How do you immerse yourself in Chinese culture?

Daily life

by Mike Cairnduff

Teaching in China is not just about teaching. It’s about all the experiences you’ll have outside the classroom too. One of these experiences is soaking up the Chinese culture. As one of the world’s oldest cultures, it’s...

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Having diarrhea in China (and how you can beat it)

Daily life

by Nicholas McKay

Having diarrhea in China is probably the most unusual thing I’ve written about. Before you navigate away from the page, however, let me tell you that this blog may actually help you (and only partly gross you out). By the end, you’l...

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7 weird things you will probably do in China

Daily life

by Gayle Aggiss

While you’re living and teaching in China, you’ll have a lot of amazing experiences. You’ll adapt yourself to a culture that’s very different to your own, and see sites you always dreamed of seeing in real life. You’l...

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20 basic Mandarin phrases to help you survive in China

Daily life

by Kim Ooi

When I first thought about writing a blog on the most useful, basic Chinese phrases for a foreigner in China, I didn’t know where to start. I’ll be honest – if you never eat out, don’t travel anywhere, don’t go to bar...

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Chinese toilets – your guide to surviving the squat

Daily life

by Gayle Aggiss

When you move to China to teach you’ll find yourself dealing with a lot of new things. You’ll have to try to learn a few Mandarin words and work to overcome problems caused by not knowing the language. You’ll be faced with all...

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7 weird things in China that gave me culture shock

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by Kim Ooi

As a foreigner in China, I initially experienced a lot of culture shock. Several things that I saw here frustrated and angered me. Nobody ever thought to brief me on what to expect or to explain why these things were happening. Eventually, howe...

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5 most unexpected things you will encounter in China

Daily life

by David Smith

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to visit a new place? Maybe even a new country? Oftentimes, it is easy to forget that not every other place looks just like, or works just like, how things do at home. Even something as simple as McDona...

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Why do Chinese people spit (and do other weird things)?

Daily life

by Alex Moore

I remember my first hour in China. Through immigration at Beijing Capital Airport, reunited with luggage, on the bus to the city I’d be teaching in and looking forward to sleeping off some jet lag – everything seemed pretty norm...

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10 things about China that may surprise you

Daily life

by Mike Cairnduff

China is synonymous with giant pandas, ancient temples, the Great Wall and lots of people. However, there are a number of things about this intriguing country that may surprise you, particularly if you’re a first-time visitor. 1. Half of the...

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Share bikes are wheelie taking off in China

Daily life

by Mike Cairnduff

When it comes to getting around in China, foreign English teachers have got it good. Whether you want to check out nearby provinces by bullet train, dart around the underground subway or simply travel a few blocks by bus, taxi or rideshare, transp...

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