Memoirs from a unique trip to China: “my new old dragon” (Part I)

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Ms Claudia Ribeiro, PhD in History and Philosophy of Sciences (University of Lisbon) and one of the winners of the China Unlimited competition/trip to China in 2016. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily reflect The European Sting’s view on the […]

My twin from Guangzhou

By Lotte , NL   Sydney, 23rd of May 2014. Do you sometimes wonder what would have happened if you had been born in another time or other place? If you had been born only a few hundred kilometers south or east or north – west is not relevant in my case, since it is not […]

Infinite Oath

By Sarah, BE Zhong Cheng has always considered himself a man of his word. He never gave empty promises, and never threw words in the wind, which could be called his secret pride. And for such a noble and decent man who is always responsible for his words, there is no worse torture, than the […]

How I met the Panda Woman

Written by Katerina, CZ “When I was a child, approximately ten years old, I went to a fancy little fair in Brussels near Gare du Midi. I found my first panda teddy bear there, I spent money to buy it to sleep with it in my bed,” the brunet lady is telling me the story […]

Imaginary Journeys Into Eternal China

By Armand , FR  Imaginary Dialogues We will join at the dawn (1) Chinese and European practitioners of tai chi (2) to express altogether the harmony of Life and welcome the rising Sun And will enjoy the nascent lighting day as a newborn We will read ‘Water Margin’ (3) to grasp the deep sense of […]

The Catcher in the Rice

Written by Jiří , CZ You have to watch out in China, hon. There’s gonna be an undercover agent watching each one of you all the time. If they see you taking pictures of some public buildings they’re going to grab you, put in a tiny cell and demand a ransom.  My mother, she only […]

IMAGINATION, FACTS AND OPPORTUNITIES – THE UNLIMITED POWER OF CHINA

Written by Victoria, BG   What is the first thing that is coming to your mind when I say China?For most of the people all over the world maybe it is the GREAT WALL OF CHINA, or maybe the FORBIDDEN CITY or THE TERRACOTTA ARMY or may be something else … Let me tell you […]

So different, so close – for two twinning cities

Written by Desislava , BG A Bulgarian proverb says: A brother won’t feed his brother, but woe betide whoever has none.( Even though family can only help so far, it’s always better to have them around.) There have always been crises in the world. People usually look for close and distant friends, but for real […]

On our way to China

By Natalia , PO Although almost every corner of the world has been discovered, everyone can be a discoverer. Going to a library or searching through the Internet’s news is enough to awaken tremendous curiosity for places and phenomena around us. We may not be shown on the front pages of some famous newspapers, but […]

The succesful cooperation

By Cesaria, IT From Rome to Beijing there are 8075.26 kilometres. China has a territory of 9 596 691km2 big, Italian land has an extension of 301.338km2. Two countries apart two, so different their stile of life. China have faced and is stll facing enormous problems growing bigger as the time goes on. With the […]

Silk Road Unlimited

By Lilia, BG People in China and Europe have a long history of interaction and the part of it that I find most exciting is the ancient Silk Road that had connected Asia with the European continent through a network of trade and cultural transmission routes. While the main idea of the Road had been the […]

Spirit unlimited

By Sylwia, PO  Jian Feng was carrying heavy red bricks and his hands were becoming weaker and sweatier. That was the sign that he should have now the long-awaited break and eat some noodles. The sun was already very high on the horizon and he regretted that he had not brought along his old straw hat…If […]

Any doubt?

By Antonio, ES  ANY DOUBT? (“mei wenti?”) The exposition finished, in that little class of attentive children.  – Thank you for your attention. It was my pleasure. Dear students, do you have any doubt?   Seems they were a bit shy… – Professor [Lao Shi], What´s your favourite color? – I have several: Red, Green, Orange… what´s […]

Me and China

By Gyorgy, HU  In December 1990 I had the privilege to visit Far East spending a few days in China. I cannot express how impressed I was while having the chance walking on the Big Wall stopping at the Ming Tombs on the way or to see the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. The 5000 […]

Let’s Learn

By Stijn, BE  I invite you to take a walk with me through a Chinese park which we shall name ‘The blessed gate to eternal prosperity’. The first thing we see after we cross the entrance is a group of people dancing, beautifully dressed in old Chinese clothing. In the plaza to the west we […]

We’ll succeed together

By Mitko , BG  In nowadays is very important every countries all over the world to be unified. They must implement common policies purposeful to improve, save and sustain the world peace. Recently the world is facing many problems – geopolitical, economic, environmental, military and so on. The people should change their way of thinking. All […]

CHINA UNLIMITED. PEOPLE UNLIMITED. RESTRICTIONS LIMITED

By Emiliyan , BG  China is on the planet Earth. If you watch the map – in right of Russia, there are many fabrics there and they produce everything – this is the most common view of the People’s Republic of China by Europeans and Bulgarians. Unfortunately. What do the Chinese think about Bulgaria? – Probably […]

