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VOLUME #2 / ISSUE #6 / APRIL - MAY 2012
南京权安 广告 苏印证: 2012-0043
by Kieron Dalton
n the dust on the corner where the cars rush by
Dance the ladies of Lost Health Park, grasping life
From the air, saying in unison, and desperation,
Lost youth, past health, here I am. Come find me.
On the path by the water where the waves wash up
Old boys canter - backwards - on the road already travelled,
Retracing steps already taken to where youth was
lost and ill-health
In the trees, halfway up, where ripe fruit should be Suspended - by the crook of the knees, hang the old
Men, like rags caught by the wind, mindlessly tossed
Away, no longer having use; like wasted fruit, overripe
And slowly shrivelling, stretched out to once again tighten the skin.
While unaware and unaffected, the young and the healthy shuffle, plugged in
And wired up. Do they not know? All paths lead to Lost Health Park in
The end.
Patient: “Well, these soaring temperatures have got my elderly parents
living in fear, my chopsticks turned out to be poisonous, I’ve been
drinking polymer based milk tea and I have found out that recycled oil
seems to be
the problem? 到底哪里出
has been used to make my butter. Help!”
Doctor: “Don’t worry, we have just the cure. We recommend a course
of acupuncture for your depression, tofu as a substitute for animal
products, a few well chosen new Mandarin phrases for use at the hospital, plus a bit of a giggle over Nanjing Expat’s attempts to keep fit.”
Welcome to health from The Nanjinger.
Nanjing Expat的傻笑小段子来使你保持身心健康。”
by Da n ie l O
te ro
we repeated the mistake of the Vietnam War and it
became clear that many countries would not fall in
n Singapore, Premier Lee’s stance on America is that
line when they once might. This slow decline from the
it has become a “benign” superpower (CNN, 2012). To
superpower that outlasted the USSR to one that now
a certain extent I believe this to be true. With our iso-
garners much global criticism and polarizes rather
lationist views, arrogance and the expectation that all
than unites, underscores that in terms of diplomacy
information must be shared with America, we have
and politics, America’s empire is certainly falling. It
shunned the rest of the world, forgetting that things
is essential that we turn our focus towards rebuild-
have changed and that global cooperation and inte-
ing some of the bridges we have burned, particularly
gration are now key. It seems that despite declaring
in the Middle East. There can be no doubt that it will
our independence, we have modeled our behavior too
take years to mend these relationships, to restore
much on our once empirical British cousins. Yet unlike
trust in America and to abolish the perception of us
the British, Americans are not readily accepting that
being global bullies. In order to do this we will have
their empire is now over. These basic facts are yet to
to look outwards and increase our cooperation with
become engrained into the American psyche, which
other countries from a level of equals rather than a
still holds the attitude that the world can be ruled
superpower talking down to a middle power, because
solely through military might.
it is quite clear we are by no means a superpower in
The sooner America and
American politics accepts
these truths, the faster we
can get back to hard work
and the understanding that
we are not the “fishermen
that feed the world”.
terms of international relations.
So this begs the question, in what way is America NOT
a benign superpower? Well despite its political shortcomings, America is still a superpower in terms of
equality, opportunity for all and cultural acceptance.
We have come a long way from our days of Civil Rights
issues, so much so that there are opportunities not
The world has always fed itself. We just arrogantly
only for Americans of all different ethnicities, but also
thought that it could not go on without us. We are not
for people from other countries.
the world leaders anymore. And while it may not be
The former Californian Governor was an Austrian born
for a generation or two, the rise of China as the new
movie star, the editors of Marie Claire and Vogue are
global economic power will see us become the num-
both English, and countless American TV shows fea-
ber two guys on the block for the first time in a long
ture actors from countries such as Canada, Australia
and the UK. Some of the nation’s biggest sports showcase our “melting pot” plurality with players of Afri-
This is not such a bad thing, considering that over
can, Chinese, Japanese, Indian and Native American
the past ten years our skills in foreign relations have
descent, to name but a few.
been very “questionable”. We have fostered an at-
A mad Scotsman raises hell on Kitchen Nightmares
titude of mistrust and deception through our politics
whilst a leggy German model hosts Project Runway;
and our actions, namely some of the negative opera-
they’re everywhere. It is not hard to see the influ-
tions of Langley (CIA for all you young folks). In Iraq
ence of the Chinese in American culture either; Chi-
Looking into the future, it is clear there are growing
nese products, Chinese food, Chinatowns all across
America, Chinese films and actors, from the deceased
Bruce Lee to the gorgeous Joan Chen. A foreigner
with enough desire and hard work can still live out
the “American dream”. This is what I love about my
country; everything that demonstrates how friendly
we are and how easily we open our hearts to people
coming into our country! It is here that America presents its worth to the rest of the world; continuing to
be a guiding light to other countries in terms of multiculturalism and equal opportunity.
We Americans do enjoy our
way of life, and by no means
do I want that changed. But
through all this we have to
learn one valuable lesson:;
mutual cooperation.
economic powers surging from the east in Turkey, India and China, as well as Brazil in South America. As
these countries grow, the way in which the American
government approaches them needs to change. If
the world does not see us as a superpower, then we
cannot keep acting like one. Yet at the same time, we
should not be seen as totally useless.
Some of these up and coming
powers have much to learn
in regard to the quality of
life of their citizens and how
to deal with a possible influx of migration and multiculturalism. While America’s role and
level of power in world politics has changed, we are
not quite benign just yet. And considering the issues
of racism and ethnic tension in Singapore, maybe it
wouldn’t hurt Premier Lee to see some of the things
that still make America great.
Introducing some of our contributors,
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VOLUME #2 / ISSUE #6 / April - May 2012
南京权安 广告 苏印证: 2012-0043
Jochen Schultz has more than 10 years´proven management experiences at international training and universities. He has a deep knowledge in professional trainings, personnel and organizational Development and developing relationships
with clients from all over the world. He is now the Managing Director in China for
a German Training & Consultancy Company.
Jochen Schultz在国际培训和大学教育方面有着10年以上的管理经
验。同时在 专业培训、个人与公司发展以及如何与世界各地的客户
Rick Staff is from the UK and has 20 years cumulative experience as a wine trader,
taster, and writer and was editor of ‘Superplonk’, the UK’s popular wine guide,
prior to moving to Nanjing in 2008.
Rick Staff来自英国,有着二十年丰富经验的葡萄酒商人、品酒师、
Dan Clarke has spent the last five years teaching public speaking and dealing with
Western culture to university and adult students. In his spare time he works as a
freelance writer online, and has started his own life coaching business helping
people all around the world.
最近之五年来, Dan Clarke教大学生与成年人演说以及了解西方文
Ronald Paredes is the personification of his motto “mediocrity is a disease we fight
every day”. The multi talented designer’s work appears in the design industry’s
annual definitive overview of the state of art in web design, “Web Design Index
by Content – Volume 5”
争”的现实化身。 作为一位优秀的设计师,他才能丰富创意无限。
Our Editor and Music Critic, Frank Hossack, has been a radio host and producer
for the past 25 years, in the process winning four New York Festivals awards for
his work, in the categories Best Top 40 Format, Best Editing, Best Director and Best
Culture & The Arts.
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The Gavel
New Arbitration Rules 2012
In the wake of the publication of revised Arbitration as returned rules, rather than entirely new ones.
Rules by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
Court of Arbitration, the China International Economic
and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) has issued
its own revised Arbitration Rules, effective as of 1st May,
2012. The revision follows the trend to choose arbitration
rather than the domestic court in order to quickly and effectively settle disputes.
Consolidation of Arbitrations
Due to growing cross-border trade, arbitrations referring
to multiple parties or contracts are more and more frequent. Article 17 of the new rules responds to this issue by
ruling that at the request of a party and with the agreement
of all other parties, or where CIETAC believes it necessary and all parties have agreed, CIETAC may consolidate
two or more ongoing arbitrations into one single arbitration. A rule very similar to this has also been added to new
rules developed by the ICC. This clause will allow parties
or an arbitral tribunal to bring different contractual parties into one arbitration, the procedural structure of which
aims to make the process more effective than before.
Meanwhile, measures such as requiring parties of a jointventure to postpone the distribution of profits until disputes are settled, or prompt measures on controversial
products which are unable to be preserved long-term, will
in actual fact play the role of interim measures, enacted
and enforced in daily arbitration.
This new revision clearly demonstrates CIETAC’s strong
position in international arbitration, thereby appealing to
those who require urgent action in joint venture or intellectual property disputes.
More Practical Rules
The revised Arbitration Rules also improve on the specificity of some previous rules. For example, Articles 14, 15
and 43 grant power to the Secretary General of CIETAC
to make decisions on specific issues before the arbitral tribunal is made. In addition, Article 8 states that if a party
or its representative(s) has not provided an address or the
parties have not agreed on an address, the arbitration documents shall be sent to such party’s address as provided
by the other party or its representative(s). The previous
Interim Measures
relevant rules are ambiguous on such points.
Article 21 of the new rules states that at the request of a
Through specification of these application conditions, CI-
party, the arbitral tribunal may order any interim measure
it deems necessary or proper in accordance with the applicable law. While this is deemed as a brand new clause
in the new rules, it is better to consider interim measures
ETAC displays clear information to the disputed parties,
the arbitral tribunal and the commission, leading to an arbitration process that is both more efficient and economic.
This article is intended solely for informational purposes and does not constitute legal advice. Although the information in this article was obtained
from reliable official sources, no guarantee is made with regard to its accuracy and completeness.
by Frank Hossack
Illustraton by Sarah Attig
As one of the four ovens of China, the good people of Nanjing (along with same in Wuhan, Chongqing and Xi’an) are
bracing themselves for another sweltering summer. Umbrella sales are at their highest level annually, while waitresses begin
to at least ask,“Ni yao bu yao bing de?” and yet more chaos straddles the pavements thanks to the addition of the lounger.
However for many, Nanjing’s heat also brings with it worries for the well being of elderly relatives, while elsewhere in China,
climate change has resulted in other health related concerns hitherto unconnected.
It has been more than 30 years since the opening of Shenzhen, China’s first Special Economic Zone. The record year-on-year
economic growth the country has attained ever since has been largely driven by fossil fuels, leading to dramatic increases
in emissions of greenhouse gases. Although emissions per person in China are at the global average, China surpassed the
United States as the country emitting the most carbon dioxide as long ago as 2007. China is also a large emitter of methane
and black carbon, the other two major contributors to global warming.
As in other parts of the world, China has experienced noticeable changes in climate over the past century. The annual average air temperature has risen by 0.5–0.8 degrees Celcius; slightly higher than the average global temperature increase, with
most of these changes observed over the past 50 years. This warming trend has been more significant in western, eastern,
and northern China than in the south while interestingly, the most significant temperature increase occurred in winter. This
trend of climate warming in China is projected to intensify in the future.
For all this great upheaval, adaptation
to climate change, and particularly
health adaptation to such, remains at
an early stage of development. While
the Chinese government claims to pay
great attention to climate change, to
date there has been very limited study
of any climate-related health impact.
It may be obvious to any right minded
individual, but until recently there was
almost no scientific evidence to suggest
climate change is indeed affecting human health in China, both directly and
indirectly. (Happily) the glove is now
on the other hand, to the extent that
the growing body of evidence categorises that health impact from climate
change falls into three categories; mortality from extreme weather events,
changes in air and water quality, and
changes in the ecology of infectious
Heat waves and other extreme weather
conditions have been associated with
increased death risk in many large
Chinese cities, with elevated mortality during temperature extremes attributed mainly to cardiovascular and
respiratory diseases, especially among
the elderly. Yet, an improvement in
living conditions resulting from economic development has helped reduce
heat wave related heath impacts. 1998
and 2003 were both extreme heat wave
years that led to increased mortality,
but despite being meteorologically similar, elevated mortality was much less
pronounced during 2003.
It is largely accepted that this is attributable to people’s adaptations to climate
change; increased use of air conditioners, larger living spaces, increased urban green space, higher levels of heat
awareness and the implementation of
a heat warning system issued by local
meteorological authori- ties. These are
all factors that can reduce the health
risks imposed on residents.
The interaction of high temperatures
and severe air pollution is also producing a health impact of its own. Nanjing’s high summer temperatures enhance the effect of particulate matter
≤ 10 µm (PM10) on cardiopulmonary
mortality. In addition, the levels of
some secondary air pollutants, such as
ozone, are affected by temperature and
tend to be higher on hot days. Epidemiological evidence from Chinese cities indicates that significant risks from
ozone are associated with increasing
At the other end of the year, rising
temperatures are affecting climatesensitive infectious diseases carried by
animal hosts or vectors; in China these
include schistosomiasis, Japanese encephalitis, Dengue fever, malaria, and
Angiostrongylus cantonensis infection.
With winter temperatures on the up,
Oncomelania hupensis (the intermediate host of Schistosoma japonicum in
China) may increase its range, thereby
spreading schistosomiasis to the northern part of China.
Much of the difficulty in assessing possible action plans for combatting health
impact from climate change in China
comes down to the lack of reliable information on possible modifiers for
the health impact of thermal extremes,
such as pre-existing health status and
population demographics. Whereas in
Europe it is widely accepted that the
2003 summer heat wave resulted in
over 44,000 thousand excess deaths,
China’s huge differences in climate and
developing informational infrastructure make such statistical reporting altogether another challenge. Typhoons,
floods, blizzards, windstorms, drought,
and landslides all undoubtedly result
in important direct and indirect health
effects but remain difficult to assess.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that climate change may already be causing over 150,000 deaths
per year and these risks are expected to increase substantially in the future. These health threats are overwhelmingly
concentrated in the poorest regions of the world, sadly those
who have contributed least to global climate change.
Health infrastructures in many developing countries are already stretched beyond capacity in the supply of even the
most basic health protection. Studies conducted indicate
that unless co-ordinated effort is implemented, climate
change is likely to result in further demands on health services leading to the resultant increasing burden of disease.
While there is an increasing awareness that climate change
poses significant health threats, responses have historically
concentrated on dealing reactively with climate-sensitive
diseases. Consequently, little attention has been paid to pinpointing exactly what vulnerable and under resourced developing countries can do to implement strategies that minimize the health impacts of climate change in ways that pose
little financial burden to the already cash-strapped state.
Such are the goals of a joint World Health Organization/
United Nations Development Program project, funded by
the Global Environment Facility, presently being undertaken (over a four year period) in seven different countries, chosen to represent a cross section of health threats impacting
from climate change. They include highland areas (Bhutan
and Kenya), water-stressed areas (Jordan and Uzbekistan),
low-lying developing areas (Barbados and Fiji), and China.
Nanjing is one of four cities in China chosen for the study.
With a planned budget of US$24 million, the project will
focus on selecting and prioritizing long-term cost-effective
adaptation strategies, implementing these adaptations in
the field, and sharing the lessons learnt. It is hoped to bring
about measurable changes in the adaptive capacity of pilot
countries, for a reduction in the burden of climate sensitive diseases and of the effects of climate change on human
health, for integration of planning and implementation of
practice across sectors and for the identification and application of short-term incentives to change behaviour that reduces long term vulnerability to health impacts from climate
This project is explicitly designed for developing countries
that not only are subject to the broadest possible range of
health vulnerabilities to climate change, but also have both
the commitment and capacity to respond. Once these adaptation approaches are better defined, the project has the
long-term aim of rolling out such methods to other countries
facing similar stresses, but with fewer resources.
