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Expats' Guide to China
Thu, Jan 23, 2014 to Tue, Jan 28, 2014




Editor's Note:

Chinese New Year begins this week and if you haven’t made plans then you aren’t going anywhere. Which is fine, and actually the preferred choice for many. If you are struggling to come with what do though, look no further as one of writers has described the perfect Chinese staycation. There are many traditions that come with Spring Festival, one of which is cleaning and fixing up your house. The New Year brings new beginnings, such as new ‘startups’ that make the arduous journey home a little more bearable. But when starting something new, just be careful that it hasn’t been done before. One thing that has never happened before is having a Chinese winner of the Australian Open. We’ve also never seen a country export air pollution, buy hey, during these tough economic times you have to do, what you have to do, right? There are other ways of making money, such as finding a job on our Job section, or finding a sugar daddy/mommy on our Dating site. If all else fails, you will surely find some comfort on our Answers section with a host of friendly users waiting to help you with your problems.

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Expat Corner
The Shamate: China’s Misunderstood Sub-Culture
Maybe you’ve seen them? Maybe you haven’t? But if you did, you’d most certainly know that something was different, very VERY different. The shamate are growing in popularity, and they’re building quite a name (and ...

The Staycation: Celebrating Chinese New Year at Home
The Spring Festival may be the longest “Golden Holiday” in China but somehow exorbitant ticket prices and extreme crowding outweighs the extra leave days. So you have decided on a Chinese New Year ...

Netizen’s Question Breakdown of Zhang Yimou’s 7.48 Million RMB Fine
On January 09 at 15:45, the Binhu District Family Planning Bureau in Wuxi made a formal announcement on its Weibo account, following an investigation into Zhang Yimou and his wife Chen Ting that had taken ...

#China: Tweeters and Blogs to Follow
We know it can sometimes be a headache to decide which tweeters and blogs to follow. So here is compilation of some of our favourite informative, and entertaining Sinologists and China-watchers. From ...

China Media
Fire Destroys 300 Homes in Dong Village, Guizhou
A fire in an ancient Dong village in Guizhou Province has destroyed nearly 300 homes, and affected the lives of over 1000 people. The blaze started on the evening of January 25 and according to preliminary reports more ...

Li Na Wins Australian Open, Sets Two Records
On Saturday January 25, China’s premier tennis player won her first Australian Open title in Melbourne. Li beat Slovak Dominika Cibulkova in straight sets 7-6 (3) 6-0. In doing so Li became both the first Chinese ...

12 Killed, 5 Arrested in Xinjiang Bombing
On Friday January 24, police shot dead six attackers, while another six died in an explosion, local authorities revealed on Saturday.

Beijing and Tianjin Experiencing Severe Water Shortages
According to China’s water conservancy statistics, China’s Northern region, specifically Beijing and Tianjin are experiencing, and have been for a long time, severe water shortages. In 2011 Beijing had 134m³ of rain, ...

‘Dungeon Master’ Saga Finally Ends, With His Execution
The last chapter in one of China’s more tragic and eye-catching stories in recent memory has been completed. Li Hao, a man from central China, was convicted of ‘murder, rape, illegal detention, organized prostitution ...

Weird China News
Beijing Happy Valley Celebrate Spring Festival Jan 31 – Feb 6
Beijing’s Happy Valley is celebrating Spring Festival with the rest of us, between January 31 and February 6. Included in the festivities will be traditional performances, fashion parades, different cuisines, and will...

Radetzky March World Music Spring Symphony Concert Held Feb 1 in Shanghai
The Radetzky March World Music Spring Symphony Concert will be held on February 1 at the Shanghai Oriental Art Centre. The musicians are all part of the Beijing Wind Orchestra. The concert will feature a number of ...

Guangzhou Chimelong Lantern Festival will be held Jan 25-Feb 23
The annual Guangzhou Chimelong Lantern Festival will take place from January 25 until February 23. The park will be divided into five regions and will feature large lanterns arranged in more than 10 groups, hosting ...

Shenzhen Welcome Spring with Flower Market Jan 26-30
For the 33rd year Welcome Spring with Flower Market will be held in Shenzhen. This year it’ll take place January 26 – 30. The site will be divided into a flowers and trees area, a floral arts and crafts area, a ...

Fly Shanghai to Europe For as Little as 3,300 RMB
British Airways recently announced their discount fares for 2014. You can now fly from Shanghai to continental Europe and the United Kingdom for as little as 3,300 RMB. The discount will run from now until December 31,...

I leave for China in 23 hours!!!...Any last minute advice?
Jan 27,2014 Answers (20) Comments (9)

Ever met up with another expat you met online in China?
Jan 24,2014 Answers (5) Comments (0)

have you all been asked for a Criminal background check from your home country?
Jan 26,2014 Answers (17) Comments (2)

Useful Note on Chinese Drinking Culture
As a foreigner living in China its easy to take for granted the understanding of cultural differences that one develops while living here. As such its also quite easy to assume too much sometimes and labour under the misconception that all ...
Rivercrab comments (6)

LOL as if he only made 24,000 the year before the first child was born! Hilarious, I love reading these things. He lives in a mansion in Beijing and drives luxury cars for free, but he does not "live a luxurious life." You can't ... Full Comment >>
bill8899 on news Netizen’s Question Breakdown of Zhang Yimou’s 7.48 Million RMB Fine

I have been in China 5 years now and haven't missed Chinese new year once. It's an amazing holiday, I agree totally with the article. Also nicely written! Full Comment >>
d0mdeluxe on news Spring Festival Memoir: In the Defense of Experiencing “Chun Yun”

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