China in my eyes

By Dimitar , BG  “Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.”————– Confucius What amazes me in the history and culture of China is how Europe announces it the third civilizational center of humanity after the Egyptian and Greco Roman civilizations. It impresses me very much the unity of Chinese religion, science, economy and openness […]

Love Affair with Some(one)/(thing)

By Solveiga , LT  As I landed in Shanghai Pudong Airport for the first time, even after midnight, the heat and humidity astounded me and a sense of defeat immediately struck me. The friction of people’s bodies was astounding and violating, their breaths were exhausted and so were the exhaust pipes of swarms of identical […]

One Day in Beijing

By Kasia , PO  She was walking with such a fierce confidence that I decided to speed up and ask her. The aerobridge was never-ending and I was already terribly late. “Hey, sorry for bothering but do you know by any chance where the transfer desks are? I have to catch another plane very soon, […]

China Unlimited – The chinese tourism in Lisbon

By Ricardo , PT Hovering over time: the chinese tourism in Lisbon (in portuguese, the original language, Pairando sobre o tempo: o turismo chinês em Lisboa) is like a discovery work. I call it discovery because tourism originating in China is still very recent in Portugal (Putaoya) and in Lisbon (Lisiben) as well. And, as it […]

Do you dare to go to China?

By Katarzyna , PO Looking way back, when I was a child my father gave me a book about countries in the whole world. That was my first time when I saw Chinese people and first time when I fell in love with the Middle Kingdom. Although, I was just a small girl, on that day […]

Impressions of China

By Claudia , PT I was young and China was old. I was in my twenties and China was four thousand and five hundred years old. I measured one meter and sixty-five. China measured around three thousand kilometres from north to south and more than four thousand kilometres from east to west. I was one and […]

My ‘’cultural’’ contacts with China

By Greti , BG  Hello, dear friends from Europe and China! I am thirteen years old Bulgarian girl and all I know about China till now, came from my favourite cartoon ‘’Mulan’’ (I watched it hundreds of times), old videos with my father’s favourite actors Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee, and ‘’Kung Fu Panda’’.I was […]

My unlimited China

By Tatiana, IT   The curiosity of discovering something you’ve never seen. The fear of it. What you (don’t) expect to see and what you will never see instead. Put yourself to the test. Overcome your limits and fears and broaden your horizon. Taste new food – especially street food – and new flavors coming from different […]

A Year in China

By Andrew, GB If you are in your late teens or twenties, and you are studying a degree programme, I personally don’t believe I could ever give you any better advice other than; live in China for at least one year of your life. Here, in the UK, we live in a country saturated with […]

Lost in translation

By Dominique, BE   This could have been the beginning of a novel, or a short story or even a letter, as a bottle in the sea, as a “do not forget, always remember.” An amazing story …. for a second , you realize that everything could change.  Very ironically, you feel as being nobody […]

The Chinese spirit

By Djamila, BE  The Chinese spirit is a dragon. He was born from a civilization of thousands years. He draws his power from his respect for traditions and love for innovation Fearless and conscious of his worth, he flies free over the oceans. He has been ready for a long time to conquer the world, […]

Dear China

By Cécile, BE  Dear China, How have you been lately? I hope you are doing fine. I am sorry we haven’t been in touch for a while. I do read a lot about you in the papers. I must admit I am pretty proud of you. I am so pleased to hear you finally banned […]

To my Chinese friend

By Oana, RO  Hello, my Chinese friend!I never met you but I hope that we will know each other soon. Untill then please allow me to introduce myself. And because I do not like to speak about me, let’s imagine that we speak about a girl named RO and allow me to write you about […]

The Shifting Rhythms of Harmonious China: Ancient, Modern & Eternal

By Hassan , GB  As virtuous as wealth, power and strength may be, what value do they possess in the absence of harmony? For it is within the immaterial power and presence of harmony that the true spirit of China’s prosperity can be found. Harmony forms the essence of a glorious and timeless civilisation in […]

The Changing Scope of International Economic Relations – Chinese Leadership in the 21st Century

By Svetoslav, BG  The crisis in Ukraine from March 2014 sparked a fire between the West and Russia that will smoulder long after its resolution. The conflict carries the potential for enormous repercussions – social, political, and economic – for both sides. With the outstripping growth of many Asian economies – China, South Korea, Singapore, […]

It is me

By Andrea-Henrietta, RO  I am dancing among my thoughts and imaginations; I am flying up to the highest mountain peak. Here I lay my head down on my fluffy cloud pillow and shroud myself in my blanket of dreams… Slowly, very slowly, I enter the world of fantasy. One drop of my thought rain, a […]