Update: Suspected Canadian Christian spy in Dandong released on bail

Some positive news recently for the Canadian couple who were arrested last August in Dandong on suspicion of stealing state secrets. While husband Kevin Garratt remains in detention, his wife Julia was released on bail last week.Read More

US Embassy warns of possible terrorist attack in Kunming over Spring Festival

The US Department of State today sent out an e-mail warning US citizens of the alleged planning of a possible terrorist attack in Kunming, Yunnan. While the message made clear that the US Embassy in China was not able to verify the accuracy of the report, it obviously felt it important/reliable enough to send out. The …Read More

Warning: Have you seen these markings outside your door?

Recently an officer from our local police station compiled a series of markings thieves use to tag homes. The officer had uncovered the markings during several years of working the robbery division, and circulated them on WeChat with a warning for people to watch out for them outside their doors.Read More


Expats leaving China at twice the number of those arriving

According to a recently released study, expatriates in China are leaving at a rate much higher than they’re being replaced.Read More


Q&A with Danielle Sumita, host and creator of Sindicator

In the latest edition of Things Done Well, I talk to Danielle Sumita, whom some will undoubtedly know from her excellent China-focused Web series, Sindicator.Read More


Daily visitor limit, megaphone ban for Beijing Palace Museum

Beijing’s Palace Museum, better known as the Forbidden City, has proposed a crowd-control plan that will see daily limits for visitors set at 80,000. The plan, announced Tuesday, is awaiting approval from the appropriate authorities.Read More

How to clear customs ordering from Amazon.com in China

As mentioned back in November, Amazon.com is now offering expanded speedy shipping from select international Amazon locations to China — including the US. One area that can prove to be a bit complicated is assuring the package clears customs. What follows is a detailed guide to walk you through the process.Read More


Foreigner catches, beats thief on busy Xi’an bus

On the afternoon of January 19, a foreign man thwarted a robbery on a busy Xi’an bus — catching and beating his would-be thief before debarking.Read More

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Beijing-Moscow in 48 hours via new high-speed railway

China has announced it has acquired a Russian contract to build a high-speed Beijing-Moscow railway, which will cut travel time down to just 48 hours.Read More

Great Firewall upgrade killing some VPN services

A recent upgrade to China’s Internet censorship apparatus has VPN users in China scrambling to find new ways around the country’s Great Firewall.Read More


Watch: “Cock Wire” Mike Sui returns with even more Chinese impressions

Most will remember back in 2012 when the video of an American impersonating 12 international accents in Chinese went viral. The half-Chinese Beijing resident, Mike隋 (Mike Sui), is back with an all new video packed with at least as much funny and even more impressions.Read More

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Infograph: China’s 2015 holiday schedule

Keeping track of the annually-shifting list of Chinese holidays, and the esoteric collection of make-up days attached to them can be tough. With the recent release of the official schedule of Chinese holidays, I thought I’d liven things up with a slightly more visual representation of the information.Read More

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