Foreign Language Bookstore Beijing

To get some good English or other none Chinese language books in Beijing go to Foreign Languages Bookstore

It located in the city center of Beijing and they have a 3 story building with most English books, a large Japanese section and some books in French and Spanish.

Beijing Foreign Languages bookstore

On the first floor they have a large section of maps and tourist guides for China and Beijing.

Beijing Walks: Like a Flying Feather Through the HutongsI highly recommend the book Beijing Walks from Mao Xiang if you stay for a longer time in Beijing and want to discover Beijing on foot. The book has 16 nice walks: Walking through old Beijing hutongs, you will pass or visit many sites that you cannot find in any other tourist guide books, such as the last emperor’s mansion, princes palaces, residences of famous historical figures, temples and churches, old Embassy Row, imperial government offices, famous commercial streets with old shops, as well as mysteries and stories behind the walls. Pictures and maps are also provided to guide you in each walk. Background information enriches your knowledge about the events and stories once happened in this imperial capital.

101 Stories for Foreigners to Understand Chinese PeopleAnother great book that I discovered getting adjusted to the Chinese is: 101 Stories for Foreigners to Understand Chinese People. This book is a collection of 101 anecdotes and cultural learning’s, to explain everyday Chinese customs and etiquette to foreigners. And this book is a decidedly informal and humorous one, not an academic discourse on modern Chinese culture!

There is also a Spanish edition available 101 Histroias para que los extranjeros entiendan a los chinos



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Overview of the first floor Foreign Languages Bookstore in the famous Wangfujing shopping street, Dongcheng, Beijing.


Featured image thanks to Erica Breetoe

Hair dressers Dancing in the street

In Asia you see quite often that there is a company motivation drill in front of a hotel restaurant or shop. This is not very common to happen on in the western world. Today I was lucky to see the hair dresser motivation dance in front of their shop.

Quite an amount of participants having fun.





Thanks to Garry Knight for the featured image

The world is flat buying on Amazon China

The world is getting flatter everyday, today I had a very good experience buying a HP Laser printer and setting up and Amazon account on their Chinese portal.

Buying on Amazon is such a relief as buying something in China in a shop is always a bargaining game that never ends, getting the price down 40% to 60% is very normal but takes time and patience. I am not always in the mood for this and that’s when you get abused also with some much fake products in the shops you never know if you bargain on the real thing or some imitation model. I trust Amazon so when I buy a brand I assume I get the real thing and not some imitation. I got the tip buying on Amazon China from some other Chinese guys working in my office they buy almost everything online. Next week we have a trade show and they were buying dress shirts.

Amazon China is a the Amazon site dedicated to the Chinese market they offer the site only in Mandarin so a foreigner who doesn’t read or write Chinese this becomes a bit of an issue. Thanks to Google Chrome automatic translation I was able to set up an  Amazon account and got my printer ordered and shipped to our new office in Beijing within minutes. A good bonus is that you can easy set up your account with an American or European Credit Card.


Amazon Chinese
When you buy on Amazon China the website looks like this and their is no way of getting it into another language


Amazon english
Google Chrome automatic translation does the trick and give a clear overview of what you are doing.

Featured image thanks to Doug Johnson

Farewell to Restaurateur Marcel van Berkum

Posted by Aruba Daily on October 17th, 2012

ORANJESTAD- Popular Restaurateur Marcel van Berkum passed away unexpectedly in the early hours of October 15, 2012. Marcel leaves behind two sons Michel and Philippe van Berkum, their mother Ulla van Berkum who live together in Sweden, cousin Erik van Berkum in Niagara Falls, sister and brother Steven van Berkum in Holland, lifelong friend Paul Schmit in France and his 1,000s of friends, fans and colleagues here on Aruba and around the world.

At only 44 years old, he had par-none expertise in the restaurant/bar industry gained from hard work and great accomplishments in Holland, Sweden, France and in Aruba. After F&B partnerships in Europe dissolved, he came to Aruba in 2004/5 to further his career with the exclusive Chez Mathilde Restaurant and later opening the Screaming Eagle together with Flying Fishbone Owner Daniel Kameier and Chef Erwin Husken.

The restaurant was an instant hit on the island filling the obvious void of “Island Chic” in 2007. Marcel, Daniel and Chef Erwin Husken, were also joined by Sven Schneider, Carsten Goetze, and Manager Jenn Phillips and so many more, who all added their ingredients to create a chic landmark restaurant for the island of Aruba.

Marcel was extremely charming and very knowledgeable in cuisine and wines from around the world. He shared his acquired knowledge with his partners, staff and guests; which further helped the Screaming Eagle become one of the most renowned restaurants on Aruba. Recognized as one of the best of the best in the entire Caribbean, the Screaming Eagle was recently featured on the Discovery Channel which was aired around world-wide. Marcel’s love for music was shared to all his friends and neighbors and especially Alethia, whether they liked it or not. He loved to spin old vinyl with new music to create his own version.

Those closest to Marcel knew that the most important loves were his children, he did everything he was capable of doing to make them proud. There wasn’t a day that he didn’t wake up, when he didn’t have great plans for himself and his sons, and thankful to Ulla for being such a great mother when he wasn’t able to be together with them.

There will be a farewell held on Friday, October 19, 2012 at the Olive Tree Funeral Home from 11 am to 1 pm.

Marcel van Berkum, born in Holland June 1, 1968 – October 15, 2012 where he died in Aruba, will be cremated here on the island and his ashes will be taken back to Sweden by Ulla.

(Apologies to anyone left out or incorrect information as a result the distraught author.)
Contributed by: Julia Renfro





Pipe Rail Trolley

These days greenhouse operations worldwide can’t do without pipe rail trolleys or when they don’t have a pipe rail heating system they can use harvest and transport carts. Especially in the last years the electric carts are getting more popular. As often, first started the tomato producers than the other vegetable growers started to use them. In the last few years the flower industry also started to adapt their production technics with pipe rail trolleys. The only sector which isn’t yet using the carts are growers which grow into soil. Below a list 0f  suppliers of  pipe rail trolleys:

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Most suppliers supply carts which can go up to a height of 6.5 meters or 21 Feet, with workers standing on these carts they can work easily up till 8.5 meters or 28 Feet. Due to the height people are working on these platform all suppliers have protected their carts against falling over. The carts have on average two batteries of 24V with a power of 110 Ah, this will give you an operation working time of around 14 hours, more than enough to work a full day in the greenhouse and they can be charged overnight. The pipe rail trolleys can move step less at a speed 0-60 meters per minute. The weight between various models and suppliers varies a lot the lightest cart weighs 160 kilos and the heaviest is 680 kilos.

Berg Products

logo berghortBerg Products have a comprehensive range of solutions for all types of crop cultivation. Stand-alone- or totally integrated installations? Hi-tech or lo-tech greenhouses with or without pipe rail systems. The systems differ, but not the performance. Reliability is always the first consideration. Ergonomics also play an important role in our designs. Safety regulations form another vital aspect. The design of the pipe rail trolleys for plant care is always being improved. Ever since the first pipe rail trolley appeared – developed by Arie van den Berg and others – the design boundaries have continually been extended. Having our own in-house engineering and production departments means that we can guarantee solutions that precisely suit your own particular method of operation.



logo berkvensBerkvens Metal and engineering company is known for the Green Lift. These platforms reaching heights from three to six meters. This is making them ideal for greenhouses. Berkvens platforms is a brand that in recent years has become a familiar sight in the world of pipe rail trolleys. The lifts are used for plant maintenance and maintenance of the greenhouse. Berkvens is also active in special stainless steel constructions for the non-food sector. Examples include stainless steel scissors tables. Berkvens develops automated harvesting trucks on induction lines for tomato and pepper crops. These trucks drive back and forth between the sorting area and the greenhouse.

Berkvens Pipe rail trolley


logo bogaertsIn the early ninety’s, Joris Bogaerts developed the first rail cart with double shears to improve the needs of the modern greenhouse. Ever since then, Bogaerts Greenhouse Logistics has grown into an authoritative company in engineering and production of machines for professional greenhouse production facilities. The Bogaerts Greenhouse Logistics Tube rail carts have been continuously improved ever since their development, based on experience from daily practice. This has conducted to a product which meets the requirements of the customer perfectly:

  • The end-user prefers Bogaerts tube rail carts because these are user-friendly and stable.
  • The greenhouse manager chooses for Bogaerts tube rail carts because they are robust and run trouble free for many years.


Buitendijk Slaman

logo buitendijk slamanBuitendijk-Slaman is the specialist in designing and producing of internal transport for greenhouses and the industry. By developing of innovative products en tailor solutions, became Buitendijk-Slaman one of the market leaders in the field of horticultural logistics. Buitendijk-Slaman is located in the Netherlands in the city Bleiswijk, one of the main centres of the Dutch glasshouses. As a modern and well-designed production company, Buitendijk & Slaman is able to fine-tune its assortment to the wishes and needs of its clients, at home as well as abroad, through its professional and motivated employees. This is especially due to our customer-oriented way of thinking and acting, and of course the delivery of quality products. Our very professional service employees look after the maintenance of all our products. This service department is responsible for the assembly and maintenance, at home as well as abroad.



Metazet FormFlex

logoformflex metazetFor almost 30 years Metazet developed and produced support and suspension materials. The last number of years Metazet is also involved in a continuous process of developing and manufacturing automated systems e.g. hanging basket systems, internal transport systems, lifting devices and various types of cultivation and harvesting systems. Since the 1st of January 2011 Metazet and Formflex are cooperating worldwide together.



PRECIMET logoPrecimet is a Polish company and started it’s activities in the horticulture sector in 1989 from Lodz. They export there pipe rail trolleys to the Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Spain, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Russia, Lithuania, Latvia, Ukraine and Belarus. The company offers a whole rang of products to help you run your greenhouse operation of efficiently like, harvesting trolleys, spray carts, fogging machines, re-circulation fans and mixers for fertilizer tanks.

Precimet currently has two pipe rail trolley models, the WNE-402 which goes up to a platform height of 2.28 meters and the WHE-417 2.98 meters. Both pipe rail trolley models have a double scissor-type lifting jack assembly, the work platform is powered by double hydraulic cylinders.



 Steenks Service