South American sentenced to 5 years in Shanghai for visa fraud

A South American man, identified by police only as “Godoi”, has been sentenced to five years in prison for providing other foreigners with illegal Chinese visas.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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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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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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New Buy-Sell-Trade sites for expats in Shanghai, Beijing

Expats in Beijing and Shanghai now have two new options for buying/selling/trading their gear. SellShanghai.com and SellBeijing.com. Read More

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BooshKaBaash shows raided, event cancelled

Shanghai’s multi-venue BooshKaBaash Festival, meant to run over this past and next weekend, has been cancelled after police raided venues and detained foreign performers. Organizers posted the following on the BooshKaBaash site: “As many people may already know, the infamous Friday Police raid at Melting Pot led to the cancellation of all Booshkabaash Festival shows. …Read More

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China’s first-tier cities barely suitable for living, report says

Despite a strong showing in the “Top 10 attractive cities to foreigners” list, a new report indicates that no Mainland first-tier cities are suitable for habitation. The report on China’s urban competitiveness, from Chinese think tank the National Academy of Economic Strategy under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, states that the metropolises of Beijing, …Read More

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Top 10 attractive cities for China expats — 2012 edition

The results of China’s annual expat survey, conducted from September to December last year, are in. More than 175,000 expats participated in the survey via both online and offline voting. The 10 cities were selected based on their performance in terms of policy and administration, as well as working and living environment for foreigners. Criteria …Read More

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Foreigners driving badly: laowai hits truck in bike lane with his Ferrari

Car News China reports that a pair of foreigners were in a minor dust-up when the Ferrari FF they were driving rear-ended a large truck in a Shanghai bike lane.Read More

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Shanghai Calling is calling for your expat stories

If you’re like me, you probably perk up anytime you hear about a movie being made in or about China. Having one made about expats living in China was a first though, and so when I first heard about Shanghai Calling, a romantic comedy about American expats living in Shanghai, I was pretty keen to …Read More

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I’m Walkin’ Here: Consulate warns Americans to watch their step on Shanghai streets

The March edition of the Shanghai Consulate News for Americans kindly reminds its citizens not to hit cars that come to close to you, as it may lead to a “physical confrontation.” The American Citizen Services Unit has received several reports of American citizens being injured following physical altercations with drivers of automobiles within our …Read More

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In Shanghai? Like cats? These folks need your help

I was recently contacted by Paw Pals Animal Rescue (PPAR) and asked if I could lend a hand in getting the word out about their organization to the foreigner community in Shanghai. The animal lover that I am, I’m more than happy to oblige. If you, or anyone you know is a cat lover and …Read More

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