Travel — Among The Best Gifts You Can Give

Travel --- Among The Best Gifts You Can GiveTravel is a great way for everyone to explore a new culture, tribe, place, and food. It helps people understand other people more. So, the next time you are having a hard time thinking of the perfect present for a special day or holiday, think of giving a travel opportunity. This might not be tangible, but its memories and learning will most likely last longer than any of the presents under the tree.

‘Understand other people’

Children will have tons of learning when they travel often. They will learn how to be independent, how to figure out solutions for travel dilemmas, how to understand and respect other people with different orientations, and how to find their way back home. These learning will help build them into better children, better citizens, and better friends.

Kids can learn about geography through atlases and travel books. Parents can hang large maps on their walls so that everyone can pinpoint different places every time they see it. Older kids will enjoy more if they are given the chance to select the destination or contribute their own travel ideas. They will be thrilled if they can link their favourite landmark, animal, or water activity to the place you are going to. The possibilities are endless.

‘Outside of their comfort zone’

On top of these things, travel gives the whole family an opportunity to bond together outside of their comfort zone. Since each person has to cooperate to make the travel experience smooth and enjoyable, everyone will learn how to be flexible and helpful. Travel will help bring family and friends closer.

Another year is coming up, so it means you have another set of 12 months to plan a special getaway with your loved ones. Give them the gift of travel. They will surely treasure it and the memories that come with it for a very long time.

When was the last time you travelled with your family? Do tell us about your most unforgettable travel experience with your closest friends and loved ones!


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Economist Dishes Out Advice On Understanding China

Economist Dishes Out Advice On Understanding ChinaChina’s growing importance on the world stage means that the West needs to start speaking its language, says economist Martin Jacques. The reluctance of the educational system – public and private – to grasp the Chinese nettle is a metaphor for a much wider problem: our ignorance about China and our failure to appreciate just how much it will change the world and transform our lives.

‘Through a western prism’

With unerring regularity, our predictions about China have proved mistaken. Take its economy. In 1980 it was one-20th of the size of the US, today it is half the size and closing rapidly. Why have we managed to get China so wrong? The reason is hardly rocket science. We insist on viewing it through a western prism.


We have to understand China as it is and as it has been, not project our own history, culture, institutions and values onto it. We assume that the nation-state, that long-standing and remarkably influential European invention, is more or less universal. True, China has called itself a nation-state for about a century. But 100 years is a mere pin-prick for a country that dates back over two millennia. Modern China emerged in 221. And for more than 2,000 years, it was not a nation-state but a civilisation-state. In essence it still is. Civilisation is what defines China.

China is huge, a continent in its own right as well being home to 1.3bn people, one-fifth of the human race. Although we tend to see China as highly centralised, it would be impossible to run a country of such size and immense diversity from Beijing. Its provincial governments have enjoyed great power, with the largest having far more authority than the great majority of the world’s nation-states.

The idea of China as a civilisation-state is the key to many other aspects of China. If we persist with our present mindset, then don’t be surprised if we continue getting China hopelessly wrong.

Do you feel the need to learn the Chinese language? Tell us in what way have you also misunderstood China!

Source: BBC News

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