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Habits of Successful China Expats

  • Post by Charissa
  • September 20, 2017
China expat

They negotiate.

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.

They learn to let it go.

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 expa

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How to spend Christmas in China

  • Post by Charissa
  • September 19, 2017
Christmas

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 Chr

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Teaching in China Mistakes to Avoid

  • Post by Charissa
  • December 11, 2016
Teaching in China

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:

Not getting advice beforehand

Moving to any foreign country without doing some research is probably not wise, but moving to China to teach English without talking to previous China teachers is rea

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China’s Best Breakfast Foods

  • Post by Charissa
  • November 21, 2016
Breakfast Food

Chinese food is delicious and extremely varied, but in the morning when you're looking for breakfast food to eat, there are just a handful of staple foods you can't miss out on. Here's our top five favorite breakfast foods to eat while hanging out or teaching English in China.

Baozi

One of the fastest breakfast foods you can buy on the street is a steamed bread that stuffed with a wide variety of fillings. It is not only warm and filling, but it's cheap, fast, portable and healthy which makes it the perfect breakfast food to grab on your way to work. You will find people selling baoz

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China Teaching Tips for the Uninitiated

  • Post by Charissa
  • November 10, 2016
China tips

Coming to China to teach English for the very first time can be rather daunting. However, with the proper preparation and right mindset, you will have little to worry about after you arrive. Here are a few China tips to make your  life easier in China.

Pack essentials you can't find in China

There are certain things such as good chocolate, supplements, and proper shoe sizes that are very hard to find in China. Also, bringing treats from home can help alleviate any homesickness you may feel down the road. Be sure to do your research on things foreigners can't find in China. This G

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Best food delivery apps in China

  • Post by Charissa
  • October 19, 2016
app

After moving to China, the best way to adapt to China life is by using the same apps that locals use. Of course, we all need to eat so the most important apps to first download in China (besides learning Chinese and map apps) should be related to food.Nothing is better than authentic and extremely diverse Chinese food, but sometimes you really crave food from home or some other type of Western food. Luckily, food delivery apps have a wide variety of whatever you might be craving. And there's nothing better than ordering your dinner while still at the office and having it arrive at your home the same time you do.China currently has three major food delivery apps that are completely in Chinese and two additional English apps that are primarily for non-Chinese speakers. Although

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Four of the Best Ways to Relax in China

  • Post by Charissa
  • October 3, 2016
relax

Living in China can be stressful at times and we all need to relax more to handle the challenges life throws at us living abroad. Luckily, China provides many ways to de-stress and keep you on your A game.

Foot massage

You do a lot of walking in China so pampering your feet should be a weekly or monthly ritual. Getting a foot massage in China is much more than just a simple foot massage. It’s more like spending a couple hours at a spa where you need to change your clothes and sometimes may even have a buffet meal included in the rate. Just remember before you get your first foot massage in China to learn the word for “gentler” in Chinese as sometimes they can get pretty intense!

Acupuncture

What is more Chinese than acupuncture? Not much. Although it will be m

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The Greatest Chinese Inventions of All Time

  • Post by Charissa
  • September 24, 2016
Chinese inventions

China has a fascinating history full of interesting events, legends and Chinese inventions. If you can keep all of the difficult Chinese names straight, an in-depth look at a history book on China will prove just how inventive and creative China was hundreds of years ago. There are four Chinese inventions in particular that have impacted human civilization the most. Here's a brief look at what they are:

The Compass

The original Chinese compass was actually a spoon made out of lodestone, which is naturally magnetized. The spoon sat on top of a brass plate and the handle of the spoon a

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Chinese Valentine’s Day

  • Post by Charissa
  • August 11, 2016
Valentine

You may be surprised to find out that China celebrates two Valentine's days. The seventh day of the seventh month of the Chinese calendar (usually sometime in August) is a romantic holiday known as both Qi Xi Jie (seventh evening festival) and Chinese Valentine's Day.Like many Chinese holidays, there's a legend behind Chinese Valentine's Day.  They say a demoted cattle god married a fairy whose mother wanted her to return to heaven. She created The Milky Way to separate the two lovers, but every year on the seventh day of the seventh month, a flock of magpies build a bridge that allows the fairy and the cattle god to see each other once a year.The Western Valentin

