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  • Volkswagen Dominates China’s Compact Car Sales

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    19 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Compact cars account for about 60 percent of passenger vehicle sales in China, the world’s largest auto market. With the top four best-selling compact sedans of the year, automaker Volkswagen AG has proven that competitive pricing is now the way to Chinese buyers’ hearts. Boosted by Volkswagen’s impressive numbers, Germany now holds 24 percent of [&hellip
  • Foreigners Who Want To Work In Beijing Must Now Meet These Requirements

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    16 Sep 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Want to work in Beijing? Make sure you fulfill every clause on this list of requirements. China News | 0 Comments
  • Scotland Faces Challenge of Putting Referendum Behind It

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    Megan Gibson
    21 Sep 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Scotland’s decisive answer to one of the biggest questions in its history — the question of independence — has raised another, less easily addressed one: How does a divided nation move forward? MoreScotland’s First Minister Says Voters Who Backed Union Were ‘Misled’Russia Says Scottish Referendum Could Have Been RiggedFire to Flooding: Can California's Economy Survive Nature's Fury? NBC NewsTrooper Slay Suspect Likely Planned for Months: Cops NBC News'Who Saw Hannah?': Missing Student's Parents Speak Out NBC NewsSince the country voted against splitting…
  • China Watches From the Bleachers As Alibaba Goes Public

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    Chun Han Wong
    20 Sep 2014 | 12:54 am
    To many in China, Alibaba Group Holding’s blockbuster listing in New York was a moment of national pride. But the e-commerce giant and founder Jack Ma also received their share of brickbats, many from people back at home.
  • Why Alibaba Is Good For China VIEs

    China Law Blog
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:39 am
    Our China lawyers have a long history of skepticism regarding China VIE structured entities.  In Buying Into A China VIE. What Me Worry? we had this to say about them: Years ago, we here at China Law Blog made clear our views on VIEs and nothing about those views has changed.  For that reason, and because VIEs have little to nothing to do with most companies doing business in China, we stopped writing about them years ago.  In a nutshell, we don’t like them, don’t trust them, and don’t do them.  Quite frankly, our malpractice insurance just isn’t high enough for the massive…
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  • Scotland Faces Challenge of Putting Referendum Behind It

    Megan Gibson
    21 Sep 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Scotland’s decisive answer to one of the biggest questions in its history — the question of independence — has raised another, less easily addressed one: How does a divided nation move forward? MoreScotland’s First Minister Says Voters Who Backed Union Were ‘Misled’Russia Says Scottish Referendum Could Have Been RiggedFire to Flooding: Can California's Economy Survive Nature's Fury? NBC NewsTrooper Slay Suspect Likely Planned for Months: Cops NBC News'Who Saw Hannah?': Missing Student's Parents Speak Out NBC NewsSince the country voted against splitting…
  • Scotland’s First Minister Says Voters Who Backed Union Were ‘Misled’

    Nolan Feeney
    21 Sep 2014 | 12:34 pm
    First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond says that those who voted “no” to an independent Scotland during last week’s referendum were “gulled,” “misled” and “tricked effectively” by last-minute promises from the United Kingdom. British Prime Minister David Cameron and leaders of other political parties had agreed before the referendum to grant Scotland greater ability to act on its own to set tax, welfare and budget policies, London’s The Telegraph reports. But Cameron said after the referendum that those changes would only happen…
  • Yemen’s Prime Minister Resigns Amid Violence

    Dan Stewart
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:07 am
    SANAA, Yemen — Yemen’s prime minister resigned Sunday, the state news agency reported, following days of violence that left more than 140 dead and prompted thousands to flee their homes. The official SABA news agency gave no details on the move by Mohammed Salem Bassindwa, and it was not immediately clear if his resignation had been accepted by the president. Bassindwa took office shortly after former president Ali Abdullah Saleh was forced to step down in 2012. He has been in office since February 2012 and has since been the target of sharp criticism for his inability to deal…
  • Afghanistan Finally Has a New President

    Dan Stewart
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:12 am
    KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan’s two presidential candidates signed a power-sharing deal on Sunday that makes one president and the other chief executive, ending months of political wrangling following a disputed runoff that threatened to plunge the country into turmoil and complicate the withdrawal of foreign troops. MoreFeel Good Friday: 16 Fun Photos to Start Your WeekendSuicide Bomber Attacks NATO Convoy in Kabul Killing 3Fire to Flooding: Can California's Economy Survive Nature's Fury? NBC NewsTrooper Slay Suspect Likely Planned for Months: Cops NBC News'Who Saw Hannah?':…
  • Russia Says Scottish Referendum Could Have Been Rigged

    Nolan Feeney
    21 Sep 2014 | 7:51 am
    Scotland’s historic election on independence did not meet international standards for constitutional referendums, the head of a Russian voting rights organization has said, with procedures that left the result subject to rigging and vote-tampering. Igor Borisov, chairman of the Public Institute of Suffrage in Moscow (also translated as the Russian Public Institute of Electoral Law), said the voting took place according to United Kingdom voting rules, which differ from the international community’s accepted procedures for such votes, Russian news agency Ria Novosti reports. The…
 
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  • Why Alibaba Is Good For China VIEs

    21 Sep 2014 | 11:39 am
    Our China lawyers have a long history of skepticism regarding China VIE structured entities.  In Buying Into A China VIE. What Me Worry? we had this to say about them: Years ago, we here at China Law Blog made clear our views on VIEs and nothing about those views has changed.  For that reason, and because VIEs have little to nothing to do with most companies doing business in China, we stopped writing about them years ago.  In a nutshell, we don’t like them, don’t trust them, and don’t do them.  Quite frankly, our malpractice insurance just isn’t high enough for the massive…
  • China Employment Law. Watching A Bit Of The Sausage Being Made.

    19 Sep 2014 | 5:36 pm
    As the Chinese government starts taking its employment laws more seriously (at least with respect to foreign companies doing business in China), our China employment law work just keeps increasing, as does our blogging on it.  The below is an email from one of our China lawyers (who is doing China employment law about half time these days), with all possible identifiers removed or changed. We are sending a version of this email out a lot these days. As noted in previous emails, employment law in China has been in a state of transition over the past few years. Though the relevant laws have…
  • The China-US Shuttle. Tain’t No Big Thing.

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:23 pm
    Clients (and others) often ask our me how many lawyers we have in China and/or how many China lawyers we have in the United States. I always have problems with those questions for two reasons.  The first reason is that I myself have no firm definition of “China lawyer” and so what I usually say is something like how we have a core group of eight lawyers who spend most of their work hours on China matters, but we also have countless other lawyers in the firm who bring their specialities to bear on our China matters. For instance, we often cover China arbitrations with one of our…
  • High-Level China IP Delegation to Discuss IP in China at Fordham Law School this Friday

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:57 pm
    A high level China IP delegation will be at Fordham Law School this Friday evening to discuss China IP and China IP legislation. This will be a free event hosted by the Chinese Business Lawyers Association and the Fordham IP Institute. If you want to attend (and you absolutely should) you will need to RSVP at events@cblalaw.org, and specify that you are signing up for the roundtable. The roundtable discussion is from 4 PM to 5:30 PM at Fordham Law School’s Costantino Room. The PRC delegation, which is studying US laws and implementation regarding IP will include two IP judges from the…
  • Social Insurance For China Expats. It Depends.

    17 Sep 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Our clients often ask us whether as China employers they must contribute to social insurance for their expat employees. The answer is that it depends on the employer’s location. The Provisions on the Employment of Foreigners in China (《外国人在中国就业管理规定》), mandate that expat participation in social insurance programs must comply with applicable Chinese law. But before the Interim Measures for the Participation in Social Insurance of Foreigners Employed in China (《在中国境内就业的外国人参加社会保险暂行办法》) were passed in 2011, there were…
 
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  • The different perceptions of the Obama´s - Mark Obama Ndesandjo

    Fons Tuinstra
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:15 am
    Mark Obama NdesandjoShenzhen-based Mark Obama Ndesandjo, half-brother of US president Barack Obama, discusses in his book An Obama's Journey: My Odyssey of Self-Discovery across Three Cultures their different perspectives of the Obama´s, his family and the relation with this half-brother. "Follow your own path is most important," he tells in BroadSide.Mark Obama Ndesandjo is a speaker at the China Speakers Bureau. Do you need him at your meeting or conference? Do get in touch or fill in our speakers´request form.   Related articlesMark Obama Ndesandjo, 'I Wanted Nothing to Do…
  • Why Alibaba is not yet a global player - Shaun Rein

    Fons Tuinstra
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:11 am
    Shaun Rein at WSJDespite its close to US$22 billion IPO at the New York Stock Exchange today, business analyst Shaun Rein does not see in Alibaba a real global company. "Its model is not scalable in other large market like the US and Indonesia", he says at has much work to do at home, especially on mobile where it is lagging.Shaun Rein is a speaker at the China Speakers Bureau. Do you need him at your meeting or conference? Do get in touch or fill in our speakers´ request form.Are you interested in other internet experts at the China Speakers Bureau? Do check out our recently updated…
  • Diamond sales rise, despite anti-corruption drive - Wei Gu

    Fons Tuinstra
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:19 am
    +Wei GuDiamond sales in China have gone up 14% last year, while all other luxury goods suffered from the ongoing anti-corruption campaign. WSJ´s Wei Gu analyzes with De Beers CEO Stephen Lussier, why diamonds keep on doing so well.Wei Gu is a speaker at the China Speakers Bureau. Do you need her at your meeting or conference? Do get in touch or fill in our speakers´ request form.Are you interested in more luxury good experts at the China Speakers Bureau? Do check out recent list.Related articlesJob seekers drop government for private firms - Shaun Rein/Wei GuHalf of China´s rich are…
  • Progress for women, Li Yinhe and Ian Johnson

    Fons Tuinstra
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:57 am
    +Ian Johnson Journalist Ian Johnson interviewed sexologist Li Yinhe for the New York Review of Books on her work on same-sex marriages, the Party, SM, orgies and the position of women in China. Li Yinhe believes the position of women has greatly improved since 1949. Here a short clip.The New York Review of Books: What about women’s rights under the Communist Party? Has progress been illusory? It’s definitely better than it was before 1949. It started in the 1950s, when all people—male or female—were asked to participate in the workforce. In the past it was “outward affairs…
  • Why Twitter - or WeChat - is not a strategy - Tom Doctoroff

    Fons Tuinstra
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:02 am
    Branding guru Tom Doctoroff takes on the social media hype in his latest book Twitter is Not a Strategy: Rediscovering the Art of Brand Marketing. Digital tools and big data have taken over old-style marketing, and Tom Doctoroff pleads for a end to the schism.From the press release of publisher Palgrave: In a cultural climate saturated by technology, marketing professionals have focused their energies on creating newer and more digital methods of advertising their brands, with the fear that if they don’t embrace "Big Data," they will fade into obscurity. But Tom Doctoroff, Asia CEO for J.
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  • China Server Market Sales Up 35% In Q2 2014

    ChinaTechNews.com Editor
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:59 am
    China's X86 server shipments reached 448,000 units, a year-on-year increase of 22.2%; and its server sales reached USD1.43 billion, a year-on-year increase of 34.6%, according to latest statistics from IDC. Statistics from IDC showed that during the second quarter of 2014, the global shipment of X86 servers increased by 1.5% year-on-year to 2.2 million units; […]
  • Chinese Social Finance Site Gains USD40 Million Investment

    ChinaTechNews.com Editor
    21 Sep 2014 | 7:51 am
    Xueqiu.com, a Chinese social investment website, has completed its third round of financing of USD40 million with investors including Renren.com and Morningside Ventures. Xueqiu's products include its website and an application for smart devices. Officially launched in November 2011, Xueqiu has been providing data inquiries, information, and interactive communications services to Chinese investors. Its services […]
  • Aisidi Will Promote Xiaomi Smartphones In India

    ChinaTechNews.com Editor
    21 Sep 2014 | 12:49 am
    Aisidi (HK) Limited has signed a three-party agreement with Xiaomi Singapore and Flipkart India Private Limited to sell Chinese Xiaomi smartphones in India. According to the agreement, the three parties will reportedly work together to promote the sale of Xiaomi smartphones in India as well as the development of other emerging smartphone markets. The contents […]
  • What Does Alibaba's IPO Mean For Global Investment?

    ChinaTechNews.com Editor
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:03 am
    Media have been opining and hyping Alibaba's USD21.8 billion IPO impact on the global Internet ecosystem and how the company plans to invest its new wealth. Unlike most IPOs, many early investors in Alibaba will have no lock-up period and they can sell their shares today. Though CEO Jack Ma pledged that customers are more […]
  • China's Huawei Opens R&D Unit In France

    ChinaTechNews.com Editor
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:09 pm
    Chinese telecom device maker Huawei opened a new research and development organization in Southern France. Located at Sophia Antipolis, this new R&D unit currently has 20 engineers and it will add ten more engineers by the end of 2014. Most of those engineers previous worked for Texas Instruments. According to Huawei, Sophia Antipolis has a […]
 
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  • Minitrue: The Scottish Referendum

    Anne Henochowicz
    21 Sep 2014 | 7:10 am
    The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. The name of the issuing body has been omitted to protect the source. The media must not hype or comment on the Scottish referendum. All websites must take care to control content on interactive platforms. (September 20, 2014) 苏格兰公投一事,媒体不要评论炒作。各网站注意控制互动环节的内容。 [Original Text] China has offered no official statement on the September 18 referendum for Scottish independence, which ended with the clear…
  • Alibaba Shares Surge in IPO Debut

    Cindy
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:11 pm
    Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant, opened at $92.70 a share on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday, making it the highest initial public offering in U.S. history. Drew Harwell at The Washington Post reports: Alibaba Group, the Chinese Web juggernaut that has become the world’s biggest online retailer, will sell its first shares to the public Friday in one of the most lucrative debuts in stock market history. Though little known in the United States, the tech powerhouse has in 15 years transformed life in China, where 80 percent of online sales pass through an Ali­baba site. Its…
  • Dalai Lama Hails Xi Jinping as “More Open-Minded”

    josh rudolph
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Last week, the aging 14th Dalai Lama said in an interview that he might be the last reincarnation of the high lama, de facto global ambassador of Buddhism, and spiritual leader of the Tibetan people—an announcement that scholar Robert Barnett said was likely intended to de-politicize the historical institution ahead of Beijing’s probable attempt to nominate his successor. Despite this comment—a clear reflection of long-held tensions between Beijing and the Dalai Lama—the spiritual leader made favorable comments about Xi Jinping earlier this week as the Chinese president was…
  • Photo: Lanzhou Noodles, by John Pasden

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    19 Sep 2014 | 3:52 pm
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  • Badiucao (巴丢草): Peace on Trial

    josh rudolph
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:52 pm
    As Ilham Tohti awaits a verdict following his trial for separatism this week, Badiucao offers a tribute to the jailed Uyghur scholar in his most recent cartoon contribution to CDT. Ilham Tohti was detained by police from his Beijing home in January, and formally charged with separatism in July. The Uyghur academic had long urged a peaceful inter-ethnic dialogue to mitigate violent conflict in the restive Xinjiang region. In the lead up to the trial, Ilham Tohti had reportedly been shackled, denied food, had photographs and clothing sent by his family withheld, and monitored…
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  • Coloring without Rules

    John Pasden
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:22 pm
    I recently gave a talk to some Chinese teachers about IB and AP Chinese programs in the US. In my research for the talk, I did quite a bit of reminiscing about my own 4 years in the Hillsborough High School IB Program. I had all but forgotten about “CAS hours,” and I seriously can’t remember at all what my “Extended Essay” was on. But one thing I totally haven’t forgotten about was “Theory of Knowledge.” That class was seriously cool! It’s also a nice talking point for Chinese teachers, who are always eager to hear about how western…
  • A Pun for Mooncake Day

    John Pasden
    7 Sep 2014 | 8:50 pm
    Today is Mid-Autumn Moon Festival in China, so here’s a little moon pun for you: The first line is where the pun resides. It reads: [moon round moon looking forward (to it)] This is pretty nonsensical because the character for moon, “” has replaced the identical-sounding character . Most intmermediate learners will recognize this character as being part of the 越……越…… pattern. So the meaning is: [The rounder it is, the more you look forward to it] Still seems kind of nonsensical to me (in this context, anyway), but it’s just a lame pun for a billboard. The…
  • Confidence and Tones

    John Pasden
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:03 pm
    It was in the summer of 2012 during a talk with all-star intern Parry that I first discovered that confidence-based learning was a thing. The concept had occurred to me before, but it really gelled when I saw this graph: Confidence-based learning applies to any kind of learning, but I think it applies especially well to mastering the tones of Chinese. Let’s take a quick walk through the four quadrants of the graph above… Uninformed. So this is your typical beginner. You don’t know much, and you know that you don’t know much. It’s hard to say much of anything, and…
  • Pronunciation Practice: the next Evolution

