Despite some newcomers on the ESL scene, teaching in China remains an incredibly popular destination for ESL teachers looking to teach abroad. However, going to China as an expat and a teacher means taking on more responsibility than you might as a backpacker or tourist just passing through. As with any country you travel to, there are things you should learn and remember about the culture so as not to offend the locals.
Haggling in street markets and smaller shops is a part of everyday life in China. As a tourist you will be marked out as someone who might pay over the odds for something. Try to shop around a bit to get an idea of prices first, and stick to your guns when you haggle. Keep good humoured and have some fun, but respect that the vendors are trying to make a living.
On Tuesday 16 March, the National People's Congress in Beijing presented a plan to consolidate and streamline China's immigration oversight. According to reporting by South China Morning Post, the plan's goal is to, in part, attract more foreign talent by streamlining their immigration process.
Last week I stumbled upon an article by the chief executive of Boston Consulting Group telling twentysomethings how to “accelerate” their careers. Rich Lesser has based his advice on his own splendid, if safe, one — a few years at Procter& Gamble followed by an MBA from Harvard and then 28 years at BCG. Along the way he has spoken to thousands of young people and felt moved to tell them where they were going wrong — and how they could become more like him.
Research commissioned by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (and conducted by YouGov), has found that out of 1,106 senior executives surveyed, a third of those working for private companies thought it was ok to ask a woman about her plans to have children in the future. Almost half said they thought it was reasonable to ask a woman if she had small children.
More great news for foreigner travelers in China. Frequent travelers with a Z visa can now use the E-Channel to skip immigration queues at the airport, according to China Briefing. This comes after China introduced six-day, 144-hour visa-free transit to foreigners from 51 countries.
And it has opened up the prospect of some retaliation - especially from Beijing. The hardline Chinese publication Global Times says "nothing good" would come out of a trade war with President Trump, and has warned that China could fight back.
“Trying to hook on to VPNs for everything is a real pain,” Mukherjee said, referring to virtual private networks that help internet users in China get around blocks on sites including Twitter, Google and Facebook. At the same time, rising costs are making the city almost as expensive as Hong Kong, forcing Mukherjee to send his children to school in a neighbouring province.
According to the Chinese zodiac, we've just entered the Year of the Dog. Let’s shake some paws and wag our tails for that! The Year of the Dog officially starts on Feb 16, 2018, bringing with it new advantages and challenges for China. In the name of preparedness and silliness, we've consulted the stars and our crystal balls to bring you our horoscope for China in the Year of the Dog.
missed Chinese food and needed to constantly go to China Town. It is not the same food, but it is the same taste," said Maldonado, who has been a college teacher in China for eight years.