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Cui Yuchen

Life Reporter

Cui Yuchen
7 Mar 2014

When something wicked this way comes

Yunnan is the most beautiful province in southwest China. It is called the “South of Colourful Clouds” and its pleasant climate, natural scenery and multi-ethnic culture attract both domestic and international tourists, including those from Thailand.

7 Mar 2014
28 Jan 2014

Sounding off against noise pollution

There is a saying in China: What can wake you up in the morning? Those with creative tendencies often say a dream. It seems like a joke but that's what encourages us. If that's too romantic, yes, an alarm clock works its magic for most people.

28 Jan 2014
7 Nov 2013

Travelling is not a mission

Have you ever been in this situation? Before going on a trip, you plan a lot of things on your itinerary _ what attractions you must visit, what food you have to taste, what clothes to bring for what kind of weather you'll face, even what you should wear every day during the trip. We're all greedy when it comes to holidays. We want to see all the famous and popular sights and eat all the famous food, otherwise the trip wouldn't be the same.

7 Nov 2013
23 Oct 2013

Hazy policies fail to clear up Beijing's smog

On my first day in this country, a Thai friend asked me about the air pollution in Beijing. I answered him helplessly: "There was much smog last winter, and the government has tried hard to solve this problem, but the effect is not obvious. I can't do much except live with the polluted air."

23 Oct 2013
8 Oct 2013

Huge crowds take sheen off Golden Week vacation

"Ren shan ren hai (people mountain people sea) as we say — it's hard to enjoy the views."

8 Oct 2013
Huge crowds take sheen off Golden Week vacation
28 Aug 2013

How to leave a good job in the city

The first time I went to Chiang Mai, I couldn't believe it was the second-largest city in Thailand. The city looked so different from my imagination _ in my mind's eye, major cities must have many modern and high-rise buildings. But almost all the buildings there are low and ancient-looking, especially in the Old Town in the centre. Trees and flowers were all around, making it look like a big garden.

28 Aug 2013 1
9 Aug 2013

When the winds of change blow your way

A Thai friend said goodbye to me as he was going to study abroad for two years. I asked him why he was leaving. He had a good job. Going abroad meant he had to give up his job and it wouldn't guarantee that his future would be better. In the end, he said: "Same to you. You chose to come to Thailand to spend one year of your life."

9 Aug 2013
16 Jul 2013

Real China?

If a tourist visits Yaowarat, they might mistakenly think Chinese people often eat shark-fin soup without care for wildlife protection.

16 Jul 2013 4