    John Pasden
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:15 pm
    I’m really exited to announce that AllSet Learning now has its own Online Store. After releasing several new products on Apple and Amazon’s platforms in recent years, I’ve discovered that those channels can sometimes be more than a little “challenging.” But those platforms don’t support all of AllSet Learning’s ambitions. Some of the things I want to do won’t be realized even in the next few years, but others can be broken down into simpler units that people can use right now to improve their Chinese. AllSet Learning clients have been benefiting…
  • Summer Nap in Jing’an Park

    John Pasden
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:30 pm
    I couldn’t resist snapping this picture in Jing’an Park: It’s been an unusually short/cool summer in Shanghai. I guess that makes it easier to fall asleep in public with utter abandon? (But then, Chinese people are typically pretty good at that…)
 
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  • Review-based Medical Platform The CareVoice Helps Patients to Make Better Healthcare Decisions

    Emma Lee
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:03 am
    The CareVoice Team–Sebastien Gaudin (R2) and Ricky Ng-Adam (R1) China is undergoing a tremendous transformation over the past two decades, not only economically but also socially and technically. The huge demographic changes are exerting increasing pressures on China’s existing healthcare system that is still under strain. It seems that more and more people started to recognize the potentials of mHealth as a way to reduce costs of healthcare operations and improve healthcare quality. Investors are voting with massive capital injections in companies related to the sector. The…
  • Now Businesses Can Build WeChat Accounts for Employee Management and Collaboration

    Tracey Xiang
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:46 am
    Two months ago we reported that WeChat was developing a solution for business. An API for businesses to develop customized accounts has been out. Named Enterprise Account, the new system enables features for employee management and collaboration current WeChat group doesn’t have, including setting up sub-groups for business units, sending bulk messages (audio, video, image, and document files), among others. Each sub-group can accommodate up to 1000 employees. Multi-media files uploaded by a company will be kept on WeChat servers for three days. The move isn’t surprising to…
  • Xiaomi Invests US$25M in Andon’s iHealth for 20% Stake

    Tracey Xiang
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:08 pm
    Andon (SZ:002432), or Jiuan in Chinese, the Chinese healthcare electronics manufacturer, announced to spin off the division for iHeath, the healthcare appcessory brand, and introduce US$25 million financing from Xiaomi, the Chinese smart device maker and software developer. The spin-off is named iHealth Inc., according to the Andon announcement, and Xiaomi will have a 20% stake in it. One of Xiaomi’s board directors will join iHealth Inc.’s board of directors.   Founded in 1995 and based in Tianjin, China, Andon designs and produces health and medical electronics for OEMs…
  • Personal Finance Apps Boom in China

    Tracey Xiang
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:55 am
    Yuebao, the mutual fund launched by Alibaba Group for its online shoppers in mid-2013, showed Chinese users how easy it could be to purchase financial products online or through a mobile app. It generated so much buzz in China in the past year. Alibaba claims more than 100 million users had tried it out in the first year since its launch. Before long, other big Chinese Internet companies, including Baidu, Tencent, Sina and Sohu, also began selling mutual funds through their own Web/mobile services. What’s interesting is many Chinese fintech entrepreneurs, instead of feeling afraid of…
  • Chinese Game Developer Feiyu Technology Files for Hong Kong IPO

    Emma Lee
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:01 am
    Feiyu Technology, a Chinese mobile and web game developer, has filed for an IPO on Hong Kong market. Xiamen Haloer and CAIROT, two of China’s leading game developers, merged together into Feiyu Technology July this year for scale operation. Legendary Chinese angel investor Cai Wensheng is the backer for both of the companies. Founded in 2009, Xiamen Haloer is the developer of the hugely popular RPG web game Shenxiandao. It then shifted focus to mobile games with the release of a mobile version of Shenxiandao. Other blockbuster games developed by the company include Jiongxiyou and…
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  • Chinese Biz in U.S.: Turnabout is Fair Play

    Stan
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:16 am
    It’s of crucial importance for senior management of Chinese companies operating in the United States to adjust their mindsets, remain open-minded to differences and get ready to work closely with local professionals in order to grow their American business. Otherwise, they will either go astray or perish. via When in the US, do as the Americans do – China Daily So I’ve had this revenge fantasy for, I don’t know, maybe about fifteen years now. I’m working in the U.S. for a Chinese multinational company, and management comes to me to implement some new policy or…
  • Academics Get Caught Up in Debate Over China’s Int…

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    16 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
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    16 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
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    16 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
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  • Robot Supermarkets in Qingdao and the Future of PRC Labor

    Stan
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:31 pm
    One of the more terrifying pics I’ve seen in recent years is this shot in China Daily of a customer at a supermarket in Qingdao with an automated checkout system. In and of itself, not a big deal, but put this together with all the stories this year about ‘bot-assisted production in companies like Foxconn, the current labor unrest, the latest round of SOE reform, and the general slowdown in the economy, and it makes me wonder what the next 5-10 years are going to look like here on the labor front. That is all. Unmanned supermarket seen in Qingdao: Xinhua © Stan for China…
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  • How Our Body Protects Our Eyes

    Writer
    13 Sep 2014 | 8:50 am
    There are many different issues that can occur in the eyeball. The eyeball is made completely of soft tissue. This means that it is prone to damage more so than other body parts are. Because we use our eyes so much in our world today, it is important that we keep our eyes safe and protected. If you have any issues with your eyes, you should address them as soon as possible. You don’t want to hurt the quality of your life with poor vision or other issues with your eyeballs. Fortunately, our body has a fairly advanced protection system for our eyes. We have eye sockets which protrude past…
  • Becoming a Math Teaching

    Writer
    13 Sep 2014 | 8:48 am
    Mathematics is a difficult subject for a teacher to teach. There are many different types of mathematics that you can teach if you are interested in becoming a math teacher. The subjects that you will teach in mathematics will vary depending on the age range that you are teaching and level that you would like to focus on. These are all factors to consider if you are interested in becoming a math teacher yourself. Before you become a math teacher, you’re going to have to pass a set of very difficult college courses. If you don’t know the subject material inside and out, you will…
  • The Changing Landscape of Solar Technology

    Writer
    7 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    With the Australian economy still in the midst of recovery and prices of fossil fuels continuing to rise many people are beginning to take a take a look at green technology alternatives to the traditional grid supplied energy providers. Solar power is probably the most accepted current technology and investing in solar power for your home is a very viable solution. It was not long ago that solar power panels in Melbourne homes had been primarily an experimental method that was extremely expensive to have installed, needed a number of months of intense labor, and could only perform certain…
  • Getting The Most Of Your Time And Money: College Tips

    Writer
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Are you heading off to college for the first time? Is it overwhelming you? The whole college experience is quite different from anything else. Luckily, there are some ways that you can make your time in college less stressful and more successful. Use the tips shared in this article and you can have a great college career. Try to do everything in moderation when you enter college for the first time. This means that you should not party too hard or work too hard during your experience. Have a lot of fun, but make sure that you understand you are going to college to learn and expand your…
  • What are Cataracts

    Writer
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:47 pm
      Cataracts are a common condition that affects the elderly. In fact, it is the most common cause of vision issues. Because we use and rely on vision so much throughout our daily lives, dealing with cataracts can be something that causes major problems to the quality of our lives. If you are unsure what cataracts are or wondering if you have them yourself, you can read about the symptoms below. Symptoms of cataracts can include blurry or cloudy vision. This usually appears as cloudy or foggy vision for the patient. The eyes can also look like there is a thin white film over the pupil if…
 
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  • Food scandals amplify need for MCIPS procurement professionals

    Tim Quijano
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:59 pm
    This piece was produced in collaboration with CIPS, the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and SupplyFood scandals are shaking confidence in food supply chains around the world. While food safety was once assumed to be paramount in the minds of food retailers and buyers, it has become clear that consumers have been deceived into consuming foods strikingly different from what their religion, preference or cultural values allow.Both McDonald’s Corporation and KFC parent Yum recently suffered brand damage when Chinese authorities closed down a local meat supplier after evidence of old and…
  • When the "African Tigers" compete

    Tim Quijano
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:46 am
    This piece was originally produced for the ChinAfrica.As costs increase in China and other Asian manufacturing countries, the "African Tigers" are competing to absorb displaced manufacturing capacity and become the next leaders of low-cost manufacturing. Recognizing the success of export-led manufacturing growth in bringing the Asian Tigers (Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan) out of poverty, African business and political leaders are seeking to mimic this success at home. The leading East African economies of Ethiopia, Kenya and Rwanda provide competitive manufacturing environments…
  • LETTER FROM CHINA: IPOs Bring Chinese E-Commerce Opportunity to the World

    Tim Quijano
    5 Aug 2014 | 8:43 pm
    This editorial was produced by The Beijing Axis for Business Day by Kobus Van Der Wath.JD.com, China’s answer to the American online retailer, Amazon, released their initial public offering (IPO) on the Nasdaq Exchange in New York in late May. Based out of Zhongguancun (China’s technology centre in northwest Beijing and answer to California’s Silicon Valley), the Chinese e-commerce platform peaked at a market capitalisation of US$28 billion by the close of the first day’s trading, 2.4 times last year’s sale of US$11.5 billion and almost twice as large as Amazon’s market…
  • LETTER FROM CHINA: IPR Developments Will Catalyse Innovation in China

    Tim Quijano
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:26 am
    Inadequacy in China’s intellectual property rights (IPR) protection regime is one of the key challenges faced by foreign firms operating in and considering entry into China’s market. The world’s second-largest economy has a “first to file” system and is notorious for protecting local firms over foreign ones in disputes. However, recent developments - such as a deal with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the central government’s creation of a slew of IPR courts, and the emergence of intellectual property (IP) financing techniques - demonstrate China’s intentions…
  • LETTER FROM CHINA: Foreign Automakers are scrambling for China

    Tim Quijano
    6 Jul 2014 | 11:10 pm
    This editorial was produced by The Beijing Axis for Business Day by Kobus Van Der Wath.In recent weeks, global automakers have announced their intentions to increase their focus on China. For example, General Motors stated that it would invest USD 12 billion from 2014 to 2017, and VW recently announced plans to invest USD 25 billion from 2014 to 2018. These statements are unsurprising when one looks at the progress China’s auto market has made up to now, and the room it still has to grow into. Since 2000, when 1.8 million automobiles were sold in China, until 2013, when 21.98 million…
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    China Venture News

  • The Pros And Cons Of An IVA

    admin
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:16 am
    Individual Voluntary Arrangements, or IVA, are an alternative to bankruptcy. It is an official agreement made between the person who owes money and his or her creditors. An iva is usually seen as a better option than bankruptcy. In this agreement the person in debt makes regular payments that are then divided between all the creditors. There are both advantages and disadvantages to Individual Voluntary Arrangements. The Pros of An IVA An IVA and how it really works can relieve the stress associated with debts. An insolvency practitioner is involved in the agreement and payments will be made…
  • How To Claim Bank Charges Back Successfully

    admin
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:17 am
    Merging your bank statements can be a frustrating but enlightening process but SIMPLEFS can help. You will most probably discover many fees charged to your account by the bank and start cursing the bank for robbing you blind. If you are unsatisfied with the fees charged to your account take action by learning how to get bank charges back.   Types Many people are aware of overdraft fees, but sadly even if your check never bounced you can still be charged fees for other things such as: Dropping below account minimums Having too many transactions Not having enough transactions  …
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    元風俗嬢の風俗回顧録

  • お客さんとの連絡頻度

    admin
    21 Sep 2014 | 2:35 am
    デリヘルのような風俗、あるいはキャバクラのような水商売などで働いている女の子にとって、一度来たお客さんにまた来てもらうためには、ただ待っているだけではダメです。 また来てもらうための努力をしなくてはなりません。 それを努力と言うか、営業をかけると言うかはさておき、使うのはもちろん携帯電話(今ならスマートフォンと言うべき?)が必然となります。…
  • 風俗で働くメリットとは

    admin
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:25 am
    昔に比べれば風俗は一般的なものになり、訪れる男性にも、迎える女性にとっても、それなりの環境が整っていると考えられる。 しかし、昔から男の風俗遊びはたしなみみたいなものと考えており、いい歳して全く風俗に行ったことがないというのは珍しい。 それとは対照的に、環境が整い、身近なものになったとしても、やはり風俗で働く女性は、異性だけからでなく同性からも避けられがちなのは致し方ない。…
  • オナクラは働きやすいのか

    admin
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:44 pm
    ここ2~3年で急増している風俗といえば、何と言ってもオナクラである。 需要があっても働く女の子がいなければ急増することはないのだから、オナクラで働こうとする女の子が確実にいることが分かる。 ではなぜ、他のデリヘルやソープではなく、オナクラなのだろうか? それはオナクラのサービスが簡易であるために、色々な理由で女の子が風俗業界に飛び込む際のハードルが低いからであろう。…
  • ソープ嬢は本当に稼げるのか

    admin
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:21 pm
    ならば、ソープ嬢は他の種類の風俗で働く女の子よりも収入が多いのか?一番稼いでいるのか? 答えは、ノーである。 他の種類の風俗で働く女の子よりも収入が多いソープ嬢もいるだろうが、全員がそうだとは必ずしも言えない。 当たり前の事であるが、お店に在籍してソープ嬢になったとしても、何もしなくてもお客さんがついてくれるとは限らない。…
  • デリヘルで再指名してもらうためには

    admin
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:07 am
    最近は数多く存在している派遣型風俗店、通称デリヘル。 店舗が多いだけでなく、1店舗に存在している女の子も多いだろう。 そんな中で1度2度…と、繰り返し指名してもらうにはどうしたらよいだろうか? まず大切なことは自分を知ることだと考える。 自分の得意なことは何なのか、不得意なことは何なのか?ということである。…
 
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    Shanghaied Weblog

  • Hotel discount for not using housekeeping services

    7 Sep 2014 | 10:58 pm
    I was just booking a room in the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco for an upcoming conference. When I filled in all details and my credit card number (unfortunately no bitcoin payments yet for Starwood hotels…) I was asked whether I was interested in a $5 coupon per day for food & beverage if I would opt out of housekeeping services. I had never seen this before and was surprised to get such a question. The Westin is not a cheap hotel, so I can’t imagine anybody taking the offer to get $5 back (rooms start at over $300/night even if you book well in advance). I did a quick…
  • Circle: Not yet Bitcoin’s killer app, but coming close

    4 Sep 2014 | 10:59 am
    Yesterday I finally got access to my Circle.com Bitcoin account, after I signed up for it 3 months ago during the announcement at the Bitcoin Conference in Amsterdam. My first impression: Circle is the most user-friendly and safest Bitcoin wallet (wallet = similar to a bank account) that’s currently on the market, but it’s not perfect yet. Because Circle is so easy to use and no real Bitcoin knowledge is needed it could help lead to more widespread Bitcoin adoption. Setting up your account  If you have ever used online banking you’ll be able to use Circle.com as well, the site is very…
  • Hunting for golf balls

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:51 am
    Scott and Elaine like to collect lost golf balls and the best place to find them is in a creek next to the golf course. Most people decide to tee of with a driver, but their skills are generally not as good as they think, so many balls end up in the woods and very often the ball rolls into a creek that runs through there. This afternoon I joined Scott and my parents for a walk along the creek to hunt for lost golf balls. We immediately spotted a few, but some where hard to get out of the stream. I even had to wade into the cold water to collect some of the balls. Within 20 minutes we found 15…
  • Hike from Eagle Harbour to Cypress Mountain with my dad

    31 Aug 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Because it’s a bit cooler and more cloudy this weekend, my dad and I decided to hike up from Eagle Harbour to Cypress Mountain, a 12 km trail that climbs 1000 meters in just the first 8 km. I had done the trail (which is part of the Baden Powell Trail) once before with Alexandre Imperatori, but we somehow got lost and made a bit of a detour with lots of scrambling and climbing on very steep mountain slopes. We later figured out how and where we got lost, so I managed to avoid the mistake this time. We started off by doing the Nelson Creek Trail to Whyte Lake, which took us just over 20…
  • Sailing in the Gulf Islands

    26 Aug 2014 | 12:23 am
    Last week we went sailing in the Gulf Islands in southern British Columbia. It was the first longer trip on my new boat Liberty and I had been looking forward to it. My sailboat is quite spacious, with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms (the boat sleeps 8 people in total), so next to Grace, Scott and Elaine I also brought my parents along on this trip. The original plan was to sail to Desolation Sound and spend a couple of days there, but the day we left the wind was blowing hard and exactly from the direction where we planned to sail, so we changed our plans just an hour into the trip. Instead if…
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    China Business Blog

  • ChinaBlogTweets Twitter Updates for 14-09-2014

    admin
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    RT @fonstuinstra: Apple Pay to invade China, with help from UnionPay – MarketWatch http://t.co/hOfFmzWGvD -> RT @ProfGillis: Watch these Alibaba road show videos and you will be convinced it is the greatest company ever. http://t.co/b9UkQ4GqGY -> The China Business Blog Daily is out! http://t.co/pFZ4rq7M9Y Stories via @greenlawchina -> RT @CKGSB: #China Becomes Tougher For #MNCs, But All Is Not Lost http://t.co/Td7l3u07Wx -> RT @ChinaDailyEU: Lloyd's to launch branch office in Beijing: Lloyd's of London received a license … http://t.co/FbjRAxKluH -> RT…
  • ChinaBlogTweets Twitter Updates for 07-09-2014

    admin
    7 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    RT @CEIBS: See Asia's Fab 50 Companies on @Forbes http://t.co/MJ6BzfH892 via @forbes -> RT @ChinaRealTime: Is your food safe? Baidu has developed 'smart chopsticks' that can tell http://t.co/mCU1rMqnkQ http://t.co/FAYqzwsfRU -> RT @ChinaDailyEU: FTZ to allow foreign, private players in shipping industry: China will allow overseas investors to establish a… http://… -> RT @ChinaDailyEU: Top 10 China's business elites under 40: Business magazine Fortune's Chinese version… http://t.co/ig9eY4ncwm -> RT @NCachetGaujard: Seminar: Risky Business in…
  • Risky Business in China – Presentation

    admin
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:21 am
    The new reality of business risk in China requires a strategic approach and due diligence protection. This updated presentation (see the Slideshare link below) outlines some of the themes in “Risky Business in China”, highlighting the risks, and how they can be mitigated. As noted in the book: “There are many challenges that might keep China-focused mangers awake at night. Some of them, like the (lack of) quality of Beijing’s air, they can do little about. Others are the subject of much debate, planning and effort. It is helpful to map out the rage of concerns, and to put…
  • ChinaBlogTweets Twitter Updates for 31-08-2014

    admin
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    RT @jarmiles: A flurry of announcements in China shows that SOE reforms are getting on track. | The Economist http://t.co/brDgK5XY0X -> RT @XHNews: Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi sells most smartphones in China for 4th consecutive month http://t.co/c9PnKi2yuO -> RT @TheEIU_China: Forbes lists 6 #China firms among the world's 100 most innovative. http://t.co/UjeToUVrho -> RT @peter_tl: Hong Kong Exchange finally launches debate on dual-voting shares. Coincides with eve of Alibaba IPO road show. http://t.co/3L… -> RT @SCMP_News: China leads the world in renewable energy…
  • ChinaBlogTweets Twitter Updates for 24-08-2014

    admin
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    RT @ChinaRealTime: Chinese tourists are traveling more — but shopping less. http://t.co/1rlRSgXftb http://t.co/MxLU9lOoj7 -> RT @CLP_editorial: More on the AML investigation from @TheEconomist http://t.co/0APU0ALFrm -> RT @RiskyBizChina: Risky Business in China is out! http://t.co/Iseq0NBXKC Stories via @pjmooney @conventuslaw -> RT @SCMP_News: Foreign direct investment into China drops 17% http://t.co/RBvKFgqo1X -> The China Business Blog Daily is out! http://t.co/slvIa7ti3j Stories via @taniabranigan -> RT @JingDaily: Underlying principles of Chinese purchase behavior…
 
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    Wangjianshuo's Blog

  • Protected: Aspen Photos (Password Required)

    Jian Shuo Wang
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:55 pm
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  • Delegation as Productivity Tools

    Jian Shuo Wang
    2 Jan 2014 | 9:01 pm
    This sounds very useful: Delegation can be one of your best productivity tools! There are many good practices, and we keep learning. What is the best way to remember these quote, and turn that into good habit? http://www.quora.com/Productivity/As-a-startup-CEO-what-is-your-favorite-productivity-hack
  • Baidu’s Deal Is Proof That M&A Will Flourish in China

    Jian Shuo Wang
    16 Jul 2013 | 9:02 pm
    Baidu’s $1.9 billion acquisition of app store 91 Wireless this week made me smile, because it solved a Chinese mystery. I’ve always wondered: Why do Chinese Internet giants try to copy the success of other companies, instead of simply buying them out? Tech companies in the U.S. have long been willing to acquire promising up-and-comers, instead of simply duplicating them. But, until recently, it didn’t work that way in China. A prominent example is Tencent, China’s largest Internet portal. If there was a startup doing well, Tencent would assemble a team to copy the idea…
  • Anyone Still Read Blog?

    Jian Shuo Wang
    2 Jul 2013 | 8:12 am
    I am just curious: is there anyone reading this blog at this time? Obviously blog is the “old” way of communication. If you are still here, would you please raise your hand so I can see you? (Well, leaving a comment seems better way for me to see you). Thanks.
  • Heading to Nice via Paris

    Jian Shuo Wang
    15 Jun 2013 | 5:30 am
    I am packing to head to Nice via Paris. Great trip ahead. I am very excited to join the Cannes Festival of Creativity.
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    Lost Laowai

  • 740 stranded Russian tourists in Sanya are going home

    Lost Laowai
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:18 pm
    Sanya’s Dadonghai Beach, popular with Russian tourists. Photo by Jacques Beaulieu. In response Hainan authorities have offered to help ensure the abandoned tourists get back to Russia; with translators, transportation, and some meals and hotel rooms being provided for free after the Russian agency left the services unpaid. Provincial authorities have negotiated with Russian airlines to help provide chartered passage back home for the stranded tourists, with 600 having left on Sunday and the remainder leaving soon, said Chen Tiejun, deputy director with the Hainan provincial tourism…
  • Female BMW driver attacks foreigner with belt in Beijing

    Lost Laowai
    7 Sep 2014 | 6:33 am
    At around 8:30pm on September 6, in Beijing’s Chaoyang District, a taxi was abruptly stopped by an irate woman driving a BMW. She was not happy that the taxi had stopped in front of her to pick up a foreign man and his Chinese companion near the right-hand turn of an intersection. She proceeded to park her car in front of the taxi, preventing it from leaving. While the BMW driver argued with the taxi driver, the foreign man exited the taxi and confronted the woman. Things quickly escalated, resulting in the foreigner kicking the woman’s BMW — a kick the taxi driver later…
  • CCTV asks if ‘expats unqualified for language teaching in China?’

    Ryan
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:56 am
    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 unqualified for language teaching in China?” title of the video seems to be painfully unaware of the humour in the banality of that question and the obviousness of its answer. The report states that while there are about 1,000 properly registered foreign teachers…
  • Help: Family raising funds for China expat in coma

    Ryan
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:29 pm
    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 money to help cover his outstanding hospital bills in China, and to get him home where he can receive long-term care. This campaign was started to help John Berisford. John’s is a desperate, sad, and unbelievable tale. He was raised a Mountaineer in the…
  • 220K RMB stolen from Italian expat’s Chinese bank account

    Lost Laowai
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:20 am
    Source 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. Last week he lent the account’s debit card to his wife, who used it for some shopping near their home in Shanghai. When she then went to take some money out at a nearby ATM, she was startled to learn the…
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  • Dakang, An Yuan, Crafar, Lochinver, Shanghai Pengxin…

    wangbo
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:55 am
    Today I see news that a company called Dakang Muye (大康牧业) is planning to spend 2.3 billion to buy two New Zealand farms. Exactly how big a sum 2.3 billion is depends, of course, on which currency we’re using. I think it safe to assume from context that the currency is Chinese Yuan/Renminbi. In which case, 2.3 billion would translate to NZ$ 457,613,434.77. Now, I have no idea how that link to XE.com will work, but that is the figure I was given. Also, I googled “大康牧业”, and among all the news articles was a site that looked like it might belong to the company,…
  • going fruity

    wangbo
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:33 pm
    I’ve noticed more and more stores like this popping up around the neighbourhood recently. The earliest ones started to appear a few years ago, but there seems to be a sudden increase in them. Here’s a few points I’ve noticed about them: 1: The aesthetic seems to be largely the same among all such stores, from the general layout right down to the colour schemes, size, style, and fonts on the signage. 2: Although they are generally green grocers, the focus is definitely on fruit – to the point where the names of the stores, be they independent or branches of a chain,…
  • China Connection

    wangbo
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:34 am
    Note: This is a  very slightly altered version of a post I wrote on my Linked In profile. There’s a link to my Linked In profile on the right sidebar if you’re interested. The New Zealand Herald has been running a China Connection series by Paul Lewis in association with the BNZ every Friday, and as the series continues it gets more interesting. Today’s instalment looks at SMEs and China, and there are three points that grabbed my attention. The first point may well come across as a bit nit-picky on my part, but I will explain. Look at this sentence: “Last month, BNZ…
  • naive?

    wangbo
    3 Jul 2014 | 8:36 pm
    Well, I’m kinda hoping for David Shambaugh’s sake that there’s a bit of misreporting going on here, quotes being taken out of context, or something like that, because: “Google is down. Yahoo is own Bing is down. You can’t access the outside world.” And that, dear friends, is BULLSHIT! I have my gmail open in another tab, I just googled David Shambaugh and opened the Wikipedia article on him and his page at the George Washington University website, and all of that without a VPN or any other jiggery pokery to get me outside the tender embrace of Nanny and…
  • well, well, well

    wangbo
    18 Jun 2014 | 2:31 pm
    And now that I have access to Blogtown again…. This post at the Repatriates I would’ve preferred to put here, but wound up posting over there thanks to a crapped out connection yesterday. And now over at Public Address Russell Brown has weighed in. I find myself agreeing with him.
 
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  • The One and Only DNF

    Meg Stivison
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:51 am
    I recently learned that for book bloggers, DNF means Did Not Finish. What is this not-finishing-a-novel business? Seriously, I very rarely leave a book unfinished, and that is including some fairly dreadful self-published memoir and that time I thought I was reading historical fiction but it turned out to be Julius Caesar erotica; because in general, I would rather be reading a book than not reading a book. Also, how awful does something have to be to stop reading it? Anyway, I recently got The One and Only on audiobook for the car, because I really enjoyed Baby Proof and Something Borrowed,…
  • The Lesser Richmond Convention Center

    Meg Stivison
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:42 am
    When Harold and I got into Richmond, we drove past the stylish restaurants, art galleries, and bookshops of downtown, and we were in payday loans and check cashing counter territory when we found our hotel. We also weren’t entirely sure it was open, because all the lights on the street-facing side were off. It was not entirely reassuring. This one of my stranger hotel visits, because the building had, at one point, been a fairly upscale hotel. You could see how someone had once carefully chosen and coordinated the (peeling) wallpaper and (stained) carpets, and that when it was new, it…
  • What, No Glitter?

    Meg Stivison
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:57 pm
    Talking to my boss about what we can offer regarding girls and coding. He sends me this photo, tells me he ordered 10,000 of them for girl students, and that I am now in charge of the related pink-technology girls-in-STEM initiative. What, no glitter? I think he gets me.   (Unfortunately) Related Post: Things I Have Learned About Games. What, No Glitter? from Simpson's Paradox The post What, No Glitter? appeared first on Simpson's Paradox.
  • Southern Comfort

    Meg Stivison
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:07 am
    On Thursday, Harold and I drove up to Richmond for Wizard World Comic Con, where Harold had a table signing copies of Screamland and some of his more recent artwork. We stayed at a hilariously awful hotel, because I simply refuse to learn that when a hotel has a very good location and very low price, there is always a reason. But when we got into town, we went straight to comfort, a Southern, comfort-food restaurant on Broad Street. (Conveniently located between the comic con and the sketchy hotel!)  comfort was active, not crowded on this Thursday night, and we  were seated immediately.
  • Bik Review on Hardcore Droid

    Meg Stivison
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    My new review is up, over on Hardcore Droid: Bik is a point-and-click (er, tap) adventure, offering all the best of the point-and-click genre: There are piles of bizarre items to be picked up and then used in unusual ways, loveable loser characters in the tradition of Guybrush Threepwood and Roger Wilco, snarky flavortext, bizarre ways to get yourself killed, and a twisted, dramatic adventure plot. Like the old Sierra games, it’s quite easy to experiment and get yourself killed in Bik, but the game keeps from being too punishing by autosaving right before performing an action that might…
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    China Bystander

  • China Adds More Speed Bumps To The Road To Rebalancing

    China Bystander
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:25 am
    THE PEOPLE’S BANK of China has reportedly injected some 500 billion yuan into the five biggest commercial banks in the form of short-term low-interest loans. This can best be regarded as a targeted monetary easing to perk up an economy … Continue reading →
  • Western Auction Houses’ Unlikely Role In Promoting China’s Soft Power

    China Bystander
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:09 am
    MOVIES GET MOST of the popular attention when it comes to the cultural front in China’s drive to raise its global soft power. But we are reminded today of the role fine art and antiques can play, and of the … Continue reading →
  • Jack Ma’s Open Sesame For The Wide World

    China Bystander
    6 Sep 2014 | 10:48 am
    IT IS EASY to overdo the symbolism in the fact that the biggest tech company listed on a U.S. exchange will soon be Chinese. Jack Ma’s e-commerce giant, Alibaba, is expected to to be valued at at least $163 billion … Continue reading →
  • The Blackmail News

    China Bystander
    4 Sep 2014 | 5:04 pm
    THE INVESTIGATION OF staffers from the 21st Century financial news website in connection with allegations that they were involved in efforts to blackmail companies in return for favorable news coverage prompts a reminiscence from our man in Tokyo. Back in Japan’s … Continue reading →
  • Beijing Seen From Space

    China Bystander
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:15 am
    THIS BYSTANDER HAS only recently come across the photographs that U.S. astronaut Reid Wiseman has been tweeting from the International Space Station. This one of Beijing taken earlier this month is almost a work of art.     #Beijing pic.twitter.com/bO7OvaaOwk … Continue reading →
 
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  • What Makes Jack Ma Tick - And How He Built Alibaba

    21 Sep 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Alibaba’s successful IPO in New York brings back memories of interviewing founder Jack Ma in his hometown Hangzhou in 2006 long before his name was universally recognized – but well after he had saved Alibaba from failing in 2001. Silicon Dragon author interviewing Alibaba founder Jack Ma (circa 2006)in his hometown HangzhouI learned a lot about Ma as an entrepreneur during that first interview for my book Silicon Dragon.  One of Ma’s more memorable quotes resonates today: ”When I am myself, I am happy, and have a good result.”…
  • Friction Points for Alibaba As It Goes On Global Stage

    12 Sep 2014 | 10:02 am
    It’s interesting to hear astute China-US venture investors Gary Rieschel of Qiming Ventures and Chris Evdemon of Innovations Works say they wouldn’t invest in Alibaba stock as the Chinese e-commerce company gets set to go public in New York late next week. With a portfolio full of Chinese tech startups poised to go public if Alibaba’s IPO does well, you would think they would be more rah-rah. But no.“At a price of $160-$170 billion, I think they’ve already done enough to help other Chinese startups,” says Rieschel. “In my opinion, they’ve priced the company in a…
  • Alibaba Poised To Write $5 Billion Checks For U.S. Tech Startups

    19 Aug 2014 | 11:47 am
    Alibaba’s IPO is set to have a big impact be on U.S. tech M&A deals and future listings from venture-backed China startups on Wall Street.  See Silicon Dragon Talk, Sizing Up Alibaba.Referred to as the WalMart of China for its heft, the public listing of Alibaba will give it a huge treasure chest to acquire more U.S. tech startups and possibly write $5 billion to $10 billion checks, says venture capitalist Nazar Yasin of Rise Capital. Since 2013, Alibaba has invested in nine U.S. tech startups in deals valued at $968 million, according…
  • Sizing Up Alibaba IPO Prospects Against Other Winners

    14 Aug 2014 | 4:14 pm
    As Alibaba gets ready to go public in the U.S. this September, it’s worth a look at how Internet players from emerging countries have fared in the public markets.The answer is exceedingly well.  Research from San Francisco-based venture capital firm Rise Capital, which invests in emerging markets, shows that $300 billion in market value has been created in the last five years by e-commerce and media companies from developing nations.Little surprise, most of those companies are from China. Russia, India and Brazil do factor in though, accounting for nine of the 35 in the top…
  • Silicon Dragon Talk Launches from the Valley

    5 Aug 2014 | 10:39 am
    Guests at Silicon Dragon Talk: Hans Tung, Eric Feng, Geoff YangWe recently launched Silicon Dragon Talk, our new monthly program featuring trends in venture capital and tech innovation globally. The first program featured three experts discussing Alibaba's IPO, Flipboard's Chinese strategy, and trends in China tech entrepreneurship.Here is a clip from the first Silicon Dragon Talk show, with guests Hans Tung of GGV Capital, Eric Feng of Flipboard, and Geoff Yang of Redpoint Ventures. Eric is sporting a special T shirt -- GoLong. It's a reference to VCs strategies of…
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    chinaSMACK

