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Gourmet or Insane? Outrageously Expensive Delicacies in China

Oct 01, 2014 Comments(3)

For many years, China has had an appetite for what Westerners would consider exotic and outrageously expensive delicacies. While Xi’s austerity measures have reigned in the prices, the following ‘treats’ are not for those with a light wallet. Read more>>

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Inside the Sardine Can: Surviving Rush Hour in China

Sep 29, 2014 Comments(4)

With a population of 1.36 billion people as of 2013 and the concept of personal space being non-existent, it’s no wonder that trailing to work each and every day becomes a minefield in China. Here are some tips on how to survive the rush hour madness. ... Read More>>

5 Beautiful Places in China Not to Go For National Week

Sep 27, 2014 Comments(30)

Tourism has exploded in China, especially the domestic industry. While this has been good for the country’s GDP, it has left many of its most iconic attractions struggling under the brunt of mass tourism. From crippling numbers swamping the Great Wall to ...... Read More>>

Lala: Intercultural Lesbian Relationships in China

Sep 24, 2014 Comments(20)

Being in a relationship is hard enough even in the absence of cultural and societal expectations and pressures. However, China’s intercultural lala, or lesbian, relationships are subject to irrepressible external factors adding to existing relationship ...... Read More>>

3 Politicians That Have Helped Create Positive Sino-Relations for their Nations

Sep 22, 2014 Comments(5)

This article examines the importance of China’s relationships with various politicians from other countries and questions where they are headed in the short-term future. ... Read More>>

5 Places in China That Will Transport You to Another World

Sep 20, 2014 Comments(10)

China shows off its ethnic diversity with this varied list of foreign-influenced communities. Spread throughout the country, these “expat-towns” have adopted enough influences from its source of origin to qualify as an authentic taste of home. ... Read More>>

WeChat Etiquette: The Unspoken Rules Hot

Sep 17, 2014 Comments(15)

WeChat has taken our lives by storm. But what are the rules of this app? Do we use it like instant messenger, or should we display less ‘erratic’ behavior, and send messages over WeChat in the same way that we did with the good old SMS? ... Read More>>

From Foreigners to Celebs: China’s Latest Crackdown on Drugs Hot

Sep 15, 2014 Comments(16)

2014 has seen an intensified crackdown on drug trafficking, distribution and possession across China. No one has been immune and this year scores of celebrities and foreigners felt the force of the law. But is this a war that China can win? ... Read More>>

A Second Education: 4 Exams and Tests Expats Can Take in China

Sep 13, 2014 Comments(12)

If you’ve got spare time on your hands, why not consider furthering yourself educationally or gaining some extra certificates to pad up your resume with? There are a number of tests and exams on offer in China that are open to foreign candidates. ... Read More>>

How Does Western Media Shape Our Perceptions of China?

Sep 10, 2014 Comments(18)

From Marco Polo to Fu Manchu, the West has never tired of its fascination with China. Prominent figures in Chinese media have long accused the West of presenting a biased view of China. So how is Western media reporting shaping the Western view of China? ... Read More>>

Islam in China: Who are China’s Muslims?

Sep 08, 2014 Comments(14)

Today, China is home to some 23 million Muslims. This article takes a look at who China’s Muslims are, their history and current events that have shaped the perception and attitudes towards this group in recent times. ... Read More>>

The Wax and Wane of Community Spirit in China

Sep 06, 2014 Comments(18)

Broadly speaking, throughout the dynasties, the Chinese held values like patriotism and loyalty in high esteem, while the subsequent rise of Maoism kept community spirit at high levels. Yet today, a cursory glance at China-related news hints at the erosion ...... Read More>>

“Old Like Yellow Pearls”: China’s “Leftover Women” Hot

Sep 03, 2014 Comments(24)

The “leftover woman” trope has been causing a stir in China in recent years – especially following the “yellowing pearls” article published on the All-China Women’s Federation website in 2012. This is “sheng nv” – urban, educated women over ...... Read More>>

