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Super Exam Factory’s Prospect: China says “No”, but USA says “Yes”? read more
Nov-28th-2013 | Post by expatree

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Recently, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released an official report highlighting the importance of worldwide educational performance. Compared with other countries, the features of examination-oriented education system in China is quite impressive. In all ages, local children have to accept participating in various intensive tutorial classes. The reason behind the excess classes are parents and teachers who expect these children to obtain as many skills as they can in order to be better equipped for the competitive future. Therefore, it is not surprising to come across a student who is literally dragging a suitcase already to a primary school.
Proud of the splendid success of hundreds of students being accepted via the entrance exam by Tsinghua University, Peking University, and Hong Kong Univ
New Foreigner Visa Policy: Nightmare? Or Still a Beacon of Hope? read more
Nov-22nd-2013 | Post by expatree

It has been nearly 3 months since the new foreigner visa policy was released on September 1, 2013. As we know, the new policy has become a nightmare, regardless of whether you are currently living in China or are planning to visit. It gets everyone confused or into trouble which only makes it harder for foreigners to visit or remain in China. We have noticed that China is closing its doors to the potential new expats, especially individuals. However often enough you hear about the common “exception.” A common phrase in China says “Nothing is Impossible”, and thanks to this practical saying, we managed to find some "opportunities" in acquiring and resolving visa related issues. Therefore, sit back and enjoy these tips.
Case 1.  How to renew “F” visa or other types of visa?
We believe most expats acquired the “F” visa before the new policy was enforced on the 1st of September. According to the old policy, these
Try to Step Out of “Man-made” Expats World read more
Oct-31st-2013 | Post by expatree

More than 10 years ago, most local Shanghainese were surprised to see Expats walking through the streets. In their mind, tall, blond hair and light blue eyes are attractive and exotic characteristics. Even more, many locals daydreamt about expats’ lifestyle in Shanghai as the evident difference is so attractive. Time goes back today, expats flooded Shanghai from different countries. However, the sad truth is that these expats only take with them back home as the picture of Shanghai are only a few Mandarin phrases, favorite local dishes, or exclusive festival culture, nothing else left. It’s already a big step forward when a foreigner pointed at Japan in the map while saying “I am going to China”, but the fact shows there is an invisible wall between expats and locals’ life in Shanghai. In a nutshell, the integration of expats into local life society and community is still a far from happening.

In our official research report, White Paper: 2012 – 201
Does the New Trade Zone immediately affect the lives of Expats? Or is it still a while away? read more
Oct-25th-2013 | Post by expatree
China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone kicked off at the end of September 2013. This pilot program was launched with the goal of testing the grounds for the broader national application. The hopes of this reform are to advance the service sector and to further improve the financial significance of the county. These reforms also aim to improve industrial infrastructure, de-leveraging debt and reducing financial support in order to allocate resources more efficiently through a market-like scenario. The idea of a free trade zone within a country is not a novel on in China. In 1980, Shenzhen was dubbed a Special Economic Zone (most commonly known as SEZ or STZ for Special Trade Zones).  The Chinese party always made sure to pilot such reforms in a small area in order to contain any ‘dangerous’ consequences that can affect the rest of the nation.
The FTZ has four main goals: zero tariffs on trading products, protecting intellectual rights as well as guaranteein
Your Bargaining Guide to Shanghai read more
Oct-18th-2013 | Post by expatree

Nervous about bargaining in Shanghai? Worried your lack of mandarin proficiency will leave you stranded? Do not threat. This guide will ease you into the little tricks and strategies so that you are comfortable and having fun while bargaining.

Learn Chinese Phrases
The first tip, which we suggest also to be the first step you should take, is to learn a few Chinese catch phrases. Daily and introduction phrases are always useful. Nothing starts off the bargaining process as well as ni hao ma? Another very important phrase to keep in mind is Duo shao qian (how much). Numbers and the rest of the bargaining process will most probably be conducted in English or the through the calculator that they so handily have laying around. Sometimes, the whole process can be silent with the exception of the calculator clicking away. Nonetheless, beginning the bargaining process with a Chinese phrase lightens relaxes both parties.

Do Not Rush
The second tip is to take your time while bargaining. Of
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