Life

Information about living in China.

  • 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,  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;…

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    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…

  • 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…

  • Life,  Work

    The Truth about Teaching in China: The Bad

    Teaching in China is full of positives, some foreigners even stay here for years, learn the language, understand the culture and call China their second home. Others, however, don’t last here long. As with everything in life, there is the good and the bad. This is the truth about teaching in China; the bad. Money As mentioned in ‘the good’ teaching is well paid in China and the low cost of living makes it easy to save. The problem is getting your money out of the country, sometimes this isn’t easy.  Some schools will employ you above board by paying your taxes for you. If this is the case, then…

  • Life

    How Safe is China?

    With a murder rate around one-fifth of the United States and general crime rate 3 times lower, on paper China seems safe. But how safe is China when you’re there? China is prone to natural disasters such as earthquakes, flood and typhoons, Some of the world’s deadliest disasters have occurred in China. Saying that, China is a big country and certain parts are certainly more susceptible than others. People In general, Chinese people are fairly passive and non-aggressive. With a large population living in close proximity, the potential for fights and arguments should be increased. However, this doesn’t seem to be the case. Road rage is almost non-existent when considering…

  • Life,  Work

    The Truth about Teaching English in China: The Good

    Chinese students are required to study English throughout school right up until university level. Most, however, don’t ever seem to reach a level of conversational English. This may be due to a lack of ability or necessity to practice the language.  The need for native English teachers in China is huge and continues to grow by the year. This is paired with the more stringent entrance requirements and means that many schools are desperate for teachers. But what is it really like to teach English in China?  To find the truth about teaching English in China, we have split this question into ‘the good’ and ‘the bad’ both have numerous…