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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Australian expat in Dongguan tied up in apartment, robbed

According to a local news report, at 8pm on August 9, a 54-year-old Australian man was robbed at knife point in his Dongguan, Guangzhou, apartment.Read More

Foreigners in Shanghai mess with locals just for laughs

Some foreigners in Shanghai recently took to the streets to pull off a few Just For Laughs quality gags on the locals.Read More

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No Pets or Foreigners attempts to capture laowai experience in new sitcom

Possibly coming to a TV or Youku stream near you is a new sitcom called No Pets or Foreigners, which follows the misadventures of Melvin and Larry, two Westerners in Beijing, as well as their brusque Chinese landlord Mr. Li and his materialistic daughter Lingling.Read More

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Review: How Does One Dress To Buy Dragonfruit? True Stories Of Expat Women In Asia

This new collection from Signal 8 Press brings together 26 stories from the lives of expat women living in Asia. Being an expat woman living in Asia myself, I jumped at the chance to read and review it.Read More

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American teacher spends 7 months in Chinese jail enduring forced labour

Stuart Foster, a 49-year-old American sociology professor, spent more than seven months in a jail in southern China, where he was forced to assemble Christmas lights for export to the US.Read More

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