A German man pursues a new career and falls in love in Hainan-Xinhua

Sebastian Hahn, from Berlin, Germany, decorates a bit of cake at his cafe in Haikou, southern China’s Hainan Province, October 18, 2022. (Xinhua/ Zhou Huimin)

HAIKO, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) — Sebastian Hahn skillfully made a cup of beer latte, a specialty drink in his espresso store, by mixing beer syrup, milk and espresso. “This can be a very particular style and I personally completely adore it,” he mentioned.

Han, from Berlin, Germany, opened a 500-square-meter espresso store along with his Chinese language girlfriend in June in Haikou, the capital of southern China’s Hainan Province, in the beginning of a brand new profession.

After graduating from Humboldt College of Berlin with a grasp’s diploma in 2011, Sebastian was doing properly in Berlin, the place he was accountable for high quality administration in an organization.

“I assumed this was not what I wished to do all my life,” he mentioned. “Why do college students solely go overseas and study a brand new language? I can try this too.” So he give up his job. Having considered going to Brazil, Vietnam or Japan, he lastly determined to come back to China.

“Hainan is the southernmost level of China, and I wished to stay a life with out winter,” he mentioned.

In 2014, Han traveled by prepare all the way in which from Berlin to Urumqi, China, after which on to Hainan. Initially, he deliberate to study Chinese language at Hainan College for one 12 months. Nevertheless, when he returned to Germany one 12 months later, he discovered that his Chinese language was not ok. He later returned to Hainan College and continued his language research, acquiring a grasp’s diploma in Tourism Administration.

Han was diligent and managed to get a scholarship from the Chinese language authorities. “This was an excellent alternative and I’m very grateful,” he mentioned.

After graduating in 2020, Han met a Chinese language woman, Tina. They fell in love with one another and Han determined to remain in Hainan.

“We had the concept to open a espresso store as a result of we love espresso and we need to share our love for espresso with others,” he mentioned.

It was not straightforward to show their thought into actuality. “We had quite a lot of difficulties as a result of it’s so new to us,” Han mentioned, including that they needed to study every part from scratch, together with the way to design the counter and the kitchen.

For him, administration is the most important problem. “Every single day you may have new issues and you could remedy them,” he mentioned. Along with administration challenges, enterprise has additionally been disrupted at occasions by sporadic COVID-19 outbreaks.

“It was robust however I feel we made the cafe actually good,” he mentioned.

Sebastian Hahn, from Berlin, Germany, makes espresso at a restaurant in Haikou, southern China’s Hainan Province, October 18, 2022. (Xinhua/ Zhou Huimin)

In comparison with different cafes in Hainan, Han felt it was totally different. “We wished to make the café not only a place to sip espresso, but in addition a spot to have enjoyable, make pals and talk,” he mentioned, noting that the second ground of the café has the chance to host cultural alternate occasions, English language programs and even German language programs.

Hahn used to offer German classes at no cost to those that wished to study at his house as soon as every week, and now plans to do it twice every week in his café.

“I’m not a trainer, however I wish to share my data and actually wish to share extra about my cultural background, so I actually hope that others can have the chance to study a overseas language,” he mentioned.

Han has lived in Hainan for eight years and enjoys life there. “I actually just like the climate as a result of there isn’t a winter, the persons are very pleasant right here and on the road it’s utterly protected,” he mentioned.

It has additionally seen important adjustments on the island. “Hainan is creating very quick and it’s opening up with extra worldwide universities to be established right here, so I feel it’s bettering and the atmosphere for foreigners can also be bettering,” he mentioned.

He believes that the development of Hainan Free Commerce Port is an excellent alternative for the island to develop into very well-known on the planet, attracting an increasing number of folks, and feels {that a} extra open Hainan will make it simpler for everybody to stay there.

“My future plan is to develop the espresso store, and ultimately create a espresso store chain, so there’s nonetheless quite a bit to do and it isn’t a simple factor,” he mentioned.

This 12 months marks the fiftieth anniversary of the institution of diplomatic relations between China and Germany. Han hopes the China-Germany relations will enhance, the relations between the 2 international locations will enhance, and the peoples of the 2 international locations can have extra exchanges in order that they’ll perceive one another higher.

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