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Wheel Worthy: Getting a Driver’s License in China (For Absolute Beginners)

Feb 25, 2015

Forty lessons and four tests; that’s what it takes to become legally road-capable in Beijing. The following guide is for those of you who don’t already have a license elsewhere, and have decided China is the place to learn maniacal driving and which ...... Read More>>

History of Foreign Powers Who Have Held Territories in China

Feb 23, 2015

China’s boundaries have been fluid throughout her long history, conquering foreign territories and having parts of her territory conquered by foreign powers. Here, we explore the parts of the Mainland have come under foreign rule at one time or another. ... Read More>>

Backpacking with Chinese Characteristics: Interview with Travel Author Hong Mei

Feb 18, 2015

After an adventurous year of backpacking through India, Chinese author Hong Mei published a book about her experiences and was named the first Chinese woman to backpack the subcontinent of India. We ask Hong Mei a few questions about her book and the state ...... Read More>>

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

Feb 16, 2015

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>>

The Chinese Job Interview: Advice on How to Get Hired in China Hot

Feb 11, 2015

Job interviews in the West and China are extremely different, so if you’re preparing for one at your dream job, there are a few things you should keep in mind. ... Read More>>

The Money Game: Popular Investments Trends in China in 2014 Hot

Feb 09, 2015

In a country where red means positive return (gain) and green means negative return (loss), finding the right investment where risk and reward are balanced can be, at times, difficult. Here’s how some of China’s wealthiest individuals invested their money ...... Read More>>

Year of the Sheep: Here’s What to Expect in 2015 Hot

Feb 04, 2015

As with many aspects of life in China, superstitions about what different years can mean are rife, and the Year of the Sheep (sometimes called the Ram, or the Goat) is no exception. So what’s in store for us after Chinese New Year 2015? ... Read More>>

Spring Festival Travel Guide to Destinations and Buying Train & Airline Tickets Hot

Feb 02, 2015

If you fancy trying your hand at dicing with travel death during the notorious Spring Festival rush, this article offers advice on where to go, what to do and most importantly, how to get there this upcoming Chinese New Year. ... Read More>>

Chinese Desserts: Developing a New Sweet Tooth Hot

Jan 31, 2015

Of course cakes in China will never be the same as those abroad, but following a lot of negative dessert anger, its time that Chinese dessert got a mascot. ... Read More>>

From Weird to Weirder: Videos that Went Viral in China in 2014 Hot

Jan 28, 2015

2014 saw a number of viral videos garner millions of views worldwide; but what videos from China made it big? From the cute and dramatic to the downright bizarre, there were certainly some unforgettable videos across the mainland. ... Read More>>

Buddhism in China: Origins, Growth and Temple Etiquette Hot

Jan 26, 2015

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>>

Creative Crops: Urban Farming in China Hot

Jan 24, 2015

The want of a little extra cash, concern over food scandals and the desire for a more beautiful living space has lead to growth of urban farming in China and the emergence of rooftop gardening. ... Read More>>

My Chinese Spouse: Love Has No Borders Hot

Jan 21, 2015

Cross-cultural relationships can be hugely challenging and much has been written about the difficulties and pitfalls of entering such a relationship, but there are also massive advantages to having a Chinese spouse in China. ... Read More>>

Go East! Tips and Info About Pursuing Your Postgraduate Studies in China Hot

Jan 19, 2015

China has been investing heavily into its higher education over the last decade and now the quality of education in its universities easily rival those in its neighboring countries. Here we provide valuable tips and info about further education in China and ...... Read More>>

A North Korea Travel Guide for China Expats Hot

Jan 17, 2015

If you’re living in or traveling through China and would like to catch a glimpse of the Hermit Kingdom while you’re here, be sure to check out our North Korea travel guide for China expats for some useful information to get you on your way. ... Read More>>

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

Jan 14, 2015

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>>

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

Jan 12, 2015

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>>

5 Challenges to Opening a Restaurant in China Hot

Jan 10, 2015

How many times has the sight of a jam-packed Western restaurant started you dreaming about opening a foreign restaurant yourself? If you plan to turn that dream into a reality here are 5 challenges you’ll likely face. ... Read More>>

How to Survive the Annual Chinese New Year Gifting Hot

Jan 06, 2015

Gift giving at Chinese New Year is serious business but a single misstep in the gifting process not only undoes all painstaking efforts at relationship-building, but could augur bad luck in the Lunar year ahead. ... Read More>>

Vacuum-Packed Curiosity: Taste Testing Chinese Snacks You’re Too Afraid to Hot

Jan 03, 2015

Roaming around a Chinese supermarket can be an exciting adventure with lots of interesting things to see. But working up the courage to try all of the weird things that you spot is an entirely different story. ... Read More>>

Uber the Top? One US Company is Trying to Take China’s Taxi Industry by Storm Hot

Dec 29, 2014

Uber is a company that has constantly been in the news in 2014 due to its aggressive expansion, controversial business practices and unpopularity with the Taxicab industry. How has Uber faired in China? ... Read More>>

Your Stories: Funniest Conversations with Taxi Drivers in China Hot

Dec 24, 2014

Everyone has had that one unforgettable taxi driver experience, or potentially more if you’ve spent a lot of time living and traveling in China. We asked for your stories in the answers section, and have compiled the best ones. ... Read More>>

Hong Kong: Making the Move to the Fragrant Harbour, Part 2

Dec 22, 2014

Relocating to Hong Kong from Mainland China can be daunting for many expats. In part two, we cover neighbourhoods, health services and where to get your essential grocery shopping done. ... Read More>>

Coming in from the Cold: Dealing with Winter in China Hot

Dec 20, 2014

There’s something about China’s winter that makes it a lot more miserable than other countries’. But fear not my dear reader, this winter season we present you a few alternatives for escaping the cold, or beating it at its own game.... Read More>>

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