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Angry Face, Watermelon, Peace Sign! The Rise of Emojis in the East and West

Apr 13, 2015

Emojis range from the prosaic to the whimsical – and like just about everything else, they’re a product of culture. Emoticons are different in Eastern and Western cultures: the way they look, the way we use them, and some of the crazier creations. ... Read More>>

Beginners Guide to Dating in China Hot

Apr 08, 2015

If you’re single, new to China and plan on being here for a while, the issue of dating a Chinese partner will inevitably arise. Here are some things you should know before you start dating in China, so you and your Chinese partner don’t have too many ...... Read More>>

Losers Back Home? Perceptions of English Teachers in China Hot

Apr 06, 2015

Let’s face it, English teachers in China are not exactly viewed as people who have been a major success in life. Often the subject of diatribes on many an anonymous internet forum, it’s time to look at why these perceptions exist. ... Read More>>

8 Must-Try Chinese Dishes You Might Not Know About Hot

Apr 01, 2015

We’ve put together this list to help newcomers to China find a variety of delicious, but less famous meals. A few of them are well-known locally, but not world famous. Others are from less traveled regions. ... Read More>>

5 Important Differences Between Beijing and Shanghai Expats Hot

Mar 30, 2015

The differences between Beijing and Shanghai are night and day, and the same can be said about the expats residing in them. ... Read More>>

Learning Curves: Alternative Education in China Hot

Mar 25, 2015

Issues with Chinese mainstream education has many parents flocking towards alternative options. A number of parents send their children overseas to study, however a few other alternatives are popular as well. ... Read More>>

All Aboard!: How to Buy Train Tickets on WeChat Hot

Mar 23, 2015

Beat the rush at the ticket windows and book your train tickets effortlessly through WeChat instead. Here are step by step guidelines for those with shaky Chinese to help you navigate the world of WeChat ticket buying. ... Read More>>

How to Use WeChat to Painlessly Top-Up Your Phone Hot

Mar 18, 2015

It used to be that you had to buy a physical top-up card from a street vendor or store to recharge your phone. Now you can do it on WeChat once you’ve setup online payments! ... Read More>>

A-Z Guide to Navigating a Chinese Pharmacy Hot

Mar 16, 2015

Getting sick in China can be quite inconvenient, but that doesn’t mean we should refrain from seeking proper medical treatment. While Chinese pharmacies may seem daunting with all the mysterious elixirs and concoctions, they can actually prove to be very ...... Read More>>

Settling Down in China? Understanding The Chinese Spousal Visa Hot

Mar 11, 2015

Most foreigners who have spent a little longer in China know about the stress and hassle associated with attaining the proper paperwork for longer-term stays. However, marrying a Chinese person is not necessarily the golden ticket to a stress-free, ...... Read More>>

Clean Drinking Water in China: Is it Possible? Hot

Mar 09, 2015

Faced with widespread water and ground pollution, it’s important for everyone living in China to know what they’re dealing with and how to deal with it. Luckily, there are options to ensure a safe and clean supply of drinking water. ... Read More>>

Xi Jinping: The Governance Of China Hot

Mar 04, 2015

Tom Watkins discusses Xi Jinping’s book The Governance of China, a collection of 79 speeches and directives given by the Chairman since he came into power in November 2012. ... Read More>>

Chasing the China Dream: How to Find a Good Job in China Hot

Feb 26, 2015

As the country continues to open up to international trade, jobs are a-plenty for foreigners in many different fields. Here we list some tips and tricks for finding a good job in your field in China. ... Read More>>

Wheel Worthy: Getting a Driver’s License in China (For Absolute Beginners) Hot

Feb 25, 2015

Forty lessons and four tests; that’s what it takes to become legally road-capable in Beijing. The following guide is for those of you who don’t already have a license elsewhere, and have decided China is the place to learn maniacal driving and which ...... Read More>>

History of Foreign Powers Who Have Held Territories in China Hot

Feb 23, 2015

China’s boundaries have been fluid throughout her long history, conquering foreign territories and having parts of her territory conquered by foreign powers. Here, we explore the parts of the Mainland have come under foreign rule at one time or another. ... Read More>>

Backpacking with Chinese Characteristics: Interview with Travel Author Hong Mei Hot

Feb 18, 2015

After an adventurous year of backpacking through India, Chinese author Hong Mei published a book about her experiences and was named the first Chinese woman to backpack the subcontinent of India. We ask Hong Mei a few questions about her book and the state ...... Read More>>

From Polluted Air to Toxic Tea: 5 Health Threats in China Hot

Feb 16, 2015

Everyone knows that China’s pollution poses a health threat. Here, we look at some of the more common ones that give cause for concern and some of the lesser-known risks you should consider paying attention to. ... Read More>>

The Chinese Job Interview: Advice on How to Get Hired in China Hot

Feb 11, 2015

Job interviews in the West and China are extremely different, so if you’re preparing for one at your dream job, there are a few things you should keep in mind. ... Read More>>

The Money Game: Popular Investments Trends in China in 2014 Hot

Feb 09, 2015

In a country where red means positive return (gain) and green means negative return (loss), finding the right investment where risk and reward are balanced can be, at times, difficult. Here’s how some of China’s wealthiest individuals invested their money ...... Read More>>

Year of the Sheep: Here’s What to Expect in 2015 Hot

Feb 04, 2015

As with many aspects of life in China, superstitions about what different years can mean are rife, and the Year of the Sheep (sometimes called the Ram, or the Goat) is no exception. So what’s in store for us after Chinese New Year 2015? ... Read More>>

Spring Festival Travel Guide to Destinations and Buying Train & Airline Tickets Hot

Feb 02, 2015

If you fancy trying your hand at dicing with travel death during the notorious Spring Festival rush, this article offers advice on where to go, what to do and most importantly, how to get there this upcoming Chinese New Year. ... Read More>>

Chinese Desserts: Developing a New Sweet Tooth Hot

Jan 31, 2015

Of course cakes in China will never be the same as those abroad, but following a lot of negative dessert anger, its time that Chinese dessert got a mascot. ... Read More>>

From Weird to Weirder: Videos that Went Viral in China in 2014 Hot

Jan 28, 2015

2014 saw a number of viral videos garner millions of views worldwide; but what videos from China made it big? From the cute and dramatic to the downright bizarre, there were certainly some unforgettable videos across the mainland. ... Read More>>

Buddhism in China: Origins, Growth and Temple Etiquette Hot

Jan 26, 2015

Buddhism has been in China so long that it is almost forgivable for the average Chinese to think that it originated on their turf. Here, we outline the origins, the development and do’s and don’t when visiting Buddhist temples. ... Read More>>

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