Nanjing’s summer may be knocking on our door, but it is her
winters that have of late been more of an indication of climate change. Nationally, future research shall help to more
accurately assess morbidity due to temperature extremes,
vector-borne diseases, air quality, pollen and mold counts,
food-borne and waterborne diseases, plus the physical and
mental health impacts from extreme weather events. While
China strives to quadruple its gross domestic product of
2000 by 2020, it will consequently face even more serious
challenges as regards climate change. The WHO/UNDP
project is one of the first of many required steps to be taken,
steps that if followed in could result in welcome news for
everyone sweating it out on a hot Nanjing summer’s day.
and the Heat
Dr. Tanya from the Nanjing International SOS Clinic shares
a few tips on how to look after your health through the summer heat.
It is not only the elderly at risk; even young healthy individuals can succumb to heat if they participate in strenuous physical activities during hot weather. Hyperthermia/
Heatstroke is the result of high temperatures combined with
high humidity making it harder for your body to regulate its
temperature. High humidity and temperatures are also the
perfect breeding ground for bacteria and fungi leading to an
increase in infections and rashes over the summer months.
Stay cool and minimize your exposure to the sun. Find shade,
use an umbrella or ice to cool yourself down if available.
Try to schedule strenuous outdoor activities to mornings
and evenings. Rest often in shady areas so your body’s thermostat has a chance to recover.
Stay hydrated and increase your fluid intake regardless of
your activity level. Do not wait until you are thirsty to drink!
Wear as little as possible when you are at home. Light coloured,
loose-fitting, natural fiber clothing will help keep you cool.
Keep skin dry. This makes it harder for microscopic creatures
to breed and cause irritation.
Practice good hygiene. Wash hands regularly, particularly
after using the bathroom, before eating and before and after
handling food.
d Paredes
by Ronal
“Don’t walk barefoot or you will get diarrhea”, “Even when it is hot you
should cover yourself or you will get the flu”, “The smell of fresh paint will
give you cancer”, “The smell of a new car will give you cancer”,
“The smell of new chairs will give you cancer.... in fact the smell of anything
new will give you cancer”...
t has always seemed to me that Chinese peo-
ple are a bit too paranoid about anything that re-
lates to living a healthy life. Yet after witnessing
with horror how companies in China can endan-
ger the lives of humans, including defenceless
babies, just to make a profit, really gave me a
new perspective.
The terrible case of the tainting of milk and formula products with melamine in 2008 that saw
six babies die and approximately 300,000 who
became sick set alarm bells ringing the world
over. Dairy products manufactured in the Middle
Kingdom were no longer to be trusted. Even the
famous milk candy with the adorable white rabbit was taken off shelves worldwide.
Locally, this case put the spotlight on not only
every company producing alimentary goods
but also farmers. A massive search began on
the part of consumers who were looking for any
products with doubtful processing or suspicious
chemical additives. The search continues to this
day and is yielding astonishing results, so much
so that it seems it would be easier to list the
products that you can actually ingest rather than
those you should avoid. But that wouldn’t be as
interesting, so here a few to watch out for:
Slop Oil
We are well aware of how fried food and the consumption of oil can affect our bodies. In fact,
doctors very strongly advise against using cooking oil more than once as it not only loses its
qualities but also produces substances which
can cause hypertension and cancer. Even worse
than reused oil is recycled oil, and there is every
likelihood you could be ingesting it without even
Restaurants gather all the left over food of the
day in big barrels that are taken by garbage collectors to be “properly disposed”. Some of these
collectors take this discarded food to a place
where it is boiled to make the oil rise to the sur-
face, after which it is filtered to “clean it” of food,
garbage and any other particles. Some restau-
rants buy this slop oil for a much cheaper price
to cut costs.
It is not only the cheap little restaurants that are
doing this. Very recently it was discovered that
some companies were using this recycled slop
oil in the production of butter; the very same but-
ter that has been used by some of our favourite
bakeries to produce delicious cakes and buns.
Poisonous Chopsticks
Plastic Milk Tea
Somebody once spilled
It was discovered recently that some companies
a little milk tea on our
were soaking the bamboo sticks in pools of sul-
clean it up right away.
producing disposable “single use” chopsticks
table and neglected to
furic acid and using industrial talc and paraffin
Several hours later the
wax to polish the chopsticks.
liquid had become a
piece of plastic. Much of the milk tea we all enjoy in the street has had polymer based products
added to make it richer and tastier. It is not just
the liquid; the little balls you find in the beverage
are made with the same polymer substance.
Fresh Dead Meat
牛白叶 (niubaiye), a popular dish that can be
Pork or beef?
There are several companies in China respon-
sible for producing harmful chemicals and additives to modify food and scam the consumer.
One of the most well known is a chemical that
can alter pork so that it resembles beef in order
for it to be sold at a higher price.
found on the street comprising cow entrails,
The list goes on…
maldehyde that is added to the stew in which it
stewed in a soup that could contain anything
babs with meatballs and sausages one sees on
crease taste and make it last for several days
keeps its fresh appearance thanks to the for-
The famous “malatang” 麻辣塘 is another dish
comes. The same goes for some of the little ke-
from discarded food to chemicals so as to in-
the street. There is also evidence to suggest that
without being replaced.
the meat found in some of the precooked “ready
to eat” sausages may also have been treated
chemically to eliminate the fat and make it look
like whole pure meat.
Virgin boy eggs
While doing research for this article I was surprised to find one of the most ghastly dishes was
one that is not chemically treated or modified at
all, it is just a case of extreme cultural belief. In
the city of Dongyang you can find a local deli-
cacy consisting of eggs soaked and then cooked
in young boys urine, preferably under 10 years
old. Vendors claim the eggs provide “remarkable” health benefits. The urine used to cook
these eggs is collected from the toilets of local
primary schools.
While the existence of many such food practices
can have an obvious negative impact on your
physical health, there is also the mental aspect.
As much as I resist living in fear, constantly
looking over my shoulder and being suspicious
of everything and everyone, it is difficult not to
think about these things. I find myself in the mid-
Love for animals,
but not in that way...
If you are a cat or dog lover you might want to
stay away from kebabs in the street; dog and/
or cat meat is commonly used in the preparation
of these meat sticks. In many cases this animal
may also have died of some kind of sickness. In
writing this article I also discovered that a lot of
places soak cat meat in sheep urine so that it
may pass as lamb.
dle of a meal wondering what I am eating, where
it has come from and what has happened to it.
Then I lose my appetite.
Although it would be ridiculous to live in total
fear of the origins of your food, it is important to
realise that not everything is merely a product of
paranoia. You should be very careful with what
you put in your mouth; there are unscrupulous
people with a complete disregard for your health
and they are trying to profit from you. And sadly,
not enough is being done to stop them.
As my dad likes to say about almost everything, it will
put hairs on your chest. The same philosophy can be applied to drinking unboiled water. It will only make you
by Hannah Guinness
n a world where increasing emphasis is placed on prevention rather than cure, we are constantly bombarded
with directives. Whether it is to do more exercise or to
eat more acai berries to lower the risk of cancer, the advice is as diverse as it is endless. Living in China is no different. Our overheated brains are confused, bewildered
and reacting by directing us to reach for a donut. Herein
The Nanjinger carves a small oasis of rationality out of
the surrounding clamour, in order that you maintain an
optimum level of health in China:
Only dine in establishments that use recycled cooking
oil. The more times it’s been reused the better. Don’t
listen to the naysayers warning you against this, bleating
on about carcinogens.
From now on, don’t bother taking off your shoes when
you walk into the house. This is especially beneficial if
small children live in the house, what with their penchant for picking things up off the floor and putting
them in their mouths. Many child-rearing manuals encourage you to let your child play in the sand pit in order
for them to build up a healthy resistance to germs. So
why not bring the fresh grime of the streets of Nanjing
into your home for your child to enjoy?
Next time you go to the supermarket, only buy fruit
that hasn’t been bitten by insects, for instance those
red glossy apples that can be found almost everywhere.
Flies avoid them not because the fruit is pumped full of
harmful pesticides, but because the little creatures, out
of aesthetic appreciation, don’t want to spoil the apple’s
pristine beauty with unsightly bite marks.
If you want to do some exercise, avoid parks or gyms
and instead seek out busy roads on which to cycle or
jog. Better yet, practise your tai chi on an exhaust fumewreathed traffic island in the middle of Xinjiekou. You’re
also lucky enough to be living in a country where smoking is permitted practically anywhere. If Elizabethans
believed that tobacco was medicinal (they were also sensible enough to bathe only once a year) then so can you.
So light up with gusto,
and always remember to inhale.
To most Westerners the
idea of eating the roots
of plants seems strange
and unusual.
by Parsley Li
For the Chinese,
however, it is
commonplace with
“sun” (bamboo root)
being particularly
popular. This is due
to the fact that food
consumption is based
on culture.
he penchant for “sun” amongst the Chinese has caused prices to skyrocket, seeing the price of the root
in some areas on par with that of pork, or even much higher. This highlights that while it has not assumed
dominance, vegetarianism is growing, with more people choosing to become vegetarians everyday. There are
a multitude of reasons for this decision; health benefits, lifestyle choices, moral or religious beliefs as well as
the fact that some people genuinely do not enjoy meat. While it is clear most Chinese people are carnivores,
there is also a great undercurrent of vegetarianism in Chinese food consumption; a part of our culture that
Westerners should discover and embrace.
According to Buddhist doctrine killing is a great sin and abstaining from eating animal products is a vital
part of their belief system. During their lives as vegetarians, Buddhists indulge in such dishes as Su Shao E
(vegetarian goose), made by nuns or monks and taking on the appearance of a roasted goose when it is purely
bean curd wrapped mashed potatoes or yam presented in an anserine shape. The very first time I saw this dish,
I took it to be a genuine succulent goose, but soon realized that I had been tricked once I poked my chopsticks
into it. Despite the subterfuge, this novel, aromatic and delicious dish always arouses my appetite at first
sight. To those who desire but cannot partake, such vegetarian cuisine can virtually satisfy their cravings for
While for Buddhists vegetarianism is born out of faith and a belief system; many Chinese, both vegetarians
and meat eaters, consume non-animal products on account of their great health benefits.
A wide array of these foods can be
drink for Westerners on a cold
These are just a few examples of
found in China, whereby among
winter morning, Re Dou Nai/
how the Chinese have found great
those most common and highly
Dou Jiang (hot soy bean milk/
benefits in non-animal products,
recommended. “Sun” grabs gold,
drink) in date, sesame or peanut
being part of the Chinese staple
flavor is the pick me up of choice
become engrained in the staple
in China. Though the drinks may
Chinese diet.
amino acid to reduce high levels
be entirely different, the ways
of cholesterol, as well as tasting
one can acquire them are actually
From the crispy duck of Beijing
fresh and delicious no matter
quite similar. Re Dou Nai/Dou
to the beer fish of Yangshuo,
whether boiled, sautéed or even
Jiang can be made at home with
China’s meat oriented cuisine
preserved. Tied for second are the
a sachet of manufactured soy
is famed. My American teacher
several kinds of fungus regularly
bean milk powder, ground in your
once commented to me that
eaten in China; Hei Mu Er (black
kitchen using fresh soy beans or
with China being such a paradise
fungus) is eaten to cleanse the
purchased in liquid form such as
for gourmets, as a vegan it
body internally and Bai Mu Er
Yong He Dou Jiang (Yon Ho Soy
was extremely difficult not to
(white fungus) to moisten skin
bean Drink) from a restaurant or
be tempted.
and maintain beauty as it contains
street vendor. Is this beginning to
doubt that being a vegetarian
collagen. Dou Fu (tofu) is probably
sound familiar?.
or carefully considering what
the most familiar vegetarian style
There can be no
you eat is a lifestyle choice, and
often a difficult one. However,it
or vegetables. For dinner you can
Even simple vegetables are
rich sources of vitamins
and minerals and therefore
feature daily in the Chinese
diet. Bo Cai (spinach) is regularly
cook Ma Po Dou Fu (spicy tofu)
eaten to replace lost blood and
vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.
or mix and stir fry some green
maintain iron levels in our system,
vegetables with Gan Si (sliced
in order to prevent anemia. On
Why only gorge on the range of
bean curds).
the street you will find vendors
meat, fish and poultry available
Chinese food to Westerners, no
doubt due to its versatility. At
lunch you can boil some tofu
soup with a variety of meats and/
is clear that Chinese culture has
also embraced many aspects of
vegetarianism and should be seen
as a great culinary opportunity for
standing by large sooty stoves
when one can feel feel justified and
Containing higher levels of
protein, and more calcium
than meat, tofu is the most
ideal substitute for animal
products. For women, Huang
peddling Shan Yu (sweet potato).
challenged to regularly attempt
In this ubiquitous scene you
some unfamiliar and intriguing
will find them on the streets of
vegetables with an exotic oriental
almost every Chinese city yelling
appeal? The next time someone
at passers-by, “Nin yao lai dian
Dou (soy bean) can boost estrogen
er Hong Shan Yu ma?” (Would
says, “You ren yao lai dian er ‘Sun’
levels and prevent osteoporosis,
you like some smoked sweet
adding to the reason why Dou
potatoes?). Though the cooking
Zhi Pin (soy bean products) are
style may seem unhygienic, don’t
the most popular foods on the
judge a book by its cover! They are
Chinese market.
full of Vitamin A and C, dietary
The prevalence of soy in Chinese
fibre and micro-elements while
cuisine does not just pertain to
also containing limited calories
food either. Whilst hot coffee
they make the perfect choice for
is probably the most common
people who are on a diet.
ma?” (Anyone for ‘sun’?) or “Ni
xiang chang chang Hong Shan
Yu ma?” (Would you like some
smoked sweet potatoes?) ——
Just reply, “Dui, xie xie, wo xiang
chang yi xia!”
(“Yes thanks, I’d
like to have a try!” ); the alluring
delicacies will not see you walk
away disappointed.
TCM with its 2000 years of tradition can
also be seen as the counterpart to Western medicine. It focuses not on anatomical
structures but rather functional entities
that regulate our body and the flow of energy known as Qi (气). In a healthy person, these entities interact harmoniously,
while sickness represents a disharmony in
the interaction of our bodies’ entities and
in the flow of our Qi. There are four main
areas of TCM.
Herbal Medicine (中药)
With about 13,000 types of herbal medicine there is a lot from which to choose.
As a cocktail of many substances, the
prescription will typically consist of two
main ingredients targeting to soothe the
ailment and will be further adjusted according to the individual’s symptoms. In
this case, the balance and interaction of
ingredients is considered more effective
than merely focusing on one single ingredient. This is very different to the West as
by Laura Helen Schmitt & Claudio Rodriguez Suarez
A ccording to Dr. Ren Jianning of the accupuncture department, Jiangsu
provincial Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) hospital, there is a grow-
ing body of scientific evidence in support of the effectiveness of TCM.
The doctor says, “Molecular techniques prove that electric acupuncture
point stimulation can activate substances in the brain… [as a result]
brain receptor binding capacity has improved significantly.” Increasingly,
more people (outside of China) are opening their minds to the possibilities of TCM. So what comprises this medical practice that has been
the easier and more convenient option of
patent medicine cannot be customized.
Many of these medicines are not as scary
as people tend to believe; the majority
consist of plant elements and extracts.
