Lifestyle / Hot Pot Column

Twin girls get twice the attention that's given to foreign faces

[2011-12-08 15:29]

I always wondered what it would be like to be famous.

A place where magic meets the eye - after going up the nose

[2011-12-06 11:03]

The magician pushed what looked like a large cocktail stick up his nose. Then he appeared to shove another stick up the other nostril.

Sex is the same everywhere, but attitudes toward it differ

[2011-12-01 10:44]

Halfway through my first year of teaching in Zhengzhou I showed my students a movie.

The joys of Pleasant Goat's unpleasant side

[2011-11-30 13:38]

Pleasant Goat tells millions of pint-sized Chinese fans to, "Think calmly, and intelligence shines".

No more deadlines but tears remain for former colleague

[2011-11-29 10:34]

I was brought up in the British, stiff upper lip style.Emotion isn't something you display in public.

Why re-gifting is the present that improves relationships

[2011-11-24 14:04]

When choosing gifts for friends and relatives before a recent trip back to China, my wife played a game of figuring out whom the recipients would end up giving them to.

It's all change in Zhengzhou for bar-hoppers

[2011-11-24 10:56]

One of my favorite things about Henan's provincial capital Zhengzhou is observing the frequency with which everything changes.

A place where questions of race often raise eyebrows

[2011-11-17 10:33]

For all of its globalization and progress, China still has a discrimination problem.

Language barrier can't overcome bare facts

[2011-11-15 11:16]

It's a well-known fact that moving to a new place, eating different food and experiencing new pollutants can be disruptive to the old hormones.

Why I must grow thicker skin about my wider waist

[2011-11-10 13:49]

I bought my bathroom scales more than a year ago.

It's payback time for all the years of childcare a mom provides

[2011-11-09 13:13]

I have long thought there must be some way of making our children pay us back for the hours and money spent on them.

Welcome to a land of untapped and unmapped opportunity

[2011-11-08 11:16]

For a country that many still believe to be strictly Communist, China certainly has no lack of surprise business opportunities, particularly for foreigners.