Archive for November 30, 2013

10 Strange Things about Hohhot


This circulated wildly on wechat/wei xin a few months back.  My rough translation is next to the original.  Mine doesn’t rhyme, but the original language does.
呼市第一怪,打车付钱加一块。Taxi drivers always add one kuai to the meter fare
呼市第二怪,街头烧烤人人爱。  Everyone loves eating shaokao (barbeque) on the street
呼市第三怪,公交没有牛车快。 Buses are slower than ox carts
呼市第四怪,广场绿地尽种菜。Green areas in squares/plazas always grow vegetables*
呼市第五怪,修路没有扒的快。Roads are torn up faster than they are repaired
呼市第六怪,茅屋旁边高楼盖。 Skyscrapers are next to thatch roof houses
呼市第七怪,道路适合拉力赛。Roads are like an endurance race
呼市第八怪,焙子羊杂真不赖。Beizi and sheep entrails are good eating
呼市第九怪,繁华路段尽乞丐。Bustling streets have beggars
呼市第十怪,钱包电车丢得快。Wallets and electric bikes are frequently get lost**
再外加一条:呼市晚报早上卖。 Evening newspapers are sold in the morning

* baidu’s translation of this is “Square green as vegetables.”  It’s the only one of the ten I just don’t get
**”lost” in this case means “lost” to the owner and “found”  by the thief

Something new is coming….



A driving range!  It’s not open yet but it looks close to being complete.  I’m not a big golfer, but having something new in the city is always fun.
I’ve heard there is also a golf course, but I’ve never seen it.   I’ve also heard it’s really expensive.
Any golfers out there have any information on the golf course or on the new driving range?  Here’s a link I found about the golf course.


blogging in the Blue City


Are there other foreigners who maintain blogs about the crazy life we live here? I’d like to link to you so that everyone reading this blog can get a perspective other than mine. You can leave the link in the comments, send by email, or tell me today when I see you at the EXPAT EXCHANGE!

Also, If anyone is interested in guest posting here, send me an email with your story. Specifically, try to answer some of these questions: What first brought you to Hohhot? When did you first arrive? What changes have you seen in the city since your arrival? What is your favorite thing about living here? What are the challenges? What are your favorite places in the city?

site updates


I’ve been neglecting updating the inner pages of the site because we are preparing to move servers and I’m afraid that after we’ve moved I’ll have to re-do some of the work if I update now. However, I did update a few of the inner pages today…mostly linking to previous blog posts on the appropriate page.

And while I’m posting, here are a few announcements:

Carrefour’s second location is supposed to open in December. It’s on the north side of Xin Hua Da Jie between Zhan Xi Lu and Ying Dong Lu (chang le gong).

Today was COLD. It’s probably going  to stay like this for awhile. I have a post started about surviving the winter (along with 23 other drafts!) but until it’s up, leave a comment here if you have great suggestions for keeping warm.

The end of the term, the end of 2013, and the end of the year of the snake. If you’re contract is ending or you’re just moving on, perhaps you have items to sell or give away. Remember there is a topic in the forum to give you a venue to peddle your wares!

The EXPAT EXCHANGE will be held at its normal afternoon time on Friday. See you there at 3:00. Menu selections are the same as last week, just scroll down a bit to see them.

And while you’re scrolling, take note of the t-shirt pre-order post! If you’d like to make a purchase, we need to know as soon as possible.

Hohhot gifts pre-order!


We are now taking pre-orders for Hohhot custom shirts! Shirts will have a design like the above on a charcoal (dark gray) shirt. (black text above will be white). They are available in all sizes (US sizes, not Asian sizes) and your choice of short-sleeved t-shirt, long sleeved t-shirt, or long sleeved hoodie.
Pre-order yours today and they will arrive in Hohhot on December 11th! Order one for yourself, or as gifts. If you’d like them shipped to an address in the USA, we can arrange that easily for a minimal additional charge. If you’d like them shipped to another country, contact us and we’ll see what we can do. You can order with paypal below, at the expat exchange, by email, or by phone at 18747977365. Include desired size, style, and quantity in your message.
long sleeved T:
short sleeved T:

Women’s and Children’s Center


To the other parents here: If you’re looking for something for you kids to do, we found a great place with every almost activity imaginable for kids. Art, Sports, Chess, Piano, Saxophone,  Dancing, a library, play rooms, and more! The 内蒙古妇女儿童中心 neimenggu funv ertong zhong xin is on Dong Ying Nan Lu north of Wulachabu Road and just south of the German Restaurant. Below is a partial schedule of classes. I have a few copies of the it at my house. Comment or email me if you’re interested in the available classes.

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See you Friday! The hotel is getting us some additional menu items this week and I’ll post them as soon as I have them!
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