5 most unexpected things you will encounter in China

Daily life

October 09, 2017

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

August 13, 2017

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

August 06, 2017

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

June 25, 2017

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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Massage and prostitution in China: what ESL teachers need to know

Daily life

April 15, 2017

Sightseeing, going to bars and taking up hobbies like Tai Chi are some of the usual things that foreign teachers do outside the classroom in China. But what about activities that might be considered more indulging? In China, there are two alternat...

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