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View Point of a Chinese Daughter: Double the Trouble of Cross-Cultural Relationships

Dec 17, 2014 Comments(15)

Gone are the days when marrying your daughter to a “waiguo” (foreign) man was something to take pride in, something to make your neighbours green with envy. Whereas a few decades ago, a waiguo son-in-law carried with him the added prize of a ticket out of a sparsely resourced China, the mentality now has quite ...Read more>>

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Only Child No More: The Relaxing of China’s One Child Policy

Dec 15, 2014 Comments(4)

China’s controversial one child policy, which has dominated its history for the last 30 years, reached a landmark at the beginning of this year, when it was relaxed to allow more couples the opportunity to have more than one child. ... Read More>>

Of Love and Money: Disagreeing About Finances in Chinese-Expat Couples

Dec 13, 2014 Comments(45)

Photo: forbes.com Multicultural relationships can sometimes seem like a minefield of potential difficulties. Certain topics, such as raising children, the role of the in-laws, and the division of chores, are bound to stir up issues for even the most stable ...... Read More>>

Christmas Shopping in China: Where and What to Buy

Dec 11, 2014 Comments(2)

Being an expat in China can be fraught with difficulty as we contemplate how and where to do our Christmas shopping. Here we take a look at how to navigate your way through the minefield that is Christmas shopping in China and avoid a ‘Black Friday’ type ...... Read More>>

Higher is Better? China’s Insatiable Skyscraper Craze

Dec 10, 2014 Comments(6)

As China becomes a heavyweight contender on the world stage, let’s take a look at the skyscrapers it is famous for, its plans for building more in the future as well as some health and safety issues this may present. ... Read More>>

Leaping Over the Great Firewall: Technology Life Hacks for China

Dec 08, 2014 Comments(12)

As any expat who has been in China for a period of time will be aware, using technological products with the same freedom to which we have become accustomed is simply not possible. However, there are workarounds so that popular services and applications can ...... Read More>>

5 Well Translated Chinese Novels to Hibernate With This Winter

Dec 06, 2014 Comments(2)

Here is a list of five well translated Chinese novels that give us a better understanding of the social, cultural, linguistic, and political landscapes through with the average Chinese has had to navigate. ... Read More>>

China Through Film: 7 Contemporary Chinese Filmmakers You Should Know About

Dec 03, 2014 Comments(2)

China has a thriving film industry that offers valuable glimpses into both the country’s past and present socio-political climate. To help you learn more about China and its popular culture, we’ve taken a look at some of the best contemporary filmmakers ...... Read More>>

Protecting Your Future: Secure Expat Jobs in China Hot

Dec 01, 2014 Comments(6)

Foreigners coming to work in China are increasingly replaced by locals as education in China gets better and better. But there’s still a thriving job market in China for qualified expats that can’t be so easily replaced by talented Chinese applicants. We ...... Read More>>

Shopping for the Best: The Specialty Products of China’s Cities

Nov 29, 2014 Comments(11)

Most foreigners in China have been treated to a least one special dish or food from the city they live in. Certainly, anyone who’s been to Beijing has tasted a piece of duck. Regional cuisine is a popular topic amongst foreigners and Chinese alike, ...... Read More>>

Facemasks in China: Life After the Airpocalypse

Nov 26, 2014 Comments(8)

Facemask wearing people are an all too common sight in China, especially in large cities like Beijing where air pollution has become a notorious problem and cause of concern. With more pharmacies and shops selling a vibrant array of facemasks, it’s ...... Read More>>

How the Chinese Media Shapes Chinese Perception of the Outside World

Nov 24, 2014 Comments(5)

Though hard to imagine, the vast majority of Chinese citizens still depend solely on the Chinese media for their perceptions of the West. This article examines the stereotypes of Western people and countries that the Chinese media perpetuates, and how it ...... Read More>>

