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Walking the Great Wall of China

bobby_7  Jun 19, 2014 Comments(5)

Nobody ever mentions how steep the Great Wall of China is. You hear a lot about its age and its length, but the sheer vertical drop? Not so much. It doesn't look all that intimidating from the pictures, either, flanked by red-gold foliage or dusted with snow, lazily weaving in and out of view along the rolling peaks of China's northern frontier. ... Read More>>

Finding non-ESL jobs as a non-white foreigner in China for lower pay?

aeynzmaar  Jun 18, 2014 Comments(2)

The process seems to be easier said than done. I so far have had one very enthusiastic person want to find out if I would work for his program, but the minute I stated I wanted the same salary he printed in his job post, he dissappeared. I've heard other stories of similar things happening. Sounds a lot like how things are in the US. So it seems ... Read More>>

A (RANT-ish) Blog: Teaching in China

hadleyj09  Jun 12, 2014 Comments(33)

If you’re here to teach, then TEACH (RANT) People come to China as English teachers for a various number of reasons. Some come to escape from home, to make money, to travel throughout China and Asia, or they come here on a whim and hope for the best. All of these reasons, in my opinion, are legit for being here. However, if you are here as ... Read More>>

The Enchanting city of Xian

Ava11  Jun 11, 2014

As a copyeditor with a leading news website of India, I spent a lot of my time at the news desk viewing pictures from the various news agencies of the world for photo spreads and picture stories. Quite often, I'd come across pictures of the Terracotta Army and I’d be amazed to see the intricately carved structures. I would wonder if I'd ... Read More>>

The Urban Chinese

mak  Jun 11, 2014 Comments(9)

While I grew up watching lot of kungfu movies, I had the idea that The Chinese would be people in traditional Chinese clothes with wooden houses and wooden restaurants with people eating with chopsticks and the famous soupbowls much like the perception that Indians live in houses made of thached roof. My visit to China was a marked surprise, The ... Read More>>

Being Black in Shanghai.....

valyvon  Jun 11, 2014 Comments(5)

Life in shanghai, or china as whole has been very interesting! once you get used to the stares.. The taxis refusing to pick you up and the where are you from questions, can I take a picture with you, or the default paparazzi all over town.... Life in shanghai is not so bad after all ..... Read More>>

A WARNING TO ALL FOREIGNERS LOOKING FOR JOBS IN SUZHOU

Jauzinho17  Jun 05, 2014 Comments(3)

Hi everyone, I just want to offer one piece of advice and information to everyone. It's very simple and quick, if you are looking for a job at an English training centre in Suzhou, please do not accept work from Web International Pingjiang Centre. There are many reasons for this but the main one is that after at first behaving in a manner that ... Read More>>

I speak English and I am from India

Ava11  Jun 03, 2014 Comments(11)

I don't know why there's a common notion in China that only folks from native English speaking countries can speak good English. However, it is not true. People from many other countries of the world can speak and write good english, some times better than the native people. I come from India and,as long as I remember, I have been speaking and ... Read More>>

China Pakistan Relations.

Khurram786  Jun 03, 2014 Comments(21)

China–Pakistan relations began in 1950 when Pakistan was among the first countries to end official diplomatic relations with theRepublic of China on Taiwan and recognize the PRC. Since then, both countries have placed considerable importance on the maintenance of an extremely close and supportive relationship. Since then, the two ... Read More>>

Chongqing...two and half months later...

louischuahm  May 31, 2014 Comments(8)

It's been two and half months since I last wrote. Been busy all that time putting into place processes for so many tasks. I was wondering what the previous administrator was doing, even simple processes were not in place. It's no wonder the expat teachers here were complaining that each time they wanted something it takes a long time to get ... Read More>>

Food / Drinks in China (Love, Like & ehhhhh....) :)

hadleyj09  May 28, 2014 Comments(5)

Food in China for the most part is just like food in the west in terms of opinions. Either you will love it, like it and eat it on occasions, or it may not be for you. Love 1. Spicy food I love spicy food. I didn't really think I would because my stomach never felt right back in the states after I ate food that was super spicy, but I would have ... Read More>>

Discipline in China

mak  May 28, 2014 Comments(2)

I visited China for the first time in 2006. I had heard a lot of stories about how China had developed and that people were very hard working. Hard working is fine , but hard working with proper discipline is a must. From my trip to China I figured that it was not a laid back country. The people were always on their toes. Whatever had to be done ... Read More>>

China Through The Eyes of a Laowai

Jauzinho17  May 28, 2014 Comments(3)

So this is my first blog post but it's been a long time in the making. I have compiled a great canyon of insight and information that will go into writing this and I hope that it might give some people an idea of what it is like to live through the eyes of a Laowai in China. Each time I post I will focus on different aspects of China and how I ... Read More>>

