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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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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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

Chinese Government to Start Keeping Biometrics Information of Foreigners HOT

Feb 13, 2017 Comments(12)

China’s government is going to begin keeping biometrics information on all foreigners entering the country including but not limited to fingerprints. ... Read More>>

Brighter Days: Healthy Tips for Polluted Days HOT

Feb 09, 2017 Comments(6)

Living with China’s air pollution and high AQI is tough sometimes, but there are some things expats can do to make things better. ... Read More>>

Teaching Tips: How to Survive Your First ESL Class HOT

Jan 18, 2017 Comments(7)

Walking into the classroom to teach your first class is nerve-racking no matter the amount of training you have had. As a new teacher in China, you can expect to be thrown into the classroom unprepared and expected to teach right off the bat. ... Read More>>

Using 12110: How to Text the Police for Help in China HOT

Jan 12, 2017 Comments(4)

What do you do in an emergency situation in China when you are unable to call the police? The Chinese police respond to emergency texts to 12110. This translated article gives instructions on how to successfully send an SMS to the police. ... Read More>>

How to Successfully Switch ESL Jobs in China HOT

Jan 11, 2017 Comments(34)

Having spent a fair amount of time in the English teaching trenches, I know that switching teaching jobs can be stressful at best and a dejected plane ride back home at worst. Nevertheless, changing schools can be done with minimal complications. What ...... Read More>>

6 Lucrative Job Alternatives to Teaching in China HOT

Jan 06, 2017 Comments(41)

Photo: york.ac.uk Twenty years ago, when China was first developing, foreigners were offered high paying jobs with a bevy of other incentives to help promote Chinese companies. Then, as more and more Chinese workers became skilled in various high-level ...... Read More>>

Breaking Your Contract in China: New Consequences for Pulling a “Midnight Run” HOT

Jan 02, 2017 Comments(37)

While breaking your contract in China had few repercussions in the past, new measures were recently issued to punish foreigners for pulling a so-called “midnight run”. Before you decide to do so, here’s some information you should know. ... Read More>>

What You Need to Know About Transferring Money Overseas From China HOT

Dec 28, 2016 Comments(31)

Whether you have mountains of student loans and credit card debt looming or you’re just looking to dump some red notes into your hometown bank, it’s important to find the cheapest way to transfer your hard-earned RMBs to your overseas bank accounts. ... Read More>>

The Most Lucrative Jobs for Foreigners in China HOT

Dec 21, 2016

Given the China’s colossal population, foreigners must tailor their career options to the work available here. We’ve prepared a short guide to the types of work available for English speakers in China, using data from eChinaJOBS.com. ... Read More>>

Best Universities for Foreigners in China HOT

Dec 13, 2016 Comments(2)

China is one of the most popular places in the world for international students. Listed below is the eChinacities list of best universities for foreigners in China. ... Read More>>

Workplace Face Off: Chinese vs. Foreign Employees HOT

Dec 05, 2016 Comments(71)

Over the last few years, China has seen an influx of foreign talent wanting to gain experience in the world’s fastest growing economy, explore China and its culture, and take some time away from life at home, if only for a year or two. As the ...... 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>>

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>>

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