10 Easy Chinese Karaoke Songs: Impress Your Colleagues with Minimal Effort! Hot

Nov 22, 2014 Comments(5)

Karaoke is one of the most popular social activities in China. Unfortunately, foreigners often encounter substantial language barriers with the music, struggling to keep up with most Chinese karaoke songs. Next time you go to a KTV, try these 10 easy ...... Read More>>

Bitter Revenge: Meet the Mistresses Who Led to the Downfall of 6 Officials Hot

Nov 19, 2014 Comments(10)

We all know the old saying “hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”. Well, take note gentlemen: it seems there would be some truth in it after all. Let’s take a look at some of the more high profile officials and how their mistresses got one over on them. ...... Read More>>

Hong Kong: Making the Move to the Fragrant Harbour, Part 1

Nov 17, 2014 Comments(5)

Many expats working in China are deciding to relocate to Hong Kong for a variety of reasons, including lower taxation and higher salaries. Over the course of two articles, we’re going to explore the essentials that you need to know before taking the plunge ...... Read More>>

10 Tips for Avoiding Cultural Mishaps in China

Nov 15, 2014 Comments(7)

Those with little knowledge of China may discover that cultural differences can easily lead to challenges and cultural mishaps. We’ve compiled a guide of ten tips to help you avoid such mishaps, so read carefully if you’re planning a trip to the Middle ...... Read More>>

3G vs 4G for Mobile Phones in China: Does it Make a Difference? Hot

Nov 12, 2014 Comments(7)

In most instances, analyzing mobile network technology is reserved for tech geeks who are looking to squeeze the absolute most performance out of their phones. However, in the case of mobile service providers in China, it can affect what phone you can use ...... Read More>>

Your Stories: Funniest Teaching Experiences in China Hot

Nov 10, 2014 Comments(7)

We recently asked for your participation, in order to share some of the funniest teaching experiences from people living and teaching in China, because we know that there must be some amazing misunderstandings or mistranslations out there. Here are a few of ...... Read More>>

Meet the Chinese Parents: Making First Impressions Count Hot

Nov 08, 2014 Comments(15)

For most expats, the greatest cultural test we’ll ever face in China occurs when meeting our partner’s parents for the first time. This article looks at some of the extra things you can do to help convince those hard-to-please parents that you’re good ...... Read More>>

A Guide to What Can Go Wrong When Getting Clothes Tailored in China Hot

Nov 05, 2014 Comments(6)

Cheap – that’s exactly what custom-made can end up looking like here if you're not careful. How do you avoid the common pitfalls of getting less-than-desirable results when getting items tailor-made in China? Here is some advice. ... Read More>>

5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in China You Must Visit Hot

Nov 03, 2014 Comments(5)

China has a total of 47 UNESCO World heritage sites but hectic schedules and other obligations means that often we don’t get to see past the side of China lined by concrete and steel bars. Here are five you absolutely must visit. ... Read More>>

China’s Youth Hostel Culture: Younger Than its Customers

Oct 29, 2014 Comments(4)

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>>

5 Health Idea Differences Between China and the West Hot

Oct 27, 2014 Comments(12)

There are many differences between the West and China regarding health practices and how best to stay healthy.Whilst none are dangerous, getting to the root of where these stem from is often difficult. Let’s take a look at some perceptions regarding ...... Read More>>

The Bewitching World of China’s Ghost Stories

Oct 25, 2014 Comments(5)

All over China, leaves are starting to crisp and fall. Trees lift blackened limbs into a chilly sky. It's the season for ghost stories. For Westerners, October calls up Halloween's roll call of creepy-crawlies: vampires and ghosts, witches and zombies. ...... Read More>>

Fading Voices: China’s Endangered Languages

Oct 23, 2014 Comments(1)

As the world becomes more interconnected, languages everywhere are dying out at an unprecedented rate. In China alone, 144 languages linger on the brink of extinction, most with no more than a few dozen speakers left. ... Read More>>

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