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Homosexuality in China

Being different in a country who proudly sticks to their motto of Harmonious Society (和谐社会 HéXié ShèHuì) – a slogan first promoted by Confucius himself, and more recently by the top leaders of China – is quite a challenging feat. Being gay in China means you will most certainly stick out like a sore thumb. …
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Bar Rouge Shanghai

If you’re moving to Shanghai, you’ll soon realize that you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to partying. There are high-end clubs, shabby joints, underground bunkers – quite literally underground -, Chinese karaoke parties, and Western skyscraper bars galore. Cover prices range form 100RMB to 300 RMB per person, which normally includes a couple …
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Chinese red envelope

One of the Chinese traditions that as a foreigner you’ll have to grasp quickly is the concept of the Chinese red envelope. It’s part of the complex gift giving traditions of China, and whether you’re in China for business or pleasure, you’ll encounter situations in which you’re expected to give a hongbao. 红包 HóngBāo (literally …
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delicious Chinese dishes

When my friend ask me which Chinese restaurant in the city is my favorite, I usually put on my friendly smile and say “I don’t go to Chinese restaurant so often.” The truth is, most of the Chinese restaurant in Europe are not exactly Chinese but “westernized”. To enjoy real Chinese dishes, you have to …
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pollution in China

When it comes to pollution, China has been popping up the front-pages for quite some time. Partly this is due to China’s size: the sheer population of this vast country means that it tends to head most, if not all league tables when it comes to pollution. But it’s not completely unjustified either. I mean, …
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Chinese University Student

After the beginning of economic reform in 1978, the higher education in China experienced an unprecedented prosper. In this list we will talk about the top 5 universities in China. All the universities in this list are chosen from the C9 league, a Chinese elite university alliance. And this list itself is based on the …
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numerology in China

In Chinese culture, numbers are often associated with their pronunciations. And people, especially business people, take them very seriously. As a Chinese saying, using a good number, you can get double the results with half the effort. There are lucky numbers in China. Business people generally like 6 and 8. 6 represents luck, because it …
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concept of face

Whenever you are dealing with a Chinese person, especially in business and professional circles, you will always have to pay close attention to the person’s ‘face’. This face, is not just any face and it most certainly has nothing to do with one’s appearance. This metaphorical concept of 面子 miànzi can be translated as ‘prestige’, …
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