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No Plan for NYE? Still NOT too late! read more
Dec-27th-2012 | Post by expatree


If you are living in China, you would probably realise that the way Chinese people spend their New Year is quite different from what you normally experience in your home country.  When expats talk about “New Year”, they generally refer to January 1st or the start of the new calendar year, whereas when Chinese or maybe South East Asian people talk about “New Year”, they generally refer to “Chinese New Year”, which is considered to be the most important public holiday of the year.  This difference comes from the fact that China and Western countries adopted different calendars.  Western countries’ New Year is based on Gregorian Calendar which is based on solar cycle, while Chinese New Year is based on lunar cycle.

You can also see the differences from what Western and Chinese people do on New Year’s Eve and New Year. In Western countries, young people go out for parties, hang out with their friends, and watch some sports, yo
Nobel Prize for Literature was Born among Disputes read more
Nov-29th-2012 | Post by expatree

 
Just after October 11, a sudden big change occurred for Chinese author Mo Yan, in his normally quiet life. “Chinese author Mo Yan has been awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize for literature.” This explosive news was headlined by different Chinese Medias and the news spread out rapidly amongst the Chinese people. Especially in China, one stone can make waves. In China everyone is still talking about Mo Yan’s great success, even though the event occurred more than a month ago. Here we are not talking about how successful the book and its author are, we will tell you the story behind the success, as quoted from one critic “Mo Yan himself and his book are both controversial in China.”
 
Indeed before the official result was released, Unibet a Swedish online gambling website, had already given a betting line on several candidates for Nobel Prize this year. Surprising everyone, Unibet placed this fairly unknown Chinese author named Mo Yan on the top of
The Christmas Bazaar Season read more
Nov-22nd-2012 | Post by expatree

Christmas tree

With Thanksgiving almost upon us, Christmas season is eagerly waiting for its turn. The Shanghai air is now cool and crisp and Christmas carols start to fill the air, particularly at Wal-Mart’s ten local outlets. Many commercially-minded establishments have long been adorned with lights and trees, offering us a not-so-subtle reminder that we still have shopping to do. However, the crass materialism and artificiality of the holiday can be overwhelming, leaving one craving something a bit different. Thankfully, some clairvoyant market-makers have come to the rescue, organizing fantastic bazaars to showcase the beautiful creations from local craftspeople, many going to help great philanthropic causes.

At Expatree, we wholeheartedly believe in and live by the motto “buy and sell outside the box.” At no time of year is this concept more applicable than during the Christmas holiday season. Instrumental to buying and selling outside the box is using commerce to empower indiv

What's cool for the winter read more
Oct-31st-2012 | Post by expatree

Winter Fashion
It is Autumn here in Shanghai and it’s time to prepare for the approaching winter. So we can begin setting aside our light tops and skimpy skirts, or at least to overlay them with jackets in preparation for the temperature drop, and also to start looking at the new style expectations for this season.
 
Expatree, eager to know/present the diktat of the fashions shows, went to find out what will be in fashion for this autumn – winter.
So we took part in the fashion seminar organized by Citij, which is becoming somewhat of a guide to fashion in Shanghai.

The event took place in the cosy and fascinating Jiashan Market in the stylish showroom of MIXR, their e-store will be soon online and was held by Nina, Citij's energetic and smiling Editor-in-Chief.
She started explaining how trends come from moods and why it is important to highlight them and how it is better to follow them to be really à la mode, then went on to give an overview presentation of the season t

Halloween in Shanghai read more
Oct-11th-2012 | Post by expatree

Of all the year’s many holidays, perhaps none is as emotionally-riveting as Halloween. Many of us have fond memories from our halcyon days of youth, when our loving parents dressed us as pumpkins, kitties, and ghosts, marching us from house to house with pale and flashlight in hand, allowing us to collect copious quantities of candy, which we subsequently ate to the point of sickness. In our adolescent and young adult years, Halloween provided us the perfect outlet for late-autumn entertainment, allowing us to view and occasionally adorn our own provocative costumes. The whole process has been steeped in a mystique about ghosts and other creatures of the night, as immortalized in Michael Jackson’s 1983 classic Thriller. However, where does this esteemed tradition come from? What is it that has allowed the last day of October to become a multi-billion dollar business in which haunted houses and costume stores can profitably operate only one month a year?

The origins of Hallo

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