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  • Caihao Cui

    Hello Hollie and Nora, I really like to know your comments about Chinese’s POST service. Do you girls feel difficult to send or receive packages and mails? What are your suggestions? And I am curious about how foreigners using e-shopping such as Taobao, Tianmao, Alipay, etc.

    • Nora Joy Wilson

      Hi Caihao, thanks for this question. Actually this is something that brings up a lot of different topics about life in China, such as the whole “kuaidi” phenomenon and being able to order anything, including services like massages straight to your door. We’ll be talking about it in Episode 36. Cheers!

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  • Angelo

    Hi there in podcast land!

    First of all, that’s some great stalking! I thought I had my information well hidden… I’m enjoying life in my mid-twenties therefore I’m more than ok with people calling me a young man and/or a cutie, so thank you.

    Now for my question, I’m lucky enough to have a rather abrupt trip to China next month! This will give me the opportunity to celebrate Chinese New Year! But to be honest, I’ve no idea how this is celebrated. What are the traditions? The do’s and don’ts? Will I see some legendary Chinese fireworks? And what are some fun experiences you girls had related to New Year’s or any other typical Chinese holiday?

    • Nora Joy Wilson

      Hi Angelo, thanks for the compliments on our stalking abilities, haha. Since you left the message on Facebook it wasn’t hard to see your lovely face :P. Looks like you’re in for a treat with your surprise trip to China. If you have the opportunity to spend Chinese New Year Eve at a family’s home, that will be the best way to get a hands-on experience of the holiday. In the bigger cities, many people tend to leave and go back to their hometowns, so the more exciting places to be are the smaller cities off the beaten track.

      I personally had an amazing New Year celebration in Sichuan my first year in China which I’ll be talking about in our Chinese New Year show, Episode 45. Since you might already be in China once it’s aired, I suggest you bring some snacks or sweets from home and maybe some packs of cigarettes to share in case you have the chance to have a meal with a Chinese family.

      It would be great if you shared your experience when you got back! Safe travels and have a great time!

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  • CC

    Hi Nora & Hollie,
    My name is Cecilia and I live in Sanya, I want to thank you so much for your podcast -it has been an awesome resource. Even though I don’t live in a big city, I have found your insights to be universally true and I feel more connected to China as a result.

    I also want to make one comment. In a recent episode you discussed racism and I completely agree, Chinese people can get very defensive but as a Latin woman I can tell you there are issues that have nothing to do with Western racism. Here is Sanya being dark skinned is definitely looked down upon, regardless of the fact that it is a tropical beach location. I have personally witnessed how people react to darker skinned Chinese, calling them ugly and the lengths people will go to not get tanned, which is culturally polar opposites to me. Like swimming at night when it’s dangerous for non-swimmers. And never before had I witnessed the facekini which is just frightening (I thought they were burn victims when first saw that) I’ve lived in Korea before so I realize this is an Asian issue not just Chinese, but there are definitely issues that no one wants to own up to here regarding this topic.

    I also have one question. Why do Chinese people hate the smell of new cars, new homes, new appliances and furniture. I find this sensitivity rather odd. I’ve witnessed people putting ripe pineapples and other strange things to get rid of the smell. Even air conditioner smell they complain is bad and have the windows open to ‘get rid of it’ but no one seems sensitive to smoking, body odor or just generally offensive smells. Do you know what this is about? I have a problem with smoking inside restaurants but no one else seems to mind so I find it quite surprising the lengths people will go to vanish the new smell.

    Thank you again for the work you put into your podcasts, I look forward to hearing more. And I’m sorry for my lo-fi voicemail.


    • Hollie Sowden

      Hi Cecilia,

      Thanks so much for taking the time to let us know about your experiences. I still find it odd that every woman has her umbrella up when it’s sunny, and it’s crazy that facial and body wash is ‘whitening’. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a facekini in real life, and I really hope I don’t anytime soon – they look super creepy!

