A taste of Cantonese culture in 48 hours

The southern Chinese city of Guangzhou offers all the hustle, bustle, culture and commerce of other major Asian metropolises minus the massive tourist crowds. But that could change as more travelers are lured to the modern port city by affordable flights and a 72-hour visa-free transit policy. Just a two-hour train ride from Hong Kong,…

The 10 China Travel Survival Tips

China is a strange land for many people and every traveler should do some homework before visiting the country. Here we summarize some tips when traveling in China. However, if you look at the cultural gap from a different view, you may find a whole new world in front of you. 1. Survive a sandstorm: Camera bag…

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…