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A few people love negotiating, but most love to hate it. Successful China expats know when to bargain and how much they can bargain. They also know how to balance saving the face of the shop owner while at the same time getting a great deal.
Did someone just elbow you on the subway? Did you spend 2 hours at the bank trying to do a simple international wire transfer? Did something break in your apartment for the 30th time? Did you spend 15 minutes trying to get someone to understand a simple sentence you were trying to say in Chinese? Did the taxi driver misunderstand you and take you to the other side of town? Did your bike get stolen again? Are you having visa problems? No matter what the issue is, a successful expaRead More
Celebrating Christmas in a foreign country can be just as fun as celebrating the holidays back home. Of course, you'll still miss family and old friends, but the great part about living in a new country is all the new friends you can meet! No matter what city you're living in, most major malls or five-star hotels in China will have lots of special Christmas events and food to take part of. The entire month of December in most major cities is full of fun activities such as Christmas markets, cookie decorating parties, or Christmas balls. Sign up for your embassy's newsletter or follow the local expat magazines to keep up with everything that's going on.As ChrRead More
Teaching in China is becoming more and more popular as the world learns more about China and Chinese culture. In addition, living expenses are quite low so many teachers in China are able to save a great deal of money to pay off their school loans or start saving for a house. Although teaching in China might be pretty interesting, new China teachers often make the same mistakes when they first arrive. Here are a few of the most common mistakes: