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

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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

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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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2014 Lost Laowai Holiday Charity Round-up

It’s that time of year again! Welcome to Lost Laowai’s holiday charity round-up. Whether you celebrate the holidays or not, we hope you will consider donating or volunteering your time to one of these China-focused charities. We think they are doing great work and we look forward to seeing what they will accomplish in 2015!Read More

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New train ticketing rules, new high-speed routes to start pre-CNY

It might seem a bit early to start thinking about Spring Festival, as it’s still more than 2 months away, but new train ticket purchasing rules and high speed lines mean that you’ll need to get your tickets bought earlier than ever.Read More

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Watch: The Expat Curve, coping with the phases of living abroad

The Expat Curve is a roughly sinusoidal wave that many laowai are sure to find familiar. It illustrates six different phases expatriates go through after moving abroad for work and living.Read More

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One year on, Suzhou expat’s widow still searching for answers

It was a year ago today that British-born Suzhou expat Neil Mason died under mysterious circumstances while on a business retreat. Murder is not suspected, but a year of frustratingly few answers now has Mason’s widow speaking out about the tragedy.Read More

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Foreigner in Chengdu makes ‘portable’ air purifying machine for daily commute

An Italian expat in Chengdu, identified only as “Mike”, has had all he can take with the city’s air pollution. However, instead of packing up and heading back to Europe, he’s packed up an air purifier and strapped it to his back.Read More

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None Shall Pass! Laowai cyclist stops car from driving in bike lane

A foreigner in Beijing has become a bit of a Chinese internet celebrity by taking a stand against cars illegally driving through a bike lane to avoid traffic.Read More

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