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How has Digital Changed Business Environment in China?

| April 25th, 2019

China ranks third among the largest digital and technology investments and is also the largest e-commerce market in the world with nearly 40% of total e-commerce transactions worldwide. China is home to one-third of the world’s unicorns.

The rapid adaptation of Chinese netizens has enabled e-commerce to grow significantly over the last fifteen years. This is also due to the appearance of mobile payment applications from Tencent’s “Wechat” and Alibaba’s “Alipay”.

This ability to adapt is also at the origin of the […]Read more…

An Old Hotelier Remembers 1980s Tibet

| April 7th, 2019

Alec Le Sueur had never been to China before when he agreed to work at the Holiday Inn Lhasa as the sales and marketing manager, but he had been fascinated by Tibet after reading books about it by Spencer Chapman and Heinrich Harrer. After five years working at the hotel that was known as “the hardest hardship post,” he had enough interesting experiences to write a book himself.

That book, The Hotel on the Roof of the World, was published in […]Read more…

Chinese Poker: a beginner’s guide

| December 5th, 2018

Every single day millions of people all around the world settle down for a game of poker  -in casinos, in bars and, more and more today, online too. There are also a huge number of different types of poker that they play from the most popular Texas Hold’em to more obscure versions of the game.

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What are the Most Popular Card Games in Asia?

| November 27th, 2018

It’s often been said that the 21st century will belong to Asia. Sports wise we’ve already seen the football world cup hosted by South Korea and Japan in 2002, the Olympics in Beijing in 2008 and the Rugby World Cup will be in Japan in Autumn 2019. From the previous century where America and Europe ruled the roost, Asia is now coming into its own and showing the world what to do. It’s amazing when you think about it […]Read more…

Two Chinese Smartphones Worth Checking Out

| January 8th, 2018

We love our smartphones, and they are steadily replacing more of our gadgets like digital cameras and alarm clocks, in fact, research has shown that making an actual phone call is way down on the list of what we use them for.

The average users are on his or her smartphone for more than two hours a day, with 25 minutes of that time used browsing the web, compared to almost 13 minutes making phone calls.

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China’s ongoing love affair with gambling

| January 3rd, 2018

It was recently reported that Macau’s gambling industry is seven times bigger than Vegas.

That’s quite a large sum of money, especially when you consider that Vegas makes $6.5 billion a year – Macau, however, China’s gambling capital, has trumped all other hot casino destinations around the world by announcing revenues of 360 billion patacas, or $45 billion. That’s a 20% rise on last year.

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Gambling in China

| January 1st, 2018

When it comes to gambling, China is a country of extraordinary diversity as for decades most forms of gambling have been illegal but despite this fact the country ranks number one in gambling revenues. This interesting fact can be put down to the size of the country, and if you put Hong Kong and Macau in the mix too.

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Top 5 Digital Advertising Trends in China

| September 26th, 2017

China’s advertising industry is increased very fast, thanks to rising of the demands of the consumers. Unlike many Western and other countries of the world, television is not the biggest source of advertisement in China.

Digital ads spending in China increased by 27% this year, reaching $50 billion and representing nearly 60% of paid media spending.
The new Advertising trend in China

In China, a country of 700 million mobile internet users, everybody is connected so, some new forms of mobile authentic content […]Read more…

What else do students do in China apart from studying when they are learning Mandarin Chinese?

| September 25th, 2017

We all know there are more and more foreigners studying Chinese worldwide, and that there are increasing numbers of students heading for China to learn Mandarin Chinese.

For most who finally make it to China, it is very much part of growing up, achieving some form of independence—and, of course, a huge adventure to look forward to. However long the period of time students spend in China does not only involve language learning and there are a myriad of activities and […]Read more…

Leftover women: a different perspective

| September 7th, 2017

 

Much has been written and said about so-called leftover women in China; there have even been some documentaries made about the phenomenon.

It’s not a new subject, but one which seems to stir a variety of emotions—and one which can be looked at from two quite different perspectives: both the local view point and from a foreigner’s angle.

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Send or Receive Money in China

| August 16th, 2017

As economy globalizes, and working permits gradually become easier to obtain, the need to move money between bank accounts in different countries grows. Businesses and individual clients are constantly seeking for the most efficient and price effective method to move their funds globally, and the answer isn’t always straightforward. There is no one specific method which can be considered the best way to transfer money abroad – the selection has to be made on a per-case basis.

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Learning Mandarin Chinese in China can lead to all sorts of things….

| August 8th, 2017

For many students going to China to study Mandarin Chinese, it can be an adventure of a lifetime; something new and very exciting…

No matter whether they head for a first tier city such as Beijing or Shanghai or maybe one of the smaller cities such as Changsha or Suzhou, most students find time to do more than just learn Chinese.

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The number of Chinese women with foreign partners is on the rise

| July 30th, 2017

Interestingly, more and more Chinese women seem to be dating or marrying foreigners these days.

There are, of course, a variety of reasons for this, with more and more foreigners living in China; better English communications skills of locals; and, of course, easier accessibility for Chinese women to be able to find and reach out to foreign partners via the internet or WeChat.

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