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

Jun 23, 2017 Comments(2)

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 drink-fueled lifestyle that many ...Read more>>

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

Jun 19, 2017 Comments(2)

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(5)

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(7)

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(1)

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(4)

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(2)

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>>

5 Worst Chinese Cities for Foreigners to Live in HOT

Jun 01, 2017 Comments(10)

Oftentimes, as foreigners living in one of China's larger, more metropolitan cities, it's easy to become spoiled by all of the little conveniences. In Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and their metropolitan ilk, we're spoiled by our Carl's Jr. hamburgers, our ...... Read More>>

Trying to Make Sense of Sexual Harassment in China HOT

May 31, 2017 Comments(9)

Many expat women I know can’t recall ever being sexually harassed in China by a stranger. Some have told me ‘Chinese men wouldn’t dare.’ Yet, a recent string of reports of sexual harassment on metro systems suggests that some men here do in fact ‘dare ...... Read More>>

What Did You Just Call Me? Tips on Understanding Chinese Insults HOT

May 26, 2017 Comments(2)

From Shakespeare's pithy put-downs to insinuating someone knows his own mother in a biblical sense, the art of insulting people is strange, extremely colourful and varied across cultures and dialects.... 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>>

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

May 23, 2017 Comments(23)

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>>

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>>

What’s in a Name? Foreigners in China with a Chinese Name HOT

May 17, 2017 Comments(13)

Our names are the stamps of our identity, especially for the Chinese. So why is it that many Chinese themselves – especially those who immigrate – find the need to re-name themselves? Here, one British writer of Chinese descent recounts her experiences of ...... 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>>

Biting the Bullet: Going to the Dentist in China HOT

May 08, 2017 Comments(11)

Going to the dentist in China is possible, and this is the complete expat’s guide to surviving that first foreign dentist visit, whether you want to get a professional clean, or definitely feel a cavity coming on. ... Read More>>

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

May 03, 2017 Comments(9)

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>>

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

Apr 27, 2017 Comments(23)

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...... Read More>>

Same Name, Different Game: 5 Ugly Facets of the Chinese Workplace HOT

Apr 26, 2017 Comments(38)

It doesn't take sharp observational skills to notice that China is a very, very different place from whence you came. It doesn't matter where you're from – I happen to come from America, and so use this as a baseline for my own experience – China is ...... Read More>>

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>>

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

Apr 20, 2017 Comments(21)

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>>

10 Status Symbols in Modern China HOT

Apr 19, 2017 Comments(44)

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>>

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

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>>

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