Life Style Posts

10 Things to Keep in Mind as You Learn Chinese

| May 31st, 2015
How to learn Mandarin Chinese

There are a lot of different ways to learn Mandarin Chinese, but whatever method you choose, it doesn’t have to be all that hard, provided you’re willing to work at it.

Forget all of the doubts that may have come up the first time you heard the language spoken and saw the written characters.  Many people have learned Mandarin Chinese as a second or third (or more!) language, you can too.  Just keep these 10 things in mind […]Read more…

Top resources to learn Mandarin Chinese as recommended by 50 top bloggers

| April 21st, 2015
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If you are contemplating learning Mandarin Chinese, there are so many resources available these days and all sorts of media to use—but what really are the best ways to start learning the language or the best tools to use? In order to answer these questions, we decided to ask some experts for help so, recently, using our blog Learn Mandarin Now, we contacted 50+ bloggers and asked them about the resources they prefer to use to learn Mandarin. We […]Read more…

How to Compliment Chinese Women

| April 12th, 2015
Chinese Women

The idea of talking to Chinese girls is quite intimidating for many Western guys.  The Chinese culture seems so different from Western culture; it can be easy to inadvertently offend a Chinese girl, even when attempting to compliment her.  Learning how to compliment a Chinese girl in a way that doesn’t offend her can be your first step in persuading her to let you take her on a date, or even starting a relationship.  Let’s talk about how […]Read more…

Golden Frog’s VyprVPN, working well in China

| April 8th, 2015

In spite of the recent attempts to clamp down on VPN use in China, VPN provider VyprVPN continues delivering its service to users in China thanks to its proprietary VPN technology, Chameleon. Chameleon scrambles OpenVPN packet metadata to ensure it’s not recognizable via deep packet inspection (DPI), while remaining fast and lightweight. Chameleon is available in the VyprVPN apps for Windows, Mac, and Android.

How is VyprVPN Different from Other Personal VPNs?

There are several differences between Golden […]Read more…

Dating Chinese Girls: Separating Fact From Fiction

| March 1st, 2015
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In recent years, relationships between Chinese women and Western men have become increasingly common.

Today, you can’t help but notice mixed race couples almost everywhere when you are in China or other Asian counties.  It may seem old-fashioned, but it wasn’t long ago that the families of some Chinese girls actually forbade their daughters to talk to, never mind get involved with, a man not of their own ethnicity.

It is obvious that this thinking has changed in many Chinese families.  Now, […]Read more…

Learning Chinese – Mandarin or Cantonese?

| February 8th, 2015
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There are many Chinese people who now live in the U.S., Canada, and many other countries, and China is becoming a powerful economic force in the world today.  For this reason, learning Chinese  is becoming increasingly important and a popular foreign language to study in high schools and universities.

If you’re thinking of studying Chinese, you may be contemplating whether it would be better to learn Mandarin  or Cantonese.

With about 1.2 billion speakers, Chinese is more widely spoken than any other […]Read more…

Top 3 Most Hostile Attacks Against Foreign Journalists in China in 2014

| January 17th, 2015
image courtesy of BBC

From manhandlings to misunderstandings, the number of hostile circumstances foreign reporters filed to the Foreign Correspondents Club of China (FCCC) quadrupled from 2013 to 2014. Most incidents dealt with misunderstandings of the laws protecting foreign reporters in China or with local officials attempting to prevent reportage on human rights activist trials. In 2013, nearly all reports dealt with local officials trying to conceal forced housing relocations.

“Note that there are many smaller interferences that were reported but not published,” FCCC manager […]Read more…

Chinese Brides: A Good Choice for an Asian Wife?

| October 24th, 2014
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There has been a lot of competition among many Asian and Eastern European countries, but websites for Chinese women, whether as mail order brides or for more traditional marriages always seem to be the most popular. Despite the proliferation and popularity of these sites, there are plenty of other options for men interested in marrying Chinese women.
Why do so many men find Chinese women so attractive? Let’s take a look at some common traits and perceptions of Chinese women to […]Read more…

Taiwanese Women: What are they really like?

| October 19th, 2014
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Based on what is often written on blogs, websites, and social media, Taiwanese women seem to have gained a negative reputation. This view of Taiwanese doesn’t seem to be held just by men in the West, but frequently by Asian expats as well. So what are Taiwanese girls really like?

Where Taiwanese girls get their reputation

As with anything, there are plenty of theories as to why Taiwanese girls have such a negative reputation.

If you aren’t familiar with Taiwan, it’s a large […]Read more…

The daily life of grass root models

| September 26th, 2014

25 years old Xiao Ling comes from Gansu Province, she has been modeling in Shanxi Province for 3 years now. She met her current roommate Xiao Xie from one of her fashion show and they had become inseparable since.


Auto show and photography modeling are their main source of work. Unlike professional models, they have to live with very unstable booking. According to Xiao Ling, she can make about 4000 yuan (about 650 USD) in a good month. The auto shows […]Read more…

Iron fist in a velvet glove, Chinese women on construction site

| September 24th, 2014

There is a saying in the man-dominated construction business, "Use man as if they were iron man, use woman as if they were man". These women construction workers follow their husbands around the country to make a living. According to a "Construction workers living condition away from home report" done by Little Bird Immigrant Worker’s Aid Hotline, woman construction workers have taken up 10.18% of the total construction site workforce. It’s not their wishes to become such an ‘Iron Women’ […]Read more…

China Media analysis

| September 23rd, 2014

1. Introduction

This analysis describes Chinas media system and should give insight in the media situation in China, it includes the historical development of the media system, a DESTEP analysis, a description of the mass media infrastructure and environment, legal framework and in general about the media freedom in China.

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Chinese girls selecting life partners: what do they really want?

| September 20th, 2014
Asian Wife

We can all dream about finding our perfect life partner—and Chinese girls are no exception.

In these modern times of “instant everything” courtesy of the internet, a variety of social media such as WeiBo or Twitter, plus various communication apps such as Line or WhatsApp, Chinese girls are faced with far greater choices than ever before about a prospective boyfriend or husband.

So much more information is immediately available about a prospective partner these days: for example, you can check out his […]Read more…

Chinese folk custom: how to make your dragon

| September 19th, 2014

Ever since Yuan Dynasty in 1360s, fire dragon dance has been a huge Mid-autumn Festival folk custom in Guangzhou’s Baiyuan District. On the night of the full moon, all lights will be on and villagers will lead 4 fire dragons dancing throughout the alleys and streets, as a way of praying for good weather and good harvests next year. The 4 fire dragons are hand-made by different family clans in their respective temples. Every year the making of fire dragon […]Read more…