      Your question is great! Although I really really want to make comments on it now, I’m going to add it to our question list and we’ll hopefully get to it soon 😀

      Your comments and questions are welcome anywhere, Cecilia and it’s lovely to hear that you’re enjoying the pod! Cheers!

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  • Jiazhouren

    At the risk of alienating some of your listeners, I’m curious as to how you girls have been weathering the recent and current political events taking place in your home countries. Has Brexit or the spectacle of the US election had any effect on your lives in Shenzhen? Aside from your own opinions and or experiences, how do the Chinese themselves feel about Britain’s xenophobia and isolationism? What do they think about US politicians promising to sink the TPP and blaming China for everything from cyber terrorism to economic warfare? I’ve heard that the Chinese are both intensely interested about what’s happening abroad, while simultaneously having no idea about the world beyond their own borders (ie, I’ve read that a large number of Chinese think “House of Cards” is real and Kevin Spacey is actually the president of the US). Thanks for taking the time to read my question, keep up the great work!

    • Hollie Sowden

      Thanks for the question! We might be able to (carefully) answer this question, although in general we try and stay away from the ‘P’ word. I didn’t know about this, but I bet there are plenty of people from the west who also think Kevin Spacey is the president 😀

  • Julia

    Hi Nora and Hollie,

    Thanks so much for your great podcast! I just moved to China to teach German at a small university and finished listening to all your episodes one week after arriving here. Your insights were of great help while preparing my stay in Asia, but there’s one thing I forgot to bring: waxing strips. Help! Do you have any idea where to find them in China? I looked for them in Beijing, in Shanghai, and in my city but I couldn’t find them anywhere. Is there any other place except Alibaba that sells them? I can’t read Chinese characters yet and don’t want to ask my supervisor at uni or my new Chinese friends to order them for me… I will definitely travel to several bigger cities and may also be in Shanghai several times during the next months. Will I find them there?

    Thanks in advance for your help.


    • Hollie Sowden

      Hi, Julia.

      Hope you’re enjoying teaching 🙂

      I have recently seen wax strips pop up in Watsons health and beauty stores, as well as many other imported beauty products. However, I’m not sure if this chain is all over China, since they are a Hong Kong company (I think). I have definitely seen strips on Taobao and my friend recently used a service called ‘baopals’, which is basically Taobao for foreigners.

      I searched for ‘脱毛蜡纸’ and got some results. You can pay with a union pay card, alipay or wechat wallet and they have instructions on how to set those things up.

      I hope that helps!


      • Julia

        Hey Hollie,

        Thank you for your quick reply. Teaching here is interesting and a lot of fun. I already tought Chinese students in Germany and have been amazed at how their learning style and classroom interaction have changed over the past years. They are definitely catching up with western learning methods, and as most of them are pretty disciplined, they see their language skills progress quite fast, so teaching them is really rewarding.

        There seem to be a few Watsons stores in my city, so I guess I’m going shopping this weekend. 🙂 Thanks for the tip.

        By the way, I remember Nora saying during one of your podcasts in spring that she wished there was a Duolingo-like app for Chinese. There actually is an app like this, it’s called Hello Chinese. Other apps I use are Chinese Skill, Chinese Words, Listen & Speak, and your Written Chinese app, of course. A fun one for children is Fun Chinese: it only teaches you a few words, but I found it an entertaining way to get used to the language.

        • Hollie Sowden

          Students here are extremely disciplined. @Chamcen:disqus and I recently had a conversation about how different schools are in China and experiences of teaching in the west compared to here.

          I have come across Hello Chinese, although I have never used it before, so I’ll have to take a closer look. Glad to hear you’re using the Written Chinese Dictionary too!

  • Dean

    Hey guys from Ningbo! Been listening to your podcast for over a year now. Wonderful work! I was listening to your podcast on nudity in China and the carry on conversation concerning whether foreigners can be considered permanent members of the country. I think appearance shouldn’t matter. Remember there is a difference between being Chinese and Han. Speaking of which, have you ever visited a minority region in China or know much about the one group who are a matriarchy? I remember you have visited Kaifeng too, did you visit the ancient Jewish community there? Apparently Israel is currently educating them to help them make a diaspora.

