32-year-old man repeat senior high 8 times for Tsinghua University

| August 29th, 2014
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Ask any Chinese university students, what is the most difficult year of their school lives, 99.9% of them would answer “Grade 3 in Senior High School” (similar to 12th Grade in the US). Because the year is the final spurt for Gaokao, aka College Entrance Examination, the only way to get access to higher education for the majority. Students spend over 10 hours a day burying themselves in text books, memorizing formulas, historical events, political arguments, theories, solving math, physic, [...]Read more…

Amazon VS. Alibaba: The showdown

| August 28th, 2014
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From SmartIntern:

With China’s Alibaba on the verge of what will likely be the biggest IPO in history, we decided to compare some of their numbers with American E-commerce giant Amazon. Following are the surprising results (hint: Alibaba is MUCH more impressive than you think)…

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How many Chinese are going abroad and why

| August 28th, 2014
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(Translated from Sohu.com)

Among the Chinese who go to foreign countries, some are for the shopping spree, some for traveling, some for study, and some are for immigration. Getting out of the country gate is nothing new for today’s Chinese anymore. There are 3 main purposes for them to leave the country, for good.
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60-year-old farmer builds electric wooden horse and others

| August 26th, 2014
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Tinkering seems to be a timeless hobby for boys regardless of age. In China’s Jinlin Province, 60 years old farmer Li Jingyang is one good example.

With some carpenter experiences in the village, farmer Li Jingyang enjoys watching science channel and programs about inventions. And inspired by those programs, he started building the electric wooden horse in 2008. The wooden horse is 1.4m high, 2m long with an imbedded storage battery. Its body and legs are able to move forward, [...]Read more…

Chinese vintage parenting posters from 1952

| August 25th, 2014
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Raising a child can be a lifetime responsibility especially in China where most families have a precious only child. That’s why nowadays Chinese parents just shower their child with gifts and satisfy the child’s every single demand, producing more “bear children (brats)” to the society. For most parents, it seems that parenting equals providing. But back in the days before the introduction of One Child Policy in China, parenting was not so much about eliminating all kinds of obstacles [...]Read more…

Coping with the unstoppable, train station makes room for plaza dance

| August 24th, 2014
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Anyone who has been to China’s major cities would know what I am talking about: the bombarding beat box, the looping and brainwashing Phoenix Legend songs, the unified repeating steps, the proud smiles on the dancing aunties’ face, the opportunistic mid-aged men and the disgruntled everybody else. Yes, it is the obnoxious plaza dance by passionate Chinese aunties. Not long after the sunset, armies of aunties will spontaneous exit their houses and march to a certain plaza to begin their [...]Read more…

Seeing it For Yourself: Pursuing an Educational Experience in China

| August 20th, 2014
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When we read about dogs being beaten to death by health officials or women being forced to have abortions in China, how can we put these shocking stories in perspective? The same way we do it when we read about things like protests and politician sex scandals at home: by comparing those news stories to our usually much more mundane personal experiences. Those things make the news because they are unusual. When we read about China from thousands of miles [...]Read more…

Vista Profiles Woman Forced into Sex Slavery by Japanese

| August 2nd, 2014
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Wei Shaolan hadn’t moved out of the mountains for very long before the Japanese invaded Guangxi. A Yao minority from a village outside of Guilin, she had recently married a Han man when she was captured by Japanese troops in December 1944. She remembers a soldier piercing her bamboo backpack to prevent her from running away, and she saw half a dozen other captured women. They became some of the over 100,000 sex slaves imprisoned by the Japanese during World [...]Read more…

Offshore bank accounts in China

| July 17th, 2014
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Offshore bank accounts in China provide you with a number of different benefits. Nowadays, more and more people are beginning to realize that opening offshore bank accounts in China is becoming a more and more viable option. People are becoming more aware of how the government siphons their money off from their bank accounts. Don’t pay your money, and the government will take it from you! And now, the new generation has become more receptive to this problem. That is [...]Read more…

Anhui police officer dismissed after refusing to drive dying boy to hospital

| July 7th, 2014
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After a police officer refused to drive a one-year-old to the hospital, the Anhui boy died due to lack of medical treatment on June 30, according to People’s Daily.

Wenfang was playing in the street about noon when he was struck by a car in Fuyang City, located in Anhui province. The responsible car quickly drove away, and the boy’s father rushed to the middle of the street, cradling the seriously injured one-year-old in his arms. Onlookers, [...]Read more…

Armless Hubei man drives 99,500 miles, arrested for not having license

| July 5th, 2014
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A Hubei man drove 99,500 miles before being caught for not having a license on July 2, according to People’s Daily.

The man was apparently traveling east on the Huyu Expressway—a major expressway connecting Chongqing and Shanghai— when he was pulled over for switching lanes to avoid a “high-speed/ drunk driving” police check point. What officers saw when they looked through the drivers-side window amazed them. The armless man was apparently steering with the big toe of [...]Read more…

Government official fired for worrying about wet shoes when visiting flood victims

| June 23rd, 2014
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A Jiangxi government official forced a man to carry him on his back to avoid ruining his expensive shoes while visiting a rescue site, according to People’s Daily.

Rain slammed Guixi City about 12:30 p.m. on June 20, flooding the streets, sidewalks and overflowing streams while children were sent home for lunch. After falling in water on their way home from school, one student drowned and another went missing. Government officials rushed to the scene but, [...]Read more…

Foreigners in China: Is there really an expat exodus?

| June 18th, 2014
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From SmartIntern:

2013 saw several high profile foreigners exit China, with three of them, Marc Van Der Chijs, Charlie Custer, and Mark Kitto, penning articles explaining “Why I’m leaving China”. These articles, combined with record pollution in Beijing, sparked talk of an Expat Exodus from China. A year and a half later, we at SmartIntern were curious- is there really an Expat Exodus? What follows is our attempt to find out..

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