Hu Jie is a bilingual host and anchor working at Zhejiang TV station. In her seven years working at the station, she has interviewed many big names including presidents of top universities and experts of finance. I met up with local girl Ms. Hu to ask her about her job, experience and plans for the future.
When Abel Pruñonosa moved to Hangzhou earlier this year, he had his sights set on bringing the art of sculpting to prominence in the city. Having exhibited his sculptures in various art fairs around Hangzhou, he now finds himself returning to his former vocation of teaching sculpting. Abel recently opened a workshop beside Fenghuang Shan (Phoenix Hill) in a location which he deems perfect for giving his students inspiration.
With the winter weather approaching, what better time to share some helpful tips about air pollution with MORE Hangzhou readers? Noah Willingham coordinates workshops for Smart Air, which provides affordable DIY air purifiers backed by publicly available test data.
Last year, Michelle Obama had some bad news for nutrition-conscious shoppers and food manufacturers: We’ve all been cheating. The first lady announced a series of proposed changes to US food labelling that seek to tackle the fact that the average serving sizes used to calculate calorie intake have lost track with the reality of modern American appetites.
Believe it or not, Indonesia has more to offer than Bali. Sure, Bali is genuinely beautiful with stunning white sand beaches, killer surf and unique Balinese architecture to please the eye, but more and more it’s becoming a haven for the bogans of Australia (young hipsters trying to eat, pray and love their way to enlightenment) and an overpriced destination for honeymooners from around the globe.
Back in 2009, Hangzhou newcomer Trevor Lamb was browsing the adverts in the back pages of MORE magazine – as one might do when first arriving to Hangzhou – and stumbled across an ad for the Hangzhou Football Club. The ad read something like, “Hangzhou FC recruiting new players; current roster zero. Preferable individuals are chain-smoking, talentless hacks, although those with physical and football abilities will also be considered.” Five years later, Trevor and Felix Jones, two active members of the Hangzhou sporting community, launched the Hangzhou International Football League (HIFL).
Camping has been around as long as nomad tribes have roamed the world but it wasn’t more than a little over a century ago that recreational camping became popular as a means to escape the drudgery of modern life and those long hours of toiling in the factory. With that in mind it is not surprising why camping is beginning to catch on quickly here in China. Instead of expecting to see tents spread out on any available square meter of park space during the major holidays, China is undergoing a rapid shift towards building their own camping culture like we experienced years before.
"Come to Xi’an! I'll show you the food of my hometown." The invitation from my long-time friend Jing was ever present in my mind. This was around March earlier this year, and Hangzhou was just warming up with days of uninterrupted sunshine urging the flowering trees of West Lake to burst open. It was the best time to be here, did I really want to travel all the way to the interior of China and leave the comforts of Hangzhou? But Jing is a food lover, like me; she wouldn’t be in Xian for long, and I knew there would be nothing better than a food loving local showing you the best a city has to offer. With that thought, I promptly hopped on the Z89 train for the 16 hour overnight ride to Xian.
Electronic music has pretty well ploughed its furrow since the 50's and the first signals generators produced by big computers, through the invention of Moog synthesizers and rhythm boxes in the 70's, till the emergence of planetary renown electronic music artists such as Daft Punk, The Prodigy and Deadmau5.
Since the 1950s, Sound Systems (large mobile discos) have been an integral feature of Jamaica's culture. Outside Jamaica the word Deejay, or DJ, describes a person who plays music from records, or more commonly nowadays from CDs or a laptop. But in Jamaica the word Deejay is used to describe a person who raps over a rhythm. The style originated on Sound Systems where the Deejays used to chat between tracks. The style was influenced by disc jockeys on the R&B radio stations that reached Jamaica from America. The Jamaican DJs would imitate the style of the American DJ’s and start adding their own flavor. Eventually the person MC’ing was separated from the person playing the records, but the name “Deejay” stuck.
The two most beautiful seasons in the Zhou are spring and autumn. Period!! It used to be said, though, that Hangzhou only had two seasons a year because autumn and spring were so short – we didn’t even used to have to buy clothes for them. Ahhhh, but now, damn, ain’t this weather just spectacular?!? For the past couple of years, it has all changed. Summer and winter have gotten tamer, and we finally have proper autumns an springs. Is it global warming, is it the Buddha smiling down upon us, is it just sheer luck? Who knows? Who cares? All we do know here at MORE is we love, love, love it, and we are gonna head out and take advantage of it while we can (before we have to don those down coats once again).