However,TCM has been known to use animal substances that are not only strange
e.g. cow’s gallstones, but are actually won
from endangered species. Examples of
these include male tiger’s genitalia as an
steeped in mystery for so long?
aphrodisiac and rhinoceros horns for fe-
The two outstanding features of Traditional Chinese Medicine are the
disputed due to lack of clinical evidence.
holistic point of view, and the application of treatment according to dif-
Fortunately no longer in use, certain hu-
ferentiation of symptom-complexes.The holistic point of view refers to
man body parts were also used for TCM in
the “Correspondence between human and the universe” (天人合一),
the past including bones, fingernails, dan-
one of the basic theories in TCM, according to which the physical struc-
druff and urine.
ture and physiological phenomena of the human body, as well as patho-
The system of herbal medicine is based on
logical changes are heavily influenced by variations in the natural environ-
classifications, one of them called the Four
ment. Therefore, environmental factors such as climatic conditions and
Natures (四气 sìqì) which categorizes hot,
geographical location are be considered in diagnosis and treatment.
warm, cool and cold. In this system, hot
vers and convulsions.Their effectiveness is
and warm herbs are meant to coun-
Further, the use of motion, trac-
Aghaguliev Jeyhun (Azerbaijan)
teract cold diseases and vice versa.
tion and massage can be applied to
passed the one-year Chinese lan-
and Moxibustion (针灸)
stimulate acupressure points. Tuina is
guage course at Nanjing Univer-
meant to treat both acute and chron-
sity of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Correcting the disharmony in a pa-
ic conditions of the muscles and the
(NJUTCM), and then took up a Bach-
skeletal system in addition to many
elor’s degree in the university, imme-
other conditions.
diately beginning to study the theory
Another form of massage in TCM is
of Chinese medicine.
cupping. If you have ever wondered
“Memorising a list of important acu-
about those people with big red cir-
puncture points and meridians didn’t
cles on their back, this is what they
prove to be difficult, but TCM diag-
have been up to recently. On the
nostics gave an impression of the
body are placed glass cups in which
Great Wall of China, with almost
the air is heated. As the air cools, the
no way to overcome it, because the
lower pressure inside the cup creates
book used for the studies had a large
suction. With the help of massage oil
number of classic Chinese characters
the cups can be slid around the back
that are not used anymore, with even
resulting in a reverse-pressure mas-
their ancient meanings, which almost
no teacher is able to explain prop-
tient’s Qi is the goal of acupuncture.
To this end, acupuncture points in
the body need to be stimulated, most
commonly through inserting thin
metal needles into the skin, which
can be manipulated manually or with
electric stimulation. This corrects the
flow of Qi through the body, though
the existence of Qi and therefore the
effectiveness of acupuncture are yet
to be scientifically proven.
There are 64 different kinds of diseases for which acupuncture is considered to be the main therapeutic
method for treatment. These include
insomnia, slight depression, arthritis,
Over 2000 years in the making, Qi-
obesity, allergies to food or pollen,
gong exercises are considered the
diarrhea and constipation, as well as
active part in TCM. They are meant
helping people to give up smoking
to heal the body and keep it healthy
and assisting with specific male and
by regulating and strengthening body
female issues such as infertility, ir-
and mind. Again, the idea is the ma-
regular menstruation and prostatitis.
nipulation of Qi, this time by way of
Moxibustion, on the other hand, de-
exercising. It includes certain posi-
scribes the burning of mugwort at
tions, moves and breathing exercises
acupuncture points on the patient’s
in addition to concentration and im-
skin. This should stimulate the circu-
agination exercises.
lation and the flow of blood and Qi.
Dr. Ren Jianning saw first hand
have been made that this practice can
the growth in popularity of TCM ten
also be used to turn breech babies.
years ago in Norway thanks to word
Massage (推拿)
and Cupping(拔罐)
of mouth.
Tuina massage is based on Taoist and
moving the energy in the body and
the muscles. The treatment consists
of brushing, kneading, rolling, pressing
and rubbing the areas between joints.
just arrived in Nanjing. As a previous
patient of various alternative therapies (kinesiology, naturopathy, TCM,
Osteopathy), she decided to take
up a study of TCM from a holistic
view of the individual.
“It is impossible to take TCM to
Western cultures without its context, and it cannot be translated litertool for other cultures [it] is essen-
ity to treat chronic problems, claims
martial art principles with the goal of
Carolina Akerman (Argentina) has
ally… Therefore, to become a useful
While practitioners believe in its abil-
“I gradually treated around 90 patients a day. Royal family members,
come and received my acupuncture
treatments. They all regarded acupuncture as a miracle. It’s a natural
therapy without any side effects.”
tial to have a clear understanding of
its method. Considering this, I felt essential to my education [was to]
spend in China as long as my obligations and economy allow.”
“Although my stay in China will be
tough…I don’t speak the language,
I’m alone, etc, after just one week
of this experience my balance is highly positive, I feel that my goals are
being achieved and it fills me with
With teams entering Round 5 of Nanjing International
Football League there was a little sluggishness in their
movement on the pitch. whether this was due to the
fact the majority of the teams had recently competed
in the very entertaining Nanjing International Football
tournament or if it was the humid weather is unknown.
Sheffield University were competing against a very
clinical and patient Jiangning Camels who are known
for their counter attacking style of play but on the day
Sheffield were dominant from the start and made light
work with a 3-0 victory to keep themselves comfortably
at the top of the table with 15 points.
In the other game Nanjing Ligers who were the recent
victors of N.I.F.T. made hard work of their game against
a very competitive Nanjing Casuals but in the end their
strength and power eased them through with some
quick scoring towards the end to finish 3-0 up. NanDa
F.C. vs Jiangning Lions has been postponed for a week
along with Sujioake F.C. vs Sinsoure due to work commitments and injuries.
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Every recipe is written in both English and
With over 190 recipes of international
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by Megan Fisher
n that first sunny, warm day in
Nanjing about two months ago, I decided to go for a run down the road.
It had been forever since I had exercised. Once a fitness freak, I am now
the kind who decides hibernation is the
best medicine in the winter. But, really,
fitness is the only thing I have going for
my health. My eating habits were always
terrible. My husband and I recently went
to the Westin Hotel for the buffet, and
I ended up getting one plate of dinner
and four helpings of the dessert line.
I strapped my David Bowie tunes to my arm and shoved
a hat on my head because I knew I would be stared at for
being a laowai, and no one looks like a Nike advertisement when they jog. In actuality, we are all flailing, redfaced, and gasping for air.
As I walked out of my apartment community, stretching my
arms, people turned to look. I obviously meant business.
I have often noticed how few people jog on the sidewalks.
I have seen them lunging, twisting, and pumping their arms
as they walk on by, but only a few ever jog. As I ran down
the road, Chinese people stared then looked behind me
as if asking, “What is she running from?”
Tracks exist in Nanjing, but they are not always easy to
find. Sometimes they are located in a ritzier apartment
community or behind a university. The pathway
around Xuanwu Lake is a perfect
place to jog or skate, if you live nearby it or
are dedicated enough to make the trip for it.
As I returned from my jog that day, I could not shake the
feeling, however, that I was sucking down bucketfuls of
pollution. That haze we see blanketing the city most days
is not fog, after all. Jogging outside was suddenly not as
lovely as it used to be.
So what else is there to do for exercise in Nanjing?
Gyms are everywhere.They usually offer the whole package including treadmills, weight lifting equipment and free
weights, and classes. Even the classes offer a range of variety from ballet to yoga to hip-hop dance. You might even
find Zumba.
There are a few things you should
know about Chinese gyms. Firstly,
you can bargain! Argue that membership rate down, and you will be glad you
did. Secondly, it may cost more, but applying to a larger
gym is worth it. Thirdly, the Chinese are not shy in the
locker room. Don’t be surprised to walk in and immediately get an eyeful of a naked old woman.
The small gym I once went to was not a bad facility. It
was more popular with the Chinese than the foreigners
by far, and it showed in little ways. For example, in the
summer when it was a stifling 95 degrees outside, the
staff would not use the ventilation with the thought that
cool air would make everyone sick. It was a stuffy, smelly,
sticky mess.
I gave up on the gym. I was not motivated enough to walk
15 minutes there and back. (Yeah, I know.) Plus, I do not
like paying for something I could do for free.
Just living in China is a workout in of itself.There are little
characteristics of everyday life that force us to get some
exercise. Whether you are going to lunch or traveling to
Suzhou, you are probably walking or biking everywhere,
and that makes a huge difference.
Besides walking, trying to cross the road and suddenly
stepping into a live-action Frogger game never fails to get
you on your toes and your heart rate raised a bit. For
some lower body work or endurance training, take one
of the paddle boats onto Xuanwu Lake on a sunny day. I
dare you to reach the other end and back without resting.
If you are feeling especially adventurous, try to figure out
the Chinese “exercise parks” seen in apartment communities and occasionally along the streets. These are the
brightly colored pieces of equipment composing what we
all at first suspect to be strange playgrounds.
While taking my pug for walks, I sometimes try out the exercise park. The pull-up bars are self-explanatory, but what
about those giant circles you are supposed to crank? Or
the machine that swings your legs and arms in opposite
directions? Well, I really do not know. As far as I could tell,
they warmed up my muscles a bit but nothing more.
I am convinced many Chinese people are healthy due to
their diet, although that is steadily changing due to the
growing number of McDonald’s and other Western food
choices, and especially the daily walking and biking they do.
As for me, I have finally settled on at-home exercise programs. Today marked day eight of Insanity, a terrifying 60day challenge of high-intensity interval training. Every day
I suffer in my living room while Shaun T tells me to “dig
deeper” then jumps into a minute of burpees and I fall
prone onto the floor, whimpering.
In the end, it is a fact that exercise leads to a happier,
healthier you, and here is the good part—any exercise
you choose is better than doing nothing. You just have to
have the willpower to get up.
Put on your sneakers. Jab the air and pump your fists to
Eye of the Tiger.Wonder how long you would survive in a
zombie apocalypse, and then take a jog around the block.
After all, you only have to outrun that guy beside you.
take antibiotics when you
mals, which accounts for a staggering
have no other option!” That was one
97,000 tons! The other half is mostly
of the few of my Mum’s lessons that
sold in hospital and pharmacists over
actually stuck. For the main part of
the counter. Pharmaceutical profits
my life I have been turning to alterna-
generate 50% of Chinese hospital
tive remedies, out of fear of that big
revenue of which antibiotics account
word “resistance” everyone warns of
for a whopping 47%.
where antibiotics are concerned. The
overall consensus in my German surroundings seemed to be that they are
only a last resort. I always assumed
this to be a universally acknowledged
truth, especially since the FDA (Food
and Drug Administration, USA) estimates there are approximately
99,000 deaths per year from infections due to antibiotics resistance
caused by the consumption of livestock fed with the drug.
“The first rule of antibiotics is try not
to use them, and the second rule is
try not to use too may of them.” Paul
L. Marino counsels readers in his best
selling overview of critical care practice, “The ICU Book”.
Until one day…
I suffered a urine tract infection and
the reaction of the English doctor
was, “Well, we need to wait three
days for the test results and then we
can think of antibiotics. In the meantime just take some pain killers”.
Adding to my desperation was the
fact that my usual herbal medication
was nowhere to be found in the UK.
While the NHS had failed me, my
Chinese friend seemed to have the
solution, “I can just get some antibiotics from my friends. It will work
right away.”
After a restless night and insufferable
pain, the promise of feeling better
immediately was just too much of
a temptation to consider long term
consequences. I ignored my mum’s
nagging voice at the back of my head,
throwing all caution into the wind,
accepting the medicine my friend had
procured from one of his classmates.
And it worked. Or so I thought.
Unfortunately, my seldom self-medicated body simply could not handle
it. Although the UTI disappeared
within two days, to my despair it was
followed by an incredibly uncomfortable yeast infection, which took me
months to get rid of. It left me with
only one conclusion; I should have listened to my Mum.
Seeing my Chinese friends trading
antibiotics, the mental image of a
Chinese antibiotics-dealing ring kept
popping up in my head, a notion that
overwhelmed not only my mind, but
in this case also my body.
Available Over The Counter (OTC)
in China, antibiotics seem to be just
one of those things Chinese students
need to get when visiting home;
some Chinese snacks, some Chinese
tea, and don’t forget those antibiotics! However, my personal experience taught me one lesson: When it
In China, nearly half of domestic
comes to antibiotics, better leave it
antibiotic production is fed to ani-
to the pros.
by Ronald Paredes
I am writing this while sitting in chair
#102 of “Infusion Room 3” at the Jiangsu Shenrenmin Yiyuan (Jiangsu General
Hospital). It will be at least three hours
until the two big satchels of serum get
into my bloodstream; plenty of time to
Today the place is crowded. Rooms one
and two are already full, no doubt the
recent change of season has brought
with it a fair amount of germs and viruses. People of all ages are getting
their drip. To my right a high school girl
is doing her homework with the needle
attached to her hand, while in the opposite corner an old lady has a cough
so bad that her lungs sound like two
big sacks of marbles. Good thing she is
wearing a facemask. The floor is land
mined with used tissues, food wrappers,
paper cups and the remnants of unfinished fruits. It is so unsanitary that you
can almost feel yourself sitting in a cloud
of other people’s germs. The two nurses
in the room run from seat to seat changing needles and satchels.
Having a doctor examine your body
is a very personal and embarrassing
experience, but the professionalism with
which doctors carry themselves instills
confidence and gives us the courage to
let our guard down, open up and discuss or even demonstrate whatever the
problem might be.
If you are lucky the doctor might ask the
people to leave and close the door. But
that instant of privacy will last only a few
seconds as the banished decide they
cannot wait any longer and storm back
in while you are still half naked.
These are the doctors of the west.
The same cannot be said for China. The
consultation room is as crowded as a bus
station and possibly even dirtier. After
20 minutes fighting your way through
the maze of people, arms extended
clutching your “binli” (medical history
book), you will find two doctors, each
one sitting in front of a computer. In
this scenario you can forget right away
about your consultation featuring any
form of privacy. Without looking at your
face, the doctor will listen and put your
list of symptoms into the computer. This
will give him an appropriate treatment
which, more than likely, will consist of a
few bags of drip.
Often in China doctors will give you the
worst possible diagnosis. When I asked
the reason for this I was told that it is
a way for them to protect themselves,
in case something goes wrong. They can
claim they were completely honest with
you and in this way avoid the rage of
the patient, the patient’s family or any
In the most severe cases when further
examination is necessary, the doctor will
draw a curtain and ask you to strip (note
that this is not an invisibility cloak but
an almost see through piece of fabric).
kind of repercussion.
Call me silly, but when I trust my health
to a professional I want to feel that this
person not only cares about my well being but that they are also dedicated to
their job. Even further I want to be comforted; I am in pain so I want to be pampered. I don’t want to be diagnosed by
a cold computer operated by an even
colder doctor.
Now the nurse is rushing me out of my
chair; my drip session is over and it is time
to give up my place to the “next one”.
About a three-hour trip from tropical Xiamen
sit the roundhouses of the Hakka. Declared a
UNESCO world cultural heritage site in 2008 due
to their unique style and architectural creativity,
these houses reached fame due to an amusing
misunderstanding, as the locals will tell you.
he story goes that the discovery
of the buildings in remote mountain areas was made by the Americans,
whose satellites detected the round
shapes, leading to the assumption they
were missile silos. The American investigator was upon arrival surprised to find
nothing more than the traditional round
houses (Tulou) of the Hakka minority.
When stepping foot into the vast
Chengqi Lou (承启楼), nicknamed the
“King of Tulous”, you might get lost in
the four different rings of which this
building is made. In the centre, the an-
by Laura Helen Schmitt
cestral hall becomes the main meeting
place for weddings, funerals and the
Court. Somewhat shamefully, access to
the second floor is forbidden, since the
most famous picture of the site is taken
from the upper floors of the building.
This meant the view for which I had
come for was inaccessible!
However, as with most Chinese restrictions, there is a way out! If you look
Chinese, the local people will take you
up the staircase for ¥30, provided one
of the famous Bao’an (security guard)
guarding the eight staircases has left his
post. My Chinese friend therefore got to
sneak upstairs, while I had to wait down
below. None of the residents dared take
me up with my large nose and round
eyes. If caught, they face heavy fines.
