Tag Archives: Expat Life

Concerning travel websites

One thing there is plenty of in the world today is travel websites. One thing there is a decided lack of is some degree of regulation or formal editorial process which vets these sites for accuracy, validity, timeliness, and of … Continue reading

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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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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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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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They are not all out to get you…

Bargaining, haggling, fighting, attempting to screw one another, getting ripped off – all common expressions in the world of street market shopping. China, as the country that experienced the first commercial revolution (all the way back during the Song Dynasty … 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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Need a place to crash

One of the beauties of traveling in China is the amazing variety of places there are to stay in nearly every city and township. Whereas in the US, most towns do have a motel at least, but they are all … Continue reading

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