Exploring Baoding

Week 2 was less shocking and surprising than my first few days here. I actually managed to spend my time in the office doing some sensible work and used late afternoons to explore some more of Baoding. I found an amazing restaurant, which serves outstanding Chinese food while still having a great atmosphere and interior. A combination you don’t find too often around here. The only downside is that the menu has no pictures. Unfortunately, I also forgot to take pictures of the Gaudi-esque interior. The only one I took was of this strange mushroom dish which tasted quite okay.

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My foreign colleagues – a few European designers from the Shanghai studio – had no idea of the restaurant’s Chinese name, so they simply called it ‘Gaudi’.

Eating out is mostly cheap and often very delicious in China. Still, I tried myself in the new home’s kitchen this week and with some help and advice (I cant even read the instructions on the package!) I managed to produce Jiaozi (dumplings) for dinner.

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The absolute highlight of this week though was the arrival of my moving crate.

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The slight damage was only on the outside. All the contents were in good shape. The clothes smelled slightly like a Fedex warehouse, but nothing that my fancy Korean washing machine couldn’t fix. Most important content of the box: my coffee machine!!

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This weekend I had an amazing breakfast with coffee.

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So after week 2, I have to admit – life in Baoding can be quite nice and relaxed, once you get over the initial cultural shock.

chilling in bd