However, from what I could gather it
is possible to stay in Chengqi Lou overnight and therefore go upstairs, after
the Bao’an have left. It costs little more
than the hotels outside; around ¥80 per
The legality of this is better left undiscussed. Since my time was limited, all I
could do was let my friend take pictures
in my stead.
In the smaller buildings the Bao’an
is usually nowhere to be seen, so at
least one can go up for a peek and
a photo. In the “King’s” little brother,
you might also meet an elder resident who will tell you that he is the
owner of the site’s youngest house,
which he built with his brothers
some 50 years ago. Usually one Tulou houses one family, which seems
quite spacious considering Chengqi
Lou has 402 rooms. On the other
hand, one family is not so little; a former owner had more than 20 sons
and daughters.
The oldest on-site Tulou; the
“Five Clouds Building”, is currently under re-construction;
at over 500 years old there
is the likelihood of it coming
crashing down!
No one, except inhabitants, dare go
up to the second floor. It is a really
fascinating sight though; such dark
wood that has resisted the weather
for so long. However, be sure to heed
the locals’ warning, “Only go in there
when it’s not raining!”
Originally built by the Hakka minority; immigrants from Northern China, the
Tulou’s unique architectural style is not only aesthetically pleasing but fulfils
a very important practical purpose. Not always welcome due to their status
as foreigners, the Hakka faced many attacks and conflicts over resources, in
the process developing fortressed homes. Chengqi Lou’s 16 metre high walls
and lack of windows on the lower levels make it impossible to gain entry unless invited in through impenetrable iron gates. The threat the Hakka must
have felt is not only reflected in their architecture but also in their traditions.
As one of the local girls tells us, the well on the ground floor used to house a
number of fish as a warning system; a Hakka tradition to make sure the water
from the well had not been poisoned.
The Hakka presence is no longer very obvious in Yongding, since most residents are from other provinces, as is the case with the young married couple
we met from Xinjiang. They, as many other “locals”, earn a living by growing their own tea and selling it to visitors, while the tourist attraction is their
In Chinese, the roundhouses are
called “earthen houses”, due to the
“Living here has its good sides and bad sides”, she tells us. “All the neighbours
material used in erecting the outer
can hear you fight, but this also means they will usually butt in and help you
walls; a mixture of raw earth, sand,
solve your problems.”
lime, glutinous rice, and brown sugar.
The interior of the houses, on the
other hand, is constructed entirely of
wood. Some of the buildings might
be round, certainly Yongding’s largest Chengqi Lou is, but many are also
square and very similar to a Beijing
Siheyuan. In total there are about 30
different shapes that may constitute
the so-called “roundhouses”, making
their common English name somewhat of a misinterpretation.
Sparklers that hit the Marques
(or no-one honest can be a champagne salesman)
hen it comes to sparkling wine you really do have to take your hat off to
the French, and not because within Champagne’s sacred boundaries their artisans produce a drink of such unique finesse and quality unreachable by anyone
else. No, it’s their salesmen to whom you should kowtow. For it is meticulously
controlled marketing that is mainly responsible for the beverage maintaining its
iconic profile; universally synonymous with excellence and occasion.
These marketing wizards started work back in the late 19th century when the champagne
houses’ advertisements boasted their regal credentials with kings, nobles, knights, and military officers cited as enthusiastic imbibers. However, they were also keen to portray the drink
as an attainable luxury that can be enjoyed by anyone. This assault on aspiration worked. By
the turn of the 20th century the majority of champagne drinkers were middle class, bringing us to the current day ‘Grand Marque’ (‘big brand’ is a good enough reading) penetration
– from football managers with year round tans, City types, F1 testosterone charged victory
sprays and big occasions, through to ladies’ days and the ‘Season’, all targeted with carefully
orchestrated brand associations.
China and its huge appetite for luxury superbrands seems to be the newest target. In fact, the
Moët part of LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët and Hennessy) is now busy planting 163 acres of
vines in Ningxia in a bid to produce China’s own first real ‘champagne’. This should keep the
price reasonable for China’s consumers, unless of course the words Moët & Chandon are put
on the label. Champagne brands are the wine world’s ‘bling’.
At its best, champagne is the best sparkling wine in the world but, at its worst, it’s just hogwash. Acidic hogwash. I would wager that in a blind tasting, a good and less expensive sparkler would nearly always beat ‘cheap’ champagne. Have a go with these:
The Santero Moscato (¥260 Bar Neuf, 1912 District) hails from the Piedmont region of Italy
and is a gorgeous, quietly honeyed, chewily satisfying, softly sparkling treat. Its light touch
makes it perfect workday lunch material especially at just 6.5% abv. A tad expensive, but delicious (15 points).
Spanish cava has its own fans and the Segura Viudas, Aria, Cava (¥220 Eminence cellar,
Wutaishan sports complex), is very light and clean, making for a more precise and pure
aperitif than the Moscato. Light lime and mineral flavours mingle in the mouth with apple
and a trace of mango; a typically crisp mix of the Macabeo, Parellada and Xarel-lo cava grapes
(15.5 points).
Obikwa Cuvée Brut from SA is dry, yes, sparkling, yes, and not overly complex it has to be
said, but certainly refreshingly quaffable – prepare a light salad, imagine sunsets and then
think about it costing you just ¥98 at Carrefour and you will feel even better (14 points).
Prosecco is the name for both the grape and DOC region within Veneto, north east Italy,
which is now enjoying a huge surge in popularity. And led by its fine and bright bubbles this
Prosecco Zonin (¥129 Everwines, 302 Zhongyang Lu) has a precise attack on the taste buds.
Crisp, clean, very appley and very refreshing but also managing satisfying yeasty biscuity
flavours underneath the sparkle. Great stuff (17.5 points).
by Ronald Paredes
by Frank Hossack
Thanks to: Sonali Chandel and the New York Institute of Technology
Photo: Laure Zhang (Alliance Française de Nanjing)
ultidisciplinary film director Mike Figgis (“Leaving Las Vegas” 1995;
ong Kong born, Canadian film editor Mary Stephen, long time collabora-
tor and chief editor to Eric Rohmer (“Winter’s Tale” 1992; “The Romance
elist and judge for the fourth annual NYIT-NUPT Student Film Festival and In-
of Astrea and Celadon” 2006), after a workshop with guests of Alliance
ternational Symposium, held at the latter’s Xianlin campus on 21st March,on
Française on 31st March, on her use of sound and as servant to the direc-
the creativity and skill displayed by the students who entered the festival.
tor’s vision.
“With some students’ work you might see something that makes you go,
“I have a very good friend (a very famous editor) and we both cannot un-
‘Wow! So sophisticated, so brilliant! A young person doing so well’. In most
parts what you see is what you see...What they need is an education in story
telling, the language of cinema, basic lighting, a more profound understanding of what is a camera, what is the function of the camera, soundtrack,
importance and potential of the sound, how to put together all these technical resources.
“Chinese make fantastic films and sometimes you think, ‘Is there a cultural
difference?’....It is not an American or European monopoly, the Chinese are
very suited for cinema they have a very graphic history of their own which is
very powerful. Maybe what they need is to get in touch with their own history
and find their own cinema language, their own culture. We know that they
are students therefore we know that they in learning mode and this is an
interesting example of how they articulate themselves.”
“Timecode” 2000; “The Suspension of Disbelief” 2012), special guest pan-
derstand this kind of thing about the ‘picture editor’ and the ‘sound editor’.
Because good editing is picture AND sound. [Through editing] the whole
message can change, but only with the approval of the director. Editing is to
serve their core vision. Sometimes they do have the material but not a concept so I tend to completely write the story, especially with documentaries.
It is by magic something that the person would have done themselves if they
had that kind of visual writing skill. I cannot make a film that is completely
the opposite style of something that they would never made in a million
years. It is true that editing is writing; you are writing the film, but it is never the opposite of what the director is thinking. Sometimes the director has
some kind of self-censorship; he is not saying completely what he started to
say in the first place. The editor is kind of [their] psychotherapist.”
Stephen’s collaboration with Rohmer was to last 25 years on all subsequent
“Leaving Las Vegas” garnered Figgis two Academy Award nominations in
films since “Winter’s Tale”. In the last few years she has worked in Turkey,
1996, for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay, as well as a Best
Canada and China, on films such as Du Haibin’s “1428”, prize-winner at
Actress nomination for Elisabeth Shue and Best Actor nod to Nicholas Cage;
the Venice Film Festival and Fan Lixin’s multi award winning “Last Train
who went on to win the award.
Home” which garnered top prize at IDFA in 2009.
The Learning Organisation -
Key Factors to Remaining Successful
in Challenging Times Jochen Schultz
During strong competition and market instability, the challenge is to build success based on deep and resistant roots.
Yet at the same time, companies need to be flexible, adaptable and productive in situations of rapid and drastic change.
Organisations therefore should find out how to tap their employees’ commitment and capacity to learn at all levels.
This is the purpose of the “Learning Organisation”.
Peter Senge, an American scientist and expert in organisational development and systems thinking, formulated the
concept of a Learning Organisation, describing it as “a group of people working together to collectively enhance their
capacities to create results they really care about”. While individual learning primarily refers to the gaining of knowledge, understanding, and skills; organisational learning focuses on evolving perceptions, visions, and strategies plus the
transfer of knowledge. Individual learning leads to changes in the individual’s behavioural spectrum; the basis for organisational learning. It is the Learning Organisation’s principle to blend together individual and organisational learning
to turn concrete organizational actions into practice. According to Senge there are five disciplines that are said to be
essential in order to innovate Learning Organisations.
Systemic thinking is the core discipline of a Learning Organisation; one that integrates four other disciplines. Systemic
thinking describes a system’s ability to comprehend and consider holistic relationships between organizational parts,
as well as their interdependencies and correlations. This provides both the incentive and the means to integrate the
other disciplines.
Mental models are basic assumptions over knowledge, generalised representations and functional principles that
influence how we see the world and thus take action. Such assumptions have a deep influence on our behaviour and
our performance at work, making it essential to develop the ability to reflect on our actions.
Common visions are fundamental to creating uniqueness in Learning Organisations. Employees should share their
views of the future, missions and values as well as principles of leadership and cooperation.To translate personal visions
into shared, common visions a company has to ensure free communication. Only when people talk will visions become
clearer, and as they become clearer, enthusiasm for their benefits will grow. This can promote a sense of long-term
commitment among employees; a very strong root for companies.
As a never-ending process, the development of personality (personal mastery) ensures organisational learning
that stems from individual betterment. Such personal development includes not only the development of skills but
also that of competencies and spiritual growth. If organizational members are aware of their shortcomings and areas
for growth and improvement, only then is there the capacity for their individual development and thus organisational
Team learning builds on personal mastery and shared visions. Moreover, team members must also be able to act together. As effective teamwork is influenced by many factors, such as structure, hierarchies and leadership, it is necessary
to establish a dialogue culture within the team, after which team members may collectively understand their common
vision and interdependence, ensuring the team becomes more than just the sum of its members.
Each of these five disciplines are required to establish and develop a Learning Organisation as they reciprocally support
each other. During the process of organisational learning the skills of an organisation will be gradually improved and
sustained in the long term. For companies this means putting more emphasis on building a shared vision, encouraging
team work, personal mastery and the development of more sophisticated mental models.These disciplines have the potential to allow workplaces to be more convivial and creative. Such positive working conditions foster the employee’s
commitment and productivity; key factors to remaining successful in challenging times.
See you back here for Section Head
in the next issue of The Nanjinger!
Earlier that day they had agreed to finally meet in person after several weeks of online chat.
“How can I recognise you?” she asked.
By Ronald Paredes
n China you cannot consider yourself introduced until you
One of the most common and terrible mistakes in business
have formally handed over your business card with both hands,
card design is what I call the “mini flyer”, made by those who
sometimes even before the hand shake! Regardless of your
think, “the more information the better”. These loonies will
occupation the norms of social conduct require you to have a
squeeze onto their card maps, promotions, services, pictures,
set of business cards printed, but it remains odd that for some-
and more, in an attempt to use every available part of the
thing as important in Chinese social etiquette as the business
surface. They end up with a cheap looking, overcrowded, un-
card so little significance is often placed on its appearance.
readable piece of ineffective advertising.
I dare you to count how many white business cards you have
Business cards are not advertising or promotional materials,
in your card holder; how many of them have the logo in the
they are self-presentation contact tools. Like your own face
upper left corner and the name in the centre? The list of pre-
they have personality, they reflect who you are and what your
dictable details of how to describe a business card can go on
company stands for, and like any other piece of printed mate-
and on. Now try to remember a business card that caught your
rial they deliver a message; a message that could be either, “I
attention at first sight, a really memorable one...
do care, so here is my well thought way of presenting myself ”
Let’s be honest; we love the idea of being special, one of a kind,
so why have a business card that looks like everybody else’s?
or, “I don’t really care about how I present myself so here is my
average looking piece of paper”.
Perhaps in part because the effective business card is in fact a
If you do not care about how you present yourself why should
difficult and interesting challenge. Its main purpose is to pre-
anybody else care to remember you? At the end of the day
sent in the best possible way your most relevant information,
your business card is a first-impression opportunity and it is
with very limited resources, in a small format, using only a little
up to you to make a good one.
piece of paper. It should also be noted that with a little bit of
creativity business cards can be made of any material, and be
any colour, shape and size, but of course it should be kept in
mind that someone might want to fit your card in a standard
credit-card sized pocket in their wallet.
In case you’re wondering, she made it to the date but they
never got to meet. He was simply invisible; another face in
the crowd. Even if they had met she may have found that
he was not so interesting after all.
Egret Isle
by Thomas Hale
Photos by David Smith
uzimiao is well known as one of Nanjing’s premier
ange of nearby, ominously glowing shops, dazzling and
tourist sites. It is also a classic example of the recent
then blinding me into a dazed state of submission. It is one
absence of any conservationist tendencies in Chinese
thing to combine the old and the new, but even the most
urban planning manuals.
spurious proponent of commercial development must be
hard pressed to justify a twelfth sportswear shop within a
The sharp juxtaposition between the Confucius temple
stone’s throw of an ancient and unique portion of China.
and the surrounding, profoundly vacuous offshoots of
rampant commercialism serves as a miniature portrait of
Even a brief perusal of the internet tells a worrying tale,
the rapid and at times careless process of modernization
with Nanjing tourism reviewers largely ignoring the tem-
in China. It is no coincidence that the first time I went I
ple itself and choosing to revel in the ‘fantastically cheap
completely failed to find the temple. I am an admittedly
prices’, and so forth, as though the purpose of tourism in
(and notoriously) incompetent traveller, but in this in-
China is nothing to do with engaging with history and
stance I must lay the blame on the swamping, toxic mel-
everything to do with purchasing useless products at a
Fuzimiao has managed to become, in pedestrian terms,
the busiest place in Nanjing. This achievement has little
or nothing to do with the presence of the temple, and everything to do with the shopping. The temple quietly sits
in the corner, mildly ashamed of its own presence, the elephant in the room, forced to observe what its own tenets
would term, in some sense, a desecration of human existence.
If this all sounds hopelessly negative, all is not lost. A few
hundred metres down the road lies the Egret Isle Park,
described as the ‘back garden of the Confucius Temple.
Rarely has such a short distance channelled such an enormous difference in atmosphere. The park is introduced
not by the violent flogging of merchandise, but instead
through the (unusually well-translated) words of the poet
Li Bai: ‘three mountains are strewn as if outside the blue
sky; two rivers bisect the Egret Isle’. Walking through the
centre of Fuzimiao is a tragi-comic experience, like trying
to swim through honey; the Egret Isle Park is comparatively deserted, and the ability to walk without continually colliding with people is a genuine source of tangible
relief. It hosts a pagoda, a Buddhist temple and a small
lake. The park and central Fuzimiao are joined by water;
fitting indeed that an elemental symbol of the twin concepts of change and continuity provides a direct connection between the most modern of consumerist attitudes
and the relatively untouched landscape of a more or less
timeless park.