    • Hollie Sowden

      Hi, Dean.

      We talked in one episode ( about the last matriarchal society in China, there’s even a short documentary to watch, which is well worth it. I can’t say I know a lot, only really what I learned from recording that episode.

      I don’t know much about the minorities in China, although I’m sure it would be interesting to learn more about it..especially if this happened to be a podcast question… 😀

      I only learned about the Jewish community in Kaifeng after I had been there. I think I saw an article about them having problems with other communities there…

      Thanks for listening!

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  • ZefanLin the podcast…i have a few question…did you guy consider doing some video in YouTube about china….because the way i find out this podcast is from YouTube..i watch a YouTube channel created by a guy call Austin..and then listen to their podcast “TIC this is China”..aka two white dude in china(from uk and us just like you two)….then discover TWO white chicks….i just think you guy can get a lot more views by doing this…and you two are pretty enough to be in front of camera, so..why not?

    • Hollie Sowden

      Haha, thanks!

      Videos would be a cool thing to do, but we’re both a little camera shy! Can you send me the link to the YouTube video you were watching, I’m kind of curious 🙂

      • ZefanLin

        Well.this is Austin channel(…he is kind of famous in china…i guess…… fact i watch quite a lot of video make by foreigner who talk about china…because i am chinese who live aboard and quite miss the thing happen in home…by listening or watching thing like this feel kind of fun and somehow…in touch..

  • Nicole Gervais

    Hey Nora and Hollie!

    I’m from Montreal, QC, Canada. My friend and I are going to backpack in China this summer for three weeks. I just started listening to your podcast. It’s great and getting me even more excited for our trip!

    I don’t know if you’ve already covered these topics but we’re trying to get a general idea of where we want to go (places we absolutely have to make time for), where we should stay (Couchsurfing, Airbnb, hostels?), and what budget range we should plan for / how much our daily food & activities will cost on average (we are both students so want to try not to spend TOO much, but also want to fully enjoy our time there). I know that that touches on a bunch of different things, but just wondering if you guys have any general ideas or tips for us!

    Thanks so much in advance! 🙂


    • Hollie Sowden

      Hi Nicole.

      We’ve touched on some bits, but I don’t think we’ve done a whole podcast on travelling in China, especially on a budget. I’ll add your question to our list, and we’ll answer it in the future (hopefully before you arrive).

      I really hope you enjoy your travels and we haven’t put you off too much! 😉


      • Nicole Gervais

        Great, thanks so much! Looking forward to it! 🙂

  • Caroline

    Hi Nora and Hollie!

    I will be studying abroad in Hung Hom, Hong Kong this coming spring. I’ve been listening to your podcast and have already learned so much about China & Hong Kong!
    Since you’ve both taught in Chinese schools, you’ve explored “elementary” level schools quite a bit. I wondered if you could explore the topic of college-age students in China/Hong Kong?
    What activities are popular? Where do college age students generally “hang out”? Any cultural “must-do’s” such as a calligraphy class? Are Chinese colleges as difficult as us in the US imagine them to be? Are there any particular places in China or outside of China (Japan, Vietnam, South Korea, etc.) that you’d really recommend a college-age student to travel?
    Also, I have been studying Chinese in school for two years but still feel quite ill-prepared as conversational Chinese is quite different. Any particularly easy, fun ways to learn conversational Chinese outside of class?
    Any tips, ideas, or info you have would be helpful. Love your podcast!!

    • Caroline

      Also, are there any newspapers you find are a reliable a way to get up to date on current events and the business/political climate of China?

      • Caroline

        Oh, and I’m studying logistics in school, particularly the transport of perishable goods like healthy, fresh foods. Any companies or government entities you’d recommend investigating? Sorry for my three separate questions and thanks again for all of the info 🙂

    • Hollie Sowden

      Thanks for all the questions, Caroline! I hope you’re looking forward to studying in Hong Kong, it’s a great place! I’ll add all your questions to our list, and we’ll answer them in September when we begin recording again! 😀