Tag Archives: Culture

History and Culture
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Chinese celebrities: the story of Cao Cao

The creation of celebrity in China In a civilization as old as China’s, thousands of men and women have caught the public imagination. As power and military exploits have always figured as the dominant force in the creation of a celebrity in China, most Chinese historical celebrities are encompassed within war and the conquest of […]

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Ping Pong
Foreigners in China
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Ping Pong Diplomacy: cross-cultural understanding as an American in China

To find the origins of ‘Ping-Pong Diplomacy’ one must look back to a  tense period in modern history; the Cold War era between the West and the East, the Capitalist U.S. and Communist China. Zero communication between these two geographical heavyweights for almost two decades since the Communist leader Mao Zedong took over in 1949. […]

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Chinese temples
Travel
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Chinese temples you have to see in Beijing

I’m the kind of traveler that loves history and culture and has to put old churches or historical, spiritual places on my list of places to see. Now that I’m in Beijing, there is a slew of Chinese temples to check out. Beijing has some of the oldest temples in the country, and some of […]

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Chinese food
Foreigners in China
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Choosing Chinese food: Sometimes you have to point

How do you choose what to eat when you come to China for the first time and only know how to say nǐ hǎo and xiè xie? You’re only background in Chinese food is the Americanized version, the typical beef, and broccoli, egg fried rice or wonton soup. You get to a neighborhood restaurant, and […]

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Chinese rice
History and Culture
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Chinese Rice Rice Baby!

The popularity of Chinese rice in China If you’re addicted to rice then China is the place to go. Chinese rice is the most abundant food in the country. Rice, you’ll probably find, will be on every menu you come across. Nevertheless, there will be a million and one other foods that will entice you. […]

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Chinese art
History and Culture
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Chinese Art 101: a brief history on jade

To begin discussing Chinese art, we have to go back to the beginning of the Chinese dynasties. Starting with the Han dynasty (206 BCE – 220 BC) when jade was discovered through the Silk Road. In this first Chinese art article, I’ll give you a crash course on jade, its mystery and significance in Chinese […]

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China's hard work culture
Life in China
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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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chinese teacher job description
Career Advice
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Chinese Teacher Job Description – Find the Best Opportunity

China is fast growing into a diverse global economy, a fact that has drawn many foreigners into the country. Being the culturally rich country it is, a good percentage of the population cannot communicate well in English. This creates a communication barrier between the locals and the foreigners; whether expats or investors. For everyone to […]

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blending in
Life in China
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Blending In: How Do I Look Normal in China

If you’re planning to travel to China and to stay there for any length of time, then being prepared for what life is like, will be the key to your enjoyment and staying power. Blending in and appearing normal is necessary if you want to live a comfortable life there. First, recognise that living in […]

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people in Beijing
Life in China
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10 Best Free Things to Do in Beijing

Why not set yourself the challenge of finding your own 10 best free things to do in Beijing. To be fair, it will not be too difficult to find more than 10. Beijing, the capital city of China, is full of history, people and stunning architecture. Every corner of the city will have something which […]

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