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 … Read More »

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 … Read More »

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 … Read More »

Review: Red Obsession

Having grown up in Canada’s largest wine region, and spent a fair amount of time living in its second largest; I’ve always been surrounded by it. However, the culture that revolves around wine is never something I’ve found terribly interesting. The pomp of the industry, and the intrinsic status of being “in it” that has been carefully fermented, bottled and sold has always sort of turned me off. Read More »

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 … Read More »

24-year-old Venezuelan man saves woman from river in Guangzhou

According to witnesses, around 3 a.m. Saturday morning an inebriated woman fell into a river in Guangzhou’s Haizhu district after a fight with her boyfriend. Hearing the commotion of the resultant onlooker crowd, a 24-year-old Venezuelan man, Carlos, asked his taxi driver to stop. Though he could not see the woman in the river, he … Read More »

Clarity on new visa classes from Ministry of Foreign Affairs notice

Last week the Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a bilingual notice that spells out China’s new visa structure. Beijing-based immigration lawyer Gary Chodorow has published an article highlighting some of recent changes in the Chinese visa structure in an easy-to-read layout. The post breaks down the most common visas, explaining both what the previous law … Read More »

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