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Nǐ hǎo! 你好 (Hello!)

Huān yíng, huān yíng! 欢迎, 欢迎! (Welcome, welcome!) 😀

Can you read or speak Chinese? You’ll need to if you want to visit China. Check out the Chinese instructions on my washing machine:

If you intend to travel to China, you will find that almost all restaurant menus, road signs and instructions are in Mandarin Chinese. Some bus stops/road/train station signs may have hanyu pinyin (Chinese sounds), if you’re lucky.

English or bilingual signs? You’ll end up more confused and frustrated LOL

I suggest that you read up on Chinese culture and also learn some Mandarin Chinese BEFORE you visit the country:

Living Language Mandarin Chinese: Beginner through Advanced course, including 3 coursebooks, 9 audio CDs, Chinese character guide, and free online learning

Fodor’s Essential China (Full-color Travel Guide)

Let me introduce myself…

Once upon a time, a banana went to China.

What’s a “banana”? Colloquially, a “banana” refers to an English-speaking Asian who cannot speak Chinese, whether it’s Mandarin (the Beijing dialect) or Chinese dialects (Cantonese, Hakka, Hainanese etc).

“A Banana in China” is born when I felt that our adventures needed its own space.

What will you find here?

You will find simple and healthy Chinese foods for babies and toddler.

When we first moved to China, we ate like we have always did i.e. bread, pasta, cookies and of course, fast food like KFC and McDonald’s.

As the days passed, we realized that Western-style foods were expensive!

Besides, the mainland Chinese were tucking into platefuls of leafy green vegetables, snacking on fresh fruit and looking young and healthy ^_^

You will also find posts on learning Chinese and learning English with my kids!

I hope that you’ll find something useful. I would love to hear from you. You can contact me here.

Zài jiàn 再见 (Goodbye)!