  • Chinese Driver Drags Dog Behind Car, Netizen Reactions

    Fauna
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    From Sina Weibo: @爱上汕头: Photos sent to me by a netizen. This is simply unbelievable. Just what did the dog do wrong that it had to be treated this way? Comments From Sina Weibo: The car owner’s phone number: 13421893363. I bet his entire family is screwed. 粤DK0213 owner Zheng Weiyang, telephone number 89981860, mobile phone 18029551577 and 13417029136. Those who see this, please click upvote so more people can see it. Pudding-Ting校木: Everyone please stop cursing the person involved, because I want someone to come forward to go beat him. Zheng Weiyang, national ID number…
  • “Boyfriend” Lizard Serves as Suspended Bed for “Girlfriend”

    Fauna
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    From Sina Weibo: @我的前任是极品: A lizard hangs upside down from the top of the cage, while his girlfriend sleeps in his embrace, and so he stays in this position, holding his girlfriend, hanging there without moving… Look at that how great her boyfriend is… Comments from Sina Weibo: TengRan: You also have to see that his girlfriend is light enough. How do you know that isn’t a son, and a mother’s love? Who fucking put 502 [glue]? With lizards, the females are larger than the males… You sure they aren’t OOXX [having sex/mating]? Please explain why…
  • Scottish Independence Vote Tallying Method Amuses Chinese Netizens

    Fauna
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Yesterday (19th in China, 18th in the UK) was the Scottish Independence Referendum, and this microblog post managed to make it into the Top 10 most popular posts on Chinese microblogging social network Sina Weibo… From Sina Weibo: @英国那些事儿: Live BBC broadcast of a polling station… it must be a real pain to count up votes for British people who don’t know how to write “正”… #Scotland Independence Referendum# Note: 正 is the Chinese/Asian tally mark. It has five strokes, so each 正 represents a set of five. Comments from Sina Weibo: The country…
  • Chinese Teacher Draws World Map on Chalkboard From Memory

    Fauna
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    From Sina Weibo: @微博搞笑排行榜: Saw this on a blog, too niu! At the end, the teacher even gives himself a thumbs up!!! Comments from Sina Weibo: This is a history teacher at our high school, currently teaching my younger brother. This blackboard takes at most a minute [to draw], probably because he’s been drawing this for half his life. 45号同学赵琬玉: I’m a student this semester. I want to meekly say something: he’s a history teacher, thanks everyone. This is so normal [common]. Our high school teacher also freehand draws the world map, and has done so for…
  • Young Man Attempts Rape, Stops After Seeing Girl’s Face

    Fauna
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Currently the most-discussed (by number of votes) article on popular Chinese web portal NetEase… From NetEase: Man Sees Back of Girl and Wants to Rape Her, Changes Mind After Seeing Her Face But Is Still Arrested Beijing News report — Criminal suspect Wang X happened to meet girl Young Yin while underground, was attracted to her appearance from the back, and decided that he would rape her. But just as Wang X was about to rape her, he saw Young Yin’s face clearly for the first time, decided that it wasn’t the kind that he liked, and then stopped his rape. [Note: There…
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    China Briefing News

  • Xi’s Visit to Sri Lanka Heralds a Coming Free Trade Agreement

    China Briefing
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:35 am
    An MoU on the development of a free trade agreement (FTA) and 20 other bilateral deals were all in two-days’ work for Chinese President Xi Jinping this week during the Sri Lankan leg of his South Asian tour. The FTA, projected to cover trade in goods and services, investment, and economic and technological cooperation, comes after a feasibility study was jointly completed by the two nations earlier this year, to positive results. The post Xi’s Visit to Sri Lanka Heralds a Coming Free Trade Agreement appeared first on China Briefing News.
  • Optimizing Employee Take-home Pay in China through Annual Bonuses (Part 2)

    China Briefing
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:44 am
    When determining bonuses, it is critical that employers pay close attention to the calculation of individual income tax (IIT), as this can considerably diminish employee take-home pay. In part two of this two-part article, we discuss how to calculate IIT for foreign employees, as well as provide tax planning advice for employers. The post Optimizing Employee Take-home Pay in China through Annual Bonuses (Part 2) appeared first on China Briefing News.
  • Logistics in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone

    China Briefing
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:22 pm
    The benefits of the Shanghai Free Trade Zone (FTZ) for the logistics industry have the potential to affect all businesses that rely on moving goods to or from China. In addition to its measures for the financial industry, the FTZ is an important centerpiece in transforming Shanghai into a regional logistics hub. The post Logistics in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone appeared first on China Briefing News.
  • Moving Shop: Changing the Registered Address of a Business in China (Part 1)

    China Briefing
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:21 pm
    Foreign-invested enterprises (FIEs) that thrive in the world’s second largest economy are those that can stay abreast of China’s ever changing tax and regulatory environment. For the savvy business owner, this can even mean relocating to a new premises to secure long-term gains. The post Moving Shop: Changing the Registered Address of a Business in China (Part 1) appeared first on China Briefing News.
  • China Regulatory Brief: Carbon Trading in Shenzhen and New Measures for Outbound Investment

    China Briefing
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:23 am
    In this China Regulatory Brief, we discuss the opening to foreign investors of a carbon trading platform in Shenzhen, relaxed restrictions on outbound investment from Chinese enterprises, and an MOU signed between China and the state of Texas. The post China Regulatory Brief: Carbon Trading in Shenzhen and New Measures for Outbound Investment appeared first on China Briefing News.
 
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    Xinjiang: Far West China

  • “Timeless” Xinjiang | Interview with Ryan Pyle

    Josh Summers
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:22 am
    I had the opportunity this last month to chat with Ryan Pyle, a Shanghai-based photographer and producer best known here in China for his 20,000 km motorcycle journey across the whole country. He’s been described as an “anthropologist with a camera” and I think you’ll see by the photos below exactly why that is. I’ve always known he had a strong connection with Xinjiang and it was finally confirmed earlier this year when I learned he was publishing Chinese Turkestan, a beautiful photographic documentary of this region and its people. The book is available on…
  • How to Cross Xinjiang’s Irkeshtam Border to Kyrgyzstan

    Josh Summers
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:53 am
    Border crossing from Xinjiang into other countries in Central Asia isn’t necessarily difficult, but getting reliable, up-to-date information is. Take the Irkeshtam border crossing for an example – it’s one of the most common ways to travel from China to Kyrgyzstan and yet I have a hard time finding any published info on the process. Thanks to the input of several travelers, I would like to present a simple “how to” to make crossing the Irkeshtam border easy for future travelers. *Special thanks to Sim Yi Hui and Jon LaRosa as well as Lee and Galen from Silk…
  • The Day I Got My First China Speeding Ticket

    Josh Summers
    6 Sep 2014 | 1:43 am
    It was bound to happen at some point. Not that I’m a bad driver. In 15 years behind the wheel I can count on one hand the number of traffic violations I’ve received. Yet there splashed across the computer screen in the police station was a picture of me happily speeding down the highway between Urumqi and Heavenly Lake. “Is that you?” the lady behind the desk asked, as if it was normal for a white foreigner to be caught speeding along a Xinjiang highway. “Yes” I said as I handed over my 200 RMB fine. “That’s definitely me.” Camera-Shy in China Everybody is fully aware of…
  • The Day I Ran Across a Mass Uyghur Wedding in Turpan

    Josh Summers
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:49 am
    Living in Xinjiang has been a non-stop adventure for me – I love it! I have incredible memories of experiencing local festivals, traveling the province on my motorcycle and visiting small villages near the border of Kazakhstan. Memories like these are often created but every once in a while they just appear in front of you without any prior planning. That’s what happened to me this week when I stumbled upon a mass wedding of 100 Uyghur couples in Turpan. Before I dive into the story, take a look at this short 2-minute video I produced from the footage I was able to gather. Click…
  • Xinjiang Safety Update | Traveler Feedback

    Josh Summers
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:05 am
    If you’re like many people I know, the idea of traveling to Xinjiang is both exotic and scary. Exotic because of all the Central Asian culture and natural beauty but scary because of all the negative international press the region has received with the recent bombings and riots. It’s completely understandable for you to second guess your travel plans to Xinjiang and along the Chinese Silk Road, but before you do I implore you to read the rest of this article. I live here in the Xinjiang capital of Urumqi with my family and although there may be risks involved with living here…
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    Asian Ramblings

  • Packing Tips for Travel South-East Asia

    admin
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:54 pm
    I have been travelling to Cambodia +/- Vietnam annually over the last 4 years. Each year I have got better at paring down my luggage so that it is much more manageable and I have room for other stuff. I do medical volunteer work in Cambodia so any spare room in my suitcase is used to bring donated medical equipment and medication to Cambodia. I’ll make it clear right here that I’m a “flash-packer”, which means that I’m a budget traveller, but not one for dorm rooms. Mobile medical clinic in Phnom Pehn slum community Firstly, if you can, get a…
  • Venturing Outside Your Comfort Zone with Travel

    admin
    6 May 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Everyone’s comfort zone is different when it comes to travel. For one person, the idea of going to Thailand might see very routine, since experienced travellers tend to know it’s one of the easiest countries in the world to travel to. However, someone who has only been to Western countries might find even the idea of Thailand a little daunting. Whatever your comfort zone is – here are some tips for how you can expand your travel horizons without feeling nervous to the extent you don’t enjoy your trip. Travel with a more experienced traveller. For example, my Mum went…
  • Free Things to Do in Beijing

    admin
    9 Mar 2014 | 4:56 am
    One of the busiest, biggest, and most frenzied cities in the world, the capital of China is a huge and diverse place to visit. Of course, cities, let alone capital cities, mean money, and you may struggle to find all the fun of the fair without any cold hard cash to spend. Thankfully, there are several activities available in this colourful city that don’t require any cash to cross hands. Yes, I’m talking free! Here are five of the cheapest (i.e. free) activities to pass the time in Beijing. Tiananmen Square – You must have heard of this huge square, in fact it’s…
  • Getting Around – Transportation in Asia

    Nicky
    1 Mar 2014 | 3:58 am
    Due to the huge distances involved with travelling around Asia, it’s quite likely that you’re not going to do it on foot, unless of course you’re feeling extremely energetic and you like blisters. For the more sane amongst us, this will involve several different methods of transport, many of which you might not come into contact with on a daily basis in your own country. Here are six of the most common. Tuk Tuk I love the sound of this, just the name brings up exotic images! Basically a tuk tuk is a small vehicle that is extremely handy for zipping around, and particularly…
  • Things to Do in Hong Kong on a Budget

    admin
    26 Feb 2014 | 9:13 pm
    There is a common misconception that travelling to Hong Kong involves spending a lot of money. However, while it’s true that you might have to save some extra money for the plane ticket, public transport is very cheap and there are many places you can visit even on a budget. Here are some of them: 1. The Hong Kong Heritage Museum: Ticket prices are very low for those who want to visit this museum, and if they happen to have some free time on Wednesday, they can even go in without paying anything. The museum features several exhibits and interactive multimedia displays, so you’ll get to…
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    China Private Equity, Published by China First Capital

  • Alibaba grabs the IPO money but the future belongs to Jeff Bezos and Amazon China

    admin
    9 Sep 2014 | 11:46 pm
    Alibaba Group should next week collect the big money from its NYSE IPO. But, Seattle’s Amazon owns the future of China’s $400 billion online shopping industry. Amazon’s China business is better in just about every crucial respect: customer service, delivery, product quality even price when compared to Alibaba’s towering Taobao business. Hand it to Jeff Bezos. While few have been watching, he is building in China what looks to me to be a better, more long-term sustainable business than Alibaba’s Jack Ma. Amazon’s China business fits a familiar pattern. The…
  • Investment in China PIPEs grows on Alibaba’s coattails — The Deal

    admin
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:32 pm
      Investment in China PIPEs grows on Alibaba’s coattails By Bill Meagher    Updated 07:45 PM, Sep-09-2014 ET   Fueled by the anticipated initial public offering of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., a renewed wave of investor interest has swept into U.S.-registered Chinese companies. Such companies have raised $4.43 billion in 35 private-investment-in-public-equity transactions this year, compared to $276.8 million in 13 PIPEs last year, according to PrivateRaise, The Deal’s data service that tracks the PIPE market. Those figures exclude transactions that raised less than…
  • Why and how Beijing became one of the world’s more unmanageable major cities

    admin
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:36 am
    What if most of what we think about government spending was wrong? What if government money causes, rather than cures,  pollution, unaffordable and substandard housing, impossible traffic, more expensive and less available healthcare? Sounds impossible, right? Not if you live in or have traveled to Beijing lately. The city’s now infamous urban problems are at least in part the result of a deluge of government spending since the onset of the financial crisis in 2008. Direct central government funding doubled to over Rmb 14 trillion ($2.2 trillion) over this period while local governments…
  • China juices liquidity, and risk, at OTC exchange — Reuters

    admin
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:52 pm
    China juices liquidity, and risk, at OTC exchange By Pete Sweeney SHANGHAI August 22 Thu Aug 21, 2014 5:10pm EDT (Reuters) – Chinese brokerages will start making markets next week on China’s New Third Board, its leading over-the-counter (OTC) exchange but one long derided as a dead-end market populated by small little-known, opaquely managed firms. The move has revitalized interest and trading volumes have exploded, but analysts warn of significant risk. Most of the 66 Chinese brokerages so far approved to make markets – a business that requires deep cash reserves and…
  • China’s rise enters a more challenging phase, where bold ambitions confront stubborn, often centuries-old obstacles

    admin
    4 Aug 2014 | 7:05 pm
    China’s economy and society have both reached levels of wealth and development that were unimaginable 30 years ago. What comes next? How can China continue to push forward, against some deep-seated problems, including how to generate globally-competitive innovation, how to sort out land ownership, how to attract and reward global investment flows? These issues are examined in detail in the new research study published by China First Capital. The new report is titled ” China Survey 2014: The Rise Continues, New Directions & Challenges“. Copies may be downloaded by…
 
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    China Internet Watch

  • Wechat Launched Business Accounts for Team Collaborations

    CIW Team
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:45 pm
    Wechat officially announced business accounts in beta, which targets business use of Wechat providing mobility and timely convenience for work. Wechat business accounts provide business contacts managment, tags, transfers of various types of files and documents, secured messaging (only recipient can read the message with forwarding and screen capture disabled). Business account is in separate interface from regular Wechat accounts and official accounts. In addition, businesses and enterprises can create custom applications with Wechat open API. Häagen-Dazs Wechat Business Account   Some…
  • CNN: Alibaba Not Best Chinese Stock BUT Baidu

    Incitez China
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:45 pm
    As Alibaba is raising $25 billion in an IPO, it’s become a very hot stock being chased by many investors. But CNN doesn’t think BABA is the best Chinese stock to invest in. Alibaba is often described as the Chinese equivalent of Amazon, eBay, and PayPal and it’s gained more popularity since its roadshow in New York. Its co-founder and chairman, Jack Ma, is to become China’s richest man. But is it going to be the best Chinese stock? CNN doesn’t think so; it’s Baidu that on top of the mind recommended for investors: And the best news for investors is that…
  • GroupM Projects Advertising Spend in China to Reach $77 Bln in 2014

    CIW Team
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:45 pm
    GroupM projects measured media advertising spending in China this year will increase by 9.8% compared to 2013 to reach RMB473 billion (US$77 billion); it also predicts an 11% hike in 2015 to reach RMB525 billion (US$85 billion). The GroupM report says the share of TV adex will drop below 50% for the first time in 2014. However, TV still holds a dominant place amongst all forms of media in terms of coverage and influence. From January to April 2014, about 45% of the top 10 hot topics on Sina Weibo were inspired by TV programs. Meanwhile, TV still dominates media advertising spend with an…
  • Top Web Browsers in China

    Cecilia
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:45 pm
    In August 2014, China top 6 web browsers by total reach were IE, Chrome, Sougou, Cheetah, QQ Browser and 2345. Among them, IE ranked the top with a market share of 47.62% according to data from Baidu. According to another set of data from CNZZ, owned by Alibaba Group, IE, Qihoo 360 browser and Chrome are the top three web browsers by total reach in August 2014. IE had a slight decrease of 1.21% and Chrome 1.01% from prior month. Top Mobile Browser in China China’s top three mobile web browsers by total reach in August 2014 were Android mobile browser, UC browser and QQ mobile browser.
  • Top Mobile Video Providers in China in July 2014

    Cecilia
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    The number of mobile video  users increased to 270 million in China in July 2014 with an increase of 134% from the same period in 2013. The top three mobile video providers in China were iQiyi, Youku Tudou and Tencent video with total number reached users of 134 million, 129 million and 77.7 million respectively according to data from iResearch in July. During the first 7 months in 2014, iQiyi/PPS remained the leader by total number of reached users on mobile, followed by Youku Tudou, and Tencent video. In July, total number of iQiyi’s users increased  by 9.57% from June in 2014. It…
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    China Hope Live

  • Sidewalk water calligraphy, Licun Park, Qingdao, China

    China Hope Live
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:16 pm
    At our favourite local park in Qingdao this past weekend, a little Chinese sidewalk water calligraphy magic:
  • Anti-bribery signage at our hospital in Huangdao, China

    China Hope Live
    7 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    Health is one of the biggest worldview disconnects between Chinese and Western cultures. Another is ethics. Putting it simplistically: To us, their stark pragmatism sounds amoral and selfish. To them, our abstract principles sound naive and heartless. It’s mutually appalling, and mutual understanding is nigh impossible. (Parenting has gotta be in the top 5.) We’re halfway through a week in the hospital, and I thought this anti-“hongbao” signage was interesting. “Hongbao” () is an ingrained aspect of Chinese culture where the patient’s family slips…
  • So it begins…

    China Hope Live
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:09 am
    Monday was the first day of a new Chinese preschool school year. And that pretty much sums it up. But I’ll share some special highlights below anyway. First day of the school year means the opening ceremony. The school yard is ringed with parents (mostly grandparents) peering between the iron bars. We have to make a good impression. As a 6’4″ foreign male at a preschool with an all-Chinese-female admin & teaching staff… …I totally fit in. This is where we teachers all pledged to do something, but I’m not sure what: Chinese sound systems are for noise,…
  • At the beach in Qingdao, China: the biggest honking jellyfish I’ve ever seen in my entire life! [Updated!]

