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All the Single Ladies! Why Does China’s “Leftover Women” Phenomenon Exist?

May 23, 2017 Comments(1)

China’s notorious “leftover women” are the lucky ladies who’ve reached the age of 27, but have not yet married. Why are these ladies being set apart? Why don’t men want them? In a land with a male dominated gender imbalance, how can this be happening? Read more>>

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Is the HSK Level 6 Test Too Difficult? Foreign Test Takers Seem to Think So HOT

Nov 09, 2016 Comments(11)

The HSK test, which is proof of one’s Chinese proficiency, can be taken in various levels with each level more difficult than the next. Recently, the HSK 6 – a notoriously difficult-to-pass level – has come under fire for being too difficult. But are the ...... 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>>

How to Contact the Police in China and When to Do It HOT

Nov 07, 2016 Comments(12)

Whether you've spent a short time in China or years here, you have probably picked up that there is little violent crime or murder. Despite the spate of stabbings in recent years, such attacks are still extremely rare events. However, if you plan to live ...... Read More>>

Why Do Chinese People Want Trump to Get Elected? HOT

Nov 03, 2016 Comments(8)

Who do the Chinese prefer in the upcoming U.S. presidential election- Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump? This author claims that while academics and think tank experts prefer Clinton, many ordinary Chinese and government officials are Trump fans. ... Read More>>

China’s Parachute Children: Studying Abroad Without Parental Guidance HOT

Nov 02, 2016 Comments(11)

There are thousands of Chinese primary and secondary school students living abroad without their families in order to study at a foreign school. The author of the article questions whether young students should be given so much freedom with so little ...... Read More>>

China Still Doesn’t Measure Up: Minister Says It Will Take Decades to Shift to Service Economy HOT

Nov 01, 2016 Comments(6)

Minister of Industry and Informational Technology Miao Wei recently said that China is at least 30 years from such a shift. The author of this article agrees that China is far from its competitors in terms of high-end manufacturing- a necessary component to ...... Read More>>

5 Ways to Win Over Your Chinese Boss HOT

Oct 31, 2016 Comments(21)

Chinese bosses have been alternately characterized as authoritarians and as consensus people. Heavy-handed and soft. That is in part because there are different kinds of bosses, and in part because Chinese culture can throw off our sense of what kind of a ...... Read More>>

China’s Shenzhou 11 Blasts Off

Oct 27, 2016 Comments(1)

China’s sixth manned space mission has been launched and this is set to be its longest mission yet, but how what does this mission mean for China and the rest of the world? ... Read More>>

Expats in China: What Lessons Do They Take Away? HOT

Oct 26, 2016 Comments(26)

The introduction of green card system in 2004 marked a tangible shift in China’s relationship with expatriates, opening the door for visitors to become permanent residents. To figure out how new expatriates have adapted to life in China, I interviewed four. ... Read More>>

China is Not Among the World’s Healthiest Countries HOT

Oct 25, 2016 Comments(3)

Despite its relatively advanced health care system, China was ranked 92nd out of 188 countries in the United Nation’s recent study on global health. The ten-year study measured a number of factors which, unfortunately for China, included air and water ...... Read More>>

How to use the eChinacities job site HOT

Oct 24, 2016 Comments(4)

A short, practical guide on how to use China’s leading job site for foreigners. ... Read More>>

Young Students Chase the New Chinese Dream by Studying Overseas HOT

Oct 20, 2016 Comments(6)

This translated article examines the recent surge in study abroad students from China, and concludes that China cannot call itself a real global power until students compete for spots in Chinese universities rather than foreign ones. ... Read More>>

The Top 5 Most Notoriously Abandoned Places in China HOT

Oct 19, 2016 Comments(4)

China has become somewhat infamous for the abandoned sites left strewn throughout the country in its rush towards urban development. Some of the eerie destinations listed below take the prize as the top five most notoriously abandoned places in China. ... Read More>>

5 Stereotypes of Chinese (that only people who haven't lived in China believe) HOT

Oct 18, 2016 Comments(26)

Before moving to China, I had certain thoughts in place about Chinese people as a whole. From personal interactions to movies to that brief chapter on Chinese history in high school, a vague picture of a polite, quiet people took shape. And let's not forget ...... Read More>>

Confucius in the West HOT

Oct 17, 2016 Comments(4)

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>>

Shanghai to Pilot New Work Permit System for Foreigners HOT

Oct 13, 2016 Comments(9)

China is overhauling its work permit system for foreigners starting in Shanghai. The new system places foreign workers in three categories: A, B and C. It may be much more difficult in the future for those without work experience or advanced certifications ...... Read More>>

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

Oct 11, 2016 Comments(48)

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>>

5,000 British High School Students to Start Intensive Mandarin Course HOT

Oct 10, 2016 Comments(3)

The British government has created a new intensive program for high school students to learn Mandarin. 5,000 students in 15 high schools will study Mandarin eight hours a week. ... Read More>>

Black Cab Driver Calls Student a Traitor for Helping Lost Foreigner HOT

Oct 03, 2016 Comments(11)

Have you ever been ripped off by a black cab in China? A young student in Shaanxi recently saved a lost foreign man from being cheated by a black cab. The cab driver was extremely angry at her and called her a traitor for taking away his business. ... Read More>>

Chinafornia Here We Come: State Sees Record Investments from China in 2016 HOT

Sep 29, 2016 Comments(4)

Chinese investment in the United States this year has become larger than ever before. The growth rate of Chinese investments has had many joking that California has actually become Chinafornia. ... Read More>>

Actually Useful Language Guides: How to Curse in Chinese HOT

Sep 28, 2016 Comments(26)

Since we are in China, it is good to know how the locals release their daily frustrations – maybe their swearwords will turn out to be more effective than the one you've been using! ... Read More>>

22 Years Later, Chinese-American Adoptee Thanks Beijing Police Officer Who Found Her as a Baby HOT

Sep 26, 2016 Comments(9)

This translated article reports on an emotional story of a young Chinese-American woman who was abandoned as a baby in Beijing and rescued by a local police officer. She was adopted by a family in the United States, and returned to China as a young woman to ...... Read More>>

Jiangsu is China’s Wealthiest Province in Terms of Per Capita GDP HOT

Sep 23, 2016 Comments(7)

Guangdong is widely known as China’s wealthiest province. However, this article claims that per capita GDP is actually a better indicator of wealth. Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Inner Mongolia all have a higher per capita GDP than Guangdong. ... Read More>>

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

Sep 22, 2016 Comments(65)

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>>

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