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5 Must-do’s for Your First Year in China

  • Post by Charissa
  • July 19, 2016
First Year

If you plan to come to China to teach English with GT Union anytime in the near future, awesome! But moving to a new country is going to be challenging no matter where you live. Here are a few tips specifically for China expats to make your first year in China easier. Live with a roommateYour first few months or so in China will be way more fun and less difficult if you have a roommate, preferably a Chinese roommate. They can help with all kinds of practical problems like paying the utilities or you cell phone bill, dealing with the local police station, explaining problems at work, and deciphering Chinese signs and messages.More importantly, they can take you to the best places to eat

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Dragon Boat Festival

  • Post by Charissa
  • June 9, 2016
Dragon Boat Festival

Happy Dragon Boat Festival aka Duan Wu Jie! Perhaps the best part of this holiday is the fact that most companies are closed Thursday and Friday so we all have a three day weekend (although they will re-open on Sunday). China has quite a few national holidays and it takes quite a while to learn the history and legends behind each one. However, if you're looking for a brief description of what to eat and do on this particular holiday, keep reading.Dragon Boat Festival takes place annually on the 5th day of the 5th month of the lunar new year.  If you are able to, you’ll want to fi

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Top Chongqing Attractions

  • Post by Charissa
  • May 18, 2016
Chongqing

Chongqing municipality, in southwest China, is well-known for its mountains, rivers, misty skies, spicy hotpot, and beautiful women. In addition to those, here are five places you should check out as well.

  1. Hongya Cave
Hongya Cave is the best place to enjoy Chongqing at night. The traditional Bayu style buildings that surround Hongya Cave date back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The houses were built on the mountainside with support stilts and reach up to 11 stories high adjacent to a river. Nowadays, Hongya Cave caters primarily to tourists and every level is full of restaurants, hotels, bars, cafes, and souvenir shops. The top two floo

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Top Shenzhen Attractions

  • Post by Charissa
  • May 10, 2016
Shenzhen

Shenzhen is a modern, sunny city in the south of China that enjoys warm weather all year round. After you visit these top five places, you will be able to discover the beauty and charm of Shenzhen for yourself.

  1. Shenzhen Happy Valley    
One could spend the whole day at this amusement park with its 350,000 square meters of pure fun. Best of all, it's one of the few tourist locations in Guangdong province rated 5A by the Chinese government for safety, cleanliness, sanitation and transportation. Shenzhen's Happy Valley is separated into nine areas by theme: Spanish Square, Cartoon City, Mt. Adventure, Gold Mine Town, Shangri-la Woods, Sunshine Beach, Typhoon Bay, Playa Maya Water Park and Happy Times. Basically, it's a park with a little someth

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Top Guangzhou Attractions

  • Post by Charissa
  • May 3, 2016
Guangzhou church

One of the best reasons to teach English in China is because you can work anywhere in the country! Besides Beijing and Shanghai, Good Teachers Union has positions available all around China including Guangzhou the capital of Guangdong province in the south of China. Here's what to see when you visit there.Shang Xia Jiu Pedestrian Street Located in Liwan district, one of the ancient business centers of Guangzhou, this well-known pedestrian street is one kilometer long and overflowing with all kinds of shops. Perhaps it is most popular for all of the yummy food choices that can be found there. This street has a lon

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Tea drinking culture in Guangzhou

  • Post by Charissa
  • April 19, 2016
morning tea

Almost everyone knows that people in Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong province, love drinking tea, especially having morning tea. When people in Guangzhou first meet, the first thing they say is, “Have you had tea yet?” Chinese people outside of Guangzhou will simply greet each other by saying, “Did you eat?” People in Guangzhou don’t literally mean only drinking tea; having morning tea implies going to a tea restaurant for food as well.Morning tea absolutely involves drinking tea (usually gongfu style), but it also involves ordering a large array of dim sum. The elderly generation are especially resolute in

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