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I’m Sure It’ll be Fine: Street Food and Food Safety Standards in China

Apr 27, 2017 Comments(0)

Street food is more than just a way to fill one’s stomach in China; it is an integral part of the food culture. And despite Chengguan, food scandals and ever tighter restrictions getting in their way, street food vendors continue. The public just can’t say no. Read more>>

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Charity in China: The Low Down on Street Begging HOT

Apr 25, 2017 Comments(29)

If you live in a Chinese east coast metropolis, with all its Western brand paraphernalia, it's easy to forget that China is still a developing country. In a typical month you're likely to see more chauffeured Rolls Royces than hand tended rice paddies. It ...... Read More>>

10 Status Symbols in Modern China HOT

Apr 19, 2017 Comments(10)

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(5)

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

Effective Today: These Legal Changes Could Affect You HOT

Mar 01, 2017 Comments(7)

Some legislative changes are about to go into place in China both country and province-wide. Which of the changes will affect you? ... Read More>>

10 Inauthentic “Chinese” Dishes and What Chinese Think of Them HOT

Feb 28, 2017 Comments(7)

As foreigners, Chinese food from our home countries is rarely authentic. Here a Chinese person discusses some of the “Chinese” food they find the strangest. ... Read More>>

10+ Countries Where You Can Use Your Chinese Driver’s License HOT

Feb 27, 2017 Comments(8)

Considered by some too difficult to get, a Chinese driver’s license may be more worth it than one would initially think as it can be used in a variety of countries. ... Read More>>

New Country, New Me: Foreigners Discuss How They’ve Changed in China HOT

Feb 20, 2017 Comments(5)

A few foreigners discuss how living in China has changed them. ... Read More>>

Language Learning Tips for Chinese Newbies

Dec 01, 2016

If you’ve just moved to China or are looking to jump-start your language learning, YCIS Beijing Secondary School Chinese Curriculum Coordinator Jessica Sun have some essential tips that will make sure you’re learning the right way. ... Read More>>

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

Nov 29, 2016 Comments(3)

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

Nov 23, 2016 Comments(2)

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>>

Freelancing Foreigners: Making Some Extra Mao HOT

Nov 15, 2016 Comments(6)

Many see China as the new land of opportunity. Certainly there is a lot of money to be made here, and the job prospects are great. If you’re interested, here are some of the best options available to you. ... Read More>>

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

Nov 14, 2016 Comments(13)

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>>

The Pleasures of Home after Life in China HOT

Nov 08, 2016 Comments(7)

The ‘reverse culture shock’ that is said to affect foreigners on return home from China is a well known phenomena, but how does life in China expand our appreciation for life at home? ... Read More>>

Does China's Materialistic Image Really Represent Most Chinese? HOT

Aug 08, 2016 Comments(41)

Broadly speaking, China’s materialistic image and its love affair with modernization are hard to deny. But is it really fair to assume that “average” Chinese people all pine after the latest gadgets or care only about getting their hands on a designer ...... Read More>>

Photo Essay: Beijingers say Yes to Bamboo Bicycles HOT

Jul 21, 2016 Comments(5)

In a short time, Beijing Bamboo Bicycles (BBB) has become a fixture of the Beijing bike scene. The studio makes helps volunteers make their own environmentally friendly bikes in a workshop space in Beijing. ... Read More>>

“Naked Resignation”: Following Your Feet Out The Office HOT

Jul 19, 2016 Comments(13)

These days, more and more Chinese men and women are taken part in the new “naked resignation” phenomenon that is the envy of many of their peers. And those that aren’t, are dreaming of it. ... Read More>>

China Expat Stereotypes: What Do People Back Home Think of You? HOT

Jul 18, 2016 Comments(31)

My family hated my decision to move to China. In their minds, it was the most ridiculous, off-the-wall, absurd thing someone would ever want to do. Consequently, I found myself falling victim to some of the many expat stereotypes that exist and it wasn’t a ...... Read More>>

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