春节快乐 - Year of the Horse

Happy Chinese New Year — Let’s Horse Around

Food
No CNY is complete without a few plates of jiǎozi, particularly if you're in the North. And while you can certainly just hop down to the supermarket and pick up a package of frozen dumplings, making your own is a whole lot more rewarding.

If you're not fortunate enough to have Chinese in-laws to lend a hand, constructing the suckers can be a bit of a challenge. Jen at Tiny Urban Kitchen has a great step-…

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Guy dances across China in 100 days, goes viral

I danced and filmed all over, including: Beijing, Chengdu, Xi'An, Lhasa (Tibet), Yangshuo, Zhangjiajie, Shanghai, Feng Huang, and Hong Kong. In some locations I had 100+ people gathered around my camera taking pictures and videos on their phones.

The video is somewhat reminiscent of Matt Harding, who pretty much remains the be-all/end-all dance-around-the-world guy. That said, in just a week and a half since G…

Convicted child rapist Neil Robinson. Source TBJ

Former Beijing school teacher convicted of raping a minor

Ex-China expat Neil Robinson, who made headlines last spring, has been convicted to twelve years in a UK prison for sexually assaulting a girl under the age of 13, making an indecent video of a child, and possessing child pornography.

The 47-year-old Briton turned himself in to UK consular officials in Beijing last April after his appearance on BBC's "Crimewatch" drew attention to the former international scho…

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Tom Carter on the making of a China anthology

It was in the heat of a sweltering Hainan summer that I stretched out and read Tom Carter's carefully collected expat compendium, Unsavory Elements. The book had already made the rounds of the expat city mags and a few blogs, and thus I had read a healthy mix of reviews. Even with its impressive contributor list, I must admit my anticipation was somewhat tempered by my concern that I would be forcing myself throu…

Hu Xiaoyi, vice-minister of human resources and social security. Photo: english.cri.cn

Foreigners remain lukewarm to China’s social security scheme

Two and a half years after China's Social Insurance Law rolled out, an action that saw the extension of the country's social security programs to foreigner works, only about 20% of expats working in China had joined.

Hu Xiaoyi, vice-minister of human resources and social security, told China Daily that more than 200,000 expats have participated in various social insurance programs covering basic pension, medic…

The unnamed foreigner in question, the damage to his coat clearly visible

Foreigner who cried ‘fraud’ and his father to be fined, detained and deported

Beijing police have announced the foreigner who originally cried "fraud" after being accused by a woman of hitting her with his motorbike will be fined, detained and deported.

The incident occurred on December 2 and immediately went viral across Chinese social media. Initially netizens appeared to favour the foreigner's story, as tales of (fake) accident victims blaming people just trying to help abound in China. …

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Foreigner smacked, de-shirted in altercation with Beijing cabbie

A video making the rounds, lacking much in the way of details, shows a foreigner being held by two Chinese after what is presumed to be a dispute over a fare. After being hit several times, and being unable to get the cabbie to release his shirt, the foreign man slips out of his shirt and attends to his bag.

If you have more information, or have been in similar situations, please let us know in the comments.

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He said, she said: foul-mouthed foreigner in Beijing culpable or conned?

When the story initially broke December 2 on Weibo, the version of events indicated a middle-aged Chinese woman had accused a foreigner, presumably from the UK, of hitting and severely injuring her with his bike. He, and eye-witnesses at the time, denied this -- stating that she simply fell to the ground after he passed.

The altercation happened in Beijing's Chaoyang District. The ensuing argument between the …

Red Obsession

Review: Red Obsession

Don't get me wrong. I love wine, and drink an embarrassing amount of it. I suppose it's a bit like modern art in my mind -- or any thing where you can purchase involvement. When it's obviously good but under (or averagely) appreciated I enjoy it; but that joy is conversely affected by the price tag and hype attached to it. And so it was with a bit of excitement and apprehension that I recently watched "Red Obsess…

Jerry and Luo Ting (r) were found guilty of bigamy at Yuexiu Court. Photo China.org.cn

Odd News: Foreigner in Guangzhou gets harsh sentenced for bigamy

On October 17, a 48-year-old Briton was sentenced to 5 months detention, with a 6 month suspended sentence, in a Guangzhou court for the crime of leaving his wife in the UK and living as a married couple with his Chinese business partner, Luo Ting; who was also sentenced to 4 months detention.

The British man, whom China.org.cn called "Jerry" (a pseudonym), met "Luo Ting" (also a pseudonym) in 2005, after comi…