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5 Fascinating Chinese Customs and Traditions That Will Blow Your Mind

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In China, tradition is everywhere you look. Many of these traditions have spanned centuries, some even thousands of years, and are deeply rooted in Chinese culture. Some traditions are unremarkable, others however are mind blowing. ... Read More>>

Five Events in Chinese History (That Every Laowai Should Know About) HOT

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Chinese people are rightfully proud of their long and intriguing history. We’ve picked out five of the most important and interesting events to help out the clueless foreigner should the conversation at the dinner table suddenly shift to history. ... Read More>>

Dealing with Negative Stereotypes of Cross-Cultural Dating HOT

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Bowie, Iggy or Bo-ggy combo ran the boozy argument. My friends and I were debating who penned the track 'China Girl'. A quick internet search later and we were none the clearer. The mysterious algorithms and search bots, which are supposed to know our wants ...... Read More>>

The World’s Most Interesting Chinatowns Outside of Asia

The Chinese can be found at just about any corner of the planet, and wherever they go their culture is preserved through that most essential of ingredients to any cosmopolitan city. The Chinatown. ... Read More>>

China’s Top 5 Lower Tier Cities For Expats to Live HOT

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Life in the big city is exhausting and expensive at times, but never fear. We’ve prepared a list of some of the best lower tier cities to live so that you know where to head when its time to uproot. ... Read More>>

Beijing’s Havens from the Modern World: Life in the Hutongs HOT

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Beijing’s hutongs have been a staple of the city’s culture for centuries. Their distinctive architectural style and contrast to the bustling city around them have endeared them to tourists and residents alike, but are they for everybody? ... Read More>>

A More Western China? 4 Areas Where the West Has Impacted China HOT

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One can hardly sum up the influence of the West on China in just a few words, but we certainly can’t deny that a role has been played. The following list covers some key ways in which foreign influence can be seen in modern-day China. ... Read More>>

Confucius in the West

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Regarded by many as the father of Chinese culture, Confucius’ influence has spread far outside of his homeland and holds an importance place in Western thought. ... Read More>>

Foreigner Vs Chinese Tradition: Relationship Roles in a Chinese Family HOT

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In China, family roles are still relatively traditional. While it is common for both men and women to work outside the home, when it comes to breadwinning, housework, and childrearing, China tends to fall in line with long standing gender roles. The man ...... Read More>>

Vying for Control – 5 Common “Chinese Girlfriend Problems” HOT

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So, you're in trouble with your girlfriend again. Odds are, if you've been in a relationship with a Chinese girl, you've said or done something at least once that had you suddenly apologizing profusely, with your best Chinese, to a locked door, a stone ...... Read More>>

When to Hold Your Tongue: The Importance of Respecting “Face” HOT

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If you want to get along with Chinese locals, the #1 rule is never cause anyone to “lose face” by pointing out their mistakes. Even if you do it by accident, it will be an infraction not likely to be forgiven. ... Read More>>

What’s Up with Chinese Food in the United States? A Chinese Perspective HOT

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What do Chinese think of Chinese food in the United States? Most Chinese people would not recognize any of the dishes found at a Panda Express or a local American Chinese restaurant. ... Read More>>

The Path Less Trodden: 8 Alternative Reasons People Visit China

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According to the words of Mao’s Little Red Book, true manhood can only be attained by taking a trip to the Great Wall of China. But what if you decide that you want to stray from the places every other tourist has been? ... Read More>>

Extramarital Affairs in China: The Key to a Modern Marriage? HOT

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In the recent past, having a mistress, or ‘xiaosan’ as they’re called in Chinese, has been a popular trend among men who take part in affairs outside of their marriage. Is it the pursuit of love or just mindless sex? ... Read More>>

5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in China You Must Visit HOT

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China has a total of 47 UNESCO World heritage sites but hectic schedules and other obligations means that often we don’t get to see past the side of China lined by concrete and steel bars. Here are five you absolutely must visit. ... Read More>>

China’s Youth Hostel Culture: Younger Than its Customers HOT

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Whilst youth hostelling has been a cheap and reliable way for people to acquire accommodation for over a century, the first hostel in China only opened in 1998. But what you trade in luxury you gain in terms of a vibrant social scene, local knowledge from ...... Read More>>

Buddhism in China: Origins, Growth and Temple Etiquette HOT

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Buddhism has been in China so long that it is almost forgivable for the average Chinese to think that it originated on their turf. Here, we outline the origins, the development and do’s and don’t when visiting Buddhist temples. ... Read More>>

Footing the Bill in China: Tips and Insights into China’s Paying Culture HOT

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If you've ever been alarmed at the sight of red-faced diners talking at the top of their voices and waving fistfuls of something around, don't be; they are only fighting to “qingke”, or pay the bill. Here’s a guide on when it’s your turn to fork out the ...... Read More>>

6 Strange Compliments You Get in China (and How to Handle Them) HOT

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More often than not, compliments in China come across more as highly personal statements, ranging from the plain statement of fact to the bewildering to the downright offensive. So, how should you handle them? ... Read More>>

The Relationship Minefield: 4 Challenges for Multicultural Couples HOT

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Many foreigners come to China and fall in love – not just with the culture, the history, the scenery, but with local Chinese people who become their boyfriends, girlfriends, or, eventually, husbands and wives. However, jumping into a relationship with ...... Read More>>

Adopted Chinese-American Woman Searches for Birth Parents in Shanghai HOT

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An Chinese-American adoptee named Marinna hopes to reconnect with her birth parents in Shanghai. Marinna traveled to Shanghai to try to retrace her past, and hopes to have the opportunity to connect with her biological parents someday. ... Read More>>

Virtually Hilarious: Chinese Internet Humor HOT

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An attempt to explain why people are laughing at jokes on Chinese websites. ... Read More>>

60% of Chinese Millennials Love Halloween but Know Nothing about its Origins HOT

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Halloween has caught the interest of many millenials in China, and they're not scared to share their thoughts on the holiday. ... Read More>>

How To Carve a Pumpkin: A Step-by-Step Guide HOT

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Halloween is creeping up. Get festive and carve your own jack-o-lantern. ... Read More>>

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