Category Archives: Travel Tips

Avoid Culture Shock: China

Gotcha’s You Can Learn this…
  • Clocks as Gifts: NO!
  • Green hats:
    they’ll be laughing at you anyway
  • Kissing Hello, no!
  • Hugging Goodbye?
    not in public: just smile, bow, or maybe shake hands …depending…


  • Counting
  • Make Change (or have exact change)
  • Lower your voice
  • Chopsticks
  • Not to tip
  • Chopstick Do’s and DON’Ts : ( you are a guest AND a minority!)
  • Gotchas!
  • Clocks
  • Green hats
  • American Hugging
  • Kissing Hello, no!
  • Hugging Goodbye: naw, just smile, bow, or maybe shake hands …depending…
  • Chopstick Etiquette: remember you are a guest AND a minority!


[un]common sense for Americans before visiting China (or hosting a Chinese guest in USA)

Japan may push citizens into Radioactive zone

Sources: Greenpeace,, UK Mirror

High radiation risks in Fukushima village as government prepares to lift evacuation order – Greenpeace | Greenpeace International

re-reported by as Japanese govt pushing Fukushima evacuees back to high radiation areas – Greenpeace Published time: 21 Feb, 2017 18:25

Fukushima survivors are being urged to return to the nuclear disaster site by the Japanese government despite radiation levels similar to Chernobyl, say Greenpeace.

Officials are planning to slash housing support for 6,000 people from the village of Iitate on March 31, when the evacuation order is due to be lifted just six years on from the reactor meltdown, reports
The risk to health is on a par with the exclusion zone around the former Soviet reactor Chernobyl in what is now Ukraine – more than 30 years after it spewed plumes of killer fission, say Greenpeace Japan.


Greenpeace has some superb idealists, but not renown for conservative reporting- Can any Commentor  add any  corroborating or dissenting news reports?