Excerpt: Up to the Mountains and Down to the Countryside

The following is an excerpt from my recently completed novel, Up to the Mountains and Down to the Countryside. The first chapter was awarded 1st Place in Medium.com’s 2012 Fiction Writing Contest. At the moment, I’m trying to find a home for it. If you like what you read here, please pass it on!Read More

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Amazon expanding international shopping & fast shipping for Chinese consumers

Ordering from international Amazon sites is soon to be much easier for those of us living in China. The e-commerce giant has announced that starting this Single’s Day, November 11, China-based customers will be able to order from Amazon’s US, German, Spanish, French and Italian stores and have their purchases shipped to them in China.Read More

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Marco Polo coming to Netflix complete with sex, Mongols and naked kungfu

The original lost laowai, Marco Polo is getting the premium TV treatment with a new 10-episode Netflix original series debuting December 12th. Lorenzo Richelmy is playing the Venetian explorer, and the show will centre on his adventures in the court of Kublai Khan, during the Yuan Dynasty of 13th century China.Read More

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Survey Says: China Expats dig cost of living, unpleased with health & education

InterNations.org has recently released the results of their Expat Insider Survey 2014, a polling of nearly 14,000 expats around the globe which aims to “provide a comprehensive picture of life abroad: Focusing on the general quality of life, it identifies the most popular expat destinations. Topics covered include work, family, relationships and romance, leisure, and …Read More

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Mark Zuckerberg Delivers Tsinghua Q&A in Chinese

This past Wednesday Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg delivered his “first ever public Q&A in Chinese” at Beijing’s Tsinghua University. Handled with humour and aplomb, Zuckerberg discussed, “connecting the world, Internet.org, innovation and the early days of Facebook.” According to his Facebook update, earlier in the week he joined the Tsinghua University School of Economics and …Read More

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Photos: 30 Most Beautiful Counties in China

The China Institute of City Competitiveness (CICC) has released a list of the 30 most beautiful counties in China for 2014. With little surprise to those who have visited, the tourist-laden picturesque heavyweight Yangshuo in Guangxi tops the list.Read More

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740 stranded Russian tourists in Sanya are going home

When Russian tourism agency South Cross declared bankruptcy it left 740 Russian tourists stranded in Sanya and Wanning — two popular tourism destinations in China’s tropical island province, Hainan.Read More

CCTV asks if ‘expats unqualified for language teaching in China?’

With school starting up again this week, a recent CCTV news report may hint at an increase in crackdowns on illegally employed ESL teachers. In the video, a hidden camera captures a sight that surely many of us have never witnessed — foreign teachers working at a language mill without proper papers. Even the “Expats …Read More

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Help: Family raising funds for China expat in coma

This past March, while working at a Chinese university, American John Berisford fell critically ill. He remains hospitalized and in a coma. While his medical team has stated he is stable enough for travel, he cannot fly commercially. Thus, he must travel via a very costly air ambulance. His family has started a campaign to raise …Read More

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220K RMB stolen from Italian expat’s Chinese bank account

Last Thursday, August 21, a Shanghai-based Italian expat identified only as “Rafael” got quite a shock when he discovered 220,000 RMB had gone missing from his account. The account, with an unidentified nationally owned bank in Guangzhou’s Tianhe district, was primarily for an auto parts business Rafael has been operating in Guangzhou for more than 6 years. …Read More

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German citizen sentenced to death for double murder in Xiamen

For the first time, a Chinese court has sentenced to death a German citizen, who was convicted in 2011 of murdering his ex-girlfriend and her new partner with a hammer and knife in the south-eastern Chinese city of Xiamen, Fujian. The 36-year-old man, who was identified as “Philipp B” in the German press (but as …Read More

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Irish-American Comedian Des Bishop takes on Chinese news with rap

Last year, Irish-American comic Des Bishop moved to China to learn the language so that he could tell the country his jokes. The experience culminated in him opening (in Chinese) for Joe Wang, and taught him more than just the language; much of which he’s sharing in his act “Made in China” currently wrapping up …Read More

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