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WeChat Etiquette: The Unspoken Rules

Sep 17, 2014 Comments(3)

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>>

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

Sep 15, 2014 Comments(8)

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(9)

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(13)

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

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

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>>

Ancient Noodles and Culinary Rulers- A History of Chinese Food

Aug 02, 2014 Comments(12)

China’s culinary delights have evolved over millennia, as emperors have come and gone and China’s gates have opened and closed. But in the last 50 years, economic reforms have had a “new dynasty” type effect on many aspects of life in China, including ...... Read More>>

Language Wars: English-Speaking Chinese Person Meets Mandarin-Speaking Foreigner Hot

Jul 30, 2014 Comments(29)

There exists a so called ‘language war’ in which a Westerner is keen to display his or her hard-to-gain Mandarin skills while the Chinese person is every bit as enthusiastic about speaking English to them. So, what tactics can you use to achieve your goal?... Read More>>

Despite Rising Costs, Some Things are Still Comparatively Cheaper in China Hot

Jul 28, 2014 Comments(14)

Despite rising costs of living in China, there are still plenty of affordable perks worth taking advantage of. We take a look at the things that are available or that we can do in China that are far cheaper than their equivalents in Western countries. ... Read More>>

Kunming, Yunnan: A Province of Ethnic Minorities; a City of Chinese

Jul 26, 2014 Comments(9)

Home to 26 of China’s 55 national minorities, many will tell you that Yunnan’s villages are a gold mine of “real” minority culture. However, with just over half of China’s population living in urban areas, “real” minority culture must exist in cities ...... Read More>>

Signed and Delivered: The Lowdown on Express Delivery Services in China

Jul 23, 2014 Comments(2)

China’s express delivery volume ranks second in the world after the US, an industry that has witnessed phenomenal growth due to a boom in ecommerce. With 8,000 registered courier companies currently in China and counting, here’s a guide to riding the ...... Read More>>

Western Psychology: Can it Take Root in China?

Jul 21, 2014 Comments(19)

While mental illnesses in China continue to be taboo in much of society and social services for mental health patients are still scarce, the idea of psychotherapy is becoming more normal, especially in bigger cities.... Read More>>

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