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The Western Influence on China: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Jul 20, 2017 Comments(68)

History shows that emerging Asian powers have, on occasion, used established and dominant Western cultures as models in the course or cause of their development. For instance, Meiji Japan and its rapid adoption of mainly US western military traditions and fashions, or even India, ... ...Read more>>

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How to Bike-Share Like a Pro in China

Jul 11, 2017 Comments(2)

China’s bike sharing craze is in full force. So warm up those legs and charge those cell phones as we take a ride into the world of rent-a-bikes in China. ... Read More>>

China’s Best Street Food Breakfasts

Jul 04, 2017 Comments(3)

China is a country on the move. One luxury people on the move don’t necessarily have is a leisurely breakfast. Many Chinese people and expats therefore take advantage of China’s numerous street food breakfast options. ... Read More>>

The Weird and the Wonderful: Your Guide to China’s Fruit HOT

Jul 03, 2017 Comments(1)

The weather is warming up and fruit season is upon us! One great thing about living in China is access to all the fresh fruit you can dream of – and many you wouldn’t even think of. Perusing the fruit stalls can be a bit intimidating if your prior ...... Read More>>

China English Teaching Horror Stories HOT

Jun 28, 2017 Comments(53)

Teaching English in China can be a risky venture, especially for inexperienced teachers who might fall victim to the more unscrupulous schools and administrators out there. Here we take a look at several horror stories which should illustrate what can ...... Read More>>

How to Marry Another Foreigner in China

Jun 27, 2017 Comments(1)

A practical guide exploring the rules, regulations and tips for two foreigners getting married in China. ... Read More>>

Skip the Chinese Gym! Workout Routines You Can Do at Home HOT

Jun 23, 2017 Comments(4)

It's hard staying in shape, especially when the beck and call of China's various distractions get in the way—"Dinner at my favorite Sichuan place? Why, sure I'd love to join you after work instead of going to the gym!" But with the heavy food-and ...... Read More>>

Don’t Be an Outsider in China: Six Tips to Help You Fit In HOT

Jun 19, 2017 Comments(34)

You came all the way to China but most of your friends are English speaking expats. The Chinese friends you have managed to make are either your students or people who wish they were your students. You eat at the same place every day, usually a Western ...... Read More>>

Jobs for Non-Native English Speakers in China HOT

Jun 15, 2017 Comments(230)

It is well known that native English speakers have an advantage when it comes to finding work in China – if nothing else, there’s always English teaching. However, what if you don’t come from one of the major English speaking nations, what if English is ...... Read More>>

Say What? 10 Things You Shouldn’t Say to a Chinese Person HOT

Jun 14, 2017 Comments(50)

With so many taboos and traditions, social interactions can be a minefield in China. Although many are disappearing with time, there are still some things you just shouldn’t say in this country. Here are just a few: ... Read More>>

E-Bike Buyer’s Guide: Tips on Shopping for Electric Bikes in China HOT

Jun 12, 2017 Comments(22)

Although the popularity of e-bikes may have stemmed from the associated financial and environmental benefits, by joining the masses and buying one, you’ll also gain the freedom to explore the city at your leisure. ... Read More>>

A Foreigner’s Guide to Buying Vehicles in China HOT

Jun 08, 2017 Comments(17)

So, you’ve decided to take the plunge and buy a vehicle in China, but where to start? What do you buy and how do you buy it? Are you even allowed to as a foreigner? Let’s take a look and find out …... Read More>>

Property Boom! A Guide to Buying Homes in China

Jun 05, 2017 Comments(1)

Some locals and foreigners have become filthy rich in Chinese real estate, as it always seems to keep going up. So, if you’re thinking about purchasing property here, or are settling down and need a roof over your head, there are definitely some things to ...... Read More>>

7 Common Scams in China and How to Avoid Them HOT

May 24, 2017 Comments(11)

Although China is relatively safe compared to other countries, there are still dangers. City life is never 100% crime-free – there are pickpockets, unscrupulous shop owners, and dodgy taxi drivers everywhere. Here are some common scams you might encounter ...... Read More>>

Top 7 Financial Tips for Expats in China HOT

May 18, 2017 Comments(7)

Being away from your homeland has its advantages, but it also most certainly has disadvantages. As a financial advisor, one of the biggest problems I see with foreigners living in China lays in the realm of finance. This isn’t necessarily due to not making ...... Read More>>

Things Travellers Don’t Know About China, but Should HOT

May 11, 2017 Comments(42)

For many people, China is a land of mystery. So many years behind the Bamboo Curtain gave it an air of the unknown, and even thirty years after the re-opening, it still holds a certain allure to intrepid travellers. Whether you're coming here as a visitor, ...... Read More>>

Lost in Mistranslation HOT

May 10, 2017 Comments(2)

After nine years in China, my Chinese still isn’t very good. The main reason, I think, is the lack of incentive... ... Read More>>

Communication Chaos: 5 Ways to Keep from Losing Your Mind in China HOT

May 03, 2017 Comments(8)

China is a very exciting country to be in for various reasons. For most foreigners, you’ve come for business, work or travel. Even though you've got so many tasks on your list, there remains one thing you can’t afford to botch: communication. ... Read More>>

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

Apr 20, 2017 Comments(20)

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 ...... Read More>>

7 Initiatives to Implement International Student Success HOT

Apr 17, 2017 Comments(6)

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 HOT

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>>

Tips for Living Well on a Budget in China HOT

Apr 10, 2017 Comments(11)

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 HOT

Apr 06, 2017 Comments(5)

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>>

4 Common English Learning Issues in China HOT

Apr 03, 2017 Comments(5)

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 HOT

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>>

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