For most of us, the silly season means parties, office functions, lunches, family gatherings and vacations. All that fun (and the stress it brings with it), can lead to weight gain. Some reports suggest as much as 10 pounds between Halloween and Valentine’s Day on average!
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Will you soon be off on a holiday or travelling to China? Then read on, because there are many, many hazards to travelling in China, and knowing these things can help your trip become a success rather than an unmitigated disaster. China can be one of the hardest countries for Westerners to travel in. It’s vast with a huge population, the spoken and written language are incomprehensible to most (and change frequently as you move provinces), the food is utterly baffling, and the cultural differences are enormous. I don’t claim to be an expert on the subject (I lived for a year in China and travelled substantially in the country) but I can provide the basics for surviving China.
Holidays are busy times with social calendars filled to the edges. While some people can effortlessly engage in the endless amounts of small talk required of party-goers, others would rather walk the hot desert barefoot than have one more conversation with a stranger about the weather. No matter where you fall on the spectrum, these tips will help you enjoy chatting at the next office party or neighborhood potluck.