Category : Life in China

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What are the most common Chinese medicine herbs?

China and India are the world’s greatest medicinal herb consumers. Herbs play a crucial part in traditional Chinese medicine with China having 30,000 common plant species, and more than 4,000 used in Chinese medicine. In 2007 alone, China exported US$147 million worth of herbs to the US. Knowledge about these herbs has been handed down […]

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Chinese words
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Chinese words so you don’t feel left out

You’re going to China. You’re going to China, and you don’t know a single word of Chinese. You’re not alone. I also moved to Beijing without knowing any Chinese words. I actually have more experience in Japanese than I do in Chinese, but I’m not letting that stop me. I’ve been here a month, and […]

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china transportation
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What Chinese transportation to use in big Chinese cities

Finding transportation in China can be confusing, crazy and costly if you choose the wrong option at the wrong time the results can be catastrophic. There are many extraneous variables that will effect one mode of transport in a hugely positive or negative way. For example, if you wanted to get somewhere fast the seemingly […]

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China Employment law
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China employment law – You must know

In China employment law is as important as it is in any other country. Every society has laws that encourage business growth, the passage of employees and the smooth running of the economy. There are laws related to employment such as: wage regulation, labor disputes, social insurance, negotiation procedures, safety in the workplace, contracts, compensation, […]

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learn Chinese
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Learn Chinese in Beijing your way

A difficult language Chinese is one of the most difficult languages for Westerners to learn. The pronunciation is challenging. And there’s a whole different alphabet to learn, if you associate their characters with letters, they’re more like pictures than words. The Chinese character makes it virtually impossible to connect written Chinese with the oral.  Clearly, […]

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WeChat
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WeChat: How to fit in modern Chinese social life

What is a WeChat? WeChat is what Facebook Messenger wishes it could be. It’s the cooler older sibling that you aspire to become during school. The one your parents love, and ask why you’re not like them. WeChat is a text, video call, and phone call platform first. It’s also essential for any Westerner who’s […]

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healthy Chinese food
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Does healthy Chinese food include rice?

In terms of looking at healthy eating habits, any research about people’s diet in China that does not take rice into consideration would be incomplete, regardless of how much or how little we might value rice as a healthy food option. It is so popular in the country, it has to be considered when assessing […]

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words to know
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Chinese slang words to know

In this article, I am not going to refer to words that are considered vulgar, but merely slang that could be regarded as respectable slang. Most vulgar slang in Chinese, as it is in most languages, involves sexual reference. We will be avoiding those, but looking at words to know, that will help you, if […]

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China's hard work culture
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China’s hard work culture – do you love it?

Now that you are in China as a foreigner, are you ready to cope with China’s hard work culture and working hours? First up, do you know how to say hardworking in Chinese? Do you really understand the Chinese work ethic? Do you know why Asians work so hard? How different are the workplaces from […]

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moving to China to work and live
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Moving to China to Work and Live: A Piece of Cake

The world has become global. Any person can go anywhere in search of employment and live. People usually refer to the United States of America as the ‘Land of Opportunities’, it is true to a great extent. However, there are many other countries in the world, where you can easily move and work for a […]

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