Being English, the idea of my typical summer holiday is a stifling drive to the beach. Well, not a proper beach, as it’s England. You could certainly say it was sandy, but it takes the cheek of some over-zealous busybody working for the council to call it a beach. Like clockwork, upon arrival the dark clouds inevitably roll over and the family arguments begin. Perfect.
The summer is about to end soon. We have loved the BBQ and Anhui cuisine on the street. We have loved the crazy seafood behind Maya Bar on Baishaquan. So, we’ve decided to let you get in on five of our favorite local food. Wanna be local? Read on…
Saturday saw the Hangzhou Harlequins square off against the Fujian Tigers in the final of the China Rugby Plate Cup at Zhejiang University’s Xixi Campus. Several hundred people showed up to cheer on the local side in what ended as a complete routing of the visiting team. You almost felt sorry for the guests as Hangzhou scored try after try, with the final score concluding at an impressive 89-0.
After a jubilant trophy-lifting ceremony MORE Hangzhou interviewed the team,all of whom had big smiles plastered on their faces, despite being heavily splattered with dirt, sweat, beer and blood from a nasty collision late in the game. We spoke to Club Secretary Grace Midgley, President Jordan Weston, Captain Alphonso Bruna, Coach Frank Dubarry and Fly Half and Local Ne’er-do-well Felix Jones.
It’s always nice to get out of the city every once in a while, especially since I just had a baby boy three months ago. With all the sleepless nights – surrounded by a crying baby, the poops and the diapers – I needed a little relaxing time by myself. My sort of relaxing, for a mother who is still dealing with postpartum issues, is going to a five star hotel, pampering myself with a spa, indulging in a nice dinner and finishing with a few drinks with some friends, settling into a comfy bed for a night without having to wake up to nurse a crying baby, and topping all this off with a champagne brunch the next morning. And I made it happen!!
It has always been my dream to be an actress, especially a stage actress. I just love the passion that they share with the audience, the craziness, the laughter, the tears. Everything is right there, right in front of you, at that moment, no editing, no cameras cutting away, no multiple takes – you have only one shot! After watching a few plays by Meng Jinghui, I had an opportunity to speak to his favorite actress Huang Xiangli. From June 11th to 14th, Huang Xiangli will be at Hangzhou Red Star Theatre with her Letter from an Unknown Woman by Stefan Zweig . Drama lovers shouldn’t miss this show.
Mark Foxwell, 42, is the General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Hangzhou, and he runs. Running is not just a hobby, it’s a way of life for Mark, and it’s changed his whole outlook on life since he began doing it seriously. He’s lived in Hangzhou for two years after travelling around Asia, including a seven year stint in Japan. He has run marathons in several countries, and with the marathon season in China beginning soon, MORE Hangzhou caught up with him to discuss his training, the ‘don’t hurry’ philosophy and the memories of the places running has taken him. It all started with a few drinks in Tokyo…
The word marathon comes from the legend of Pheidippides, a Greek messenger. The legend states that he was sent from the battlefield of Marathon to Athens to announce that the Persians had been defeated in the Battle of Marathon (in which he had just fought), which took place in August or September, 490 BC. It is said that he ran the entire distance without stopping and burst into the assembly exclaiming, “νενικήκαμεν” (nenikekamen, "We have wοn!"), before collapsing and dying. Thank you Wikipedia.
It’s time to sign up your kids to go to school next year. Actually it might be too late for some kindergartens, so act quickly. Here’s my guide to getting in. I’m assuming that because you’re reading this, either you or your spouse is a foreigner, so I’m not going to talk about what it takes for a local kid to get in. Here’s how you do it. There are many different types of kindergartens out there, and your spouse might be angry at me for saying this, but I firmly believe that it doesn’t really matter which one your child goes to.
Here at MORE, we feel that we’ve been a bit remiss in our offerings to the family folk out there. To our readers it may seem like Hangzhouvians’ lives are all about drinking and party. It’s may be true that there are tons of alchies and party animals out there, but there are also lots of mommies and daddies, and they are wondering where they can take their kids to picnic or on a weekend trip, or maybe just be on a farm to get close to nature. Spring is in full throttle, and it’s a fabulous time to get out with the tiny tots before the unbearable heat of the Hangzhou summer engulfs us. So, here we have gathered a collection of info for those of you who have children, and for a change, we are giving you parents some fun places to explore. Enjoy!!
