British Encourage Citizens to “Work Like the Chinese”

The British Conservative Party has encouraged citizens to “Work like the Chinese,” while reducing family tax credits. The Party said that low-income Britons must work hard “like the Chinese do,” in order not to be dependent on government welfare. This line of thinking, has of course, angered a number of British citizens. The call to…

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New Swedish AU Pair arrives Shanghai on Sep.

Last Friday (18th Sep. 2015) We have a Swedish au pair arrived to a Shanghai family, Erica, who graduated this year and want to have a half year exchange life in China. Erica is an outgoing Swedish girl who had also exchange studied in Canada for a year so we believe she would be oriented…

15 Facts You Should Know about Drinking Chinese Tea

1 There are 6 major types of Chinese tea Chinese tea can be classified into different categories. One of the classification methods is based on the different procedures used in processing tea and the characteristics of the tea thus made. Under this method, Chinese tea is classified into 6 major types, namely green tea, white…

Baijiu, The White Devil

1 General knowledge of Baijiu Baijiu, or “shaojiu” is a Chinese distilled alcoholic beverage. The name baijiu literally means “white liquor,” “white alcohol” or “white spirits.” Baijiu is often mistakenly translated as “wine” or “white wine,” but it is actually a distilled liquor, generally about 80 to 120 proof, or 40-60% alcohol by volume. It…

How to Get a Credit Card in China

If you make a sizeable income, having a Chinese credit card has a few main benefits. You can save money on exchange rates by having money available directly in RMB and rack up points to redeem for flights, hotels, etc. Credit cards also make it possible to make larger purchases without the money immediately available…

Why are Chinese so Concerned About Their Mianzi?

“Mianzi/面子”, meaning face, is something that Chinese people value the most in their interaction with people around them. We gathered some interesting facts about “Mianzi” from various sources. Please enjoy. And have a good week! 1 What is face? If you check a dictionary, you’ll see that the original intended meaning of mianzi (面子mianzi) was…

How to choose an agency to au pair to China?

When you search “Au Pair China” or “Au Pair **(Chinese city)”, you could find out tons of agencies/websites which are all saying we are the “leading”, “best”, and “most valued”. But do you believe some of top reviews are paid to pu online? In this article we will tell you how to choose an agency…

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Interview with Hallen, a Swedish au pair in China

Location: 515 Yishan Rd, Shanghai. Tofriend AU Pair Shanghai coordinator office. Interview them: au pair life in China Interview participant: Hallen, Zhao (tofriend stuff)   Z: Hello Hallen. How are you doing now in Shanghai? H: I’m great, how are you doing? Z: We are doing good, since there have lots people out of China…

Why I love being an AU Pair in Shanghai

Well, it had been 2 months since I hit the land of China. I am living in Shanghai with a wonderful family of 4, 2 kids of course, Emma and Victor. I am not good at writing long in English but since the tofriend agency did me a great favor I will try. Thanks to…