changed your whole life?

Or have your ever felt the overjoyed feeling after sharing plenty of your time with other people?

I have.

Two years ago, in winter 2015, I was given an opportunity to join a volunteer program with AIESEC Kocaeli, Turkey. Maybe some of you have ever heard about AIESEC. It is an international youth organisation that helps us to develop our potential skills by joining their programmes. In the project called ” Break Up the Barriers 2015″, I became one of the volunteers in the rehabilitation centres to ‘teach’ and share with the ‘disabled’ children there, together with the other 15 international participants from 8 different countries.

There are many unforgettable experiences that I gained from the programme, such as:

1. The kids taught us how to be more grateful

2. To open our mind and heart to see things from different point of views

3. Small things we did may give huge impacts to others

4.  Cultural sharing session

5. Had an opportunity to explore new country

6. Had an amazing host family

7. Tried local dishes

In the end of the programme, I realised how this 6-week volunteer programme had given me countless sweet moments that I always wanted to remember.

“It’s sad to know I’m done. But looking back, I’ve got a lot of memories.” – Bonnie Blair

Do you have any exchange experiences that you want to share? Please drop your comment below!

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Football vs. Football: Part 3

Football and football: Same name, totally different games. At my first Hull City match, I realised how the fan experience differed from that of American sports. First off, I was fascinated by the fact that security guards separated parts of the crowd because back home, no matter the sport, fans are mixed (for better or for worse).

Next, I realised how the direction of a football match can completely affect whether or not the stadium is full of rowdy fans who are chanting nonstop or spectators who would rather be home. This does not happen in American football because no matter if your team is winning or losing, chances are that you’re being egged on by signs reading “Get Loud!” or you’re caught up in singing along with the soundtrack of Bon Jovi or Queen.

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Finally, a staple of American football culture that is not present here in the UK is tailgating, which is when fans park in a giant lot and cook from grills that they have brought from home; most of the time, drinking, loud music, and trash talking is involved (all in the love of sport). While both sports have their highs and lows, I will always defend American football and will never regret staying up until 4:30 Berlin time to watch my team win another Super Bowl (GO PATRIOTS!).

I hope you’ve enjoyed the 3rd and final part of my “New England vs. England” series. Comment below with your favourite sporting experiences!

 

A Winter Without Ice: Part 2

Growing up in Massachusetts has taught me to deal with all sorts of weather, from days that are below freezing to others that are so hot you can feel the tar on the driveway melting under your feet. This variety has led New Englanders to take on some habits that seem odd to the rest of the US, let alone other countries, so being out of my element has forced me to adapt to my new environment. For example, the temperature back home is currently 22°F (-6°C), but that will not stop anyone from rolling out of bed to get an iced coffee from Dunkin Donuts. Yes, you read that right: iced coffee.

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So imagine my surprise when, in October, I went to order an iced tea and was told that this item, along with others, were not on the menu for the time being because it was getting colder outside. In that moment, all I could think about was all of the blizzards I have driven in to get an iced coffee, so cold weather could not deter me. While I have struggled without iced coffee this winter, something I have appreciated is the lack of snow and not having to shovel myself out of the house like the rest of my family (sorry, guys!).

Snowpocalypse 2015 aka Winter Storm Juno

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed Part 2 of my “New England vs. England” series. Comment below with any regional habits that may have been put into question while traveling!

Re-learning the English Language: Tales of a Fluent *American* English Speaker: Part 1

Have you ever spoken the same language as somebody else but still felt lost in translation? Before I studied abroad in 2014, I thought the only difference between the UK and US would be the accents, but how wrong I was! A few days into my semester, I had my first experience hanging out with my friend’s British flatmates and almost right away, I was berated for calling ‘crisps’, ‘chips’.

From this moment on, I tried to fall into a pattern of calling everything by its British name so that I wouldn’t get yelled at but while some things came easily, others never quite stuck. Here is a list of words and their UK-US translations (Note: Some US translations are strictly New England/Massachusetts-based and may not apply to all 50 states).

  • Fries= Chips
  • Bubbler=Water fountain
  • Rotary=Roundabout
  • Jimmies= Sprinkles
  • Cookout=Barbeque
  • Sidewalk=Pavement
  • Crosswalk=Zebra crossing
  • Sweater=Jumper
  • Shopping cart=Trolley
  • Cookie= Biscuit
  • Elevator=Lift
  • Soccer=Football
  • Football=American football
  • First floor=Ground floor
  • Pants=Trousers
    • Fun fact: I told a class full of Brits that I had just bought a new pair of pants and did not realise my error until somebody was intuitive enough to understand that I meant jeans, not underwear…

 BONUS: Words that look similar or the same but manage to get me in trouble every time.

  • Aluminum=Aluminium
  • Mocha (Moe-ka)=Mocha (Mawcka)

Confused? You’re not alone!

I hope you’ve enjoyed Part 1 of my “New England vs. England” series. Comment below with other pairings you may have heard of or any mishaps caused by same-language mistranslation!

Campus Event: Inspired in Hull – “The Business of Film”

It is not under dispute that the film industry is big business, but what are the constructs behind the scene?

The Hull University Business School has invited her distinguished alumni, Kieran Breen, the President of International Theatrical Marketing, Twentieth Century Fox, to unveil the mystery of the movie business.

During this campus event, Kieran illustrated the film business value chain, from its production to the screen, as an exciting and risky parachute jumping. The reason for this is that the cost of a movie is usually around 60~100 million U.S. dollars, and the success of the product largely depends on the performance of its initial launch. In other words, it is either a safe landing or a tragic disaster.

He also explained the importance of the international marketplace, the need to understand the consumer in different countries, regions, and territories. And, the marketing divisions in reaching the consumer.

He further explored some of the structural changes impacting the movie business and the implications for the future of the industry. He noted that this business is no longer as profitable as before for a number of reasons. For instance, there are currently more entertainment options than 20 years ago, thus less disposable income will be available for movies. Moreover, China is building stronger political barriers to protect their local business, consequently the foreign film manufacturer can only get 25% of the sales revenue.

Inspired? It would be nice for you to leave some comments! And please find out more at #BusinessOfFilmpic.twitter.com/aHVhkrJrjN.

This blog is reproduced from 2016 by Chanqi Xu