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7 Common Scams in China and How to Avoid Them

May 24, 2017 Comments(1)

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 in China, and how to stay one step ahead. Read more>>

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10 Habits I Picked Up in China That I'll (Probably) Keep for Life HOT

Oct 14, 2013 Comments(43)

Here are 10 ways in which you’ll return home a reformed person after having experienced Chinese culture for an extended period of time. ... Read More>>

A-Z Guide to Navigating a Chinese Pharmacy HOT

Mar 16, 2015 Comments(10)

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>>

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>>

Yellow Fever: Why Western Guys Date Chinese Girls HOT

Sep 18, 2009 Comments(396)

It was a warm night. I was sitting with a friend on the terrace of a bar in town, enjoying the balmy evening air, listening to soft jazz, and sipping beers. All was good. Until my friend raised her eyebrows in the direction of the table beside us. A portly ...... Read More>>

5 Tips on How to Spot a Fake iPhone and Avoid Getting Scammed HOT

Jan 17, 2011 Comments(49)

Yes, China is the land of the fakes. You can buy fake handbags, designer clothes, wallets… But there are simply some situations in which only the genuine product will do. Once such product is an iPhone, and with the fairly new release of the iPhone 4, ...... Read More>>

China’s Porn Industry: Does It Exist? HOT

Nov 10, 2012 Comments(28)

Despite being made illegal when the Communists rose to power in 1949, pornography flourishes in China. Just look at any DVD stand. Although the penalties for purchasing, peddling and producing pornographic material are draconian, it is clear that the threat ...... Read More>>

Keep it Legal: China’s 10 Strangest Rules and Laws HOT

Sep 23, 2011 Comments(27)

Most law-abiding citizens know the difference between right and wrong, and many rules and regulations, such as those governing deportation, are common sense, but sometimes you get things that are illegal that just aren’t that obvious. Laws around the ...... Read More>>

Food Safety in China: From the Field to Your Dinner Plate HOT

Apr 27, 2013 Comments(6)

While food scandals in the West appear to be a consequence of globalization, in China there are a number of other underlying and interrelated factors that result in unsafe food, including opportunists and profit-making attitudes, untraceable contracts and a ...... Read More>>

China Sex Scandals 2.0 HOT

Oct 09, 2009 Comments(6)

The internet keeps on growing, the technology allowing us to record ourselves in all matter of compromising positions keeps progressing and people certainly aren't going to stop having sex. Even China's internet censors can't seem to stop flesh from ...... 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>>

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

Mar 23, 2015 Comments(19)

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>>

The Residue of Design: 8 Symbols of Luck and Good Fortune in China HOT

Apr 04, 2017 Comments(4)

Chinese culture certainly has no shortage of symbols of luck and good fortune, many of them stemming from wordplay or riddles. These symbols are easily seen in everyday life, but sometimes their meaning is not easily discernible. Here we take a look at ...... Read More>>

Oldest Profession Learns Some New Tricks: Prostitution in China HOT

Oct 19, 2009 Comments(16)

Most of us have encountered them. Beauty salons that are somehow still open past midnight. Late night phone calls when you’re staying at a hotel in a strange city. Massage parlors where the massages are not the most exciting thing on the menu. Women ...... Read More>>

Jobs for Non-Native English Speakers in China HOT

Jul 06, 2010 Comments(226)

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 ...... Read More>>

How to Get an Abortion in China HOT

Aug 02, 2010 Comments(63)

While it isn’t a particularly uplifting topic, many foreign women have faced an unplanned pregnancy while living in China. Without getting into political or religious issues, it is safe to say that the options for dealing with an unplanned pregnancy in ...... Read More>>

Boys, Boys, Boys: Dating Chinese Guys HOT

Sep 25, 2009 Comments(32)

"It’s not fair." I often whine to my French boyfriend. "It’s like a playground for you western guys here in Shanghai. All the Chinese girls fancy you." "It’s not my fault." he says with a Gallic shrug. "Anyway, a lot of Chinese guys look ...... Read More>>

Smart and Practical: The Best Apps for Travelling in China HOT

Jun 13, 2016 Comments(22)

Smart phones have drastically changed the way we obtain information, almost rendering paperback dictionaries and travel books obsolete. From incredibly smart translating tools to up-to-date transport maps, here’s our list of essential apps for travelling ...... Read More>>

Adventures in China: Strange Expat Jobs HOT

Aug 02, 2011 Comments(24)

Make the Meat Kosher It was 9 AM on a beautiful Saturday morning when I got the strangest call of my life. "Bobby it's Yi," said my good Chinese friend. "Hey Yi, lets meet up for lunch today," I said. "You're Jewish right?" Yi ...... Read More>>

What are You, Five? Chinese Women and Sa Jiao HOT

Dec 21, 2012 Comments(62)

You’ve probably witnessed a scene similar to this one before: A grown woman stomping her foot, whining cutely, pouting her lips and making eyes at her boyfriend. "Lao Gong," she might say, pitching her voice to resemble that of a petulant ...... Read More>>

How To: Find a Legit Massage in China HOT

Sep 30, 2011 Comments(29)

Have you ever considered having a full body massage, but worried that your massage would turn into an unwanted sexy fiasco? Here we give you advice on how to recognize the differences between parlours offering sexual services and those that give legitimate ...... Read More>>

Getting Custom Made Clothes in China: What You Need to Know HOT

Aug 17, 2013 Comments(30)

It's not exactly a secret that China is the “land of cheap custom made clothes”. But, as with everything here, it's easy to get ripped off if you don't know what you're doing. These tips hold true for tailors with their own stores, and even the tailors ...... Read More>>

10 Easy Chinese Karaoke Songs: Impress Your Colleagues with Minimal Effort! HOT

Nov 22, 2014 Comments(4)

Karaoke is one of the most popular social activities in China. Unfortunately, foreigners often encounter substantial language barriers with the music, struggling to keep up with most Chinese karaoke songs. Next time you go to a KTV, try these 10 easy ...... Read More>>

Dealing with Negative Stereotypes of Cross-Cultural Dating HOT

Dec 26, 2016 Comments(175)

Bowie, Iggy or Bo-ggy combo ran the boozy argument. My friends and I were debating who penned the track 'China Girl'. A quick internet search later and we were none the clearer. The mysterious algorithms and search bots, which are supposed to know our wants ...... Read More>>

The Couch Potato’s Guide to Ordering Fast Food Online in China HOT

Jul 01, 2014 Comments(7)

Fast food delivery guys whizzing about on their e-bikes at all hours of the day and night is a common sight across China. So how do you avail of this awesome service? We take a look at the three most popular fast food outlets and their online ordering ...... Read More>>

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