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Finding the right school is the key to your success read more
Sep-26th-2013 | Post by expatree

Most people begin learning Mandarin before they move or go to China, regardless of their purpose of visit. I, on the other hand, was ignorant and believed that would survive given that English is widely spoken. I could not have been more wrong. The first day in Shanghai was already an obstacle as I tried to orientate myself as well as purchase the basic necessities for the room I was renting. I realized that having learnt the basic mandarin conversation would have gone a long way and would save me the trouble of Google translating everything.
 
I was aware of my sever error and immediately resolved to secure a tutor in order to acquire the necessary Mandarin conversational skills. I did not want to isolate myself any more than I already had. Most websites offered private tutors as well as numerous schools directed at expats. That’s when I realized my next obstacle: how do I choose a school that will be most effective and efficient at preparing me to take on the Shanghainese
Channeling One’s Inner Artist: 9ArtZone and DIY in Shanghai read more
Jul-4th-2013 | Post by expatree


China’s economy grew 7.8 percent in 2012; disposable income growth outpaced this, growing at a brisk 12.6 percent clip. This means that, for all the capriciousness of the global economy, Chinese consumers finish the year with more money in their pockets, leaving them ample room to pursue new hobbies. One of the fastest-growing pastimes is DIY, or do-it-yourself craft-making. Pursued mainly by women (along with a few men and children,), the pursuit allows its users to escape from the minutiae of daily life, channel their inner artist, and adorn their homes with the beautiful fruits of their own labor.

The DIY movement has its origin in Japan, where the post-War boom has given rise to vibrant craft-making sector. Only 48.5 percent of Japanese women participate in the labor force, amongst the lowest rates in the OECD. Homemakers in Japan have thus had ample opportunity to pursue other endeavors, with craft-making topping the list. With social activity centering on making pottery, p
A Box of Crayons read more
Apr-5th-2013 | Post by expatree

About seven years ago after spending her entire life living in the United States, Monika Lin, decided to fulfill her one desire which she was planning her whole life. Like most people who decide to immigrate to China she came here with a purpose. Despite of this similarity her purpose was to be far more distinguished from the well-known material world. Her message contained much more character and was to create a spark that will eventually add more perspective to life. What is this phenomenon you might think I am talking about? Let’s find out!
 
In life perspective is everything. ‘’What does this mean’’?, one might say. It means that one is limited by his own imagination. Anything can be…. By adding a certain piece to the last sentence I am creating a limitation towards myself. As Friedrich Nietzsche, a German philosopher who defined the foundations of traditional morality, once said: ‘’There are no facts, only interpretations&rsquo
Chinese-style Wedding Dresses is Sprouting read more
Mar-29th-2013 | Post by expatree


This week, we are honored (not less) to present our interview with Ms. Guo Pei — the couturier whose name is associated with true Chinese beauty, timeless femininity and grace. What the designer lives and breathes and what is that biggest goal she holds for her name-sake brand...read it here!

CitiJ: Thank you for welcoming us at your new amazing "Xi" (Chinese “囍”) store; it is truly an honor! Could you tell us a little bit about the concept behind your brand Guo Pei Xi?  
 
Guo Pei: For the majority, this concept is quite new; however, it is not entirely new I have to say. My brand is for China's most beautiful brides and we create most beautiful Chinese style wedding gowns for them. The part which is "new" of this concept refers to the fact that most of the modern day Chinese, unfortunately, do not know a Chinese style wedding dress and how it looks like. In my opinion, it's very sad that we don't have our own style in we
The Health Guard in Shanghai - Greenwave read more
Jan-31st-2013 | Post by expatree
According to the Chinese statistics, 40% of the water in Chinese surface water was not suitable for household use.  Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) also estimated that hundreds of millions of Chinese people are drinking contaminated water. When it comes to air pollution, the consulate-general of the U.S in Shanghai sometime shows the different air pollution level compared with Chinese official department. Now not only expats, more and more Chinese people start to pay attention on this huge concern.
 
The director of Shanghai Greenwave Enviro-Tech Co., Ltd., David Wang says that currently water quality is still less than expats’ expectations, and we need to have extra protections. Greenwave was established in 2008 after one of the co-founder David graduated from university in order to provide healthy home solutions in China through the three basics of human life; pure water, clean air, and quality food, and they are currently provide the wate