    China Hope Live
    16 Aug 2014 | 4:52 am
    We were walking along the shore of Qingdao’s Shilaoren beach () today, just past that drainage river thing near where the ATV rental guys who think they own the beach are, and found THIS: That is the biggest honking jellyfish ( or ) I’ve ever seen in my entire life. I flipped it over with my shovel: From a distance I thought it was just some garbage (there’s lots of garbage). But man. Can you imagine bumping into this in chest-deep, murky Qingdao beach water? And keep in mind that my size-13 foot isn’t hovering *that* close to it, so the photos’…
  • Facing Ebola… in Chinese [updated]

    China Hope Live
    9 Aug 2014 | 1:10 am
    A Chinese friend translated missionary doctor and Ebola patient Kent Brantly’s public statement, which he wrote from the Ebola isolation unit at Emory University Hospital. I’ve pasted both it and the original English version below, plus some related links (Chinese & English). Click the photos for sources. Ebola = (also sometimes ) Kent Brantly =…
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    ChinaHush

  • Who is killing the birds in beautiful Inner Mongolia

    Annie Lee
    20 Sep 2014 | 3:31 pm
    In Monglian, the name Qagan Nur Lake means ‘white lake’ because it is a natural salt lake which make it a perfect habitat for spirulina and wild birds. It was also known for having no industrial pollution within its 200km surrounding areas. The people living on the prairie take water from the natural mineral water from underground river. However, that might only exist in postcards from now on. The famous white lake is now bleeding under Inner Mongolia’s blue sky. Starting from this July, local herdsmen have been seeing strange phenomenon – many dead water birds emerge…
  • Chinese girls selecting life partners: what do they really want?

    Yang Yang
    20 Sep 2014 | 8:19 am
    We can all dream about finding our perfect life partner—and Chinese girls are no exception. In these modern times of “instant everything” courtesy of the internet, a variety of social media such as WeiBo or Twitter, plus various communication apps such as Line or WhatsApp, Chinese girls are faced with far greater choices than ever before about a prospective boyfriend or husband. So much more information is immediately available about a prospective partner these days: for example, you can check out his social behavior on his WeiBo page or his professional background on Linkedin. In…
  • Chinese folk custom: how to make your dragon

    Annie Lee
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:19 am
    Ever since Yuan Dynasty in 1360s, fire dragon dance has been a huge Mid-autumn Festival folk custom in Guangzhou’s Baiyuan District. On the night of the full moon, all lights will be on and villagers will lead 4 fire dragons dancing throughout the alleys and streets, as a way of praying for good weather and good harvests next year. The 4 fire dragons are hand-made by different family clans in their respective temples. Every year the making of fire dragon will be added some more innovative touches than the previous year. The dragon head is the most complicated and time-consuming part.
  • Guangzhou City through the lens of an architect

    Annie Lee
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    When the famous Guangzhou East Tower was reaching 100m in 2013, Da Xin joined the construction team as a site engineer. From then on, he has been photographing the ever changing landscape of Guangzhou City from the top of the new born skyscraper. Everyday Da Xin goes there to check the construction progress and supervise safety and quality. He recalls one day in April when he was inspecting the tower top at a 400m height, suddenly there was lightening and thunders followed by storm. Half an hour later, the storm was gone and the sky cleared. The Citic Plaza was half above the clouds, and the…
  • Too shy to share your umbrella? Show it

    Annie Lee
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Rainy day, you are walking with your umbrella, feeling lucky. In front of you there is a girl walking in hurry and she’s getting wet from the pouring rain. You want to walk up there and say “hey come over here I have an umbrella”. But the sentence stuck in your throat because you are afraid the minute you say it you are considered weirdo or having hidden agenda. Fear no more, with this little gadget by 4 Hong Kong designers, you can now show the availability of your umbrella and perhaps make a new friend during the walk together. ‘Umbrella Here’, a Bluetooth…
 
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    East Asia & Pacific on the rise - Making development work for all

  • Vietnam’s long-term growth performance: A comparative perspective

    Axel van Trotsenburg
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Vietnam has achieved remarkably high and inclusive GDP growth since the late 1980s. GDP growth per capita increased three-and-a-half-fold during 1991-2012, a performance surpassed only by China. The distribution of growth has been as remarkable as its pace: the bottom 40% of the population’s share in national income has remained virtually unchanged since the early 1990s, ensuring that the rapid income gains got translated into shared prosperity and significant poverty reduction. GDP growth, however, has been operating on a lower trajectory since 2008. This has led to questions regarding the…
  • What lies ahead in Vietnam’s path towards Universal Health Coverage?

    Aparnaa Somanathan
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    This week, Vietnam will host the twelfth ASEAN Health Minister’s Meeting in Hanoi. Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is likely to take center-stage in discussions, both formal and informal, among the region’s policymakers. After all, the drive for UHC, backed by large increases in public spending to subsidize coverage, is one of the most uniting features of health policy in the ASEAN region today. Vietnam is somewhat forerunner in the region, having steadily expanded health insurance coverage through the 1990s. Through the Law of Social Health Insurance in 2008, Vietnam consolidated…
  • Việt Nam phải đối mặt với những thách thức gì khi tiến tới bảo hiểm y tế toàn dân?

    Aparnaa Somanathan
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Trong tuần này, Việt Nam sẽ chủ trì tổ chức Hội nghị các Bộ trưởng Y tế ASEAN lần thứ 12 tại Hà Nội. Bảo hiểm y tế toàn dân  (BHYTTD) sẽ là một trong những chủ đề chính của hội nghị, cả trong các diễn đàn chính thức và không chính thức, giữa các nhà hoạch định chính sách của khu vực. Dù thế nào thì mục tiêu tiến tới BHYTTD, được hỗ trợ bởi việc tăng chi tiêu của nhà nước để trợ cấp cho các đối tượng tham gia bảo hiểm, cũng là một trong những…
  • Picture (not) perfect – a look behind the scenes of Small Island Developing States

    Denis Jordy
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Stunning photos we usually associate with the Pacific Islands often overlook the reality for many who live there. Faced with natural hazards and remoteness, they are some of the most vulnerable nations in the world. A picture can tell a thousand words but the stunning photos we usually associate with the Pacific Islands often overlook the reality for many who live there. Faced with natural hazards such as cyclones, droughts and earthquakes alongside geographical remoteness and isolation, Pacific Island countries, which make up over a third of small island developing states (SIDS), are some of…
  • Living with crime and violence in Papua New Guinea

    Laura Keenan
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:32 am
    Crime constrains investment and growth, and the costs ripple throughout society. Last month I was interviewing participants in the World Bank’s Urban Youth Employment Project in Port Moresby, talking about the challenges that PNG’s young people face in finding work. One issue that came up repeatedly was mobility – or the lack of it: the basic ability to travel to and from the workplace. It is no secret that parts of Port Moresby are dangerous and crime is high. There are regular stories of carjacking but public transport is also a huge risk – an issue which disproportionately affects…
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    QualityInspection.org

  • Due Diligence for Buying a Chinese Factory

    Renaud Anjoran
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Most Chinese factories are so poorly managed, there are real opportunities for savvy buyers who plan to restructure the company and boost profitability. At the same time, there are real dangers to avoid, and serious due diligence is necessary. Looking at a factory from the perspective of a potential acquirer involves an analysis at many levels. I made the assumption that the due diligence process focuses on a Chinese-owned company. 1. Legal risks The factory might not have the right scope of business, for example. Or they might be conducting a business that is illegal based on…
  • Amazon Does not Tolerate Low Quality Chinese Products

    Renaud Anjoran
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Many small businesses plan to buy products in China and sell them on Amazon as a Third Party Seller. It can form the basis of a strong, profitable business. But there is very little tolerance for quality issues. We did a simple simulation of the impact of a serious quality problem (50% of defective products) on the importer’s profitability. This simulation is based on the assumption that you get the goods in your warehouse and that you check 100% of them. However, most Amazon Third Party Sellers I have met told me they deliver the products directly to Amazon’s fulfilment centers.
  • Videos about Factory Improvement in China

    Renaud Anjoran
    10 Sep 2014 | 1:01 am
    A couple of weeks ago, I sat down with David Collins (consulting director of China Manufacturing Consultants, a company I am involved in) and we shot a few videos on topics related to factory improvement in the Chinese context. We have already uploaded some of them. They are very instructive, and about 2 minutes long. They are on Youtube and soon will also be on Youku. Quality Improvement Here are two concepts that 99.9% of Chinese factories don’t apply. Hence the heavy reliance on final inspections. How to Mistake Proof Operations in China Factories How good engineers can reduce…
  • Beware of China Factories’ Pre-Christmas Rush

    Renaud Anjoran
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:49 am
    A few years ago we published Chinese New Year: how to manage the disruption?, since many quality problems show up in December and January. Basically, manufacturers rush to get the products on a boat before they close, and they don’t pay much attention to any type of detail. As several clients reminded us recently, the pre-Christmas rush can be just as dangerous. Products typically need to be in stores by November, which means they need to be produced in a period spanning from June to September. In industries such as toys, electronics, and many other consumer goods, factories have more…
  • Chinese Supplier Verification Tips, Based on the Business License

    Renaud Anjoran
    3 Sep 2014 | 11:15 pm
    Here are some interesting or useful articles that I found recently. China Due Diligence. The Most Basic Things To Do. Dan Harris explains what can be checked quickly and inexpensively before you make a deal with a Chinese company. A lot of information can be gathered simply by reading the business license. Buying Product Packaging from China: A Complete Guide Fredrik Grönkvist gives sound advice about packaging: when to source your own packaging supplier, what challenges arise for custom-designed packaging, what legal requirements might apply, etc. Compliance in China. Challenges of…
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    Joop.in

  • Travelling Korea; The food, the people and the nature

    Joop
    7 Sep 2014 | 2:53 am
    What is it like to visit Korea? Well, look at the video above from “yongguk namja” and get an idea. It’s really an awesome place to travel to. Additional to the above, some highlights to my trip last week; Arrived at the beach (Boryeong). One of our new year resolutions was to visit the sea this summer. However, it didn’t seem to work out and as the weather turned cold already in the Netherlands I didn’t think it would happen. So I was delighted to visit the sea in Korea! Since the end of the summer season was also approaching here, family was worried that I…
  • Long weekend in Shanghai

    Joop
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:11 am
    It seems to be a good tradition to visit Shanghai now and then. We met up with friends and ate the fruits and dishes that we craved. Arriving during Friday’s traffic rush, we had some trouble hailing a taxi from the metro station. A friendly passerby explained that you can bid for taxi’s with an app these days, but instead I called a friend to pick us up. On Saturday we enjoyed a south Chinese lunch (小南国), haggled for presents at pearl city (didn’t do that for a long time!), and ate a modern Shanghainese meal (Lynn) with different friends. However good and rich the…
  • At work; upgraded kieskeurig.nl

    Joop
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:12 pm
    I met a colleague in the hallway last week and he asked me about the planned upcoming release of Kieskeurig.nl; He called it a “major league” event. Weirdly, as technical manager of the site, I wasn’t worried about the launch event at all. “major league”? well, ok, with 2,7 million visits a month a lot was at stake, but we had gone through the entire launch procedure dozens of times. Nothing could go wrong. Personally, I couldn’t wait to launch the user-friendly and responsive site, with improved search and support for new product groups like garden,…
  • A long weekend in Limburg

    Joop
    20 Jul 2014 | 2:43 pm
    My father in law came over from Korea. A rare occasion so Suna and me wanted to do something special. Whilst planning his trip, we realised that during his last visit, we had already shown him most of the popular spots we knew. But not the southern provence of Limburg! After booking a holiday house, we decided to give him a full tour in that area, we visited Maastricht, Aachten (DE), Monschou (DE) and Spa Francorchamps. It was a nice week. Had a chance to run in the area, made barbeque in the yard, played games (go-stop is a Korean card game) and I got some reading done there. Since we were…
  • Sailing in Holland

    Joop
    20 Jun 2014 | 2:35 pm
    I was looking forward to this day. It would be all about summer. But instead, I got up in the morning (very early) and it was grey outside, and the rain was falling. I told myself it wouldn’t be bad and drove the 1,5 hr all the way up north to Enkhuizen. By the time I got there, the sun came through and I met the crew of this epic sailing event specialisterren.nl, Although we met in the office before, it was nice to get acquainted with a coffee. We then headed out. The destination: Stavoren (on the opposite of the lake) and I quickly realised sailing isn’t about relaxing and…
 
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  • В шорт-листе Волошинской премии

    5 Sep 2014 | 2:36 am
    "Китаяночку" в шорт-листе Волошинской премии.http://www.voloshin-fest.ru/publ/voloshinskij_konkurs_2014/prozaicheskaja_nominacija/kitajanochku/120-1-0-2828Можно даже проголосовать (раздел Проза: "Ты соучастник судьбы, раскрывающий замысел драмы"):http://www.voloshin-fest.ru/index/short_list_12_go_mezhdunarodnogo_voloshinskogo_konkursa/0-78
  • South China literary almanac (Russian)

    19 Sep 2013 | 8:47 am
    Announcing the first issue of the South China Literary Almanac - the Russian issue.Download: http://depositfiles.com/files/0g5dk5cutOnline version: http://www.scribd.com/doc/169390124/CRUX-1-Sept-2013
  • Shrimp-killing bees

    31 Jul 2010 | 9:55 pm
    My family humbly dwells in our village penthouse. From time to time we bravely venture onto the sun-scorched roof patio adorned with palm trees, roses and that vine-like plant known in Chinese as ‘the gold and silver plant’ (it is a translation, of course). In times when we forget to water our penthouse garden, a random rainstorm visits it every now and then, instilling a new breath of life into the by then almost desperate perennial and ephemeral herbs alike. My ball and chain, - in her rare recesses from giving me a hard time and bringing up our scion,- nevertheless finds time…
  • 11 Jun 2010 | 8:13 pm

    11 Jun 2010 | 8:13 pm
    Yesterday a 1.5 year old neighbors' son performed the wish that all the neighbors of our little village had cherished and carried with them behind their rib cages for so long. Now I understand what their sly glances had meant all that time. Like the bound feet of their ancestors the poor souls who by the whim of fate happened to share the same neighborhood with me had been burning to reach out, but shied away from the urge of their ingenuous natures, suppressed by social conventions. We camped in the middle of the road as usual, in that popular amongst us gypsy-like unpretentious manner.
  • 7 Jun 2010 | 10:38 pm

    7 Jun 2010 | 10:38 pm
    I can't say I am a frequent long distance traveler - I'll even say more: it is a worthless task to try to calculate my frequent traveler miles, but the last days of this spring saw me traversing one of the hemispheres quite a bit. I am usually a reserved and suave traveler, I mind my own travel-related business without hustling anybody. Well, rare occurrences of slightly inebriated friendly streaks of socializing with randomly picked voyagers or deserved castigation of slothful service personnel do not cloud the skies but quite on the contrary, bring a lot of gregarious…
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    Speaking of China

  • 4 Things You Should Never Say to a Western Woman in China You Just Met

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Some of the most bizarre first encounters I’ve had with people happened right here in China. When you’re a Western woman in this country, it’s amazing – and even shocking – what some people (especially Chinese men) will say to you in the very first moments you meet. Want to make that great first impression with a Western woman in China? Don’t ever say any of the following things to her on that first meeting: 1. Will you be my friend? “Will you be my friend?” I’ll never forget that one morning when I attended an English corner in Zhengzhou, China all those years back.
  • Pub’d in The Huffington Post: “Why Won’t Western Women Date Chinese Men?”