The obstacles faced by Chinese students in mastering English

thabet_sava  May 27, 2014 Comments(11)

I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to reside and teach in China for the past ten years. I had the chance to teach students of all age groups and various educational backgrounds. Unfortunately, I discovered that most of my students were facing several obstacles in attaining competence or achieving fluency in the English language. ... Read More>>

What kinds of fruit do you know in GZ

Natalie_Leung  May 26, 2014 Comments(1)

1. Orange Orange is one of the most well known fruits in Guangzhou. It is widely planted in Guangzhou. Early in period of 5 A.D., there are a lot of orange gardens in Guangzhou. It was said that the honey orange today in America was brought from Europe; however, the European sweet orange was source from China. China has the orange planting ... Read More>>

First Interview: Aftermath

IslandBoy77  May 24, 2014

Well, the "first interview" is behind me. It is a mix of relief and disappointment that I see the event now, which is interesting. After a fairly busy and a little stressful day, I decided to get myself ready 30 minutes before the scheduled time of 6:30pm (NZ Time) for the Skype interview. I figured that would give me time to disengage from my ... Read More>>

Suzhou to Shenzhen: Nearly finished with my first year of teaching English

samferguson88  May 23, 2014 Comments(10)

I've hit the final stretch. In about five weeks I'll leave Suzhou and (fingers crossed) head to Shenzhen to begin a new teaching job. I've learned a lot during my first year in China. Not just about Chinese culture, but about myself- as corny as that sounds. I came here not knowing much about what I was geting into. I had no prior teaching ... Read More>>

The First Interview

IslandBoy77  May 23, 2014

So, today is the day: my first online interview. Ever. I'm feeling surprisingly relaxed, but also hesitant and cautious. Why cautious, you may ask? Allow me to explain... After signing up and getting my resume completed and approved here on echinacities.com, I proceeded to apply for a couple of jobs - just to "chance my arm a little" and to warm ... Read More>>

Islands on the Land

juanisaac  May 22, 2014 Comments(2)

The first few months that I stayed in China I started to learn the language in the small town of Hai’an, Jiangsu. I was not learning the national language but the local dialect. A colleague pointed it out when instead of saying “Ni hao” I said, “Ni hoa.” More words in the regional dialect inverted the ... Read More>>

The driving here is a joke sometimes

henry.lam260988  May 20, 2014 Comments(1)

Hi people! I have been in Shenzhen for almost a year and one thing that really pisses me off is the driving and how pedestrians cross the road. First I wanna talk about the driving. I really cannot stand some of the driving. It's like everyone is in a rush to get somewhere which creates chaos and traffic. Bus drivers I find are the worst. If a ... Read More>>

SCAM ALERT

pcrown  May 20, 2014 Comments(2)

TEACHERS BE WARNED OF SINOGATE CONSULTING SERVICES, INC. RUN BY JOHN AND FAN LI PATE. HE IS AMERICAN FROM ARKANSAS AND SHE IS CHINESE. THEY DO NOT HAVE THE PROPER LICENSES TO HIRE AND OBTAIN WORKING VISAS FOR TEACHERS. THEY DO NOT TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT THEIR PROGRAMS. THEY HAVE CHEATED PARENTS, STUDENTS, AND TEACHERS. THEY ARE NOT HONEST, NOT ... Read More>>

How to Begin Creating Wealth for generations to come.

JHughes  May 20, 2014 Comments(1)

During my youth I have experienced many ups and downs where finance is concerned. From Student loans to buying your first car, money does matter a considerable amount in your life. Here are some tips to enter an industry that has consistent growth. I hope this article will enlighten you with possibility. Why Invest in Overseas Real Estate? Five ... Read More>>

Journey to China and a new life

IslandBoy77  May 18, 2014

It never ceases to amaze me how life can change in "the blink of an eye" or on the strength of a simple sentence. Indeed, when my ex-wife said to me early last year "I'm leaving you", I had no idea of the profound changes her words would bring, or the opportunities that would open as a result of her actually walking out the door. Indeed, it was ... Read More>>

China is NOT a bad place to be (RANT)

hadleyj09  May 15, 2014 Comments(25)

So many foriengers who have claimed to have been living in China for years are continuously complaining about how bad China is. Why are they still here after years of complaining? Look at the positives about living here. There are issues, and there are things that irritate me, but no there's no reason to complain all the time. I can see the ... Read More>>

… I want to be a part of it: Shanghai, Shanghai

AnnikaB  May 15, 2014 Comments(3)

Living in Shanghai can make you a happy person. To be fair, it is a challenge for anyone living here, whether you came for studying in china, for learning chinese or for a shanghai job offer. However, it is a very rewarding enterprise, I promise. When you try to get to know this colossus of a city, you will find that Shanghai is full of ... Read More>>

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