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Overcoming Adversity: 5 of the Most Common Fears of China Expats

Apr 20, 2017 Comments(5)

Living in a place like China that has a very different culture, language and ideology can definitely make the average person shake in their boots. Here are some useful tips I picked up over the last five years to help you integrate and conquer your biggest fears in order to become a true China expat. Read more>>

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10 Status Symbols in Modern China HOT

Apr 19, 2017 Comments(8)

Since the opening and reforms of the late 1970s, China’s economy has boomed, leading to a rise in wealth and a burgeoning middle class. With new money comes status symbols, and modern China has plenty. Here are 10 of the most ostentatious and intriguing. ... Read More>>

Searching for a More Peaceful Life: China’s Most Livable “Second-Tier,” Cities HOT

Apr 18, 2017 Comments(4)

The extortionate property and living costs in first tier cities are an enormous source of pressure and concern among young Chinese professionals today. This article translated from dwnews.com, explores the growing opportunities that second tier cities have ...... Read More>>

7 Initiatives to Implement International Student Success

Apr 17, 2017 Comments(3)

Students who study abroad are of a different caliber because they accept new challenges and show great determination in pursuit of higher education.  However, they may not really know what awaits them and related organizations and agencies don’t really ...... Read More>>

Food Fresh: The Fresh Market Experience

Apr 13, 2017

When Chinese people say they like their food fresh, they mean it. Even in this era of rampant consumerism and an almost endless range of fast-food restaurants, I often see locals carrying live chickens and fish still thrashing and flopping in bags. The ...... Read More>>

Happy Endings in China Not Just for Men HOT

Apr 12, 2017 Comments(3)

One comment on my article about intercultural relationships asked the rather loaded question “why don’t you see more foreign women married to Chinese men?” This is a question that gets asked a lot, and there really is no simple answer. It is obvious to ...... Read More>>

Tips for Living Well on a Budget in China

Apr 10, 2017 Comments(9)

I recently read an article by an American expat living in China. It was a good article overall but there was one point I disagreed with: that expats can live a good life in China or save money but they can’t do both. ... Read More>>

8 New Teacher Tips from a TEFL Veteran

Apr 06, 2017 Comments(3)

Do you fall in line following the backward teaching ways given to you to become a “so-so” teacher, or do you make an effort to really learn your craft? If it’s the latter, then here are 8 tips that might come in handy from an American ESL teacher of 13 ...... Read More>>

The Residue of Design: 8 Symbols of Luck and Good Fortune in China HOT

Apr 04, 2017 Comments(2)

Chinese culture certainly has no shortage of symbols of luck and good fortune, many of them stemming from wordplay or riddles. These symbols are easily seen in everyday life, but sometimes their meaning is not easily discernible. Here we take a look at ...... Read More>>

4 Common English Learning Issues in China

Apr 03, 2017 Comments(4)

Language improvement comes down to focusing on two areas: providing an effective lesson and correcting the weakness.  Naturally, teachers will tend to put in more effort to create lessons that strengthen the speaking ability.  But I would argue that they ...... Read More>>

Easy Money: The Daigou Pros of China

Mar 31, 2017 Comments(2)

In the words of Wikipedia, daigou (代购) “is a channel of commerce in which an overseas person purchases commodities… for a customer in mainland China, since prices for luxury goods can be 30 to 40 percent higher in China than abroad.” Daigou literally ...... Read More>>

7 Tips for Surviving the Chinese Workplace HOT

Mar 30, 2017 Comments(43)

So, you’re new to China; new language, new air, new food and especially, new people. On your first day here you might well feel like you’ve landed on a completely different planet. But don’t worry, ...... Read More>>

How to Travel to Lhasa by Train or Airplane from Major Cities in China HOT

Mar 28, 2017 Comments(2)

Lhasa has always been a big draw for the adventurous traveler. However, getting there is no easy feat, especially as far as time and budget are concerned. Here’s a guide on how to get to Tibet via train and airplane from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, ...... Read More>>

Made in China 2.0: Innovation not Replication HOT

Mar 27, 2017 Comments(6)

21st century China isn’t necessarily synonymous with fakes anymore. Welcome to the world of Made in China 2.0, a new brand of Chinese innovation, not replication. ... Read More>>

9 Potentially Exasperating / Embarrassing Moments to Avoid in China HOT

Mar 23, 2017 Comments(47)

China, although simply a different country, can often feel like a different planet if you don’t know what to expect. The culture and customs here are often vastly different from those outside (or even inside!) Asia. For the uninitiated, here are nine ...... Read More>>

Love and Unavoidable Conflict When Chinese Women and American Men Date HOT

Mar 21, 2017 Comments(46)

We’ve all seen it, everywhere we go, nearly every day: an American man with a Chinese woman on his arm. We’ve also heard the stories from the foreign man’s perspective about all the cultural differences and the interesting exchanges. But what do these ...... Read More>>

Language Wars: English-Speaking Chinese Person Meets Mandarin-Speaking Foreigner HOT

Mar 20, 2017 Comments(27)

There exists a so called ‘language war’ in which a Westerner is keen to display his or her hard-to-gain Mandarin skills while the Chinese person is every bit as enthusiastic about speaking English to them. So, what tactics can you use to achieve your goal?... Read More>>

Tips for Drinking Safe, Clean Water in China HOT

Mar 18, 2017 Comments(10)

320 million people are without access to clean water in China, which is not surprising, given the rapid industrialization and urbanization. But what is being done about it? This article will help you to better understand the environment and also offer ...... Read More>>

A Guide to Common Chinese Phrases in the ESL Classroom HOT

Mar 16, 2017 Comments(3)

ESL classrooms should always be English language only, but in the early learning stages, children and adults occasionally rely on their mother tongue as a crutch. Knowing some of the common phrases they use can help teachers correct them. ... Read More>>

What’s the Agenda?  Trump Invites Xi to Visit Florida in April HOT

Mar 15, 2017 Comments(3)

China’s President Xi Jinping is going for a “tropical getaway” at Trump’s Mar a Lago club. On the list of issues to be discussed is North Korea and increased cooperation. ... Read More>>

Poll: Americans Like China More Than Russia HOT

Mar 13, 2017 Comments(7)

A recent poll shows American tensions are high with Russia, however feelings about China are fairly positive. ... Read More>>

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: China’s Strained Relationship with North and South Korea HOT

Mar 11, 2017 Comments(2)

A representative of the Chinese Academny of Social Sciences is interviewed by Duo Wei News about China’s relationship with North and South Korea. ... Read More>>

WTF: Wax Figurines Nothing Like Their Real Life Versions HOT

Mar 09, 2017 Comments(3)

Russia and U.S. Take a look at these spooky wax statues of Trump, Putin and other celebrities recently put on display in Shenyang. ... Read More>>

Shanghai to Be the Next Silicone Valley? HOT

Mar 08, 2017 Comments(2)

A recent survey by KPMG indicates that Shanghai may be the next Silicon Valley. Could it be true? ... Read More>>

Don’t be that Guy! The 6 Weirdest Laowai in China HOT

Mar 07, 2017 Comments(10)

China is full of all kinds of laowai and some of them are just plain weird. Here is a list of the 6 weirdest types of foreigners in China. ... Read More>>

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