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5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in China You Must Visit

Aug 22, 2016 Comments(9)

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>>

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4 Major Differences Between Rural and Urban China

Aug 22, 2016 Comments(20)

China is a miscellaneous patchwork of Special Administrative Regions (Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan), Autonomous Regions (Tibet, Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia, Ningxia, Guangxi) and 25 other ...... Read More>>

5 Guilty Pleasures in China Expats Secretly Enjoy Hot

Aug 15, 2016 Comments(35)

Being so firmly nestled in our foreign roosts here, we eat sub-par pizza, and delicately spit food into napkins instead of on the table. It’s all part of being an expat in China. However, it’s important to remember some of the baser pleasures that flourish...... Read More>>

Does China's Materialistic Image Really Represent Most Chinese?

Aug 08, 2016 Comments(40)

Broadly speaking, China’s materialistic image and its love affair with modernization are hard to deny. But is it really fair to assume that “average” Chinese people all pine after the latest gadgets or care only about getting their hands on a designer ...... Read More>>

3 Cheap Travel Websites for Booking Your Summer Holiday From China

Aug 03, 2016 Comments(14)

One of the advantages of living in China is the ability to use the country as a springboard for travelling around the rest of Asia on a budget. We take a look at some price comparison websites, what they offer and how they compare. ... Read More>>

“Naked Resignation”: Following Your Feet Out The Office Hot

Jul 19, 2016 Comments(13)

These days, more and more Chinese men and women are taken part in the new “naked resignation” phenomenon that is the envy of many of their peers. And those that aren’t, are dreaming of it. ... Read More>>

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

Jul 18, 2016 Comments(30)

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(10)

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(33)

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(30)

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? Hot

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 Hot

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(76)

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>>

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