The Egret Isle is not entirely immune to the rapacious
spread of market-ideology, given the unfortunate presworryingly cheap price. A few reviewers admirably disparage the shopping situation, but then manage to hoist
themselves on their own petards by praising the lighting,
of all things. Neon lighting is nothing much more than the
‘moths-to-a-flame’ school of retail theory made manifest:
nothing to do with aesthetics and everything to do with
sucking in the consumer.
The cut-throat money-making philosophy that Fuzimiao
now stands for is aptly captured in the nasty, brutish and
short lives of the animals sold in nearby stalls; starving
hamsters devouring each other has a certain irony when
metaphorically applied to competition between rival merchants.
ence of a small quasi-fairground area, but even the hideous spectacle of a dinosaur-themed merry-go-round can’t
detract from the plentiful merits of the park. The park is
rarely busy, but when it does fill up, it is filled with Nanjing’s older population. As I wandered around I chanced
upon a small bandstand area hosting what appeared to be
an impromptu musical performance: one gentleman sang
in a throaty baritone, whilst a small crowd clapped and
occasionally danced, or at least shuffled enthusiastically.
This was a wonderful image for many reasons; most of all
it resembled a benign and much-welcomed counterpoint
to the increasingly sinister KTV culture. Finally, here was
some kind of communal singing not predicated on unrea-
sonable prices, garish neon signs and the wanton flaunting of wealth. The park, filled with Chinese born over six
decades ago, has a completely different mind-set about
it, conveying the kind of sense of close-knit community
that wealth inevitably tends to destroy. It harks to a poorer
China that was in many ways richer. Each generation radically differs from its predecessor, but China’s generational
differences are more strident. And the park, after all, has a
lot to do with generational difference.
Much of the park is surrounded by the ancient city walls,
which, rather than implying enclosure, suggest a wider
world – a much wider expanse of meaning than the genuine claustrophobia of Fuzimiao.
This is not to say Fuzimiao does not
have a value and significant cultural
interest of its own. It does, and its
continued popularity must encourage us to question our own kneejerk reaction against the commercial
use of a historically-rich quarter of
Nanjing. A nostalgia for a more relaxed pace of life is an affliction with
which any developed nation must
deal; political debates in the US and
Europe continually rage over development and its malign effects.
China’s turn has now arrived, although the relative absence of public political discourse means this debate is
considerably more muted.
The Egret Isle Park is elegant and relaxing, but by no
means unique. Many places in China have such parks or
lakes. What stands out here is its proximity to its opposite.
To really get a sense of the polarized worlds that compose
China, there are few better options than merely walking
one hundred metres down the road from Fuzimiao and
glimpsing a different scene; two worlds that, like the two
generations who respectively inhabit them, are both tantalizingly close and infinitely distant.
dles with which to mop up the spicy, rich sauce. A plate
of mutton (¥45) with slices of thick wheat pancakes to
soak up the sauce was also well received, as was the diced
lamb, chillies, peppers and onions(¥32), that came with
thin, paper like pancakes in which to wrap them.
If all this carnivorous talk is too much for you then side
orders of vegetables are also available, as well as rice
and noodles, though our dish of Xinjiang rice (¥20) was
slightly odd; plain rice with a large pieces of carrot and a
solitary chunk of mutton perched on the top.
Service was acceptable, with clean crockery and dishes
arriving promptly. If criticisms are to be made one would
be about our waitress’ adamant refusal to serve us wheat
pancakes as a side order, despite it being listed as so on
the menu. Funnily, it was available as part of the more
expensive, aforementioned mutton dish. On our visit,
Kezeguili was also dense with cigarette smoke, but the
food was excellent, despite our being watched over by an
alarmingly large stuffed stag head mounted on the bannisters of the stairs. Catch the right time and you may
Restaurant Review
By Hannah Guinness
Tired of typical Chinese fare but don’t want to pay for an
overpriced pizza or cheeseburger? Kezeguili on Wangfu
even be able to watch some traditional Xinjiang dancing
whilst there.
在此种情况下,王府大街上的Kezeguili可以作为你的选择。 这是个在
Da Jie might be just the ticket. Popular with the expat
community for many years and serving up Xinjiang cuisine, you can partake of spicy noodles, mutton and even
horse meat, as well as a range of other hearty dishes. If
you also happen to have ¥1280 spare and you give the
restaurant 24 hours notice, you can even sit down to an
entire roasted lamb.
Our particular favourite was the basket of crispy broad
饭和面条。不过我们的新疆饭(20元)有些奇怪 —— 视觉上,是
beans (¥22), deep fried and sprinkled with salt, chillies
and sesame seeds; savoury, crunchy morsels that I and
my fellow guests were unable to stop eating. The Xinjiang
classic da pan ji (¥59, xiao pan ji is ¥39) is an enormous
贵的羊肉系列里,为什么没有呢? 餐馆里烟雾缭绕,尽管食物的味
dish of chicken, potatoes and bell peppers. After you have
emptied the plate (which doesn’t take long, despite its
size), a waiter will tip in a pile of chunky, steaming noo-
Restaurant Review
Little Nyonya
By Laura H. Schmitt
The latter is called Kari Laksa 咖喱拉萨, is curry based and
even spicier. Both of them come with mushrooms, fish
cakes, tofu and a little bit of green vegetables. Both you
should eat with care, preferably with a drink by your side
to work against the coughing fits from the spice. However,
you better write down those characters, since the only
word on the entire menu that resembles English is the
aforementioned Kari Laksa.
The quality of the food is great. Even people who know the
real thing have confirmed that while not quite as good as
the original, it is as close as it can get. As a side order, the
fish balls and fish cake are an absolute must.With a tasty
sauce to accompany them, they provide a nice cooling feeling when the soups come to you. Non-spicy dishes such as
Hainan Chicken are also available.
While this is so far one of the few places that provides
genuine Malaysian – Singaporian – and all those other
places food, what makes it even more attractive is the
Passing it on the street, I would have just thought Lit-
price. The “priciest” taste bud explosions on the menu
tle Nyonya another of those Chinese restaurants that all
inside than the spicy soups already have.
look and smell the same. With furnishing that could be
called less than simple and the sheer tininess of the place
can be acquired for ¥20, making you feel even warmer
itself, everything seemed to be screaming “Nothing spe-
cial”. The only thing that made me wonder was its name,
后来得知,Nyonya (马来语) 在中文中叫做“娘惹”, “娘惹”这个
so obviously not of Mandarin Chinese origin. As it turns
out Nyonya, or 娘惹 as it is called in Chinese, is the word
for a marriage between a Malay and a Chinese person.
Luckily, my Chinese friend knew better and took me to
what turned out to be a Malaysian – Singaporian – Pan-
asian restaurant. The fact that the place seems to be
packed every time you go in there speaks for itself, although admittedly it does not take many people to get
“packed” in this tiny, tiny, inconspicuous place.
沙。 哇,非常的辣!另一种以咖喱为底料的咖喱拉萨,更加的辣!这
喱拉萨(Kari Lasksa) 是英文呢。
The most prominent feature on the menu is different
types of soup, from different countries and with differ-
ent types of noodles hiding under the colourful broth of
shrieking orange or earthy brown (let’s just call it earthy,
shall we?).The former soup is of Singaporian origin, the 娘
惹加沙, which
is coconut based and very spicy.
Event Preview
Redic “Shanghai Thrones”
By Helen Movafagh & Michael White
11th May shall see the Nanjing opening of “Shanghai Thrones”, an art exhibition by David Redic, co-hosted by the
World Trade Center Club (WTC Club) and the U.S. Consulate Shanghai. In the spring of 2010 Redic extended his artistic and entrepreneurial platform from Los Angeles, California to Shanghai, China. The “Shanghai Thrones” are sculptural works made from discarded or discounted chairs found throughout Shanghai. Redic then gathered stones, brick,
and pieces of mirror from old, torn down Chinese lane houses and transformed them into one of a kind masterpieces.
These elements also add historic value to the creative merit of the chairs. 12 chairs will be exhibited each with their
own unique style and impression.
The “Shanghai Thrones” exhibition will be held in the brand new WTC Club facility, which will provide a stark contrast
to the origins of these unique works of art. Not only do the mixture of colours, shapes and textures provide a feast
for the eyes, but the origins of these chairs and their materials (both discarded and unwanted) stimulate the mind in a
way that no mere antique can. Each chair is more different than the last with one exuding a natural, earthy vibe while
another resembles a mirror ball gone grunge. The true highlight and challenge for viewers of this exhibition will be
deciding which of these incredible chairs would be the “Throne” to their proverbial kingdom.
For more information please contact: [email protected]
Movie Review
Cabin In The Woods
By Elie Zwiebel
Regardless, “Cabin” cues the viewer into expecting a horror by proceeding through the stereotypical checkpoints
of a cliché modern slasher (definitively established by films
such as “Friday the 13th” and “Nightmare on Elm Street”).
The story begins with five university students—including
two nubile coeds—packing into an R.V. for a weekend
away at the titular cabin in the woods. And so the horror
premise begins. By the time the mostly unknowing youths
discover a creepy basement with a random array of curios and oddities, the horror equation is completely set.
That is about the limit to what any critic could reveal
about the film without ruining the scares and the delights
for potential viewers. It is the science or math of creating
a horror that is part of the point of “Cabin.” The film is
meta, undoubtedly, but not in an obnoxious or preachy
way; rather, “Cabin” is playful, gory, and suspenseful all at
once. When veering from the expected genre formula,
accompanied by long term collaborative partner Drew
Goddard (co-writer and director), Whedon with his simultaneous praise for and prodding of horror becomes
even more refined.
“C abin in the Woods” fits perfectly into what is becoming an oeuvre of Joss Whedon (director of the forthcoming “The Avengers”) cult classic creations. His formal
credits are mostly as a writer, though he is also the major
creative driving force behind several series with a dedicated fan base: “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog,” “Angel,”
“Firefly,” (which spawned the critically acclaimed film “Serenity”) and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”
And while “Cabin in the Woods” is highly enjoyable and
could abstractly be described as a wonderfully smart horror film, its subject matter and delivery will undoubtedly
preclude it from attaining greatness beyond cult fandom
and enthusiast appreciation. This dichotomy arises from
the way that “Cabin” both mocks horror motifs and
tropes, while paying tribute to the very same.
By not permiting too many secrets of the story to leak
on the Internet prior to release, “Cabin” pulled-off a near
miracle, with many critics accommodating that secrecy;
the viewer’s lack of knowledge about what will happen
or how the characters react is key to the film’s purpose.
The characters are horror archetypes in basic description
only. Chris Hemsworth (“Thor”) plays a jock, though a
brainy and compassionate one. Kristen Connolly (“Certainty”) plays a saucy lead, yet one who is seductive and
empowered enough to pursue a now broken relationship
with a former professor. And whilst being a stoner, Fran
Kranz’s (“Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules”) character still remains in-touch with reality and possesses more
survival skills than the rest of his cohort. Each of these
characters is a crafty creation, and each actor plays his or
her part impressively.
If you love horror, you will enjoy this film—even when
it mocks horror. If you are someone who hates gore in
modern horror, you will enjoy this film; and if you are
someone who needs gore for your horror to ring true,
you will enjoy this film. That seeming contradiction is
made possible by a completely crazy and unpredictable
third act filled with scares, laughs, and lots of blood.
“Cabin in the Woods” is not slated to make a run through
Chinese theatres (yet), but the film is definitely worth a
view on PPS (whenever it arrives there) or a few kuai at
your local DVD vendor.
Oscars at The Hilton - 30th March
Experience Van Gogh exhibition opening / Dutch Queen’s Day celebration - 19th April
Opening Exhibition - Golden Eagle Contemporary Art Center - 7th April
Sofitel Zhongshan Golf Resort
9 Huanling Lu
Hours: Tue - Sun from 8:30 to 16:30
Located on a former execution ground and mass
burial place of the massacre. Admission is free.
[email protected]
Preferred hangout spot of Nanjing’s rich and famous.
Rabe House 拉贝故居
1 Xiaofenqiao, Guangzhou Lu
Pick up your copy of The Nanjinger
where you see the NJX avatar
Tourism and Hospitality
Hotel & Hostel
Fraser Suites Nanjing
116 Lushan Lu
Nanjing’s first international serviced apartments.
Fully furnished one to three bedroom apartment
suites ranging from 138 sqm to 249 sqm; offering
full balconies, and a clubhouse with leisure facilities make this the accommodation of choice for
many expats.
Hilton Nanjing
100 Jiangdong Zhong Lu
The contemporary Hilton Nanjing hotel is part of
Nanjing Wanda Plaza, a development of luxury
shopping outlets, expansive malls, entertainment
facilities and office towers. The hotel is a 2 min.
walk from the metro, 20 mins. drive from the city
center and railway station and 40 mins. from the
The Westin Nanjing
Nanjing International Center, 201 Zhongyang Lu
A haven of Chinese distinction, located only minutes from major corporations, restaurants and
shopping, in which every room overlooks scenic
Xuanwu Lake.
Sheraton Nanjing Kingsley
169 Hanzhong Lu
One of Nanjing’s older, finer hotels located centrally within walking distance of Xinjiekou. Amenities include fitness center, baby sitting and butler
service plus car rentals and much more.
Intercontinental Hotel
1 Zhongyang Lu, Zifeng Tower
Located in Gulou with a birds-eye view of Nanjing’s skyline. The hotel makes a grand statement
and can be found in the 450 metre high Zifeng
Tower; the tallest building in Nanjing.
Sofitel Galaxy
1 Shanxi Lu
[email protected]
The accommodation of choice for many visitors
coming to Nanjing, along with all French dignitaries.
Jinling Hotel
2 Hanzhong Lu
A landmark hotel and one of the original high-class
establishments in Nanjing with numerous top notch
restaurants plus train ticket purchase counter.
Hilton Nanjing Riverside
南京世茂滨江希尔顿酒店 1 Huaibin Lu (cross of Qinhuai and Yangtze Rivers)
下关区淮滨路1号 (近秦淮河和扬子江交汇处)
[email protected]
Just 25 minutes from the central business district,
Hilton Nanjing Riverside offers modern in-room
technology plus extensive meeting, conference
and recreation facilities. Many rooms with balconies overlooking the Yangtze.
Nanjing Sunflower International
Youth Hostel
80 Zhanyuan Lu (Fuzimiao west gate)
52266858 / 66850566
A popular youth hostel that includes free pool, DVDs,
cable TV, foosball, Wifi, travel info, English menu
and English speaking staff.
Kayumanis Private Villas & Spa
Xiangzhang Hua Ping, Sizhuang Village,
[email protected]
High end private villa with refreshing natural hot
spring and mountain view.
Regalia Resort & Spa (Qinhuai River)
E5, No 388, Yingtian Jie (inside Chenguang 1865
Technology Park)
A Thai style Spa offering a holistic approach to
rejuvenation and relaxation, exuding serenity,
peace and solitude.
Tangshan Easpring Hot Spring Resort
8 Wenquan Lu, Tangshan, Jiangning
A Leisure hotel in Tangshan offering different
types of bathing.
Museums & Parks
Nanjing Massacre Museum
418 Shuiximen Jie
86612230 / 86610931
Tuesday – Sunday from 8:30 to 16:30
The former home of the German Industrialist who
saved thousands of Nanjing people in 1937 during
which time the house served as a refugee shelter.
Nanjing Brocade Museum
240 Chating Dong Jie 茶亭东街240号
86518580 Hours: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Visitors can observe professionals working on
wooden looms making the finest brocade on earth.
