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Harbin Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival

  • Post by Charissa
  • November 25, 2015

[caption id="attachment_663" align="alignnone" width="977"] The Ice Disneyland of China (AFP/Getty Images)[/caption]Once the weather turns chilly in the north of China, people start looking forward to two events. The first is the Harbin Ice Festival and the second is Spring Festival, a holiday where families reunite back in their hometowns. The Harbin Ice Festival is one of a kind in China and never fails to disappoint the thousands of people who visit each year, many of whom have never seen snow before let alone a city made out of ice!The Harbin Festival is an annual event that has ta

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Eight Chinese Cuisines You’ve Never Heard Of

  • Post by Charissa
  • November 19, 2015
Chinese cuisine

No matter where you were born, chances are good that you’ve had Chinese cuisine before. There are thousands of dishes that can be classified as Chinese food, but did you know Chinese food can actually be broken down into eight unique cuisines? Just like any country, food in China is different by region and province. In China, many cities even have their own special dishes! However, overall, Chinese food can be classified in the following eight categories: Lucai, Huicai, Xiangcai, Mincai, Sucai, Zhecai, Chuancai, and Yuecai. Lu Cuisine 鲁菜 LǔcàiLucai is the perfect food for a sodium junkie who loves seafood. You’ll typically find Lu Cuisine around Read More

11.11 – Two Holidays in One

  • Post by Charissa
  • November 11, 2015
China Holidays

What do you get when you combine the craziness of Black Friday with the online ease of Cyber Monday? China’s November 11 e-shopping holiday! After starting in 2009 with only 27 participating stores, there are now over 40,000 merchants who participate and sell millions of products. Product offerings continue to increase every year as more international products are added to the mix due to Chinese consumers becoming more interested in global products.A famous Chinese company called Alibaba created this shopping holiday for its equally as famous website portal, Read More

Choosing Where to Teach in China

  • Post by Charissa
  • November 6, 2015
Teach in China

[caption id="attachment_630" align="alignnone" width="1920"] A graduating class in China[/caption]Public Chinese schoolsPublic schools are funded by the government and house the majority of students. Over 200 million (about 93% of all school-aged Chinese) students attend public schools because the Chinese government stipulates that the first nine years of education are compulsory and tuition-free. If you choose to work at a public school in China, your salary will not be as high as it would be at private schools. However, teaching at a public school is usually less pressure as you have fewer working hours and you may feel like you are making a bigger difference in your studen

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Top Shanghai Attractions

  • Post by Charissa
  • November 2, 2015

[caption id="attachment_117" align="alignnone" width="1430"] The Huangpu River with Pudong on the right and Puxi on the left.[/caption]

  1. The Bund
Going to Shanghai and not seeing the Bund is equivalent to going to Beijing and not seeing the Great Wall. The Bund borders the west side of the Huangpu River and faces Pudong District, another famous area in Shanghai. After living in Shanghai for a while, you will hear people talking about being in Puxi District or Pudong District as Shanghai is primarily split up into two sections: west of the Huangpu river (puxi) and east of the river (pudong).Walk

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The Hiring Process: The TEFL Contract

  • Post by Tony
  • November 2, 2015

Okay! So you’ve contacted Good Teachers Union about Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) in China. We’ve answered any of the questions that you have and even got you an interview with one of the many private schools that we work with across China. You’re interview went off without a hitch (hopefully you read our interviewing tips and tricks beforehand) and the school just extended an offer to you! Now comes the first committing step toward teaching English in China: signing the contract!Just like any other contract you must sign you want to read the TEFL contract carefully and make sure you understand all of it. Don’t

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