Category Archives: Expat Life

A few thoughts on teaching

For many travelers, an easy way to remain in the Middle Kingdom without breaking the bank is to teach. The Web is full of recruiter sites, ESL pages, message boards, job listings, etc, all claiming they can help you find … Continue reading

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The importance of business cards

When traveling in China’s megacities, one thing should be kept in mind: the taxi drivers are not out to get you, nor are they ignoring you because you are a foreigner, nor are they refusing to take you where you … Continue reading

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Industrial Tourism

One of my favorite parts of working in China as an industry researcher was getting to go to cities that most people – tourists in particular – avoid like the plague. These cities are not famous for their history (usually), … Continue reading

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Getting around – Taxis

Reading the Lost Laowai blog, I enjoyed an early rant complaining about the status of public transportation back home (for the author) in Canada. According to his calculations, taxis in China are less than the cost of public transportation in … Continue reading

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And then there’s the food!

When people ask about what I miss most about living in China, the answer is always simple – the food! And I don’t mean just the banquets or home-cooked meals either – although both are sublime. The fact is China … Continue reading

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Bottoms up

The issue of drinking in China has been addressed at some length on other blogs and websites including the venerable “Lost Laowai” which includes a special page dedicated to just this subject. Similarly the “Middle Kingdom Life” online teaching-in-China guide … Continue reading

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A simple phrase – with a lot of meaning

Dear friends, When I first came to China to teach English I went through the classic stages of culture shock. As these have been discussed ad nauseam in other sites (one of the better discussions can be found here: http://middlekingdomlife.com/guide/culture-shock-china.htm) … Continue reading

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