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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>>

China’s Top 5 Lower Tier Cities For Expats to Live HOT

Nov 29, 2016 Comments(3)

Life in the big city is exhausting and expensive at times, but never fear. We’ve prepared a list of some of the best lower tier cities to live so that you know where to head when its time to uproot. ... Read More>>

Overcrowding in China: The Cons are Obvious, What About the Pros? HOT

Nov 28, 2016 Comments(6)

The word ‘crowded’ takes on a whole new meaning during national holidays in China. Seas of pedestrians, jam-packed buses and subways, and stand still traffic jams are everywhere. Complaints come in every year from all over China so can anything good be ...... Read More>>

Beijing’s Havens from the Modern World: Life in the Hutongs HOT

Nov 23, 2016 Comments(2)

Beijing’s hutongs have been a staple of the city’s culture for centuries. Their distinctive architectural style and contrast to the bustling city around them have endeared them to tourists and residents alike, but are they for everybody? ... Read More>>

Top 5 Viral Videos in China 2016 HOT

Nov 21, 2016 Comments(5)

2016 is nearly over and while its been a fantastic year for viral videos in virtually all corners of the world, here are a few of our favourite viral videos from China in 2016. ... Read More>>

Freelancing Foreigners: Making Some Extra Mao HOT

Nov 15, 2016 Comments(5)

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>>

A More Western China? 4 Areas Where the West Has Impacted China HOT

Nov 14, 2016 Comments(13)

One can hardly sum up the influence of the West on China in just a few words, but we certainly can’t deny that a role has been played. The following list covers some key ways in which foreign influence can be seen in modern-day China. ... 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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

When to Hold Your Tongue: The Importance of Respecting “Face” HOT

Sep 20, 2016 Comments(24)

If you want to get along with Chinese locals, the #1 rule is never cause anyone to “lose face” by pointing out their mistakes. Even if you do it by accident, it will be an infraction not likely to be forgiven. ... Read More>>

Most Common English Teaching Job Scams in China: What to Avoid HOT

Sep 15, 2016 Comments(27)

Teaching English in China can be a great way to experience the country while gaining experience in a field that’s expanding rapidly. But it’s also an industry riddled with scams. For the uninitiated, here are some tips to help you find a legitimate, legal ...... Read More>>

The Path Less Trodden: 8 Alternative Reasons People Visit China HOT

Sep 05, 2016 Comments(5)

According to the words of Mao’s Little Red Book, true manhood can only be attained by taking a trip to the Great Wall of China. But what if you decide that you want to stray from the places every other tourist has been? ... Read More>>

8 Bizarre Chinese Foods and How to Eat Them HOT

Aug 31, 2016 Comments(24)

Whether you've just arrived in China or are considered an old timer, chances are you still run into certain foods that make you do a double take. Here are some delicacies that will most likely give you pause and a few tips on how to approach them – if ...... Read More>>

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

Aug 30, 2016 Comments(17)

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>>

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