My adventures in China, learning Mandarin and in Chinese Culture!


Learn to Make Dumplings with Peter Chang!


On Sunday, February 25th, 2018 at 11am, please join me at Peter Chang’s restaurant in Williamsburg to learn how to make delicious dumplings!

Chef Chang and his wife Lisa will show us how to  make both meat and vegetable dumplings (my parents are vegan), learn how to make the fillings, roll the dough and seal and cook the dumplings. Also, we’ll discuss the special Szechuan spices, the ‘ma la’ combination of hot and numbing.

But wait, there’s more! In celebration of the Chinese New Year, we’ll have the opportunity to sample some of Chef Chang’s favorite dishes!

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We will also share some information about the US-China Strong foundation and its mission to have more students from the US study in China. You can visit their website here to learn all about what they do.

Peter Chang’s restaurant is located at: 1203 Richmond Road in Williamsburg. You can find it on Google maps here.

I’ll be helping Chef Peter Chang and Lisa translate their instructions! We did this a couple of years ago and it was a lot of fun! I hope you can come out and share a great lunch, learn about Chinese cooking and The US-China Strong Foundation!



The fee is $20 per person. Adults and kids are welcome!



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The Confucius Institute US Center’s People To People National Awards Gala

On Saturday, November 18, 2017, The Confucius Institute US Center held its second annual People To People Awards Gala. The awards recognize students all over America who have excelled in their Mandarin studies and who have helped in people to people exchanges between the US and China.

I was not only selected to win one of these 10 awards (from 110 Confucius Institutes nationwide, but I was also invited to give the keynote speech on behalf of all of the honorees.

It was a little scary speaking in front of 200+ guests, but mostly it was fun and a great honor.  Also speaking that night was Major General Charles Bolden, who ran NASA for many years. He flew four shuttle missions! He delivered a very powerful speech on the importance of good relations with other countries, remembering how he invited several Russian cosmonauts to his home in Houston and how after starting off a little leery of one another, they grew to be good friends!

I had the chance to meet people from all over the world and my story was shared in the media. Here are some examples:

William and Mary News: How Noodles Led To Serious Study of Mandarin

NBC12 Richmond: Midlothian Homeschooler Honored For Studies In Mandarin


I am supposed to appear on CBS TV’s “Building Better Minds” program soon and hope to post the video here.

It was a great night and I’m sure I won’t ever forget it!


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Welcome to my new blog!

Hi everyone!

I’m Izzy (aka: Baoling) and this is my world of things that I love about China; the language, travel and of course, the food! I hope that you will enjoy my adventures!


One of the topics I’m most passionate about is learning languages.


Thank you for visiting!
Baoling  🙂