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Top 7 Android Apps for Foreign Expats in China

Top 7 Android Apps for Foreign Expats in China
Aside from being the biggest manufacturer in the world, China is slowly starting to be a preferred working country for many foreign people. More and more people from all over the world are now coming to China to work and learn about its rich history and culture. But one of the biggest problems everyone has is the language. This is a problem not only for the tourists but also for the people that come to work, study or live in China. Some apps that help out tourist have been developed, but being an expat requires a whole other set of applications. There is a big difference between the simple tourist app and the expat app. Firstly and most important because if the app is more complex it requires you to have some reading Mandarin skills and understand at least some Chinese characters. Not to mention about the pinyin and knowing how to draw the characters. In this article, you will learn about the most useful Android apps for long-stay in China. 1. Baidu Map/ Amap for Geolocation (free of charge)...
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Why live in China?

Why live in China?


It is better to move here when you are young and can adapt to the changes fast. China now is a permanent or a temporary home for more than 1,4 billion people, but surprisingly, sometimes you can feel utterly alone. Living here you will learn to appreciate the precious things in life, like family and friends. In addition to this, you will also become more outgoing and able to start conversations with strangers easily. After living in China for a short while building relationships will become something that comes natural to you.  China is completely different from anything you have encountered so far. The rich and old culture China has to offer is unique and makes people fall in love with it at first sight. Aside from the culture, the language and writing are completely different. There is no Chinese alphabet, only characters, and verbal language is phonetic and beautiful as music. China is also a very technologically developed country. Most people her are glued to their mobile phones, iPads, iwatches, segways and other electronics.  Come to China and be...
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The top five sections of The Great Wall of China you must see

The top five sections of The Great Wall of China you must see







The Great Wall of China is always fascinating for visitors, and rightfully so. It offers a pinnacle of authentic ancient architecture combined with beautiful scenery. The Great Wall is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, with Great Pyramid of Giza, The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, The Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Colossus of Rhodes, The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, and The Lighthouse of Alexandria. The Great Wall is more than 2000 years old and is about 21,196 kilometers in length.  The Great Wall of China offers more than ten magnificent places to see, and picking the right one for you defines half of your success. In this article, you will learn about the perfect places Great Wall has to offer its visitors. To help visitors pick the perfect spot, we put together 5 TOP places Great Wall has to offer.  1. Mutianyu (Mù tián yù – “Admire Fields and Valleys”) Mutianyu is definitely the most popular section of Great Wall. It is best-known, best-preserved, and the most beautiful part of the wall. In...
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TOP 4 cities in China where you can live and work

TOP 4 cities in China where you can live and work




If you want to move to China, you should firstly put a thought in which city you want to live. There are a lot of amazing places in China that have a unique character and distinct advantages and disadvantages. So if you want to move to China, and you are still not certain where you want to live and work, here is a list of the top cities in China of our choice.  Shenzhen Just 30 years ago Shenzhen was a simple fishing village until the government decided that it is a special economic zone, and the industry boomed. Now Shenzhen is one of the most influential cities in China and the world.  Shenzhen gathers people from all over the country and the world. With a population of more than 12 million people, Shenzhen borders Hong Kong and has excellent links with Guangzhou (1 hour via high-speed train).  If you move to Shenzhen, you will see that it offers a very international lifestyle, with excellent restaurants, bars, and clubs. Also, the streets, parks and buildings were all designed by international...
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10 places in Beijing to eat & drink under 30 USD











For a foreigner who comes to live in China for the first time, Beijing can be truly overwhelming: a lot to see, many places to go and many new things to try, not to mention an amazing shopping experience. Sometimes it might be hard to benefit from all Beijing has to offer with a limited budget. To help newcomers from all over the world to have a great time in Beijing without high expenses, we have created a list of the 10 TOP affordable hangouts. Eat, drink and enjoy your time in China! Western  Lush  2/F, Bldg 1, Huaqing Jiayuan, Chengfu Road, Haidian District, nearest subway – Wudaokou (五道口), Exit B 海淀区成府路华清嘉园1号楼2层(五道口城铁站对面) Lush is definitely one of the oldest and most popular student hangouts in Wudaokou area – for 12 years now, people have been eating burgers, sandwiches, salads and drinks here, almost 24/7. Lots of students come there to grab a bite and read in the afternoon as well as have dinner or a late night snack after clubbing. Needless to say that Lush is always a vibrant and...
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5 of the most amazing places to visit on a short break from Shanghai

5 of the most amazing places to visit on a short break from Shanghai





Everybody knows Shanghai for its modernity and mesmerizing city landscape. In Shanghai, you find everything from an amazing skyline to old bustling areas. There is always something new you can discover in this diverse and beautiful metropolitan city. Millions of people visit Shanghai every year. But as a local it is much more pleasant to get away from the high-rises and boulevards. In this article, you will learn about five places you can visit on a short break from Shanghai. 1. Zhouzhuang Water Town This town is located 80 km west of Shanghai and is known as the number one water town in China. Zhouzhuang translated means “Zhou’s village” and is named after Zhou Digong, a pious Buddhist, who donated in 1088 all his land (13 hectares) to the local Fuquan Temple. With a rich history of more than 900 years, this old water town has become a cradle of Oriental culture, with pristine and simple customs, unique folklore, ancient canals, stone bridges, and residential houses. You can visit this unique place in one day and still arrive back to...
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10 House Words from Game of Thrones in Mandarin Chinese