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:41 am
    Can’t believe I’m writing this…my article was just published in The Huffington Post! Titled “Why Won’t Western Women Date Chinese Men?”, it’s my personal exploration of a topic close to my own heart. After reading a few too many misleading articles on the subject this year, I felt it was time for me to speak out. Here’s an excerpt from the article: …when I think about the global reach of this problem, and the fact that it’s even tough for Western-born Chinese to score a date outside of their own race, I know deep down that cultural…
  • Interview with Nicki Chen about her Novel “Tiger Tail Soup”

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:08 pm
    In her new book Tiger Tail Soup, Nicki Chen transports us to a corner of China you don’t often find in wartime China literature – Fujian Province’s Gulangyu Island, an international settlement near Xiamen. But what makes this book even more fascinating is that it was inspired by stories from her Chinese husband, who was actually born on Gulangyu following the Japanese invasion. Anyone who has read Nicki Chen’s blog – cleverly titled Behind the Story – knows she has some incredible tales to spin (thanks in part to her marriage). This novel about An Lee, a young mother who shows…
  • 5 Fascinating Stereotypes of Western Women in China

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    14 Sep 2014 | 3:08 pm
    After years of living in China, there’s one thing I’ve learned – many of the locals, including the local men, have some rather fascinating ideas about Western women. What stereotypes come into their minds when they look upon a face like mine? Here are 5 stereotypes about Western women that I’ve personally encountered during my time in China. Stereotype #1: Western women are sluts and like to sleep around. (photo by Joel Gillman via Flickr.com) Many moons ago when I first set foot in China, I went with an American female colleague I’ll call Sheila to a nightclub just around the…
  • Interview with Alex Tizon on His Memoir “Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self”

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:08 pm
    If this blog was a course and you were one of my students, there’s one book that would be at the top of your assigned reading list: Big Little Man by Alex Tizon. Subtitled “In Search of My Asian Self”, Alex Tizon’s new memoir deftly covers many of the popular topics I’ve written about on this blog. Yellow fever? Check. The challenges of Asian men in the dating world? Check. Hollywood’s harmful stereotypical portrayals of Asian men? Check. The myth that Asian men have small penises? Check. Discrimination against Asians (especially Asian men)? Check. Asian male role models that make…
 
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    Hidden Harmonies China Blog

  • The Scotland Referendum and What it might teach us about Democracy

    Allen
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:20 pm
    By the now, the results are in.  Scotland has just rejected secession from U.K. in a historic referendum.  There have been impassioned” pleas on both sides, but through it all, Scotland will remain a part of the U.K.  A big sigh of relief is heard around the world. Personally I have no feeling one way or another although I will admit, the breakup of the U.K. – long the terror of the world – does not really bring a distaste to my mouth.  Whichever side one is in, what I can’t stand is the suffocating self congratulatory praises, in editorials (see e.g. this piece…
  • In Praise of “Yiyun Li (李翊雲)” and ‘Kinder than Solititude”

    N.M.Cheung
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:14 am
    Growing up as a baby boomer in U.S. one experienced great changes, from civil rights, music, and now China looming in the horizon. It was a time of idealism, protests against Vietnam War, and environmentalism. Yet it is a disappointment that boomer generation wind up as Yuppies, Reagan democrats, and now Tea Partiers. For a Chinese American like myself any news about China and other overseas Chinese are treasured. I feel a sense of shared glory of success of other Chinese Americans like I M Pei, Maya Lin, and Jeremy Lin. Thus my ear perked up when I heard a radio interview mentioned Yiyun Li.
  • Experimenting with New Themes

    Allen
    13 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
    I am playing with updating our themes.  Our old theme is no longer supported, has not been updated in over three years, has become not that search friendly … and does not display well on mobile devices (small screens).  Give me a week or so to toy with different things.  If anyone has a wordpress theme they like, please suggest to me below or by private email.  Thanks!
  • Enjoy this short scenic video of Xian

    Allen
    13 Sep 2014 | 8:40 am
    Yuanfan Zhang – CEO and founder at Alibaba – recently shared a video with Overseas Chinese World Affairs Forum on facebook about Xi’an, his hometown, that I found entertaining.  I had visited China’s ancient capital Xi’an in 2008 and found it to be a beautiful city and thought I’d share it here.  Enjoy!
  • Why Democrats Can’t Win the House?

    N.M.Cheung
    7 Sep 2014 | 7:36 am
    I read the Sunday column by Nate Cohen in NYT with interest. Although it’s not directly related to China, but in a way it’s related with the question of democracy raised by Chinese dissidents about Hong Kong. Mr. Cohen says that Republicans has essentially a lock in the House for years to come , not only because of gerrymandering, but because of demographic and urban/ rural divide. he sees the gridlock continues in U.S. in fore-seeable future. Most of the comments agree with him and complain about U.S. not a real democracy of 1 man, 1 vote. As a Chinese -American I have voted in…
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    Red Luxury

  • Volkswagen Dominates China’s Compact Car Sales

    redluxuryc
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Compact cars account for about 60 percent of passenger vehicle sales in China, the world’s largest auto market. With the top four best-selling compact sedans of the year, automaker Volkswagen AG has proven that competitive pricing is now the way to Chinese buyers’ hearts. Boosted by Volkswagen’s impressive numbers, Germany now holds 24 percent of [&hellip
  • Lavish ‘Training Centers’ Provide a Loophole in China’s Luxury Crackdown

    red luxury w
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:15 pm
    It is hard to suppress the desire for the lavish and luxury lifestyle. Faced with the government’s anti-corruption crackdown, which includes outlawing lavish government banquets and luxury gift giving, Chinese government officials are visiting “training centers” to experience the luxury treatment. Set in some of China’s most scenic areas such as Yellow Mountain in Anhui, [&hellip
  • How to Fulfill China’s Hunger for Luxury Discounts

    red luxury b
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    China’s e-commerce sector continues to evolve at a rapid pace. As online shopping becomes more popular, Chinese consumers are increasingly viewing the Internet as an opportunity for discounts. While this can be a boon for companies with a strong online presence, it means that luxury brands, whose products are often expensive, must alter their approach [&hellip
  • For China, Footwear is the Perfect Entry into Luxury

    red luxury b
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Retail opportunities for footwear brands are promising in China. Although China’s yearly household income is still around $2,100 overall and $4,700 in Shanghai, the number of consumers with disposable incomes is growing, and China’s middle class along with it. Shoes often represent an entry point into the luxury market for people with money to spend, [&hellip
  • Ritz-Carlton Offers Chengdu Experience for Visa-Free Travelers to China

    red luxury b
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    The Ritz-Carlton hopes to attract jet setting international travelers to its China hotels. The Ritz-Carlton Chengdu has just launched a series of three-day travel packages for travelers coming through the city’s visa-free transit policies. Visitors from other countries can only stay in Chengdu for 72 hours without a visa. Such restrictions can dissuade travelers from [&hellip
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    China Talking Points

  • Where Can I Meet Chinese Women in Beijing?

    <a href="http://www.freedatingaustralia.com.au" rel="nofollow">Matt Fuller</a>
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:37 am
    Sanlitun – Beijing   Beijing is known as one of the favourite locations to meet local Chinese women. Chengdu and Shenzhen are also popular Chinese cities for romantic rendezvous. So what makes Beijing one of the premiere cities to find love in China? Many of China’s single women see Beijing as a city full of opportunity thus attracting thousands each year to exploit the many possibilities that await. Beijing is ‘the’ location from which western men turn to as a means of meeting genuine Chinese ladies who are looking for a husband. Chinese women have different…
  • What Does Sex Mean to Chinese Women?

    <a href="http://www.promagicofmakingup.co.uk" rel="nofollow">Bill Achola</a>
    25 Mar 2014 | 5:23 am
    Chinese women and sex An understanding of Chinese history is obviously important for a good understating of Chinese women. Just a reminder that here am not lecturing you on Chinese history but rather telling you something to help you get the most out of the following blog post, which will lead you most effectively to a Chinese heart. What I like about Chinese tradition is that ”men are superior and women are inferior; boys are precious and girls are cheap. Even today, this tradition still applies in rural areas of china. The serial dating concept that is prevalent in the Western culture…
  • Online dating websites in China

    Laura
    5 Sep 2013 | 9:52 pm
    Online dating websites in China   Market size In 2010, a TV dating program called “Feichengwurao” became a hit across China by introducing the famous model of “Take Me Out”. The success of the program also drove the online dating market. In 2011, the market size of online dating reached 980 million RMB and it is estimated that the size of online dating market would double in 2015. The three largest online dating websites, including Jiayuan.com, baihe.com, and Zhenai.com, take over 70% of the total market. Back in 2006, only 5% of the Chinese population would consider online…
  • 10 Best Dating Apps Available For Android

    Alex Richarson
    10 Aug 2013 | 8:02 pm
    10 Best Dating Apps Available For Android     Dating can be hard. That is as simple as I can be put it. However, in our new digital age it is becoming more accessible for those with smartphones to have access to great dating apps that can change your dating life for the better. Many of these have an interesting way in which they bring people together and some are for specific groups of people as well. So no matter who you are or what you are looking for, you should be able to find what you are looking for using one of these apps   Plenty of Fish One of the sites that has been…
  • The Dry Spell and the Modern Chinese Girl-Power

    Singal
    21 Jul 2013 | 7:20 am
    The modern Chinese girl power   Just like the opening sentence of my all time favourite show Sex and the City goes, ‘Welcome to the age of un-innocence.’ Being a business woman who’s single and had a taste of the forbidden fruit isn’t that easy. You have to deal with your own desires. As a mid-girl in the transforming Chinese society, dealing with your own desire can be a dilemma for you. Settling down for the less and grab any guy which you can reach to be your ‘boy friend’ isn’t an option for the smart arse mid-girls. However, coping with your…
 
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    Bikedan in Asia

  • Cycle Travel: Exploring off-the-beaten track in China

    Bikedan
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:22 pm
    China is a massive country with many off-the-beaten track gems just waiting to be discovered by bicycle, so many that you can spend a lifetime here and still not complete them all; I’ve been living in China for over four years and have barely scratched the surface. For familiarity sake and time constraints, I tend to do many of the same routes around the city of Hangzhou where I live, and travel out frequently for bicycle races around China. Unfortunately, many of the bike races around China are not held in locations that ideally show-case the region where the race is being hosted;…
  • Mountain Bike Stage Racing in Asia

    Bikedan
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Mountain biking seems to be seeing a resurgence in popularity, especially with multi-day stage racing that provides riders with new experiences and adventures in exotic locations. Multi-day MTB stage racing is already popular in Europe and USA, and its slowly taking a grip on the Asia circuit. Its a perfect way to see and experience the country close up while meeting other like-minded MTB endurance riders from all parts of the globe. I had my first taste of MTB stage racing when I took part in the Genghis Khan MTB Adventure in Inner Mongolia back in 2010. It has now become a firm fixture on…
  • Cycling Secret: Durian Fruit the New Super Food?

    Bikedan
    7 Dec 2013 | 10:41 am
    It is a stinky putrid smelling fruit. I’ve always steered clear of this fruit despite friends on numerous occasions trying to convert me to eating Durian. Last year, I had a flat-mate from Canada who loved the spiky fruit and would bring it home; I would instantly know it was around, even though it was put out in the laundry room. The smell just pervades the whole apartment. I was offered to try it but never could get past the evil smell. I did try it and was pleasantly surprised at the sweet creamy taste of the fruit, however it did leave a slight after taste.  My wife also tried to…
  • Racing: Bikedan’s 2013 Tour de Bintan

    Bikedan
    14 Nov 2013 | 3:32 am
    I had always wanted to go back and do the Tour de Bintan race for the past several years but always ended up doing something different like the 7-day Tour de Formosa race in Taiwan followed by the KOM Taiwan Challenge in 2012. I was invited to go back  and do the KOM Taiwan again, but chose to do Tour de Bintan instead as it more suited my abilities as a rider.  I first competed at the Tour de Bintan event in 2010 as a Cyclingnewsasia cycling journalist, my report can be found via this link: Cycling Tour Bintan Island.  Also check out a 2010 report on Cyclingnewsasia.  Read about…
  • Cycle Travel: Discovering Fujian

    Bikedan
    22 Oct 2013 | 6:59 pm
    China has a stunning variety of places to discover by bicycle and this Cycle Travel series is part of my goal to show-case the cycling opportunities in China as well in other Asian countries. Expect to see more inspirational ideas and photographs to inspire you to travel with your bicycle more often. I have not yet gone myself to visit the Tulou’s but that is one of my listed destinations. There is a cycle invitational race this week in Fujian and hopefully we’ll get the chance to visit the UNESCO sites. Images and words kindly provided by Bruce Foreman. Cycling in Fujian is…
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    Speaking of China

  • 4 Things You Should Never Say to a Western Woman in China You Just Met

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Some of the most bizarre first encounters I’ve had with people happened right here in China. When you’re a Western woman in this country, it’s amazing – and even shocking – what some people (especially Chinese men) will say to you in the very first moments you meet. Want to make that great first impression with a Western woman in China? Don’t ever say any of the following things to her on that first meeting: 1. Will you be my friend? “Will you be my friend?” I’ll never forget that one morning when I attended an English corner in Zhengzhou, China all those years back.
  • Pub’d in The Huffington Post: “Why Won’t Western Women Date Chinese Men?”

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:41 am
    Can’t believe I’m writing this…my article was just published in The Huffington Post! Titled “Why Won’t Western Women Date Chinese Men?”, it’s my personal exploration of a topic close to my own heart. After reading a few too many misleading articles on the subject this year, I felt it was time for me to speak out. Here’s an excerpt from the article: …when I think about the global reach of this problem, and the fact that it’s even tough for Western-born Chinese to score a date outside of their own race, I know deep down that cultural…
  • Interview with Nicki Chen about her Novel “Tiger Tail Soup”

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:08 pm
    In her new book Tiger Tail Soup, Nicki Chen transports us to a corner of China you don’t often find in wartime China literature – Fujian Province’s Gulangyu Island, an international settlement near Xiamen. But what makes this book even more fascinating is that it was inspired by stories from her Chinese husband, who was actually born on Gulangyu following the Japanese invasion. Anyone who has read Nicki Chen’s blog – cleverly titled Behind the Story – knows she has some incredible tales to spin (thanks in part to her marriage). This novel about An Lee, a young mother who shows…
  • 5 Fascinating Stereotypes of Western Women in China

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    14 Sep 2014 | 3:08 pm
    After years of living in China, there’s one thing I’ve learned – many of the locals, including the local men, have some rather fascinating ideas about Western women. What stereotypes come into their minds when they look upon a face like mine? Here are 5 stereotypes about Western women that I’ve personally encountered during my time in China. Stereotype #1: Western women are sluts and like to sleep around. (photo by Joel Gillman via Flickr.com) Many moons ago when I first set foot in China, I went with an American female colleague I’ll call Sheila to a nightclub just around the…
  • Interview with Alex Tizon on His Memoir “Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self”

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:08 pm
    If this blog was a course and you were one of my students, there’s one book that would be at the top of your assigned reading list: Big Little Man by Alex Tizon. Subtitled “In Search of My Asian Self”, Alex Tizon’s new memoir deftly covers many of the popular topics I’ve written about on this blog. Yellow fever? Check. The challenges of Asian men in the dating world? Check. Hollywood’s harmful stereotypical portrayals of Asian men? Check. The myth that Asian men have small penises? Check. Discrimination against Asians (especially Asian men)? Check. Asian male role models that make…
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    The BLCU Blog

  • Free BLCU Applications For 2015 Programmes With CUCAS

    Michael de Waal-Montgomery
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:32 pm
    When applying to study at the Beijing Language and Culture University, it's important to choose a reputable agency to handle your application. There are scams out there, so you need to be careful.That's why we recommend CUCAS, who have offered free applications for BLCU students since 2014.A break down of specific courses and dates  will be coming soon. To find out more and head on over to their page, click here.
  • 6 Reasons Why You Will Never Forget BLCU

