• Life

    China Tales: New friends and night markets

    China Tales are short stories that are made up of events and situations which have happened to us, or friends of ours over our time in China. Please feel free to add your own China story in the comments below. We take our first tale from a dear friend of ours who was based in Hexian, Anhui (located on the eastern coast of China near Jiangsu province). Having visited Jack in Hexian (pronounced Her she an) a few times, I can say that it is a small town, by Chinese standards, and slightly backwards compared to other Chinese cities. Minimal to zero foreigners (apart from Jack) lived there, so he…

  • Culture

    12 Must Know Chinese Contemporary Artists

    Germany, in particular Berlin, is an artistic melting pot for creatives of all walks of life. The city has been likened to “Americans in Paris after the war”, a place where intellectuals and artistic misfits seek refuge from the mainstream. And it is Berlin that is now home to a growing community of Chinese contemporary artists, some shunned by the state, and others simply misunderstood. Who are these mainland artists? Some have immigrated to Berlin, others New York and London. Each and every one, born into an exciting time in China’s history, and every one given a wand for expression, a voice for criticism. These are the contemporary artists shaking…

  • Work

    How I Saved £15,000 in 3 Years working in China

    In England, unless you are sitting comfortably in a higher pay bracket, living expenses consume a large portion of your money. And these days saving money is even harder, especially if you want to live a nice lifestyle. Living in England, I always struggled to save any decent amount of money. I wasn’t extravagant, I had an old car worth a few hundred pounds, and rarely bought clothes or luxury items. My money mainly went on fairly normal things like rent, bills, and the weekend. It wasn’t until I went to China to work that all my money problems went away. Before I left, all I knew was that I…

  • Culture

    10 Things You Might Not Know About China

    Sure, you may be aware of China’s pollution and population woes. You might be a little disgusted at its quirky delicacies, or in awe of its technological advances. But there’s a hell of a lot that you don’t know about China, certainly about stuff they don’t tell you in the news! So here is our list of 10 things you might not know about China. 1. Gaokao; One of the World’s Toughest University Entrance Exams China’s National College Entrance Examination goes on for two to three days and last for over nine hours. It was reported in 2018 that 9.75 million people applied to take the exam. In China’s first…

  • Culture

    Traditional Chinese Massage; 5 Treatments to Try

    Chinese neighbourhoods always, always have at least one (if not many) traditional Chinese massage parlour. These places are more or less treated as health clinics rather than a place for relaxation. Chinese medicine is so ingrained in people’s everyday living, that the line between masseuse and doctor is often a little blurry. You will no doubt visit one of these parlours during your stay in China and it will no doubt become a part of your daily life, so we have compiled a list of 5 must try treatments. Anmo / Tuina (massage) In Chinese the word for massage is anmo, although traditional Chinese massage is mostly referred to as…

  • Culture,  Life

    A Fly on the Wall of Daily Chinese Life

    Have you ever wondered what daily Chinese life is like? Do they drink coffee? Is cafe culture even big in China? In the West, unless we live in a big city, our mornings are rather private, we get ready at home and drive ourselves to work; our streets remain relatively quiet compared to China. Read below to get a real feel for what a typical day in China feels like. Daily Chinese Life; As the Sun Rises Life in China begins early. People are up and going about their business by 6am. Old ladies start shuffling around picking up plastic and cardboard to sell. Food stalls start setting up for breakfast;…

  • Life

    What is WeChat and Why do You Need it in China?

    Whether you’re moving to China or just visiting it’s a good idea to download the WeChat app. This free communications application is one of the most important tools you will need in China. When we say WeChat does everything we really mean it. So before you read on, go ahead and download the app. Designed by the company Tencent, WeChat is a one-stop-shop for everything in China. It originally began as a communications app similar to its predecessor QQ messenger, in western standards, it was similar to WhatsApp, Facebook messenger or Skype. The app began by allowing users to communicate with friends for free via instant text message or video…

  • Culture

    10 Interesting Facts about modern China

    China has lept to the forefront of the world in recent years. Here are 10 interesting facts about China that you may not have heard. 1.  China has a lot more men than women. Due in part to the one-child policy and preference at the time of male children. China now has 33 million more men than women. That’s more than the populations of Sweden, Hungary and Portugal put together. 2.  China is aiming to be greener China now has more solar-powered energy capacity than any other country at 130 gigawatts, is the leading manufacturer of solar cells and installer of wind turbines. 3. The GDP of Shanghai is bigger…

  • Life,  Work

    Do You Need A Visa To Go To China?

    Generally speaking, the short answer is yes, you need a visa to go to China, though there are exemptions for transit and short stays in certain cities.  The Chinese have a list of different visas of which you would need to apply for, depending on what you are planning on doing whilst in China. This is the list of visas from the Chinese Embassy and are only applicable to the mainland.  C visa  Issued to foreign crew members, including aircraft, trains and ships, or motor vehicle drivers engaged in cross-border transport activities. D visa Issued to those who intend to reside in China permanently. F visa Issued to those who…