Guestblog: 5 Ways to Prevent Yourself From Feeling Overwhelmed While Learning Chinese

So you’ve taken the exciting step of learning Mandarin Chinese. You’ve got all your tools lined up: your phrasebook, dictionary, learning app, Youtube channels...the works. For the first couple of days, you rush headlong into your learning, and it seems to pay off quickly. You get a few words or basic phrases under your belt [...]

Yunnan’s Forgotten Nakhi Kingdom, Rediscovered

The Nakhi (also spelled Nashi or Naxi) first came to the attention of the Western world in the 1950s with the publication of Russian explorer Peter Goullart's travelogue "The Lost Kingdom". In it, Goullart describes his time living in Lijiang, the traditional cultural center of the Nakhi, during WWII. Of course, the region and [...]

By |July 25th, 2018|Chinese Culture, Tips and Guides, Travel|0 Comments

10 Shanghai Must-Sees Your Tour Guide Didn’t Tell You About

Shanghai off the Beaten Track So you've been to the Bund for a mandatory skyline picture and fought the crowds at Yu Gardens and Tianzifang. You strained your neck looking at the skyscrapers in Lujiazui, dutifully marched through five floors of bronzes and ceramics at Shanghai Museum and pretended to understand contemporary art at [...]

By |June 29th, 2018|Tips and Guides, Travel|1 Comment

Guestblog: 7 Ways to Save Money in China If You’re a Student

Making Every RMB Count If you are currently pursuing higher education in China, then being restricted in spending is probably not new to you. Food, clothing, apartment/dorm, public transport, parties, holidays – these are the things learners spend the most of their money on. Add to this some costs you have to [...]

By |June 13th, 2018|Tips and Guides, Travel|0 Comments

Millennial to Millennial: Meet our Panel!

Ahead of next week's young expat professionals event, we sat down with our panel members to get to know a bit more about what makes them tick, how they ended up in China, and what advice they have for other young expats looking to establish themselves in China.   Armando Flores Chiu: Business Development Manager @ [...]

By |May 16th, 2018|Business in China, Tips and Guides|1 Comment

Guestblog: Building Lasting Business Relationships with the Chinese

Patience is a Virtue It is said that in the West everything is easy, but nothing is possible. Whereas in China nothing is easy, but everything is possible. Those who have been doing business in or with China understand this maxim well. They also understand that in Chinese society, the personal, professional and political [...]

By |April 11th, 2018|Business in China, Chinese Culture, Tips and Guides|0 Comments

Social Media in Chinese Pt. 2

You Call it Lurking, I Call it Web-Based Learning  Note: This article is the second in a two-part series. If you haven't seen part 1, we suggest you read that first. Hopefully, we've convinced you that if you're learning Chinese, all that time you spend staring at pictures of other people's avocado toast [...]

Social Media in Chinese Pt.1

Essential Chinese Phrases for the Social Media Addict Admit it: you checked your newsfeed this morning before you even got out of bed. You pick your meals based on how good you think they'll look on Instagram. And yes, you even browse Twitter when going number 2. If these symptoms sound familiar, your [...]

Guestblog: Top 5 Cities for Foreign Students in China

Making the City Your Classroom When you are moving to a new country to study in, there is a lot to think about. First and foremost, though, is where you want to live. Deciding on a city is the first step on the journey to studying abroad while at university. What Do You [...]

By |March 21st, 2018|Tips and Guides, Travel|1 Comment

10 Chinese Homophones You DON’T Want to Confuse Pt. 2

Don't Homophone It In Last week we introduced you to the occasionally frustrating but always fascinating world of Chinese homophones. This week we're back with five more funny, sassy and potentially embarrassing Chinese homophones you definitely need to know!  And of course, our helpful suggestions for how to ensure you don't get them mixed [...]