    Michael de Waal-Montgomery
    8 Aug 2014 | 5:51 am
    This is a guest post by Prachi Preaches on her top 6 reasons why you will never forget the Beijing Language and Culture University. Photo by Instagram user mamorukun.1. WudaokuoOF COURSE! Right? Having lived in other parts of China and Beijing itself, I can safety pronounce my favourite place in China -- Wudaokuo <3 Can I ever forget Wu Club, Propaganda, Sensation, La Bamba, Helen's.... (the list goes on) The most perfect place to grow as a Chinese student, with people from all around the world, multiple international restaurants, Wudaokuo is only getting better.  2.
  • Beijing Language And Culture University Q&A (2014): Gloria Xu

    Michael de Waal-Montgomery
    13 Jun 2014 | 12:07 am
    In this BLCU Q&A (2014), we speak with local Chinese student Gloria Xu who was deeply involved in the university's Student Senate. Be sure to also check out our previous question and answer sessions with BLCU students for more insights into life at the university.Please tell us your personal background (age, first language, nationality, previous education, etc.) and how you ended up studying at BLCU.I'm 24 now (turning 25 this August, but let's leave it as 24). I was born and raised in China. My first languages are Wu dialect (if you've never heard of it, Shanghainese is a branch of Wu),…
  • Beijing Language And Culture University Q&A (2014): Abu Abukar

    Michael de Waal-Montgomery
    30 Apr 2014 | 4:02 pm
    In this BLCU Q&A, we talk with Abu Abukar, who studied Chinese at the Beijing Language And Culture University for two weeks.Remember to check out all our BLCU Q&As here. Lots of thanks to Abu for taking part, and contributing his experiences to the blog for the benefit of past and future students!Tell me about your two weeks intense Mandarin course at BLCU, and how useful you found it?The classes would normally begin from 9am and finish by 12:30pm. The beginning was difficult because pronunciation is the key and constant review is a must. It was a unique experience because I never…
  • Beijing Language And Culture University Q&A (2014): Jay Gonzalez

    Michael de Waal-Montgomery
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:47 am
    Hello everyone and thanks for tuning in to this latest question and answer session about the Beijing Language and Culture University! This time we sit down and chat with former BLCU student from 10 years ago, Jay Gonzalez, who has very kindly agreed to answer all our questions for the benefit of the blog's readers.Jay first got in touch with us through our official Facebook page (be sure to join the 2,000+ member community there if you haven't already), where he said: "I took a 6 months, 20hr/week course in BLCU almost 10 years ago. Went when I was 18 years old. It is amazing how…
 
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    Blog - Digital Jungle

  • How to optimize your site for Baidu

    15 Sep 2014 | 1:14 am
    Google is dead long live Baidu! Pretty provocative words I know and not strictly true, however in China this is very true, I won’t go into the reasons why Google didn’t make it that’s pretty well documented elsewhere. To get…
  • Baidu "Ice Bucket” Algorithm Update!

    3 Sep 2014 | 6:46 pm
    Baidu announced via their Wiki page on the 22nd of August that they have released a new Algorithm which they have named ‘Ice Bucket’, which would affect Mobile Search. This refresh of the Algorithm would be phase 1 which means…
  • What you should do for Penguin 3.0

    25 Aug 2014 | 11:04 pm
    Recently, there has been a lot of people online speculating about the Penguin Update 3.0. It has been more than 10 months since the last Penguin algorithm change was released, and now it seems like it’s on the horizon. The question is,…
  • Content marketing in China: Your Questions Answered

    13 Aug 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Branded content is a relatively new form of advertising. Brands create targeted content so they can attract consumers to their website. This approach entails a mix of entertainment and advertising that provides a unique identity to a brand. Unlike the…
  • How to put Your Social Media Into the Fast Lane

    7 Aug 2014 | 6:34 pm
    In the early naughties China had 4 million cars for 1.3 billion Chinese people. Fourteen years on and China has become the world’s largest automobile market. Chinese people love cars, be it talking about cars or showing off their cars.…
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    Welcome To China

  • Chinas Top Food Cities

    Rodney
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:11 am
    Number 1: Chengdu I will never forget Chengdu, my first food experience there was the famous spicy hotpot, my mouth and lips were on fire from the red soup of chiller and peppers! In 2010, Chengdu was designated the “Capital of the World’s Gourmet Food” by UNESCO, and renowned for hot pot cooking, spicy bean […]
  • Let’s Eat…… Snacks

    Rodney
    17 Aug 2014 | 8:45 pm
    Here’s a quick guide to some of the popular local snacks foods you’ll see on your travels around China (excuse the translations, will get to correcting the dish names): Lijiang: delicacies include spiral dumpling, buckwheat cake, walnut meatball, champion cake, Naxi Bowl Tsai cake, millet meatloaf, spiral cake, pineapple rice pudding, purple meters Baba, fried […]
  • lets eat.. Cicada

    Rodney
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:20 am
    Cicada make for a tasty snack… At first I was a little reluctant but once I got over thought of it, I really look forward to munching on these tasty little critters.. They are simply fried in a little oil till crispy, a little salt, and munch away.. A meaty almost peanut buttery kind of […]
  • Shaoguan and Nanhua Temple

    Rodney
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
    Shaoguan is a quick and easy getaway from Shenzhen or Guangzhou being linked by the High Speed Rail. It takes about 2 hours from Shenzhen and 1 hour or so from Guangzhou. On this trip I came from Qingyuan, I missed the fast train having ended up at the wrong train station but I managed […]
  • 兴隆寺 Xingfu Longgu Temple – Qingyuan

    Rodney
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:33 am
    Out along Provincial Road there’s numerous sight seeing attractions and one of those is Xingfu Temple across from the Niuyuzui scenic area. Getting to either is easy, take the bus number 24 which terminates at the gate of the scenic area, then walk through the main gate and follow the path for 5 minutes. Map […]
 
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  • The Mid-Autumn Festival or Moon Festival is coming! September 8, 2014

    31 Aug 2014 | 5:53 am
    On the 8th full moon of the lunar year comes the Moon Festival. On this night, the moon is at its brightest. Friends and family gather together to enjoy the moonlight and lanterns and of course eat mooncakes!
  • What is Dim Sum? Way more than just Chinese Food!

    1 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    Let's go for Dim Sum! The very words that get the kids out in a hurry! Dim Sum is probably one of their favorite Chinese Foods, and for Chinese around the world, Dim Sum is more of a social occasion when family and friends gather to enjoy the endless repertoire of delightful dumplings and little bites served in the bamboo baskets and the fun hectic atmosphere at the restaurants. How to eat? What to eat? Check out our picture guide and get ready to order like a pro!
  • For All Champ Rowers... Chinese Dragon Boat Festival is on June 2, 2014.

    31 May 2014 | 4:58 am
    On the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival takes place. This year it will be on June 2, 2014 There are many legends as to the origin of this festival. One states that it probably got started as a celebration for the planting of the rice crop and to pray for a good rainfall since it was believed that Dragons controlled the rain and rivers. Another legend tells the story of Qu Yuan, an old man that drowns himself by jumping from a boat, because he couldn’t stand to see his country being destroyed by the poor leaders. Nowadays, what characterizes the…
  • Writing Chinese Numbers

    12 May 2014 | 7:07 am
    Let's learn to write the numbers 1 to 10 in Chinese! We should be able to count to 99!
  • 9-Day Tour of China with Airfare and Excursions from $999

    5 Apr 2014 | 6:03 am
    Tour of China with Airfare from Friendly Planet Travel9-Day Tour of China with Airfare and Excursions from Friendly Planet. Price Per Person Based on Double Occupancy.More details at Groupon
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    Beijing Cream

  • Li Na Announces Retirement From Tennis

    Anthony Tao
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:31 pm
    Li Na officially announced her retirement from professional tennis at 11 am today on her Sina Weibo account. The 32-year-old two-time Grand Slam champion cited knee injuries as the reason. She doesn’t appear to want to completely leave the sport, though. In her own words: That I had this very rare opportunity to represent China on the tennis courts, for me there is no higher honor. Through this opportunity I hope to have attracted more people to pay attention to China and Asian tennis. This will also be my life mission going forward. Li Na became the first Chinese player to win a…
  • Can You Pass The Chinese Driving Test? See For Yourself

    Anthony Tao
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Driving in China can be a pain, for reasons I hardly need to list here (but will, since Web Logs were created for just this sort of venting) – traffic, severe traffic, traffic caused by fights between traffic cops, traffic regulations, traffic accidents…. Luckily, China’s Ministry of Public Security has an extensive test to prepare this country’s would-be drivers for the stress, frustration, and Weltschmerz of the road… Behold the ministry’s new driving test questions, which went into place last year, as brought to us by the website Chinese Driving…
  • Dispatches From Xinjiang: Why Do Uyghurs Speak English So Well?

    Beige Wind
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:06 am
    Ever since Kasim Abdurehim, the founder of the private English school Atlan, took third place in a national English-speaking contest in 2004, Uyghurs have found their way into the final rounds of almost every major English speaking competition in China. This year was no exception. Although Uyghurs represent less than one percent of China’s population, they consistently beat Han contestants from the best schools in the country. The main difference is that Uyghurs are now learning to be confident in their English-language ability starting at a younger age. It’s because of people like…
  • The Great Wall Of China As Sunken Treasure

    Christina Lauritsen
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    “We were hit by the sudden cold and absolute blackness. The only light came from our torches. Not a drop of sunlight penetrated the silt and algae above us. It was like entering another world, with all our senses altered — until we spotted the Wall.” My three companions and I were rewarded for our three-and-a-half-hour drive from Beijing by a body of water tucked into the hills. Panjiakou Reservoir is a man-made lake, created in 1977 when the Chinese government flooded a valley northwest of Beijing, and it was there that we would experience the Great Wall of China in the…
  • Dispatches From Xinjiang: The Art Of The China-Eurasia Expo

    Beige Wind
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:53 am
    It was a busy week in Ürümchi: musicals, archeology exhibits, art shows, a ComiCon festival, and thousands of visitors from outside the “autonomous” region. Special bus lines were put in place; millions of potted flowers were carefully arranged in sculpted dune patterns; and street corners were plastered with giant red billboards that featured – a la the Shanghai Expo 2010 — a dancing cartoon named Heavenly Horse Star (Tianma Xingqi), the slogan “Opening-up and Cooperating for the Building of the Silk Road Economic Belt,” and the logo for the fourth China-Eurasia Trade…
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    Everyone's Blog Posts - Study More Chinese

  • Comparing language courses: Private vs Group vs Online Lessons

    Zoe Wells
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Learning a new language is always a fun challenge. There are varying ways a learner can embark upon a language course, whether they are a complete beginner or have previous knowledge. How do you know which style of learning is for you? Here's the lowdown on the types of language courses available. Private Learning: Private learning with a tutor is ideal for anyone leading a busy life. The flexibility of a private tutor means you can arrange a lesson at a time convenient to you as well as having a learning plan tailored to your exact needs. The benefits include: * One on one lessons with a…
  • Chinese People and Western TV Shows - An Article posted at Yoyo Chinese Blog

    Thomas Doherty
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Michael Hurwitz over at "Yoyo Chinese The Official Blog" has written a fine article ( in English ) about some of the US/UK TV shows that are now popular in China.  "Thanks to the advent of Chinese streaming services like Sohu and Youku, it’s easier than ever for Chinese fans to watch their favorite foreign TV shows. While pirated versions have been available online for years, lately Western content providers have struck deals with Chinese platforms to allow legal distribution of high-quality, subtitled episodes, resulting in a big jump in viewership". The shows covered in the article are…
  • Taiwan Mandarin versus Beijing Mandarin - A Starter Kit

    Thomas Doherty
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    A May 29, 2014  article over at "The World of Chinese" Internet Site by  Keoni Everington (华武杰) does a good job of scratching the surface of the baffling differences between Taiwan Mandarin and Beijing Mandarin.  ( It may be relatively baffling probably only to the mostly European language based members of the SMC Site ).  Read the article and some of those unknown words you have heard in a Taiwanese movie or song may now make sense.  Here is the link:         http://www.theworldofchinese.com/2014/05/taiwanese-mandarin-starter-kit/              
  • Olle Linge Points Out Problems With Listening to Chinese

    Thomas Doherty
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Olle Linge over at Mandarin.about.com has posted an article of the difficulties involved in listening and understanding what one hears in Mandarin. It is even worse in the real world where sometimes you must determine which language is being spoken and if the speaker is saying a word wrong or using a slang word or mixing languages.  It is not uncommon to hear sentences consisting of Mandarin, Cantonese and English all mixed together in some Chinatowns.    http://mandarin.about.com/od/How-to-learn-Mandarin-Chinese/fl/How-to-learn-to-understand-spoken-Chinese.htm        
  • For One Day ( 2 Aug 2014 ) there was a Fifth Mandarin Tone over at Mandarin Segments

    Thomas Doherty
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Greg at Mandarin Segments recently wrote an article that claims that Mandarin learners should think of the neutral ( untoned ) tone as a fifth tone and makes a number of good points and examples.  In the comments to the article Olle Linge  does a great job of talking  Greg  out of this position.  In fact Greg admits this in a following comment.  Here is this very interesting link:     http://mandarinsegments.blogspot.com/2014/08/mandarin-has-five-tones-i-said-five-not.html;
 
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    China Law Blog

  • Why Alibaba Is Good For China VIEs

    21 Sep 2014 | 11:39 am
    Our China lawyers have a long history of skepticism regarding China VIE structured entities.  In Buying Into A China VIE. What Me Worry? we had this to say about them: Years ago, we here at China Law Blog made clear our views on VIEs and nothing about those views has changed.  For that reason, and because VIEs have little to nothing to do with most companies doing business in China, we stopped writing about them years ago.  In a nutshell, we don’t like them, don’t trust them, and don’t do them.  Quite frankly, our malpractice insurance just isn’t high enough for the massive…
  • China Employment Law. Watching A Bit Of The Sausage Being Made.

    19 Sep 2014 | 5:36 pm
    As the Chinese government starts taking its employment laws more seriously (at least with respect to foreign companies doing business in China), our China employment law work just keeps increasing, as does our blogging on it.  The below is an email from one of our China lawyers (who is doing China employment law about half time these days), with all possible identifiers removed or changed. We are sending a version of this email out a lot these days. As noted in previous emails, employment law in China has been in a state of transition over the past few years. Though the relevant laws have…
  • The China-US Shuttle. Tain’t No Big Thing.

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:23 pm
    Clients (and others) often ask our me how many lawyers we have in China and/or how many China lawyers we have in the United States. I always have problems with those questions for two reasons.  The first reason is that I myself have no firm definition of “China lawyer” and so what I usually say is something like how we have a core group of eight lawyers who spend most of their work hours on China matters, but we also have countless other lawyers in the firm who bring their specialities to bear on our China matters. For instance, we often cover China arbitrations with one of our…
  • High-Level China IP Delegation to Discuss IP in China at Fordham Law School this Friday

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:57 pm
    A high level China IP delegation will be at Fordham Law School this Friday evening to discuss China IP and China IP legislation. This will be a free event hosted by the Chinese Business Lawyers Association and the Fordham IP Institute. If you want to attend (and you absolutely should) you will need to RSVP at events@cblalaw.org, and specify that you are signing up for the roundtable. The roundtable discussion is from 4 PM to 5:30 PM at Fordham Law School’s Costantino Room. The PRC delegation, which is studying US laws and implementation regarding IP will include two IP judges from the…
  • Social Insurance For China Expats. It Depends.

