Author Archives: Simina Mistreanu

43 Hours in Hangzhou

Hangzhou is one of China’s most picturesque cities. Its West Lake for centuries has inspired emperors’ pride and poets’ verse. Its green hills and picturesque pagodas appear to be drawn out of classical paintings. At least once in a lifetime it’s worth walking or...


How Traditional Medicine Gains – and Loses – by Standardization

Dr. Jing Wang is the sixth generation of traditional Chinese medicine practitioners in her family. Her grandfather learned how to mix and boil herbs from an old village doctor. Wang herself graduated from Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. During her Ph. D program, she...


43 Hours in Shanghai

The world’s most populous city packs a variety of experiences in a relatively small area. One moment you can be bustling among hordes of tourists in the mazes of the Yu Garden bazaar, and less than an hour later you can be savoring a...


Mars en Folie Brings Francophone Music to 14 Chinese Cities

The Alliances Francaises network, along with the embassies of Canada, Switzerland and Belgium and the Quebec office in China, are announcing the 9th Mars and Folie Music Festival. This year’s March Madness event includes 30 concerts in 14 Chinese cities from March 10 to...



WHO China Director Sees New Role in Changing Country

Bernhard Schwartländer has been the World Health Organization (WHO) Representative in China since 2013. Prior to that, he held positions in organizations such as UNAIDS, the World Bank and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The German national has worked in...


Italian Author Explores the Destruction of Pompeii

Italian journalist, writer and filmmaker Alberto Angela presented The Three Days of Pompeii: 23 to 25 October 79 AD: Hour by Hour the Greatest Tragedy of Antiquity, his latest book, on January 28 at the Italian Cultural Institute. During the event, which was organized...


Liulichang, Qianmen Stand in for Long-Gone Old Beijing Streets

In the 2015 documentary The Chinese Mayor, the mayor of Datong, Shanxi province, has a wild dream. He wants to rebuild the ancient city to attract tourists and boost the local economy. But in order to do that, he needs to relocate half a...


Staycations in Beijing

Traveling in China can be unpredictable, and plans are never guaranteed to succeed. Those train tickets you were planning to buy may be sold out weeks before departure – especially around national holidays. There can be a change in your work schedule. Or you...


Afghan Student, Writer Sees China as a Step Toward her Dream

Maneza Mohammad Ali has no clear memories of Afghanistan. Her family, including her parents, three younger brothers and grandparents, left Kabul in 1992, shortly after the start of the country’s civil war. Maneza was 3 years old. They resettled in Islamabad, Pakistan, where Maneza...