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The Western Influence on China: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Jul 20, 2017 Comments(68)

History shows that emerging Asian powers have, on occasion, used established and dominant Western cultures as models in the course or cause of their development. For instance, Meiji Japan and its rapid adoption of mainly US western military traditions and fashions, or even India, ... ...Read more>>

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How to Spice up Your China Resume

Jul 19, 2017

Back in the day, if you had a foreign face and a few other mediocre skills, you could land a high paying corporate job in China. Unfortunately, those days are over; it takes a lot more to find your dream job. ... Read More>>

Islam in China: Who are China’s Muslims? HOT

Jul 17, 2017 Comments(0)

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>>

8 Western Foods that Chinese People Find Gross

Jul 12, 2017 Comments(5)

There’s plenty of Chinese food well known to turn the stomach of Westerners, but what about the other way around? What Western food do Chinese people find gross? Below are some of the most common answers I’ve encountered. ... Read More>>

How to Bike-Share Like a Pro in China

Jul 11, 2017 Comments(2)

China’s bike sharing craze is in full force. So warm up those legs and charge those cell phones as we take a ride into the world of rent-a-bikes in China. ... Read More>>

China’s Best Street Food Breakfasts

Jul 04, 2017 Comments(3)

China is a country on the move. One luxury people on the move don’t necessarily have is a leisurely breakfast. Many Chinese people and expats therefore take advantage of China’s numerous street food breakfast options. ... Read More>>

The Weird and the Wonderful: Your Guide to China’s Fruit HOT

Jul 03, 2017 Comments(1)

The weather is warming up and fruit season is upon us! One great thing about living in China is access to all the fresh fruit you can dream of – and many you wouldn’t even think of. Perusing the fruit stalls can be a bit intimidating if your prior ...... Read More>>

China English Teaching Horror Stories HOT

Jun 28, 2017 Comments(53)

Teaching English in China can be a risky venture, especially for inexperienced teachers who might fall victim to the more unscrupulous schools and administrators out there. Here we take a look at several horror stories which should illustrate what can ...... Read More>>

How to Marry Another Foreigner in China

Jun 27, 2017 Comments(1)

A practical guide exploring the rules, regulations and tips for two foreigners getting married in China. ... Read More>>

10 GIFs That Tell You Everything You Need To Know About Moving to China HOT

Jun 26, 2017 Comments(3)

Relocating to China from a foreign country and can daunting and confusing. However, these 10 GIFs will will tell you exactly what to expect. ... Read More>>

Skip the Chinese Gym! Workout Routines You Can Do at Home HOT

Jun 23, 2017 Comments(4)

It's hard staying in shape, especially when the beck and call of China's various distractions get in the way—"Dinner at my favorite Sichuan place? Why, sure I'd love to join you after work instead of going to the gym!" But with the heavy food-and ...... Read More>>

Don’t Be an Outsider in China: Six Tips to Help You Fit In HOT

Jun 19, 2017 Comments(34)

You came all the way to China but most of your friends are English speaking expats. The Chinese friends you have managed to make are either your students or people who wish they were your students. You eat at the same place every day, usually a Western ...... Read More>>

Jobs for Non-Native English Speakers in China HOT

Jun 15, 2017 Comments(230)

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 if English is ...... Read More>>

Say What? 10 Things You Shouldn’t Say to a Chinese Person HOT

Jun 14, 2017 Comments(50)

With so many taboos and traditions, social interactions can be a minefield in China. Although many are disappearing with time, there are still some things you just shouldn’t say in this country. Here are just a few: ... Read More>>

E-Bike Buyer’s Guide: Tips on Shopping for Electric Bikes in China HOT

Jun 12, 2017 Comments(22)

Although the popularity of e-bikes may have stemmed from the associated financial and environmental benefits, by joining the masses and buying one, you’ll also gain the freedom to explore the city at your leisure. ... Read More>>

A Foreigner’s Guide to Buying Vehicles in China HOT

Jun 08, 2017 Comments(17)

So, you’ve decided to take the plunge and buy a vehicle in China, but where to start? What do you buy and how do you buy it? Are you even allowed to as a foreigner? Let’s take a look and find out …... Read More>>

Property Boom! A Guide to Buying Homes in China

Jun 05, 2017 Comments(1)

Some locals and foreigners have become filthy rich in Chinese real estate, as it always seems to keep going up. So, if you’re thinking about purchasing property here, or are settling down and need a roof over your head, there are definitely some things to ...... Read More>>

5 Worst Chinese Cities for Foreigners to Live in HOT

Jun 01, 2017 Comments(33)

Oftentimes, as foreigners living in one of China's larger, more metropolitan cities, it's easy to become spoiled by all of the little conveniences. In Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and their metropolitan ilk, we're spoiled by our Carl's Jr. hamburgers, our ...... Read More>>

Trying to Make Sense of Sexual Harassment in China HOT

May 31, 2017 Comments(23)

Many expat women I know can’t recall ever being sexually harassed in China by a stranger. Some have told me ‘Chinese men wouldn’t dare.’ Yet, a recent string of reports of sexual harassment on metro systems suggests that some men here do in fact ‘dare ...... Read More>>

What Did You Just Call Me? Tips on Understanding Chinese Insults HOT

May 26, 2017 Comments(10)

From Shakespeare's pithy put-downs to insinuating someone knows his own mother in a biblical sense, the art of insulting people is strange, extremely colourful and varied across cultures and dialects.... Read More>>

7 Common Scams in China and How to Avoid Them HOT

May 24, 2017 Comments(11)

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 ...... Read More>>

All the Single Ladies! Why Does China’s “Leftover Women” Phenomenon Exist? HOT

May 23, 2017 Comments(23)

China’s notorious “leftover women” are the lucky ladies who’ve reached the age of 27, but have not yet married. Why are these ladies being set apart? Why don’t men want them? In a land with a male dominated gender imbalance, how can this be happening? ...... Read More>>

Top 7 Financial Tips for Expats in China HOT

May 18, 2017 Comments(7)

Being away from your homeland has its advantages, but it also most certainly has disadvantages. As a financial advisor, one of the biggest problems I see with foreigners living in China lays in the realm of finance. This isn’t necessarily due to not making ...... Read More>>

What’s in a Name? Foreigners in China with a Chinese Name HOT

May 17, 2017 Comments(13)

Our names are the stamps of our identity, especially for the Chinese. So why is it that many Chinese themselves – especially those who immigrate – find the need to re-name themselves? Here, one British writer of Chinese descent recounts her experiences of ...... Read More>>

Things Travellers Don’t Know About China, but Should HOT

May 11, 2017 Comments(42)

For many people, China is a land of mystery. So many years behind the Bamboo Curtain gave it an air of the unknown, and even thirty years after the re-opening, it still holds a certain allure to intrepid travellers. Whether you're coming here as a visitor, ...... Read More>>

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