    17 Sep 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Our clients often ask us whether as China employers they must contribute to social insurance for their expat employees. The answer is that it depends on the employer’s location. The Provisions on the Employment of Foreigners in China (《外国人在中国就业管理规定》), mandate that expat participation in social insurance programs must comply with applicable Chinese law. But before the Interim Measures for the Participation in Social Insurance of Foreigners Employed in China (《在中国境内就业的外国人参加社会保险暂行办法》) were passed in 2011, there were…
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    Quality Wars - Your Boots on the GROUND in China

  • How You Can Improve Quality At Your Organization In 4 Key Parts

    Graham
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:10 am
    The following is an article compiled with knowledge from veteran quality control professionals we have personally interviewed and worked with over the past several years. These professionals come from industries such as automotive, defense, aerospace, plastics and oil & gas. This article touches on quality tools such as Six Sigma, Lean, 5S, 5Y, 8D, TQM, SPC, VSM and QFD.  These are marvelous innovations in systems quality assurance, and have pushed engineering excellence to a whole new level, although, unless your business is in a solid and sustainable position, and you thoroughly…
  • Manufacturing Secrets: 6 Processes That Will Make Your Product Shine

    Eric
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Do you believe in love at first sight? Have you ever had a shopping experience where you just had to buy a product as soon as you laid eyes on it? This is probably because the appearance of the product grabbed your attention immediately. Many products take on a very glossy, shiny or sleek appearance as a result of the manner in which they are produced. So how does the manufacturer achieve this? We’ll tell you with these 6 manufacturing processes that will make your product shine:   1. Sand blasting One way to give your product a shine is through sand blasting, a process which helps to…
  • 8 Concepts for Success in China…

    Laura
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Last month, Andrew Reich, founder of InTouch Services, delivered a presentation to CRCC Asia, a company which specializes in connecting China and the global community through award-winning internships. Having lived and worked in China since 2002, Andrew’s presentation covering his own experiences, offered pearls of wisdom and revealed effective ways to conquer the Chinese business world while developing professionally. These are his 8 Concepts for Success in China: 1) Understanding the Chinese Mentality With China’s growing importance on the world stage, it’s important to understand…
  • Jewelry QC: Stone Placement and Setting

    John
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:05 am
    Jewelry QC inspections generally require very little equipment, despite the often high value of the product. Last week we covered inspection methods and assessing quality of casting, soldering and glue assembly. Jewelry items need not only be highly presentable and appealing, but they also need to stand the test of time. There are few other products for which expectations of durability and craftsmanship are higher. That’s why our focus this week is on stone placement and setting. A ring with the best casting work and the most highly-prized gemstones can really take a tumble in terms of…
  • Jewelry QC: Casting, Soldering and Glue Assembly

    John
    30 Jun 2014 | 5:05 am
    Have you ever spent a significant amount of money on an item of jewelry only to be ripped off by poor quality materials or workmanship?   Jewelry QC requires precision and a trained eye. Whether you buy jewelry for resale,  investing, for giving to someone else or for when you just feel like treating yourself, you know how expensive it can get. Jewelry is a luxury good, and nothing takes away more from its value than a quality defect like a crack in the metal casting or soldering. All of us at Quality Wars want to make sure you’re getting what you pay for, especially when it comes to…
 
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    Blog - Digital Jungle

  • How to optimize your site for Baidu

    15 Sep 2014 | 1:14 am
    Google is dead long live Baidu! Pretty provocative words I know and not strictly true, however in China this is very true, I won’t go into the reasons why Google didn’t make it that’s pretty well documented elsewhere. To get…
  • Baidu "Ice Bucket” Algorithm Update!

    3 Sep 2014 | 6:46 pm
    Baidu announced via their Wiki page on the 22nd of August that they have released a new Algorithm which they have named ‘Ice Bucket’, which would affect Mobile Search. This refresh of the Algorithm would be phase 1 which means…
  • What you should do for Penguin 3.0

    25 Aug 2014 | 11:04 pm
    Recently, there has been a lot of people online speculating about the Penguin Update 3.0. It has been more than 10 months since the last Penguin algorithm change was released, and now it seems like it’s on the horizon. The question is,…
  • Content marketing in China: Your Questions Answered

    13 Aug 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Branded content is a relatively new form of advertising. Brands create targeted content so they can attract consumers to their website. This approach entails a mix of entertainment and advertising that provides a unique identity to a brand. Unlike the…
  • How to put Your Social Media Into the Fast Lane

    7 Aug 2014 | 6:34 pm
    In the early naughties China had 4 million cars for 1.3 billion Chinese people. Fourteen years on and China has become the world’s largest automobile market. Chinese people love cars, be it talking about cars or showing off their cars.…
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    InternChina » Languages » English

  • COME TOGETHER 2014: Charity, Music and loads of fun

    Kevin Kowalczyk
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:47 pm
    It´s all about bringing people together for a good purpose. The annual Come Together charity event this year was held on Saturday the 13th of September in the Beishan Theatre in Zhuhai. But what exactly is Come Together? It´s an annual charity music festival underlined by the idea to bring expats and locals together for […]
  • Jaasir Ali and KS Milestone

    Ivan Zhelyazkov
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:53 pm
    Jaasir Ali comes from the United Kingdom and is enrolled in University of East London. Here is a brief example of his internship in Chengdu. KS Milestone is one of our partner companies in Chengdu which specializes in Financial consultant Services for PE/VCs and local SMEs, strategy consultant and agency services for real estate developers […]
  • Shanghai trip – Part 2

    William Yau
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Part 2 The fact that we weren’t up until 8am in the morning in the Shanghai nightlife like we had planned did have a silver lining, in that waking up early(ish) was not a struggle! The next place we wanted to visit was the Former French Concession area so we took a taxi for 18rmb […]
  • Shanghai trip – Part 1

    William Yau
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:59 pm
    When you hear people are visiting China, then one of the most exciting destinations you will hear about is always Shanghai! Whether you are interning in China like myself, or simply being a tourist, I would strongly recommend Shanghai to anybody who is prepared for the hustle and bustle of this monolithic city. So I […]
  • Featured Internship Christina Kan and China Biofield – ZHBS54

    Ivan Zhelyazkov
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:54 pm
    You are likely never to have heard of Zhuhai – located in the southwest of China’s Pearl River delta, Zhuhai is southern China’s best kept secret. Having just been a small fishing village in the 1970’s before being granted Special Economic Zone (SEZ) status, Zhuhai was incorporated as a city in 1979. Its growth since […]
 
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    China Stock Research - China Stock Research - Blog posts

  • Week in review - Sep 19, 2014

    20 Sep 2014 | 12:55 am
    OK, let’s get this out of the way: Alibaba IPOed this week, shattering more than a few records in the process. The stock didn’t open until mid-day, and jumped almost 50% before closing with a +38% gain. And volume of course was incredible, with over 270 million shares trading hands. But for the rest of the Chinese stocks traded on the NYSE and Nasdaq, the week wasn’t so rosy. After data released last weekend pointed to a slowing Chinese economy (Industrial production was notably soft), investors were in sell-mode for most of the week. The PowerShares Golden China ETF…
  • Ctrip.com (CTRP) stalls, moving lower?

    19 Sep 2014 | 8:06 am
    Ctrip.com – looking like this flight might be getting cancelled Multiple indicators have turned negative and our short term EMA poised to plunge through the mid-term EMA. It appears that the only reason it hasn’t continued in lawn dart mode was the violation of the lower Bollinger band on the 15th & 16th; now that the ticket has spent a couple days back within volatility expectation we expect the trip south to continue.   Current technical rating is: -2 (previously rated a +2.25) Note: technical ratings are -3 to +3 indicating bearish to bullish; a zero is neutral to…
  • Eco data - Residential home prices for August 2014

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:28 pm
    China’s National Bureau of Statistics released its home price data for August (source, in Chinese), which showed continued deterioration in the domestic housing market. New home prices fell in 68 of the 70 cities surveyed on a month-on-month basis, and more cities were also reporting price declines vs. last year. The drop in new home prices vs. July accelerated, with the average MoM drop of -1.1%, picking up speed vs. the -0.9% sequential decline last month. New home prices vs. a year ago were higher on average by about +0.5%, a marked decline vs. July’s average YoY gain of…
  • Hollysys (HOLI) - may be losing steam, outlook negative

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:28 pm
    After a short pop, Hollysys heading lower After a couple of large moves and a slight uptick in volume since the low volume a week ago, HOLI looks like it is headed south again. Our unpublished trend indicator is picking up steam as stochastic is in a bearish environment and our short term EMA sits just above our long term EMA and CCI sounds the dive klaxon. In addition, Bollinger bands are beginning to narrow while heading down – although this has recently begun, it could be a sing of an extended period of negative returns. The fact that none…
  • Eco data - IP, Fixed Assets, Real Estate, Retail Sales Aug 2014

    13 Sep 2014 | 12:15 am
    The National Bureau of Statistics released its monthly data for August which included industrial production, fixed asset investment, investment in real estate development, and retail sales, all of which were consecutively lower for the second month in a row. The standout was undoubtedly industrial production, which fell off a cliff to a +6.9% YoY pace, the lowest reading since mid-2009. After the shock of an awful industrial production print, other takeaways were retail sales showing an accelerating slowdown, as well as continued cooling in real estate development and fixed asset investments.
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    Red Luxury

  • Volkswagen Dominates China’s Compact Car Sales

    redluxuryc
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Compact cars account for about 60 percent of passenger vehicle sales in China, the world’s largest auto market. With the top four best-selling compact sedans of the year, automaker Volkswagen AG has proven that competitive pricing is now the way to Chinese buyers’ hearts. Boosted by Volkswagen’s impressive numbers, Germany now holds 24 percent of [&hellip
  • Lavish ‘Training Centers’ Provide a Loophole in China’s Luxury Crackdown

    red luxury w
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:15 pm
    It is hard to suppress the desire for the lavish and luxury lifestyle. Faced with the government’s anti-corruption crackdown, which includes outlawing lavish government banquets and luxury gift giving, Chinese government officials are visiting “training centers” to experience the luxury treatment. Set in some of China’s most scenic areas such as Yellow Mountain in Anhui, [&hellip
  • How to Fulfill China’s Hunger for Luxury Discounts

    red luxury b
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    China’s e-commerce sector continues to evolve at a rapid pace. As online shopping becomes more popular, Chinese consumers are increasingly viewing the Internet as an opportunity for discounts. While this can be a boon for companies with a strong online presence, it means that luxury brands, whose products are often expensive, must alter their approach [&hellip
  • For China, Footwear is the Perfect Entry into Luxury

    red luxury b
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Retail opportunities for footwear brands are promising in China. Although China’s yearly household income is still around $2,100 overall and $4,700 in Shanghai, the number of consumers with disposable incomes is growing, and China’s middle class along with it. Shoes often represent an entry point into the luxury market for people with money to spend, [&hellip
  • Ritz-Carlton Offers Chengdu Experience for Visa-Free Travelers to China

    red luxury b
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    The Ritz-Carlton hopes to attract jet setting international travelers to its China hotels. The Ritz-Carlton Chengdu has just launched a series of three-day travel packages for travelers coming through the city’s visa-free transit policies. Visitors from other countries can only stay in Chengdu for 72 hours without a visa. Such restrictions can dissuade travelers from [&hellip
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    Travel China Cheaper

  • Top 5 Chinese Tourist Scams (& How to Avoid Them)

    Josh
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    As a tourist in a foreign country there’s almost no way around it: you’re at high risk to be scammed in some way. Face it: you’ve got a big, fat target on your back. Scam artists, beggars and sometimes even the “average joe” see you as a gullible visitor with plenty of money. This is […] The post Top 5 Chinese Tourist Scams (& How to Avoid Them) appeared first on Travel China Cheaper.
  • A Personal Review of VyprVPN | VPNs for China

    Josh
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    There are very few VPN companies that truly “stand out” in the China market. I’ve tested quite a few this past year and I can tell a dramatic difference between those companies that say they work in China versus those that actually work hard to serve the China market. After a month of intense testing, I […] The post A Personal Review of VyprVPN | VPNs for China appeared first on Travel China Cheaper.
  • Best Times to Visit China

    Josh
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    When is the best time to travel to China? I’ve been asked this question multiple times and over the years I’ve developed an answer that I feel comfortable giving. The fact is that China is a big country and anybody who gives you a “one size fits all” answer probably doesn’t understand that. No matter what season […] The post Best Times to Visit China appeared first on Travel China Cheaper.
  • Private Internet Access Review | VPN Pros vs Cons

    Josh
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Perhaps you’ve come across this Private Internet Access review thanks to a Google search or maybe you’ve been browsing through some of the other reviews I’ve done. Either way, I hope you can find this useful. I’ve spent the past few months personally testing out quite a few VPNs and although I am by no means an expert in […] The post Private Internet Access Review | VPN Pros vs Cons appeared first on Travel China Cheaper.
  • Top 5 Mandarin Phrase Guide Books

    Josh
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Being able to communicate during your journey to China can make a huge difference in how much you enjoy your travel. While I’ve already talked about how it is certainly possible to travel to China without speaking Mandarin, the truth is that some level of language – even if it’s extremely basic – is vital. […] The post Top 5 Mandarin Phrase Guide Books appeared first on Travel China Cheaper.
 
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    New Life ESL

  • Why Everyone Should Work With Kids At Least Once in Their Life

    Monica
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:12 pm
    I taught my final ESL class last weekend. I’ve been working with the same students for three years and never anticipated telling them I would no longer be their teacher. I’ve watched them grow up. They’ve watched me grow up. I’ve met all of their parents, been invited into their homes, and have celebrated their birthdays. I’ve cooked with them and joked with them. I’ve comforted them and broke up their little kid fights with each other. They know me. I love them and they love me too. While I’ve spent the last couple of weeks thinking of how I would break the news, my successor…
  • Teacher Interview: Asia from Poland

    Monica
    3 Sep 2014 | 9:37 pm
    As you plan your trip to come teach English in China, we know you’ve likely got tons of questions running through your mind. One of the questions I hear most often from potential teachers is what the experience is like coming to China and what they should be aware of while preparing to come over. We’re always happy to answer these questions, but I think it’s even better if we can let some of the teachers we’ve helped get jobs in China speak for themselves. That’s why we started this series of interviews with our teachers, so you can get a feel for what it’s really like directly…
  • Meet Vanessa: Half Blogger, Half Hustler

    Monica
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:52 pm
    Can you introduce yourself? 

 My name is Vanessa Menchaca and I’m the owner of Wanderonwards.org! I’m an Indian-looking Mexican who is working and studying Chinese in China. It’s very confusing. Where are your current stomping grounds? I live in Beijing, China and there’s nowhere else in the world I rather be at the moment! Any place you recommend for future travelers who are visiting? Don’t be afraid to stay in hostels! China hostels are amazing! Everyone speaks English, there are common rooms/spaces everywhere so it’s easy to make friends. You don’t need to shell out a…
  • How to Ruin a Diet: Dining Locally in Inner Mongolia

    Monica
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:05 am
    You know that term, “You’re paying for the environment.” people use when referring to restaurants or bars? This place is like the opposite of that. Describing this restaurant as authentic is an understatement. It’s cutthroat, but with a charm. Think of the busiest place to eat where you live. There’s probably a hostess and the tables go to a specific server. You might even be able to make reservations. Hell, it might be reservations only. When you pull up in the shady alley this little hole-in-the-wall is located in, be prepared to push and shove. If you don’t have a loud voice or…
  • Teacher City Spotlight: Qingdao – The Green Island

    Guest
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:37 am
    Seafood, sailing, beaches, and beer: the recipe for the perfect city to teach English! Qingdao is a unique city with a blend of Asian and European influences, as it was previously occupied by Germany before World War I and is also home to one of the largest Korean populations in China. With beautiful German architecture and a brewery which pumps out tons of the famous Tsingtao beer daily, Qingdao provides a mixed bag of new and exciting experiences to be had. Toss in clean, crisp, sea air compared to the thick smog seen in most large Chinese cities and Qingdao just might be home for longer…
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    The Vision Times » China

  • Why Are Tianjin Weddings Held in the Afternoon?

    Billy Shyu
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    In northern China, including counties surrounding the city of Tianjin, wedding ceremonies are normally held in the morning, but in Tianjin, they are held in the afternoon for the following reasons: “Evening” and “wedding” sound similar in Chinese, so weddings were held in the evening in ancient times. Most people in Tianjin are descendants of settlers from nearby counties, such as Jinghai, Wuqing, and Baodi. The families usually travelled to Tianjin for the wedding ceremony, so afternoon was a better time. Over time, this became a local custom. However, people in surrounding counties…
  • Chinese Businesses Build Solid Gold Avenue in Hubei

    Iris Lu
    21 Sep 2014 | 12:52 pm
    A “Golden Road” was opened in Yichang City on Sept. 20 for consumers to access the International Mall. Hubei businesses spent 200 million yuan (about $32.6 million) on the golden pathway, which was paved with around 600 gold bricks weighing 0.6 tons.
  • Three Way Court Battle Over Dead Couple’s Embryos Ends With ‘Joint Custody’

    Ben Grinberg
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Shen Jie and Liu Xi had been planning on having their extracted embyros (fertilized eggs) translplanted into Liu. The infertile spouses’ dreams ended when both died in a car crash in February. The parents of each spouse filed a lawsuit to get ‘custody’ of the embryos. The hospital asked that they be destroyed. A Jiangsu court ruled that due to ethical and emotional issues, the embryos would serve as consolation for the surviving parents. All four were given custody of the frozen embryos. This was each parent’s only child. China’s one-child policy bans most…
  • Graphic Video: Some Answers to the Burning Question of Why Tibetans Self-Immolate

    Cassie Ryan
    20 Sep 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Since 2009, about 125 young Tibetans have staged self-immolation protests, mostly young people, monks, and nuns. This video explains how Chinese policies in Tibet have driven the local people to despair, and documents some of the “cultural genocide” that has been taking place there under communist rule.
  • Little Girl Teaches Mugger a Lesson in Elevator (Video)

    Cassie Ryan
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:42 am
    This guy got a shock when he decided to pick on someone smaller than him. My favorite part is when she won’t let him leave, and even chases after him!
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