Tag Archives: Life in China

best beaches in China
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Where are the best beaches in China for foreigners

‘Where are the best beaches in China?’ is not a question you would  ask. However, China is one of the world’s top tourist destinations, despite its controversial political system, population size and economic status. Millions of people visit every year, but most of China’s tourists seek out its culture and the history. But there are […]

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appartments
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How to rent an apartment in China

How to rent an apartment in China Adjusting to life in China is tricky and asking a random confused local about housing one hour after stepping off the plane is a common but unnecessary process. There are many ways to find the right apartment successfully. What not to do Don’t assume you will find an […]

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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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stranger things
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Stranger things I encountered in China

I have encountered some stranger things in my short stay in China than I have ever before. And every day it’s a new thing, a learning curve. I’m continuously surprised at how China and its people still shock or baffle me. Some of this stuff becomes normal and expected with surprising speed. Driving One of […]

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Chinese food
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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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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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Best apps
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The 5 best apps to learn Chinese

1. Memrise (Android & IOS) Has in-app purchases, to go pro opening other features. You can sign up for $9 a month or $60 for a whole year. This is one of the best apps to learn Chinese because of the layout. It’s simple, clean and colorful. You start off on Earth and go further […]

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Familiar Favorites Censored in China

Issues of freedom and the extent to which a state should control society regularly feature in the West on current affair programs. Australia is called a ‘nanny state’ and the U.S.’s second amendment is blamed for its constant gun violence, yet countries such as China has bans on activities that westerners regard as everyday freedoms. […]

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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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