City Wall Museum 南京明城垣史博物馆
8 Jiefang Men 解放门8号
Long-gone city gates, maps and a full-scale model
of the walled city. Captions in Chinese.
Nanjing Museum 南京博物院
321 Zhongshan Dong Lu 中山东路321号
Artifacts from Neolithic to communist.
Qingliangshan Park 清凉山公园
Guangzhou Lu, near the intersection of Huju Lu
A quiet park, once home to Chinese artists, that offers calligraphy and stone museums, as well as an
art gallery and pottery studio open to the public.
Nanjing Science Museum 南京科技馆
9 Zijinghua Lu,Yuhua District
Hands-on fun and learning for kids. IMAX Cinema.
Gulin Park 古林公园
21 Huju Bei Lu 虎踞北路21号
Gardens, paintball and BBQ plus a view of the city
from the top of the TV tower.
Jiuhuashan Park 九华山公园
Beijing Dong Lu 北京东路
Climb to the top of the park to visit the temple and
pagoda. A great way to get on the city wall for a
scenic spot with gorgeous views of the city.
Zixia Lake 紫霞湖
A mountain fed lake in which you can swim.
Please exercise with care - a number of deaths
occur each year as a result of cramp brought on
by cold currents flowing into the lake from deep
inside the mountain.
Nanjing Hongshan Forest Zoo
101 Heyan Lu 和燕路101号
Underwater World 海底世界
South side of Purple Mountain
Xuanwu Lake Park 玄武湖公园
1 Xuanwu Xiang 玄武巷1号
Offers trails for walking biking and running, with playgrounds, gardens, restaurants and boats for rent.
Mochou Lake Park 莫愁湖公园
35 Hanzhongmen Da Jie
Home to the annual Dragon Boat Race, and great
for boating or a walk in a peaceful environment.
Yuejiang Tower 阅江楼
202 Jianning Lu 建宁路202号
Includes the temple, Wanxian pavilion and a great
view of the Yangtze River.
Zhongshan Botanical Garden
Covering over 186 hectares and home to more
than 3000 plant species.
Business & Education
International Education
British School of Nanjing
Building 2, Jinling Resort, Baijiahu Dong Lu
EtonHouse Nanjing
6 West Songhua Jiang Jie,
Jianye District (near Olympic Stadium)
8669 6778
Nanjing International School
8 Xueheng Lu, Xianlin College
and University Town
Novas Education Management
2405, Building A, New World Centre,
88 Zhujiang Lu
Foreign Trade &
Economic Development Agencies
Australian Trade Commission
1163, 11F, World Trade Center, 2 Hanzhong Lu
84711888 -1163
Netherlands Business Support Office
Suite 2316, Building B, 23/F, Phoenix Plaza,
1 Hunan Lu
Baden-Württemberg International
7-3 Dabei Xiang Meiyuan Xin Cun
China-Britain Business Council, Nanjing
Rm 2514-2515, 50 Zhonghua Lu
European Union Chamber of Commerce
30F, 1 Zhujiang Lu 珠江路1号30层
Nordrhein-Westfalen Business Partners
50 Zhonghua Lu 中华路50号
Language Training
Alliance Française de Nanjing
4F, Qun Lou, 73 Beijing Xi Lu
Nanjing Normal University (Xianlin Campus), 28
Xueheng Lu
南京法语联盟仙林分部 南京师范大学附属实验学校行
[email protected]
JESIE-Goethe-Language Centre
JESIE -歌德语言中心
Jiangsu College for International Education, 3rd
Floor, 205 Shanghai Lu 江苏省国际教育学院3楼,上海
[email protected]
Stone City Modern Art Creation Gallery
72 Beijing Xi Lu 北京西路72号
Exhibition of modern Chinese art.
Nanjing Drug Art Museum
Building 22, 12 Dinghuai Men Jie
定淮门12号(世界之窗软件园) 22号房
Social experiments between local and foreign artists.
For the Home
B&Q 百安居
90 Kazimen Da Jie (beside Metro)
IKEA 宜家家居
99 Mingchi Lu (East side of Kazimen Plaza)
JESIE Corporate Training
Suite 210, 205 Shanghai Lu
南京市上海路205 号210 办公室 南京市秦淮区明匙路99号(卡子门广场东侧)
Clubs & Charities
Nanjing International Club
Founded in 1990 with the objective of promoting
social contacts and good community relations
within the international community in Nanjing.
Events take place weekly, monthly and annually.
Nanjing Toastmasters
Weekly meetings at Hohai University.
Hopeful Hearts
Raises funds for medical treatment of children
with heart conditions.
Pfrang Association
7-3 Dabei Xiang Meiyuan Xin Cun
Helps sponsor the education of children in poor
regions of Jiangsu province.
Jiangsu Art Gallery 江苏省美术馆
266 Changjiang Lu 长江路266号
Local artists’ work, changed frequently.
ART 国艺堂
D-1 Shuimuqinhuai, 99 Shitoucheng Lu 石头城路99
Picture framing service and art related supplies.
Shenghua Art Center
2 Zhoutai Lu, on Jiangxin Zhou (Grape Island)
86333097 86333100
Exhibition of Chinese contemporary art.
Working House
4F, Zifeng Tower, Zhongshan Bei Lu
52360109 An nice alternative to a certain Swedish home
decoration chain, Working Store has almost
anything the designer at heart could dream up;
colourful bath towels, stylish kitchenware in dark
tones, candles and colourful vases or even camera cases and Smarts made of clay; fascinating
products await in every corner of the shop. Two
other branches in Nanjing.
Hongxing Furniture
224 Zhongyang Lu 中央路224号
83118005 Large furniture mall with many shops. Large range
of prices, styles, etc.
Jinsheng Market 金盛百货大市场
2 Jianning Lu
9 Wangjinshi (off Changjiang Lu)
Daqiao Bei Lu (beside North bus station)
Large indoor market with everything from home
décor to wires, Christmas trinkets and electronics.
Cheap but be prepared to bargain.
Jinling Decoration Market
88 Jiangdong Zhong Lu
Everything needed for a new home.
Longjiang Flower Market
78 Qingliangmen Da Jie
Huge flower market with plants, cut flowers, fish
tanks and fish, plus a selection of gardening tools.
Modern House NJ (Remo) 摩登仓
Ground Floor, Lan of mercy and Social Hall, off
Huaqiao Lu
Copied designer furniture & décor.
Deji Plaza 德基广场
18 Zhongshan Lu 中山路18号
A premier mall with wide variety of high class
shops such as Louis Vuitton and Burberry. Includes also a movie theatre.
Professional Photography Equipment Market
3F, Binjiang Friendship Shopping Center, 301
Jiangdong Bei Lu
Nanjing Aqua City 南京水游城
1 Jiankang Lu 健康路1号
Home to many restaurants and western brand
name shops as well as a cinema and the BHG
import supermarket.
Golden Eagle Shopping Center
89 Hanzhong Lu 汉中路89号
Offers a wide selection of clothing, homeware,
and a foreign food supermarket on the upper floor.
The buidling also houses the Crown Plaza hotel
and some of the premier office space in the city.
Wanda Plaza 万达广场
88 Hongwu Lu
98 Jiangdong Zhong Lu
86805588 / 86805577
Largely occupied by Chinese brands but with an
increasing number of well known foreign retailers
in the process of moving in. Includes Walmart outlets and large cinema (IMAX in the Hexi location).
Golden Wheel In-Citi 金轮新天地
8 Hanzhong Lu 汉中路8号
Many restaurants plus brands such as Sephora,
H&M, and Timberland, plus the ubiquitous Costa
New City Mall 新城市广场
99 Caochangmen Da Jie 草场门大街99号
Many brand name shops, restaurants, a yoga
studio, and a movie theatre.
Grand Ocean Department Store
122 Zhongshan Nan Lu 中山南路122号
Frequent promotions and many good value food
stalls the basement.
Orient Department Store 东方商城
2 Zhongshan Nan Lu 中山南路2号
Gucci, Celine and other designer brands.
Specialists in wedding photography plus equipment and lighting, flash etc.
Camera & photography equipment Market 东鼎
Dongding Plaza, 699 Zhujiang Lu
Widely regarded as the best camera and equipment market in Nanjing.
Mobile Shops on Danfeng Jie
Indoor markets specialized in new and secondhand mobile phones and repairs.
宁溧路286号 (麦德龙对面)
Sport Megastore, 9am-9pm
Giant 捷安特
178 Zhongshan Bei Lu, opposite the fabric market
“Bu Bu Bu”
Nanjing’s largest branch of the popular bike manufacturer.
Jinxianghe Rd 进香河路
The outdoor store street in Nanjing; shops for biking, hiking, backpacks, equipment and apparel for
Another French hypermarket with three stores in
Yaohan City Market
Phoenix International Bookmall, 1 Hunan Lu
Foreign food supermarket.
Times Grocery
48 Yunnan Lu 云南路48号
Compact yet its location close to the home of
many expats, especially students make this a very
popular foreign food store with a wide selection of
imported yet pricy food.
GSAB 新源宝
6-1C16 Block 6 Taiwan Product City, Hexi Dajie
Zhongyang Lu - Video Games
Any type of video game for all video game systems. Also do minor repairs.
Organic Food 有机食品
Available in many supermarkets and big Chinese
food markets, but need to ask staff. Organic foods
can be ordered online from http://shop.njaf.gov.cn.
Suning Electronics 苏宁电器
Local firm that is now one of China’s largest retailers for electrical household appliances. Branches
all over Nanjing.
Aussino Cellar 富隆酒窖
Room 109, 198 Zhongshan Dong Lu
Rm 503, Building 65, Yushuiwan Garden, 169
Yudao Jie 御道街169号御水湾花园65室503室
Online shopping of premium imported products
conveniently delivered to your door. Cash on delivery.
Metro 麦德龙
288 Ningli Lu 宁溧路288号
300 Jianning Lu 下关区建宁路300号
German hypermarket with a wide selection of
foreign foods.
BHG Market
B2 Floor, Aqua City, 1 Jiankang Lu 健康路1号水游
66985066 / 66985068
91 Matai Jie
Decathlon 迪卡侬
286 Ningli Lu (next to Metro)
Zhujiang Lu - IT Products
A multitude of stores that selling everything you
can imagine and more; computers, cameras, MP3
and MP4 players, iPad, webcams, hard drives,
and portable flash drives.
Auchan 欧尚
151 Hanzhongmen Da Jie
68675666 / 68675699
Features a very large stock of imported goods
plus fresh organic fruit and veg.
Carrefour 家乐福
235 Zhongshan Dong Lu
The omnipresent French hypermarché with four
stores in Nanjing and a fifth (Pukou) on the way.
RT Mart 金润发
39 Danfeng Jie
83358788 / 83356077
Chinese supermarket with a decent foreign food
section and three outlets in Nanjing
Limited selection of imported items from Taiwan
difficult to find elsewhere.
Wine Outlets
隆酒窖 南京市中山东路198号109室
Metro 麦德龙
288 Ningli Lu 宁溧路288号
300 Jianning Lu 下关区建宁路300号
Ziyo Wines 南京紫元酒窖
18 Mochou Dong Lu 南京市建邺区莫愁东路18号
Eminence Cellar
Inside Wutaishan (oposite to Jin Inn)
Guangzhou Lu 广州路,五台山体育场
Chateau Family Cellar 名庄世家酒窖
16-10 Mochou Hu Dong Lu
87781899 / 13852287767
Jiangsu Jiuchao Distillery 江苏九朝酒业
278 Hongwu Lu
Foreign Language Bookstores
Foreign Language Bookstore
218 Zhongshan Dong Lu (Beside Taiping Nan Lu)
Xinhua Bookstores
56 Zhongshan Dong Lu (near Hongwu Lu)
54 Hunan Lu (near Matai Jie)
Phoenix International Book Mall
1 Hunan Lu
83657000 / 83657111
Online Shopping
[email protected]
58933356 Online shopping site with English version that offers fun
and unique gifts from the US and Asia with the ability to
engrave or personalise for that special someone.
Lufthansa German Airlines
Reservation Service:
4008 868 868 (CH,EN)
Sales Office: Room 951, World Trade Center, 2
Hanzhong Lu
Fax: 84722624
[email protected]
Lukou Airport Int’l Check-in Service - Room 417
D.T. Travel
22E, Golden Wheel Mansion, 108 Hanzhong Lu
Ticket Booking: 400 886 1212 (FREE)
Quality English service that includes flights, visas,
hotels and holiday packages.
Nanjing Coach
Coach timetable/ticket enquriy 96196
Nanjing Zhonghuamen Coach Terminal
508 Yingtian Da Jie
Nanjing North-Central Coach Terminal
160 Huahongcun
Nanjing Zhongyangmen Coach Terminal
1 Jianning Lu
Nanjing Train Station
141 Longpan Lu
85822222 (enquiry)
85824224 (tickets)
Online train timetable and booking, but only in Chinese.
Nanjing South Train Station
Shuanglong Dadao / Yunan Lu
Principal stop on the Shanghai to Beijing high
speed train line.
Nanjing Lukou
International Airport
Lukou Town, Jiangning District
968890 52480499
Serves all parts of the country in additional to direct
international flights to Germany, Japan and Korea.
Airport Shuttle Bus
1. East square, Nanjing Railway Station, 221
LongPan Zhong Lu 南京火车站 龙蟠中路221号 6am8.30pm, leaving every 30mins
2. Nanjing Zhonghua Men Station, 508 Yingtian
Da Jie 南京中华门车站 应天大街508号 6am-9.00pm,
leaving every 20mins
3. Hanzhong Men Station, 278 Han Zhong Lu 南京
汉中门车站 汉中路278号 6am-9.00pm, leaving every
汉中路159号 (省中医院往西30米)
86795111-825 8am-9pm
English speaking staff.
Jiangsu Provincial Hospital of TCM
155 Hanzhong Lu 汉中路155号
The major Chinese medicine hospital.
Jiangsu People’s Hospital
300 Guangzhou Lu 广州路300号
The major western medicine hospital.
National Medical Centre of Jiangsu Province
168-7/8 Qingliangmen Da Jie
Nanjing International SOS Clinic
1F, Grand Metropark Hotel Nanjing,
319 East Zhongshan Lu
84802842 (by appt.)
Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 9am-12noon / 24hr Alarm
Center: 010 6462 9100
Western doctors and public pharmacy. Service
listed in English & Chinese. Multilingual staff: EN/
Flossy Care
#105, 1 Huaneng Garden, Taiping Bei Lu
Yifeng Super Drugstore 益丰大药房
159 Hanzhong Lu (west of JS hopsital of TCM)
84069389 / 13951994471
Offers all kinds of oral treatments including dental
implants, crowns or bridges, dental whitening,
cosmetic dentistry, root canal therapy, orthodontics and more. 100% Bilingual staff with another
branch in Suzhou.
Global Doctor
6 Mochou Hu Dong Lu (next to Shuiximen Da Jie)
Emergency Number: 13805174397
Australian medical company offering primary and
occupational healthcare plus emergency assistance. Multilingual staff: EN/IT/JP/PT/ES/KO/CN.
Nanjing Entrance and Exit
Inspection and Quarantine Bureau
1 Baixia Lu 白下路1号
52345328 / 84456805
Health checks for work permit / visa applications.
Gulou Hospital 鼓楼医院
321 Zhongshan Lu 中山路321号
The major trauma hospital (24 hr).
Nanjing Children’s Hospital
72 Guangzhou Lu 广州路72号
People’s Hospital
300 Guangzhou Lu 广州路300号
The major western medicine hospital.
13905150592 / 85381818
[email protected]
TCM, massage and English speaking staff.
