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China Expat Stereotypes: What Do People Back Home Think of You?

Jul 18, 2016 Comments(28)

My family hated my decision to move to China. In their minds, it was the most ridiculous, off-the-wall, absurd thing someone would ever want to do. Consequently, I found myself falling victim to some of the many expat stereotypes that exist and it wasn’t a ...... Read More>>

China’s Youth Hostel Culture: Younger Than its Customers

Jul 05, 2016 Comments(9)

Whilst youth hostelling has been a cheap and reliable way for people to acquire accommodation for over a century, the first hostel in China only opened in 1998. But what you trade in luxury you gain in terms of a vibrant social scene, local knowledge from ...... Read More>>

How To: Avoid Employment Scams in China Hot

Jul 04, 2016 Comments(31)

China scams. We all know ’em. The legendary tea house ruse, the note-switching barman, the dodgy taxi driver… But there’s a whole dark world of employment skulduggery out there too, which can be far more damaging than getting forced into buying a rip-off ...... Read More>>

Five Ways that Parents Can Hurt their Children's English Learning Development Hot

Jun 29, 2016 Comments(22)

Most foreigners in China at some point taught english, be it professionally or not. In most cases, when teaching children, we had to deal with some of those five mistakes parents make towards their children that may impede their english development. ... Read More>>

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

Jun 27, 2016 Comments(29)

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>>

Expats Who Don’t Learn Mandarin Find it Hard to Succeed in China

Jun 27, 2016 Comments(8)

Expats in China are held back by language barriers and TutorMing seeks to provide a way out. TutorMing’s findings show that expats with basic Mandarin language proficiency are more content with their personal lives in China. ... Read More>>

5 Things I’ve Learned About China That I Wish I Could Tell My Younger Self Hot

Jun 24, 2016 Comments(31)

I recently celebrated my three-year anniversary here in China and it prompted a fair amount of soul searching. I started to wonder what I’d learned from my time here in China and what I wished I could have told myself three years ago. ... Read More>>

I’ve Lost My Train Ticket in China! What Should I Do?

Jun 22, 2016 Comments(6)

What to do if you lose your train ticket. ... Read More>>

The Times They are A-Changin': Eight Years in China Hot

Jun 20, 2016 Comments(31)

ECC contributor and veteran expat reflects on how China has changed since his arrival in 2008. ... Read More>>

Contraception in China: Tips about Choice and Availability in China Hot

Jun 15, 2016 Comments(8)

Unfortunately, contraceptive advice is severely lacking in China. Here we take a look at the choices of contraceptives that are available, introduce the pros and cons and offer advice on where to obtain them. ... 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>>

Only the Patient Expat Shall Pass: Rites of Passage in China Hot

Jun 08, 2016 Comments(36)

Settling into expat life in China can feel like an initiation to a secret society, involving strange and at times elaborate rites of passage. These are the experiences that separate the novice from the seasoned veteran. Sometimes painful, sometimes ...... Read More>>

Buddhism in China: Origins, Growth and Temple Etiquette

Jun 02, 2016 Comments(10)

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>>

Light a Candle: Overcoming Discrimination in China’s ESL Market Hot

Jun 01, 2016 Comments(114)

ECC blogger from Africa discusses his struggle to find an ESL position in China. ... Read More>>

Footing the Bill in China: Tips and Insights into China’s Paying Culture Hot

May 31, 2016 Comments(21)

If you've ever been alarmed at the sight of red-faced diners talking at the top of their voices and waving fistfuls of something around, don't be; they are only fighting to “qingke”, or pay the bill. Here’s a guide on when it’s your turn to fork out the ...... Read More>>

We Need to Revolutionize Chinese Studying Habits Hot

May 25, 2016 Comments(28)

ECC blogger calls for a change in learning English in China. ... Read More>>

You’ll Never Walk Alone: Owning Pets in China Hot

May 24, 2016 Comments(8)

Resorting to a pet or two can relieve the loneliness of many expats living overseas. Owning pets in China comes with certain difficulties though with with proper research, it might be your best decision yet. ... Read More>>

Tom Watkins: China’s Cultural Revolution turns 50 Hot

May 17, 2016 Comments(7)

Tom Watkins remembers the Cultural Revolution and its continuing influence on China today. ... Read More>>

Expats in China: How Valuable Are They to Employers? Hot

May 11, 2016 Comments(75)

China has become an increasingly attractive place to work for expats. However, the majority of those who come to China do not have several years of solid work experience, nor do they speak fluent Mandarin. So what value do expats offer to employers in China? ... Read More>>

5 Tips for Succeeding in China’s Changing Job Market Hot

May 09, 2016 Comments(38)

With many Western nations experiencing stagnant economies and high unemployment rates (7.9% in the US, 11.2% in the EU), more foreigners than ever are moving to Mainland China to reside and work, as they perceive its economy outlook and job market to be ...... Read More>>

Lost in Translation: The Funniest English Shirts I’ve Seen in China Hot

May 05, 2016 Comments(25)

I highly recommend that those who can't read English have someone/thing translate the message on their t-shirts to avoid embarrassing mistakes. ... Read More>>

Office Craziness in China (Part 1) Hot

Apr 27, 2016 Comments(24)

ECC blogger shares his stories of his crazy colleague. ... Read More>>

Parents Need Not Apply Hot

Apr 25, 2016 Comments(35)

ECC blogger questions why schools charge their teacher's children tuition. ... Read More>>

My Most Memorable Workmates in China Hot

Apr 20, 2016 Comments(15)

ECC blogger shares his stories of bad teachers. ... Read More>>

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