One of China’s oldest cities, Ningbo is considered to be the birthplace of the neolithic Hemudu Culture, which dates back more than 7,000 years.
Since then, it has served as an important stop on major trading routes: it was a trade point along the Silk Road around 2,000 years ago, and was a major port during the Tang dynasty before transitioning to a stop-off for foreign trade in the Song dynasty.
But know that the minute you do, the rumour mill will be a buzz with Ningbo’s residents adjusting their mental map of the city’s sexual network.
My own relationship history in Ningbo is so ridiculous that people have told me my life should be made into a sitcom.
Then the ‘men’ all sit down, spread around the classroom, and the women choose their partners.
They talk for 3 minutes or so, using the questions they’ve written, then the women get up, find someone different and repeat the process.
For a good while it looked as though I was going for twelve month-long relationships in a year but it’s just that the space between one-night stands and serious relationships has a great deal of gravity here.
This week, in the often frustrating battle to make my students speak English, I’ve been doing a speed dating exercise with my classes.
After a bit of context setting, vocab work and guided discussion in the first hour, I sit them down and tell them to write 5 questions for a first date.
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