Nanjing Maternity and Child Healthcare Hospital 南京市妇幼保健院
123 Tianfei Xiang 天妃巷123号
The major maternity hospital in Nanjing.
BEN-Q Hospital 明基医院
71 Hexi Da Jie 河西大街71号
Another popular choice for expats, BENQ is
staffed by local specialists, with occasional visits
from Taiwanese doctors.
Dan-De Dental Clinic 丹德齿科
D6, 9F, Huawei Mansion, 107 Shigu Lu
Centrally located dental clinic with western standards and several other branches.
KB+ Dental Hospital 康贝佳口腔医院
31 Fujian Lu (Huafu Mansion)
83433333 / 4001108899
Jiangsu’s first digital dental hospital with treatments including dental cosmetics, implants, tooth
whitening, correction and straightening.
Nanjing Union Dental Clinic
1F, Grand Metropark Hotel Nanjing,
319 Zhongshan Dong Lu 中山东路319号
84818891 / 84808888-6555
[email protected]
Western standard dental care with English language.
Picozzi & Morigi Law Firm
A4, 21F, Golden Eagle, 69 Hanzhong Lu
南京市白下区汉中路89号 金鹰国际商城21楼A4
[email protected]
Italian law firm operating in China since 1991 and
licensed by the Ministry of the Justice with two
representative offices in Nanjing and Shanghai. Provides legal services in English, French,
Chinese, Spanish, Italian and German with special
regard to investing in China, M&A, labour law, IPR
protection and cross border dispute.
Dacheng Law Offices
2F, 72 Beijing Xi Lu
[email protected]
Ranked #1 in Asia by size, with branches in 26
countries and all over China. Nanjing branch is
ranked #1 in Jiangsu Province (EN/CH/ES/JP/KO).
Jeffrey Wang
8F, Jincheng Tower, 216 Longpan Zhong Lu
13605182614 / 58785588 / 58788688
[email protected]
Business lawyer with more than ten years legal
practice in Nanjing plus fluent English and knowledge in both legal and business areas.
Faith Houses
Nanjing International Christian Fellowship
Ramada Hotel, 45 Zhongshan Bei Lu
南京中山路45号 南京华美达怡华酒店
Sundays 9:30am to 11:30am
Foreign passport holders only. English service.
Translation available in Chinese, French and
KuanEumHui Korean Buddhist Club
1703, Building 2, Fuli Shanzhuang
Service: 11:00am
Shigulu Catholic Church 石鼓路天主教堂
112 Shigu Lu 石鼓路112号
Korean service: Sat 4.30pm
English/Chinese Service: Sun 4.30pm
The Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter Day Saints
Jingli Hotel, 7 Beijing Xi Lu
Mormon service, Sun at 10am
Foreign passport holders only.
Amy Hao Hao Pet Care
18 Nantai Xiang Xi (off Wang Fu Da Jie) 王府大街
84203097 / 13952034351
Professional and caring cat and dog grooming
service owned and run by a local Nanjing girl who
speaks fluent English.
Nanjing Veterinary Station
448 Longpan Zhong Lu
Pet stayover and dog walking service, retail outlet
and English speaking staff.
Property Services
Crown Relocations
Rm 1908, Block B, New Century Plaza,
1 Taiping Nan Lu
CMR Corporate Property & Relocation
12C1, Jinlun Mansion, 108 Hanzhong Lu
Complete relocation service to multinational companies, with additional services including driver’s
license and import/export of pets.
Media Production - Design - Photography
14F, Building 1, World Times Square, 8 Dongbao
Lu, Hexi
84718617 / 13851522275
[email protected]
International award winning professional foreign
owned video and media production company
offering advertising agency services plus print
and digital publications, broadcast media, internet
advertising, social media promotion; plus production of audio materials. 25 plus years experience
in traditional broadcast media and print, and 19
years of work in the media industry in China.
VOZ Design
Office 612, Sunong Building, 357 Mochou Lu
莫愁路357号苏农大厦612室 210004
85520158 / 180 6168 5196 / 159 5057 5174
[email protected]
Profesional marketing oriented graphic design and
brand development. No copies, no templates, only
creativity and lots of brain juice. Mediocrity is a
decease we fight everyday.
Nicolas Harter Photography
137 7076 1603
A French photographer specialising in wedding,
commercial and event photography, and author
of photo-book “Africa Square”, a profile of African
artists at the 2010 Shanghai Expo.
Phrejphotos Photography
1377 099 9175
Photographic services offered. Product shots,
portraiture and more.
Major centre for vet services and vaccinations.
Ai-Bi Pet 艾贝尔宠物医院
258-27 Zhongyang Lu
Tom Dog Pet Center
1 Shanghai Lu 上海路1号
Icaise Copier Rental 南京艾科思商贸有限公司
Huashan Hotel, Zhujiang Lu, Nanjing
[email protected]
Photocopier and shredder rental, in all sizes
including those for industrial use. Other branches
in Suzhou, Kunshan and Shanghai.
Interpreter & Translation Service
Professional interpreter with extensive Sino-foreign
business background
[email protected]
Satellite TV Installation Service
[email protected]
Bottled Water Delivery Service
By Coca-Cola Nanjing
4008282288 (Free)
Mineral water, pure water, water machine cleaning.
Lustre Cobbler 莱斯特皮鞋修饰
Golden Eagle Shopping Center, 89 Hanzhong Lu
Central Department Store, 79 Zhongshan Nan Lu
Hong Bang Tailor
18 Nanxiu Cun, Shanghai Lu 上海路南秀村18号
The tailor of choice for many a Nanjing expat.
Leisure & Sports
Massage & Spa
Pathways Spa & Lifestyle Club
13F, Tian’an International Building,
98 Zhongshan Nan Lu 中山南路98号13楼
Lifestyle club consisting of a dedicated spa area
with private treatment rooms, Thai Massage room
and Foot Massage room. Other facilities include
yoga and meditation rooms, sky garden lounge
and private function rooms.
Flow SPA 川·天地
46 Xijia Datang, Ming Cheng Hui (200m north of
Xuanwu Lake’s Jiefang Gate)
Hours: 10.30am-10.00pm
Sino-German joint venture.12 luxurious single and
twin private suites for men & women.
Shoujia Medical & Health Center 手佳按摩
136 Changjiang Lu 长江路136号
Various types of massage with blind masseurs.
Facial-Spring 春之源美容中心
28-1 Dashiqiao, Danfeng Jie 丹凤街大石桥28-1号
Various packages available including face, neck
and shoulder massage.
OneZo 春之源美容中心
400 Zhongshan Nan Lu 中山南路400
Upmarket spa with a focus on TCM catering for
CEO types.
Gyms & Sports
Yanlord Tower Club
116 Lushan Lu
With Fraser Suites Nanjing looking after all your
needs, this is the place to unwind in total comfort,
to relax with family, cement existing friendships,
build meaningful new ones. A wide range of leisure
and entertainment facilities is available for your
undisturbed enjoyment.
Olympic Century Star Ice Skating Club
222 Jiangdong Zhong Lu (Inside Olympic Center)
Drug Art Museum
Building 22, 12 Dinghui Men Jie
86690465 / 86690467
A private art gallery that in addition to exhibitions
also hosts social experiments between local and
foreign artists.
Nanjing North Star Ice Skating Club
Qinhuai Sports Center,
20 Pingjiangfu Lu
Ninth City Billiards 9城花式撞球
1912 District, 52 Taiping Bei Lu
1pm till late. ¥15/hr in the afternoon.
Nanjing Leiniao Paragliding Club
Wutaishan Sport Center Tennis Stadium
84458450 / 15335179782
Klein Billiards 克莱恩台球
135 Hongwu Lu 洪武路135号
Zhongshan Shooting Club
12 Lifu Jie
Shotgun, rifle and pistol shooting, into the city wall!
Changqing Taekwondo 长青跆拳道馆
145 Zhongshan Dong Lu
Karate Eifuukaikan 空手道影风道场
96 Yushi Jie 鱼市街96号
Pisarev Ballet 比萨列夫芭蕾舞学校
B901 Junlin International Mansion, 5 Guangzhou
Lu 广州路5号君临国际B901室
Daoshun Archery 道顺射箭
Wutaishan Sports Centre, 173 Guangzhou Lu
定淮门12号(世界之窗软件园) 22号房
Sofitel Zhongshan Golf Resort
7 Huanling Lu 环陵路7号
Gingko Lake Golf Club 银杏湖高尔夫俱乐部
1 Guli Yinxing Hu 江宁区谷里银杏湖1号
Nanjing Harvard Golf Club
176 Zhenzhu Jie, Pukou
Wan Yan Shi Beauty Salon
Room 108, Building 2, 9 Wenfan Lu
VS Philosophy Hair Salon
6F, Deji Plaza 德基广场6楼
Nail Bar 指爱你美甲
44 Wangfu Da Jie
王府大街44号 84209596
Sweet Love in Nails 指间密语
89 Shanghai Lu
Cinema (call for English language availability)
Art & Culture
Nanjing Art and Cultural Center
101 Changjiang Lu 长江路101号
Regular large-scale shows by professional Chinese and foreign performers.
Nanjing Shangying International Cinema
New City Mall, 99 Caochangmen Da Jie
Jiangnan 631 Niuda Theatre
5 Yanling Xiang 延龄巷5号
Weekend Chinese modern small theater shows.
Nanjing Art Academy Concert Hall
15 Huju Lu 虎踞北路15号
Irregular performances by Chinese and overseas
students and faculty.
Jiangsu Kunqu Theater 兰苑剧场
4 Chaotian Gong 朝天宫4号
Live performance of Kunqu opera.
Keziguli Muslim Restaurant
53 Wangfu Da Jie
A delicious change from the standard Chinese
cuisine: spicy noodles, potatoes, chicken and lamb
dishes. Xinjiang performance.
Istanbul Turkish Cafe
209 Shanghai Lu
A range of Turkish and Vietnamese food, including
Turkish "pizza", kebabs, wraps, freshly made
yoghurt, and some desserts. All food is halal.
Golden Harvest Thai Opera Cafe
2 Shizi Qiao, Hunan Lu
湖南路 狮子桥2号
One of the only authentic Thai restaurants in this
area of the city. Prices tend to be quite high, with
set meals for four costing up to ¥1,000.
Xinjiekou International Cinema in Deji Plaza
18 Zhongshan Lu
广州路173号 五台山体育中心
as tender-grilled rib-eye steak, roasted chicken,
or the seafood linguine cooked in spicy tomato
sauce. Asian must-trys also include Hainanese
chicken rice and laksa.
86223345 / 862240908
Aqua City Hengdian Cinema City
4F, Aqua City, 1 Jiankang Lu 建康路1号水游城4楼
Food & Drinks
Asian Cuisine
The Lobby Restaurant at Fraser Suites
116 Lushan Lu
86268888 Ext. 643
Sink your teeth into mouth-watering delights such
Indian Cuisine
Taj Mahal
117 Fengfu Lu
189 Shanghai Lu 上海路189号
Established in 2003, the Taj Mahal Indian
Restaurant made a name for itself by offering
a great variety and exotic blend of high quality
authentic Indian cuisine that it continues to this
day, making it forever popular with the foreign
Himalaya-Nepalese & Indian Restaurant
193 Shigu Lu (behind the Sheraton)
8666 1828
Himalaya is a very popular restaurant serving a
variety of Nepali and Indian foods in a setting as
authentic and inspired as the dishes themselves.
English menu, English speaking staff, free delivery
within 1 kilometre. Wifi available.
Kohinoor Restaurant
2F, Ramada Hotel, 45 Zhongshan Bei Lu
Vegetarian and non-vegetarian curries made in
the original unimitable style of Indian and Pakistani
cuisine prepared by chefs brought especially
from the mystery lands. Owned & operated by
an individual with over 20 years of international
hospitality experience.
Punjabi Restaurant
2 Shizi Qiao, Hunan Lu
湖南路狮子桥 2号
A well-established Indian restaurant in Nanjing
offering traditional Kadhais, Murghs, Masalas and
Vindaloos in addition to more familiar Chinese
dishes. Free delivery within 3 kilometres.
Japanese Cuisine
121 Shigu Lu
Patronised by many from Nanjing’s Japanese
community, and largely thought of as the genuine
Japanese experience in Nanjing.
Tairyo Teppanyaki 大渔铁板
57 Zhongshan Lu
54 Taiping Bei Lu (in 1912)
3 Kunlun Lu
Famous for its special offer: ¥168 for all you can
eat and all you can drink. This includes sushi,
sashimi, sake, beer, and everything on the menu.
Much of the food is cooked right in front of you.
Shuizihui 水之惠
18-2 Wangfu Da Jie 王府大街18-2号
Nagoya 那古野
4F Grand Hotel, 208 Guangzhou Lu
Korean Cuisine
Fudefang 福德坊
6 Taoguxincun, Hankou Lu
Ke Jia Fu 可家福
38 Nanyingyangying (near Ninghai Lu)
The Green Field – Vegetarian Restaurant
1F Zhengyang Building, 56 Yudao Jie
6661 9222
A wide selection of creative dishes and plenty of
fresh vegetables along with special drinks and
Pure Lotus 静心莲
1 Section C, Shuimuqinhuai, 99 Shitoucheng Lu
LvLiuJv (Living by Green Willow) 绿柳居素菜馆
248 Taiping Nan Lu (near Changfu Jie)
Western Bars & Restaurants
Studio 21 Grill Restaurant
193 Shigu Lu (behind the Sheraton)
86795269 / 13072525212
With genuine European flavours, grilled meat
and seafood specialties, Studio 21 also offers
renowned home made desserts, all in an elegant
and relaxing atmosphere. Special Set Lunch
Menu with prices from ¥38 and specials for
student and teachers, plus live music every Friday
and Saturday during dinner.
237 Zhongshan Dong Lu (back of the Central
An altogether more ambient vibe from the people
who brought us Castle Bar, differentiating itself
with Chinese nostalgia themed events and parties.
Open from 6pm - 2am on weekdays and often
later at weekends. Free wifi.
Nail Jazz Bar
10 Luolang Xiang (200m south of the Sheraton)
罗廊巷10号, 立金斯利酒店200米
8653 2244
A relaxed bar that offers a wide variety of imported
beers. The bar has a cozy upstairs and a more
open downstairs, complete with stage and foosball
Blue Marlin
8 Changjiang Hou Jie, 1912
Liyuan Zhong Lu, Jiangning (near Baijia Lake)
利源中路 (百家湖附近)
Yadong Plaza, 12 Xianyin Bei Lu
仙隐北路12号 亚东广场
One of the more established hangouts in Nanjing
that with new locations make it still popular with
expats. Offers quality drinks plus German and
European dishes. Happy hour from 4-7pm.
1st floor, Orient Department Store, 2 Zhongshan
Nan Lu
Interesting Fondue experience.
Danny’s Irish Restaurant & Pub
4F, Sheraton Nanjing, 169 Hangzhong Lu
8666 8888 7775
Quality hotel dinners plus the usual selection of
beer and liquor in addition to being a good place
to sit and chat. Live performances and TV sport.
Open from 6 pm.
120 Shanghai Lu (near to Hankou Lu)
Famous for being the smallest restaurant in the
city, serving a variety of Spanish food. Good
tapas, pizza and a nice variety of wine. Outdoor
seating expands the capacity of the restaurant
Secco Restaurant and Bar
3 Kunlun Lu
(South of Xuanwu Park’s main gate)
A German restaurant and bar that is a good place
to start a night out, located beside the city wall.
Another major expat draw that features barbeque,
buffet, outdoor dining and strong mixed drinks.