10 House Words from Game of Thrones in Mandarin Chinese









OK, it’s a very special article only Game of Thrones/ A Song of Ice and Fire fans will understand.  We all know that each of the great Houses of the Seven Kingdoms have their own official family slogan, or "words". Such as House Baratheon's words "Ours is the fury!" or well-known House Stark’s words, the ominous warning "Winter is coming".  We bet you didn’t know how to say these house words from Game of Thrones in Chinese. Well, now you do, and we have no idea how are you going to use it. So just have fun!  1. House Targaryen of King's Landing - Fire and Blood 坦格利安家族——血火同源  Tǎn gé lì'ān jiāzú——xuè huǒ tóng yuan   2. House Stark of Winterfell - Winter Is Coming 史塔克家族——凛冬将至 Shǐ tǎ kè jiāzú——lǐn dōng jiāng zhì   3. House Greyjoy of Pyke - We Do Not Sow 葛雷乔伊家族——强取胜于苦耕 Gé léi qiáo yī jiāzú——qiáng qǔshèng yú kǔ gēng   4. House Tully of Riverrun - Family, Duty, Honor 徒利家族——家族、责任、光荣流传 Tú lì jiāzú——jiāzú, zérèn, guāngróng liúchuán   5. House Lannister of Casterly Rock - Hear...
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9 Breathtaking Views Near Beijing You Can Enjoy This Weekends!







Many people come to Beijing to work or study because it is an excellent opportunity. But most of them are not aware that the Beijing area offers not just skyscrapers and man-made buildings. There is a lot of what nature has to offer near Beijing. And because people don’t know where they can go near Beijing, they find themselves traveling all the way to Yunnan so they can enjoy beautiful landscapes peacefully. But why go so far when you have fantastic places near Beijing where you can climb mountains and relax in the middle of nature? Beijing is surrounded by mountains on the west side, which offers a beautiful contrast, especially in the spring and summer, when everything is green and alive. In this article, you will learn about 9 of the mountains and places near Beijing where you can relax and have a break from the crowded city. Yunmeng Mountain National Forest Park In Chinese (for Baidu or Amap search): 云蒙山 Estimated driving time: 1 hour 35 min Yunmeng Mountain National Forest Park covers 2208 acres of land west...
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The Rules of Success According to Jack Ma. Part II

The Rules of Success According to Jack Ma. Part II
Do you remember our last article on how to become a successful entrepreneur in China according to Jack Ma ? This one's the next chapter.  Here is the list of next 8 rules that every successful entrepreneur should follow according to the founder of Alibaba, Jack Ma.  Make a business out of something that you enjoy . Not the other way around. You should be able to get a sense of personal satisfaction out of your business before the profits start to come in. Similarly, never let your business become a chore or something that you don’t enjoy waking up in the morning to accomplish. If you do not enjoy what you're doing in your business, in all likelihood, it's safe to assume that this will be mirrored in the success of your business, or lack thereof. The reality is that you will not succeed if you don't enjoy just what you're doing. Have fun, but take your business very seriously . You cannot expect to have an effective business unless you believe in your businesses products and services. Many...
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Entrepreneurs Must Do These 10 Things To Be Successful According to Jack Ma

Entrepreneurs Must Do These 10 Things To Be Successful According to Jack Ma
Successful entrepreneur Jack Ma
When young professionals move to China to chase their dreams and look for mentors to model their business after, Jack Ma is at the top of everyone’s list. As the founder of the world’s leading wholesale B2B wholesaler, Alibaba Group, many aspiring entrepreneurs look to Jack Ma as a source of inspiration. Jack Ma is the 18th wealthiest man in the world with an estimated $19.7 billion to his name and is known for offering young professionals career advice whenever he is able.  According to Jack Ma, here are the 10 things that every successful entrepreneur needs. Get used to getting rejected . If you’re the type of person who gets disheartened every time a door slams in your face, you will never make it in the world of business. Rejection is an inevitable stepping stone that every successful entrepreneur must go through before achieving their dreams. Every time you are rejected by a potential investor, think of it as an opportunity to revise your business plan and make it even better. Keep your dreams alive . Prior to launching...
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Top 10 Reasons Why It Pays to Move to China

Top 10 Reasons Why It Pays to Move to China
Expats living in China
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Just in the last few years, the number of occupational specialists from the age of 25 to 40 who have 1 to 4 years of experience working a wide range of industries has increased dramatically. These skilled foreigners working in China are called expats, and although their migrations may directly relate to the explosion of growth seen in China’s economy, young professionals make the final decision to live and work in China for a variety of reasons.   Here are the top 10 reasons why expats move to China.  Time and Money . The number one reason people move to China is to get paid more money than they will ever be able to obtain working the same job back home. Expat’s living and working in China are paid very well for jobs which they are skilled at, and as a result, they not only have more money but more free time as well, giving them much more freedom to do with as they see fit.   Inexpensive Products and Services . Not only will you be making more money...
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