English Entries in early May

Beyond bubble tea

One of my friends once asked me about bubble tea in Shanghai. She had never visited China before and wanted to know how popular bubble tea was here.

After explaining the domestic bubble tea market, I told her that there was a more prevalent practice of enjoying tea here: brewing tea themselves.

Many adults in China have more than one tea set. Maybe it’s a full set with different functional parts or just a simple cup.

Why isn’t this way of enjoying tea as popular as bubble tea outside China? I think it’s because the taste of it depends on too many things.

To brew a good cup of tea, you need to have quality tea leaves, use water at the optimal temperature, and pour it at the precise moment. The timing of drinking is also crucial.

It’s hard to make it into a standard product that can be sold.

On a diet

I have lost my passion for writing in English today. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because I’ve been on a diet recently. I hope I can write something tonight.

Some news about China’s domestic tourism

Although 2024 is not yet halfway through, China’s domestic travel market has clearly emerged from the downturn of the past few years.

As per data released by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism’s data center, the cumulative number of travelers reached 119 million, rebounding to 106% of the level in 2019.

The revenue brought by tourism is also very impressive, which has recovered to 53.95 billion yuan in 2024, an increase of 12.7% over the same period in 2019. Cultural tourism consumption has returned to the pre-epidemic level, surpassing 2019 for the first time in the past three years.

A rainy day

It started raining this morning and then stopped at around 11 o’clock.

I put on my running shoes and went for a run. After 40 minutes, it started raining again, so I had to go back home immediately.

It’s said that a rainy day is a good day to learn something, so I reviewed my entries and your corrections again.

Your help is very much appreciated.

Thank you so much!

Trying out the action camera

I finally had time to try my action camera on Wednesday.

Near my apartment is a convenient bike path by the Huangpu River, so I cycled there with my action camera.

I took almost 20 minutes of video, but I still don’t know how to blur faces efficiently in a video.

So I can only show you this shortened version.

All kinds of advice are welcomed, from the content to the captions.