In the 1930s, Edith Piaf, a slight woman of four feet eight inches, stunned the world with her powerful voice and became known as La Môme Piaf (The Little Sparrow). When I hear Annie Chen singing robust songs with deep tones, I can’t help but think of Edith. The beautiful and dominant English songs heard are not what you’d expect to come from such a small woman. We are in JZ Club where she will be performing for the next two months. It is an hour before she is to go onstage, and music sheets are scattered on the tables before her.
Hashing originated in 1938 in Malaysia when a group of British officers and expatriates began meeting on Monday evenings to run in a fashion patterned after the traditional British paper chase or "hare and hounds" game. One of the members suggested the name "Hash House Harriers" after the club where several of them happened to live and dine, known as the "Hash House." Their objectives were “To promote physical fitness among our members; To get rid of weekend hangovers; To acquire a good thirst and to satisfy it in beer; To persuade the older members that they are not as old as they feel.” At present, there are almost two thousand chapters in all parts of the world, including Antarctica. Hashing has been in Hangzhou off and on for over seven years but died out again in 2010. I am sitting with Rogier Luijenburg, a Dutchman who revived it last year with some fellow hashers.
Located on the 25th floor of the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, Man Wah Cantonese restaurant has long been a premier dining spot in Hong Kong, offering breathtaking views of Victoria Harbour in an elegant Chinese style room with golden bird cage lanterns hanging from the ceiling.
When Chef Li Man Sing joined Man Wah in 2010, he revitalized the menu and improved the presentation of dishes. His modern interpretation of traditional Cantonese cooking quickly attracted the attention of the culinary world. In 2012, Man Wah was awarded one Michelin star and repeated the honour in 2014 and 2015. MORE Magazine had the chance to have lunch at Man Wah and chat with Chef Li.
Living in China, we often have the need to go to Hong Kong for business, leisure or the routine visa run. Why not make it a truly memorable trip, go on a splurge and treat yourself to a stay at a true Hong Kong institution? MORE Magazine visited the flagship Mandarin Oriental hotel in Hong Kong to give you an idea of what to expect at this iconic hotel.
So you want to open up a bar, huh? Well, and this is coming from a bar owner himself, let me just say that it’s no easy task. Your immediate friends will not just show up at your place each and every night willing to pay for drinks and make your dream come true. Yeah, we’ve all thrown great parties over the years, but owning a bar means that you’ve got to throw those parties constantly. But seriously, you know this because at the end of the day, it’s your responsibility to pay your rent, your suppliers and your employees, not to mention the taxes, and other fees (let alone have a good time). So here’s my very condensed guide to opening a bar in China. Maybe one day, I’ll write a book on it.
The word whiskey comes from the Gaelic uisge, a shortened version of uisge beatha meaning "water of life," also known as aqua vitae in Latin. Whiskey was originally used as a medicine for both internal anesthetic use and as an external antibiotic, predominantly distilled by monks.
As a travel destination, Singapore is a food lover’s paradise offering fabulous food from its Chinese, Malay and Indian cultures and of course the local Singapore must-eat specialties prawn laksa, Hainanese chicken rice and chilli crab. Whether it’s in the colourful open-air hawker centers found in every neighbourhood on the island, in the air conditioned food courts or in upscale fine dining western restaurants, you will be spoilt for choice. Furthermore, Singapore has an endless parade of glitzy shopping malls, and The Great Singapore Sale held every year in June and July has heavy discounts attracting tourist from around the region. The clean air, safety and green tropical environment also makes Singapore a wonderful place to discover.
I am a Whisky Lover. My passion is whisky, most especially Scotch whisky (or whiskey for you yanks out there). It’s the AQUA VITAE, and for me it is the essence of life. Every bottle has its own story and every brand or distillery is unique and special. Drinking whisky is FUN and meant to be an experience that should be enjoyed responsibly. It can be drunk alone in your pensive moments or with loved ones or friends. It should inspire moments and create memories. There is no such thing as bad whisky, just bad drinkers if not enjoyed responsibly. The aim should be to saviour the taste and aromas of whisky. Excessive amounts of whisky can cause damage to your health as well as create undesirable happenings that are better forgotten (and just might be depending on how inebriated you are).
