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What does Google’s return to the Mainland mean for China’s Internet?

| January 5th, 2016

Google is the defacto search engine in almost all countries in the world, however it’s presence is nearly non-existent in China presently. After a brief foray into the Chinese market from 2005 -2010, Google decided to shutter it’s China operations, citing conflict with Chinese government censors. Google, along with all it’s other services (including Gmail,  Google Play Store, Youtube, Google Maps, etc), is blocked in China and can only be reached with the use of a Virtual Private Network (VPN).

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10 Things to Keep in Mind as You Learn Chinese

| May 31st, 2015

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

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…

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…

Chinese subtle communication style and creativity  

| March 25th, 2015

China has a long History and a culture rich of metaphors and symbols. 

The Chinese language is known for its characters that can be interpreted in a poetic or amusing way to memorize them. Let’s give some examples that demonstrate that learning chinese can be a delight: a “heart” (心xīn) caught in a “door” (门mén) means to be “bored” (闷mèn). A popular funny story says that a woman (女nǚ), because she is “muddled” (昏hūn), “get married” (婚 hūn).

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Learning Chinese – Mandarin or Cantonese?

| February 8th, 2015

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

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…

Finding Harmony: ChinaHush Contributor Releases eBook

| December 1st, 2014

Mitchell Blatt has been a contributor to ChinaHush since 2011. He has lived and traveled in China, working as editor of Map Magazine, lead author of Panda Guides Hong Kong guidebook, and a freelance writer. Now, for the first time, he shares his best journalism and essays in ebook form. Included is the introduction to his new ebook Finding Harmony: War, Protest, and Harmony in China and Hong Kong.

In 2011, I stepped off the plane into China for the first […]Read more…

Alibaba makes $9.3m transaction revenue on 11.11 shopping festival

| November 11th, 2014

November 11 has become the most celebrated unofficial festival in China since 2009 when Alibaba, the owner of China’s biggest online shopping platform Taobao, coined the festival and offered half price on its B2C portal Tmall. Because there are 4 number "1" in the date, it is also called Single’s Day. The marketing tactic has been so successful that it feels like women and men of the whole country have entered a frantic combat mode in order to flash […]Read more…

APEC red carpet snapshots: when in Beijing

| November 10th, 2014

Nov 10, China President Xi Jinping and his national idol wife Peng liyuan were in the spotlight again as they received leaders from APEC countries in a gala held in the Water Cube. It is normal for the remarkable two to wear Chinese characteristic clothes when receiving guests, but interestingly, the guests also arrive in the Water Cube in unified style, the co-called New Chinese Uniform specially designed for APEC 2014 reception.

Without further delay, let’s see how country leaders […]Read more…

Xi Jinping: China to invest $40 billion to connect Asia

| November 8th, 2014

During a meeting on Nov 8th that aimed to strengthen connectivity partnership, President Xi Jinping announced that China will invest 40 billion USD to set up Silk Road Fund.

He emphasized that the missions of building a silk road economic belt and a 21st century marine silk road are inter-linked and complementing each other. If the "belt" and the "road" are the two wings that help Asia’s economy take off, then connectivity is the veins and nerves of the […]Read more…

He’s not that into you, it’s the APEC blue

| November 7th, 2014

The 2014 APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) is a big deal for Beijing, since it is the first international economic organization that China takes part in. To make sure that CEOs and leaders of the region have a nice stay in Beijing, a series of new approaches are put in place.

The most significant objective is to recreate the blue sky that Beijing has long lost. In order to get rid of the embarrassing smog, factories in Beijing and […]Read more…

Under pressure! Waiting for the bus

| November 5th, 2014

"Pressure pushing down on me Pressing down on you, no man ask for Under pressure that burns a building down…"

Queen’s "Under Pressure" might come in handy to describe the feeling of the passengers waiting at a bus stop in Foshan City, Guangdong Province. On Nov 3rd, Foping Rd bus stop was seen covered in debris and fallen scaffolds from a nearby demolition project. However seeing that the bus stop was still standing strong, commuters continued […]Read more…

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