How Much Yuan Should I Bring?

"How much Yuan should I bring for 10 days in Beijing, I will be traveling by train to nearby cities, such as Shanghai? I am traveling alone".

Clyde,
Temple Hills.

Clyde, if you have an ATM card, there is no need to bring lots of cash, you can withdraw money at the ATM's as you go, there are ATM machines at the train stations.

Here's more on changing money, exchange rates and using ATM cards: Chinese Money Questions

Chinese New Year Traditions - Putting Away Knives!

"Is it permissible to prepare dinner on New years Day provided all the ingredients were pre cut the day before,so as not to use knives etc."

Roberto
El Salvador

Superstitions dictate that all food must be prepared ahead of time and all knives must be put away.

Using a knife during the first days of the New Year "cuts off" all the good luck for the coming year.

So yes, you can prepare dinner on New Year's Day when all your igredients have been pre-cut the day before!

More Chinese New Year Traditions

Feliz Año de la Cabra!

Hello Kitty Theme Park Coming to China

Seems like a race for children theme parks in China. Following the news of the opening of a new Disneyland Park in Shanghai in 2015, Hello Kitty has announced their own grand opening of a new Hello Kitty Theme Park scheduled for 2014 to the delight of Chinese fans of this well-known character.

Construction is expected to begin in July on the 150-acre theme park in China’s Zhejiang province, about three hours west of Shanghai, according to China’s Xinhua news agency.

This would be the first Hello Kitty theme park outside Japan.