5 Ways to Combat Homesickness in China

Sep 01, 2014 Comments(5)

It happens to all of us; at some point during our stay in China we get homesick and it can be debilitating. However, there are some practical ways to deal with homesickness, or at least a lot of ways to keep us busy until the feeling passes! ... Read More>>

Fly Me to the Moon: How to Make Your own Mooncakes

Aug 30, 2014 Comments(10)

Regardless of how you feel about mooncakes – a divisive traditional Chinese snack that foreigners seem to either love or hate – they're an incredibly popular gift between family members and business associates alike. And if you're looking for a surefire ...... Read More>>

Three Aspects of Confucianism That Are Still Found in Modern Chinese Society

Aug 27, 2014 Comments(7)

Confucius is everywhere. His sayings, his name, and even his picture. But how much of Confucius’ teachings have actually made it through China’s long and tumultuous history into modern day China? ... Read More>>

Rising Up: The Most Popular Chinese Smartphones

Aug 25, 2014 Comments(2)

In recent years, the labels Made and Designed in China, for a select few products at least, means great value. One such category in particular is the smartphone. This article lists some of the most widely available and/or trendy new smartphones on the ...... Read More>>

Bigger is Definitely Better: The Building of Superlatives in China

Aug 23, 2014 Comments(43)

China is no stranger to large scale building projects. From building the Great Wall to the Grand Canal, China has always worked on a grand scale. No longer fazed by futuristic skyscrapers or monuments to commercialism, China has entered the building of ...... Read More>>

Epidemics in China: How Has China Been Dealing with Disease Outbreaks?

Aug 20, 2014 Comments(6)

In the last 12 years, epidemics have affected millions of people in China. We list some of the biggest health threats faced by China in recent years, together with new threats outside of China and how the country, as an emerging world leader, has reacted. ... Read More>>

Hard Vs. Soft Sleeper Train Travel in China Hot

Aug 18, 2014 Comments(5)

Long distance train travel is best undertaken in a sleeper carriage, where there are two comfort level options: hard sleeper and soft sleeper. But what can you expect from a journey in a sleeper train? ... Read More>>

Chinese Dining Etiquette: What Not to Do at a Company Dinner Hot

Aug 16, 2014 Comments(32)

Chinese people don’t expect foreigners to know everything about Chinese dining etiquette. Your coworkers will be impressed if you can pick up that kaoya slice. But you aren’t just any foreigner; you want to prove you have mastered Chinese table manners. ... Read More>>

Portrayals of Chinese People and Chinese Culture in Western Movies Hot

Aug 13, 2014 Comments(19)

Chinese culture – or rather, Chinese culture seen through a Western veneer, or Orientalism – has long been a source of fascination, comedy and fear in Western cinema. We look back on how some of these portrayals have evolved over the past half century – ...... Read More>>

All the Rage: Five Trends to Grip China in Recent Years Hot

Aug 11, 2014 Comments(4)

As the most populous nation on Earth, it should hardly come as a surprise that some of the quirkiest and unusal trends find root in China. From dogs in panty hose (no kidding!) to cartoon phone apps, we round up 5 trends that have been gripping the nation ...... Read More>>

Shocking Cases of Violence Across China This Year Hot

Aug 06, 2014 Comments(29)

2014 has seen what appears to be an alarming increase in violence in China with a spate of terror attacks being carried out across the country. We’ve taken a look at some of the most notorious events to hit the headlines this year. ... Read More>>

Fly at Your Own Risk: 5 of The Deadliest Plane Crashes in China

Aug 04, 2014 Comments(3)

Following a recent string of tragic events, aviation safety has been thrust into the spotlight. China has an impressive fleet of airliners; but how do they fare in terms of safety? Let’s examine some of the deadliest plane crashes in China’s aviation ...... Read More>>

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