• 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…

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    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…

  • Culture

    10 Interesting Facts about Ancient China

    With written records dating back 4000 years, Chinese culture is a rich tapestry of knowledge, wisdom and some peculiarities. Here are our 10 interesting facts about ancient China. 1. Fat was Fashionable In periods throughout the Tang Dynasty, chubby women were considered attractive and fashionable. Quite the opposite of today.  2. The Chinese invented football and maybe ice cream. Recognised by FIFA as the first form of football, the Chinese game, Cuju, was invented during the Han Dynasty. It involved kicking a ball into a net without using your hands.  In modern China ice cream is hugely popular, so much so that Mcdonalds has restaurants that only serve ice cream.…

  • 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…

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    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…

  • Culture

    Guanxi: How the Chinese do Business

    While these days doing business in China without guanxi is becoming easier, even ten years ago this wasn’t the case. Doing business in China without any guanxi would have been impossible, and to a large degree, this is still the way it is. It is your influence and the long term trust and respect between you and the people in your web of social interactions, which provides you with a solid foundation for a business interaction or exchange. What does Gunxi mean? Guanxi loosely translates as ‘relations’ or ‘connections’ and when doing business in China it is often not fully understood by foreigners. It’s an aspect of Chinese culture that…

  • Work

    Teach English in China; Salary

    Top 10 Things You Need to Know Introduction Teaching English in China has always been a lucrative business for both the schools and the teachers. However, it seems these days this is even more so. Perhaps due to China’s recent clampdown on foreign visas, schools are in high demand of “good quality” foreign English teachers. While a lot of learning is now moving online solving many visa problems. Most training centres, however, remain brick and mortar and so landing yourself a job on the mainland could very well put your pocket in a healthy position. The following list is of 10 main points that we think you should consider when…

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    Teaching English in China Without a Degree

    China has required a degree in order to teach English as a foreign language for a very long time. Although schools and training centres in the past haven’t seemed too bothered about teachers coming to China to teach without this paperwork. Is it possible to teach English in China without a degree? Native-speaking teachers are always in demand and often companies use their ‘guanxi’ connections to get a degree-less potential teacher into the country, or literally fake a degree certificate by photoshopping names onto other people’s degrees. At that time the only thing that was required was a picture of the ‘degree certificate’ and these were often never checked. Stricter…