Nanchang City, Jiangxi

Nanchang, the capital of Jiangxi Province, is the center of Jiangxi’s politics, economy, and culture. Nanchang borders the Poyang Lake, which is the largest fresh-water lake in China, and lies in the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River. It is the intersection of the Zhejiang-Jiangxi Railway, and is the only provincial capital city […]

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Transport in China

Even those who have never visited China are probably aware of two things in particular about the country. It’s huge, and there are a lot of people. If there’s one thing China needs, it’s good transport infrastructure. Fortunately, that’s exactly what China has. Once you’ve settled into your new life teaching English in China, you’re […]

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Fun with Chinese – Pronunciation

During my final year in high school a couple of Chinese International Students joined my school. By this time, I had learnt some basic Chinese language and was eager to practice it. I said ‘hello’ (你好) to the students. One of the students was very pleased and complimented my ability. The other student wasn’t very […]

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The importance of travel insurance

While in most cases your travel will go off without a hitch (and we sincerely hope it does!) travel insurance is an essential part of any plans you have to go abroad. If something goes awry while you’re a long way from home, the last thing you or your family want to worry about is […]

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Everything is delivered!

It’s 3am, -10 degrees outside and you feel an uncontrollable craving for McDonalds. What to do? The answer is simple, go online, place your order and wait for the food to arrive. In Korea, China and across East Asia delivery services are a given. Whether you want to eat Asian food, Western food, drink beer, […]

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Scams and citizen’s arrests

In 2009 I was living in Beijing and loving it. I found that the Chinese people were very friendly and hospitable. Being a foreigner who spoke Chinese I picked up some voluntary work at the local police station, translating when foreigners got into some (drunken) trouble. One day I received a knock on my apartment […]

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The scale of things – asking for directions

When asking for directions it is important to understand cultural differences. A typical conversation asking for directions in China will go as follows: “Excuse me, how can I get to Guomao Subway Station?” “Go straight, cross three intersections, turn right, walk 500 meters, then turn left and go straight.” “Is it far?” “Very close…” It […]

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Everyone loves a Kiwi

Kiwis are, in the eternal words of Douglas Adams, considered ‘mostly harmless’. We come from a small island and are outnumbered by sheep. We are oppressively friendly and intriguingly optimistic (with a sprinkling of naïvety). This isn’t a bad thing – it could be much worse; we could be American. Testament to this are the […]

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