Category Archives: China Blog

learn_chinese

With China’s swift rise to prominence on the global stage, the demand for Mandarin language courses and qualified teachers is growing in just about every corner of the world. Many young professionals in the West seem to agree that speaking Mandarin Chinese will be absolutely necessary for their careers in the future, but the Chinese are …
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Chinese generations

The key to understanding China is to understand its generations. If you’ve had to deal with Chinese of different generations (socially or professionally),  then you might have noticed the gap.  While these age groups have been fraught with social changes over the past century, they also share values deeply rooted in China’s ancient culture of …
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VPN for China

Using the Internet in Mainland China has never been a fun experience. If you are a fluent Chinese speaker and are only interested in whatever is going on in China, then the only inconvenience you will have is dealing with slow connections during peak hours. But if you are like me and rely on having to …
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72-hour-visa-free

In an effort to facilitate the international visitors’ short stay, the city of Xian has introduced a free 72-hour transit policy. As of June 1, Xian followed the example of Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, and Chongqing, that adopted a visa-free transit policy in 2013. Shenyang and Dalian followed on January 1 2014. The policy allows …
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knockoffs

After working in the automotive industry in Germany for the last 2 years there is one remark I often hear Germans say about China: “Chinese can copy, but they cannot innovate“. Due to the fact that China has remained isolated from the rest of the planet for decades, it is understandable that the country’s struggle …
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China's Mobile Communication Standards

Several decades ago, Deng Xiaoping, the de facto leader of China, proposed the political idea of “One country, two systems”, to offer a feasible solution for governing China after its reunification. The principle is that Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan can keep their own legal, political and economic systems, while standing under the umbrella of …
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A bite of China

A teenager climbs up a 40-meter tree without safety measure. A father and his son reap corn on top of an almost vertical cliff. An old man stands in a tiny fishing boat before the storm coming. Is it a film about adventure? No. It is a documentary series about food. Earlier this year, China …
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soccer-in-china

  This is a perfect time to write something about my country and my favorite sport. Yet another friend asked me today whether China is playing in the World Cup. It has been a long while since last time I gave a negative answer with an awkward look on my face. Most of the Chinese …
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