Talking & Talking 2
Room 101, 9 Pei De Li,
Ninghai Lu
20 Jinyin Street
Offers a surprisingly large variety of beers and
liquors, as well as a good selection of food. Open
11:00 am until late, tending to fill up at night time.
Don Quixote
39 Chengxian Street,
off Zhujiang Lu
This pub doubles as a Spanish restaurant offering
a variety of cuisines. However, after the kitchen
closes, a live band comes on upstairs. Downstairs,
there is a large screen plasma TV and video
Sancho Panza
173 Guangzhou Lu, Wutaishan Stadium North
gate (take the stairs to the right)
A 2-floor bar featuring live music, pool, food and
quality eats plus a fully-stocked bar.
Ciao Italia
193-2 Shigu Lu (outside Sunglow Bay near the
Sheraton) 石鼓路193-2号
Ciao Italia's master chef Giuseppe serves over
140 authentic Italian specialties, including 30
varieties of pizza that are considered some of
Nanjing's best. Free delivery is available.
Pisa Pizza
81-8 Shanghai Road
1580 517 7575
Pisa Pizza has a reputation for serving up the
finest pizza in the city, straight from the wood fired
Blue Sky Expat Bar & Grill
77 Shanghai Lu
One of the original expat bars to open in Nanjing,
serving burgers, pizzas, plus Aussie meat pies
and more. A wide range of beers and spirits are
available, including several Australian brands; it is
the only bar in Nanjing to serve Bundaburg Rum
(Bundy). There are also weekly and monthly pool
competitions and like any good pub, music you
thought you had forgotten about!
Ellens Bar
132-3 Guangzhou Lu
(a few metres from the corner of Shanghai Lu)
75 Dingjia Qiao (near to Hunan Lu, opposite Blue
Gulf Cafe and Zhong Da Hospital)
Laid back and relaxed atmosphere have quickly
made this a favourite, especially amongst the
student crowd. Good range of food & drinks at
great value prices.
Swede and Kraut
12 Nanxiucun 南秀村12号
This bar and restaurant near Nanjing University
features an impressive beer list, including German
and Belgian labels, alongside a menu of traditional
European foods and desserts. Take out and
special holiday dinners are available.
La Table de Mr. Eiffel
83 Guangzhou Lu, near Qingliangshan Park
Offers authentic French cuisine and carries an
extensive list of French wines by the glass. It is
located in an old Chinese garden house with an
entrance on Qingliang Shan Park and an outside
Soul Mate
15-1 Nanxiucun,
off Hankou Lu
南秀村15-1, 靠近汉口路
Located in an old house very close to Nanjing
University, Soul Mate serves French style pizzas,
omelettes, mixed drinks, wines, and beers. Open
from 11:30 am to 10 pm.
Les 5 Sens
52-1 Hankou Lu
汉口路52-1, 靠近南京大学
A surprisingly inexpensive French restaurant.
Homemade traditional French dishes (set menu
and à la carte available) for lunch and dinner in a
friendly atmosphere. Many dishes cost less than
¥50. Open 11:30 am to 10 pm, with take away
service. Free WiFi.
193 Shigu Road (inside Sunglow Bay
near the Sheraton)
A popular American-owned sports bar and
restaurant, offering satellite sports coverage,
a full bar with draught beer and a large variety
of whisky, plus simple American food such as
hamburgers, hot dogs, subs, tacos, and most
famously, pizza. Free delivery within 3 kilometers.
Another Jimmy’s
209 Shanghai Lu (across from Skyways)
From this tiny location, Another Jimmy's serves up
specials to the Shanghai Lu student community.
61 House
61 Hankou Xi Lu
83205979 / 13851434386
A significant stop on the live music circuit in China
for international unsigned bands. Expect to see
one or two performances every week.
Behind the Wall
150 Shanghai Road (in Nanxiu Cun)
上海路150号, 在南秀村
One of the oldest bars in Nanjing serving drinks
and food in a relaxed atmosphere, and in the
warmer months on one of the finest terraces in the
city. Live musical performances go well with strong
sangria and beer.
Jack's Place
35 Wang Fu Da Jie
160 Shanghai Lu
Humble yet honest, Jack's Place has tellingly been
around Nanjing for around 15 years and serves up
Italian favourites popular with expats and locals
alike, and at very reasonable prices.
La Cantina
#2-7 East Nantai Xiang (off Wangfu Da Jie)
58787665 / 13813842543
A small wine bar of appreciation and plain old
relaxation with a considerable selection of wine
(largely Italian) complimented by snacks and
friendly Italian/Chinese service.
Eminence Cellar
Inside Wutaishan (oposite to Jin Inn),
Guanzhou Lu 广州路,五台山体育场
High quality western restaurant offering organic food,
breads baked on-site; a full cigar bar, private meeting
rooms and a huge wine cellar.
Potato Bistro
5*301 Kangqiao Sheng Fei, 9 Wenfan Road,
Xianlin University Area
A bistro based on green, organic, fresh foods
and authentic tastes within a quiet environment.
A 150 square metre outdoor BBQ balcony is also
available. Free wifi.
Paulaner Brauhaus
123 Guangzhou Road
A chain restaurant and bar located on the side of
Wutaishan Stadium’s hill, with decor, beer, and
food that are entirely German.
Vanilla Sky
4-4 Taoguxincun, off Shanghai Road
Vanilla Sky serves up a variety of Western foods,
including pizzas, pastas, steaks and salads. Prices
are reasonable, and a cozy atmosphere keeps
many customers coming back.
Bellini Italian Bar & Restaurant
1-106, 9 Wenfan Lu, Xianlin
Stylish and elegant yet easy in which to relax. Utilising
ingredients specially sourced, many dishes and drinks
are unique in Nanjing. Free wifi. Closed on Mondays.
Reservations are advised.
Country Road
20-1 Nanxiucun
With pasta, pizza, steak, coffee, wine, music and
books, Country Road is both popular and elegant.
Boston Chips
New City Mall, Hexi
An array of boardwalk food, such as hotdogs, tater
tots, mashed potatoes, onion rings, and chicken fillets,
including BBQ and Cajun styles. Two other locations in
Bakery & Café
160 Shanghai Road 上海路160号
A18, Yadong Commercial Plaza, 12 Xianyin Bei Lu
仙隐北路12号 亚东广场A18室
One of the best known foreign shops in Nanjing
offering breads, made-to-order sandwiches,
cakes, chocolates, desserts, plus a fair selction of
imported deli items such as cheese and salami.
Large cakes and pies can also be pre-ordered.
Indoor and outdoor seating.
Sculpting in Time Café
2F, 47 Hankou Lu 汉口路47号2楼
32 Dashiba Jie (Confucius Temple East Gate)
Sculpting in Time was started by two college
graduates from Beijing offering a pleasant coffee
house atmosphere, along with brunch, cocktail
hours, film screenings, a variety of Western food,
plus widely known brownies. The balcony at the
Confucious temple branch offers romantic night
time views over the Qinhuai river. Free Wifi.
3 Coffee
82-1 Shanghai Lu
83244617 / 83311505
An upper floor library has art, design and
photography books and magazines. Offers a range
of coffee, tea, alcohol and limited snacks. Balcony
affords a nice view of Shanghai Lu. Free Wifi.
Godot's Home
23 Nanxiucun, off Shanghai Lu
A beautifully designed, relaxed café off Hankou
Lu inspired by the play by Irish Playwright Samuel
Beckett serving a great range of coffee, tea and
food in a cozy atmosphere. Opening hours/days
are somewhat haphazard.
For detailed information about these and many other classified ads
and events please visit www.nanjingexpat.com
Real Estate
50 +12 sq Apartment in Xinjiekou
A great location between xinjiekou and 1912. Near Nanjing and Dong Nan Universities, supermarkets, movie theaters and nightlife with in walking distance. Set in small
quiet compound with small park. Actual living area is 60 square meters 2 bedrooms
medium sized living room with small kitchen and bathroom. A nice balcony with
bright sunshine on the 7th floor. Hard wood floors and simple decoration. Comes
with a bicycle garage. We are planning on having a bigger family so need to move
to a larger place. It is possible to get loans to buy houses for foreigners in China.
Email: [email protected] / Asking price: ¥920,000
For full advertisement text, visit: www.nanjingexpat.com
Jobs - Positions Vacant
Part time job
Looking for a part-time foreign teacher. Native English Speaker Experienced in
teaching kids is preferred. Must be stable and willing to stay for more than 6 months.
¥120-150 per hour. Email: [email protected]
For full advertisement text, visit: www.nanjingexpat.com
Teach in Xuzhou 7000 monthly after taxation
Location: Xuzhou City, Jiangsu Prov., Age: below 45
Nationality: native speakers, Language: English
Working Experience: one year or above teaching experience
Start time: ASAP
Class size: 10-15 Students: 3-12 years
Contract duration: One year
Workload: 16-20 hrs/w
Monthly salary: ¥7000 after taxation
Fringe benefits: free apartment, working meals, airfare reimbursement. visa
Phone: 18071109291 / Email: [email protected]
For full advertisement text, visit: www.nanjingexpat.com
Kindergarten in Changzhou 8000 Monthly ASAP
Location: Changzhou City, Jiangsu Prov., Age: below 45
Nationality: native speakers, Language: English
Working Experience: one year or above teaching experience
Start time: ASAP
Class size: 10-12 Students: 2-6 years
Contract duration: One year
Workload: 20-25 classes/w with 2 days off
Monthly salary: ¥8000.
Fringe benefits: free apartment outside the campus, 8000 airfare reimbursement.
Working visa sponsorship.
Phone: 18071109291 / Email: [email protected]
Art Exhibition
Redic - Shanghai Thrones
In the spring of 2010 Redic extended his artistic and entrepreneurial platform from
Los Angeles, California to Shanghai, China. The “Shanghai Thrones” are sculptural
works made from discarded or discounted chairs throughout Shanghai. Redic then
gathered stones, brick, and pieces of mirror from old, torn down Chinese lane houses
and transformed them into one of a kind masterpieces.
When: From 11th May
Where:World Trade Center Club (WTC Club)
For full event text, visit: www.nanjingexpat.com
NanjingMan Triathlon
This event is for recreational sports folks. Distances are swimming 800m, cycling
25 km and running 8 km. Categories are: Nanjing Open Water Swim Challenge
(swim only), Male, Female, Relay female, Relay male, Relay mixed, Relay family (all
fom one!), Relay junior (all members 16 and under), Relay senior (all members
aged 17 to 23).
Register at nanjingtriathlon.com
When: 20th May
Where: Purple Mountain Lake
For full event text, visit: www.nanjingexpat.com
Hail & Farewell - NIC networking
Hail:Welcome and orientation for newcomers to Nanjing. Farewell: A chance to say
goodbye to folk who are leaving. Networking: Meet others for business or social
connection. Find out about activities and services in Nanjing. NIC members 40rmb
Non-members 60rmb. Relax over snacks and beer or soft drink in this regular event.
Take part in the raffle to raise money for charity.The first one on Saturday the 28th
was well attended, even though it was a working day. Funny how that happens!
Register to be sure of your place by emailing [email protected]
Make sure your organisation is represented. Business representation fee 50rmb but
non-profits are no charge.
When: 19th May
Where: Blue Sky Aussie Bar & Restaurant
For full event text, visit: www.nanjingexpat.com
The Nanjinger
For full advertisement text, visit: www.nanjingexpat.com
Wanted: A place to advertise items for sale, jobs vacant, services on offer, upcoming events or anything in between.
Visit: www.nanjingexpat.com
Be specific. If your plan looks like this:
Find new job
Get interview
Get job
...you need a new plan.
What Are
Your Goals?
sk most people this and they will likely give a basic
comment about getting a better job, improving their education, finding more time to relax and possibly enhancing old or discovering new relationships. Yet when asked
to give a realistic approach to achieving these goals, most
people come up short. Either they will be so vague that
their plan is simply wishful thinking, or they require so
much luck or discipline they will probably fail.
If you have a goal but are from reaching
it, or you do not know how to achieve it,
you need to sit back and think.
What are your main goals?
If you have more than three main goals, you are stretching
yourself too thin; you will not have the time or energy to
achieve them all. Think carefully on what it is you really
want or need, and develop goals from there.
Once you have one or two main goals, it is essential that
you write down what you have to do to achieve them.
Do not just write down something vague or skip the early
Research what you want to do. To lose weight, go above
and beyond the basics by researching detailed diet plans
and rigorous exercise schedules to gain an understanding
of how much commitment is required of you. For further education, be sure to cover all bases by investigating
opportunities in Nanjing, or the possibility of education
online (avoid internet schools; real brick and mortar
schools offer distance education that is better and usually
cheaper). If you want a job, identify the field in which
you want to work and the companies therein with a good
reputation who may have appropriate positions. The
more thorough you are the more opportunities you will
discover. If you want to meet your soul mate, consider
what you want in a person and think about the best place
to meet someone with those qualities. An intellectual will
not be found by cruising a bar, and people who spend
Friday nights in bookstores do not usually want to party.
After you have researched what you want
and what is available, plan how you can
achieve your goals. Your plan should reflect the
kind of person you are and utilise your best attributes to
their full potential. For people who like social activities,
plan your strategy around working with others for support
and advice. If you are not such a social type, don’t plan on
getting a job by sweet talking the boss! Be realistic.
Once you have in place your main goals and the plans for
achieving them, write them down in several notebooks
and on your computer. You do not want to lose them.
Put one of these notes in your wallet or purse. Everyday
look at these goals at least once, and reflect on what you
have done that day to achieve them. Remember, if you
just leave them in a notepad somewhere you will forget
about them.
You need to be thinking of these goals on a daily basis.
Dan Clarke is a lifecoach based in Nanjing. Find out more at www.lets-get-happy.com
By Frank Hossack
I was brought up in a world where cars have clutches
and boats have paddles. I was taught that it was always
such, and always such shall be. Yet this is the second (out
Golf/Sirocco Racer(Import)
to mount gear change “paddles” on either side of the
Both cars feature an impressive array of features, from blackened out LED tail-lamps and
dynamic bending lights to hill hold control
and cruise control. Plus bucket seats. It may be my
steering column. Both cars are German. I’ve been har-
larger than average size, but in the case of the Vienna/
of only three, so far) cars we have test driven that dispense with the clutch and gearstick completely, choosing
boring doubts as to whether to share this confession with
our dear readers, for fear of being branded “old”, “out”
or worse. Yet, interestingly, sitting in the Golf Racer, our
intern Michael who is less than half my age agreed with
me, begging the question, “what research has been done
to say that we even want paddles?”
Its lack of clutch plus the 256 brake horse power are
San Remo Motorsport bucket seats for Golf, on a longer
among the reasons the Golf R can make it to 100 km/h
run to Shanghai for instance, I could see myself becom-
in little over 5 seconds. Unlike the Smart that we road
ing more than a little uncomfortable.
tested previously, a flick of a paddle shifts up/down instantaneously, leading me to wonder what further Vor-
The dealer we visited had sold an amazing 40 Golf R’s
sprung durch Technik awaits us when our chance comes
so far this year, a good 60% of which to young men from
with VW’s premium brand.
northern Jiangsu. While some are noble young entrepreneurs or hard working middle management who have
A lot about the Scirocco and Golf is virtually identical
worked their way up through the ranks, it is confessed
(hence here they are together in one article), apart from
that many merely have rich parents. With the necessary
the obvious in the former’s abysmal sight lines and its
¥400,000 in loose change I guess they don’t have quite
rear seats’ inability to accept a fully grown adult.
the same clutching concerns.
The Nanjinger test drove the Sirocco and Golf R (import) at 南京景众汽车销售服务有限公司 Dealer,
中山路132号凯润金城1楼 and 南京市东山街道临麒路33号
Tel (025) 66617666 / 66678766

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