Au Pair’s Chinese language (Mandarin) study: HSK Chinese level exam

一、汉语水平考试(HSK)和汉语水平口语考试(HSKK) Chinese Proficiency Test(HSK) and HSK Speaking Test(HSKK) 汉语水平考试 Chinese Proficiency Test(HSK) HSK是一项国际汉语能力标准化考试,重点考查汉语非第一语言的考生在生活、学习和工作 中运用汉语进行交际的能力。 HSK包括HSK (—级)、HSK (二级)、HSK (三级)、HSK (四级)、HSK (五级)、 HSK (六级)。 HSK is an international standardized Chinese language test to measure the ability of non­native Chinese speakers to communicate in Chinese in daily lives, academic and working settings. HSK comprises of six levels from…

Au Pair’s life in China, Use Taobao

This is the quick and dirty guide – it presents the fastest, easiest way to buy stuff on Taobao. If you need more detail on any of these steps, links are provided to guides that go in depth into these points.   First things First If you don’t live in China, you will need to…

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Au Pair to China, cities review: Shenzhen

Many of au pairs who are wishing to go to China actually have no Chinese geographic sense. China is a big country, composes of hundreds of cities. In this series we will introduce you several popular cities for au pairs.   Shenzhen is located in the southern portion of the Guangdong Province, on the eastern…

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Au Pair to China, cities review: Shanghai

Many of au pairs who are wishing to go to China actually have no Chinese geographic sense. China is a big country, composes of hundreds of cities. In this series we will introduce you several popular cities for au pairs.   Shanghai is the largest Chinese city by population and the largest city proper by…

Changes to Visa Rules and Procedures in Shanghai You Should Know

On 1 July 2015 the Ministry of Public Security in Shanghai began implementing various changes to immigration procedures and rules. With the new policy, the Shanghai government will reduce the conditions necessary for expats to obtain permanent residency and simplify the application procedure for permanent residency.   Visa On Arrival / Post Arrival Qualifying foreign…

Policy Reforms for China Business Start-up

In China, the government is also making efforts to transform its functions, which will benefit enterprises running businesses in the world’s second largest economy. After relaxing company registration requirements, experts say, the Chinese government should formulate follow-up policies to ensure orderly, smooth operations for new enterprises.   company registration and maintenance requirement 1. Minimum registered…

Dealing with Culture Shock in China

You can hardly open a magazine or newspaper these days without finding an article on the rise of China, so it’s not surprising the country attracts scores of expats looking to boost their international business bona fides or experience some of the most vibrant cities in the East. But China is, after all, on the…

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10 Things You Must Know About Chinese Weddings

1 Vows Chinese weddings are not the place where vows take place, as this is done at a local government office beforehand when the paperwork is signed. Therefore if you attend a Chinese wedding you will not be watching the legalization of the marriage, but just be attending the celebration of the union between two…

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Chinese Drinking Culture

A HANDFUL OF RULES, in case you find yourself at a Chinese party — and by this I mean fully Chinese, as in your Chinese boss or business partner invites you for dinner and you’re the only foreigner there (drinking with young Chinese people in mixed company doesn’t count — they’ll do things ‘our’ way).…

Do’s and Don’ts in China

Greeting Address a person by an honorific title or by Mr., Mrs., or Miss plus the family name. A handshake is the most common form of greeting, or just a nod. The oldest person is always greeted first as a sign of respect. Table Manners Drinking a toast – tap the table twice, and stand…

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Top 10 Attractions in China

The Great Wall of China In the eyes of most travelers, you haven’t been to China if you haven’t climbed the Great Wall. One of the iconic symbols of China, the Great Wall is the longest wall in the world, an awe-inspiring feat of ancient defensive architecture. Its winding path over rugged country and steep…