We all have our social lives. Birthday parties, farewell parties, company parties, housewarming parties, family gatherings, social dinners, and the many, many holidays that hit us at the end of the year, like Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, Valentine’s, Chinese New Year… all give us so many excuses to eat and drink. Now that the holiday season is over, have you started worrying again? Yeah, there is a price to pay for unbridled gluttony. How much holiday fat have you put on? Those of you who weigh yourselves every morning have probably already begun muttering to yourselves, “Gee… I’ve gotta get back in the gym. Spring is coming.”
Choosing and booking activities for a vacation can be time-consuming with hours of research to find the right operator. http://www.eOasia.com/ is an activity booking website that makes your vacation a breeze by doing the research for you and choosing a range of activities covering over 30 destinations in 12 Asian countries. EOasia members are avid travellers themselves and have personally met with each operator and tried the service to ensure the quality. They have every activity imaginable, such as paragliding, helicopter rides and cooking lessons, just to name a few, and at competitive prices. With one website you can conveniently book and manage all your activities. They have over 400 activities in Bali, and we tried 5.
Just the mere mention of Bali will bring up images of an exotic island paradise. With spectacular volcanoes to the north and stretches of golden beaches in the south, Bali offers the traveller a heady choice of destinations. If you’re looking for rest and relaxation, a place to recharge and renew yourself, then Ubud is the place to go. It is the spiritual and artistic heart of Bali, with an abundance of ancient temples, rice paddies, dense tropical forests and steep river ravines. In recent years, Ubud has become a top spa destination and is also a great place for shopping and restaurants.
Christmas has passed, and the new year has been brought in, meaning that Valentine's Day is fast approaching, which for most people means precisely diddly squat! But for those of you who do give two hoots about Valentine's Day, the just-now-self-proclaimed messenger of Venus, the God of Love, hero to the hopelessly clueless romantics, and saviour of February 14th – meaning me – will give you a quick crash course of what NOT to do this Valentine's Day. Here are five failsafe rules to guide you away from eventually consummating a relationship with somebody who looks like one of the Twits.
It’s that time again folks. Time to bid adieu to the Horse and give a hearty hello to the Sheep, which also means it is time to bring you yet another edition of our MORE’s Zodiac Predictions for the coming year. We climbed the highest mountains and journeyed to the remotest parts of Hangzhou to consult with only the best Chinese astrologers in order to present you, our dear readers, with these prognostications because we know just how important having your horoscope is to you.
In the internet era, in this carnival of language, no one needs to worry about not having anything to say. Social media sites are literally abuzz with a dizzying array of jargon. In the presence of this raging torrent of information, everyone can use social media to disseminate information and to express their points of views. Even if you don’t have any imaginative opinions or abstract ideas, it does not matter.
Many countries around the world are famous for their wine, countries like France, Italy, Chile, Spain, Australia, South America, and even the United States. It would come perhaps as a surprise to most that Lebanon, a small country in the Middle East that borders Syria and Israel, is the home to the world famous Chateau Musar wines. Adam Levin, of Slim’s burger renown, invited us to a special evening at his new Binjiang location for a Chateau Musar wine tasting. It was, we were told, to be a night we would never forget, and we can easily say this was completely true. Wine tastings are always exciting, all the sparkling glasses lined up waiting to be filled and paired with delicious food. This night at Slim’s will remain in our memory not only for the wine and the amazing food prepared by Chef Adam but frankly because of what a delightful experience it was meeting Serge Hochar and his son Marc Hochar, the vintners of Chateau Musar.
Now that autumn has come to an end and the winter months have settled down for a short while, us poor devils have to do all that we can to prevent ourselves from succumbing to the frostbite. An exaggeration, I know, but nevertheless, the Chinese Hot Pot is a real cockle warmer and the perfect antidote for a bad case of the winter blues.
As the weather has turned cold, there is truly one suitable meal that warms the cockles of your heart and brings people together – Hot Pot or huo guo. Hot Pot is perhaps one of the most widely enjoyed meals in China. You can travel as far north as Mongolia to find this popular dish, go west to Sichuan, even way down south in the warm climates of Hong Kong you will be able to find Hot Pot in some various iteration. And it doesn’t stop there. It goes by the name Steamboat in some Southeast Asian countries and nabemono in Japan, with varieties including Shabu Shabu and Sukiyaki. Go to Korea, Vietnam, and even Thailand, and you can find their own versions of this broth-based meal. Sure, China remains famous for dumplings, dim sum, and other tasty delicacies, but if you are a foreigner residing in China, you have certainly at one point or another come across the ubiquitous presence of Hot Pot.