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Help researching chinese schools/cities for language immersion

I'm starting to do preliminary research on spending 1-2 years in China studying Mandarin. I'm looking for any recommendations for schools to look into, or places that would be great to learn Mandarin in. Snowflake details within! [more inside]
posted by wooh on Aug 28, 2016 - 6 answers

Help requested identifying culture and mudra of Buddhist statue

I have a small wood Buddhist wood statue, and I am trying to determine what culture it is from, who the sculpture depicts, what mudra is being shown, and how it would have originally been displayed. [more inside]
posted by mortaddams on Aug 28, 2016 - 2 answers

General advice and specific questions on a trip from Canada to China

In a few weeks, I'll be making a trip from Canada to Ordos, China. It'll be my first time doing such a trip. I've got a few questions and I'm wondering if there's anything else I need to know. [more inside]
posted by Tilon on Aug 3, 2016 - 6 answers

Roses in Art (For a Friend)

[Question from a non-MeFi friend:]
I am looking for the name or term used to refer to a specific style/design of rose frequently depicted in Japanese and Chinese art.
[more inside] posted by KChasm on Jul 21, 2016 - 4 answers

Help me find some good Chinese rap?

I know it is out there, I'm just not sure where to look... I tend to like more melodic or verbally interesting stuff. But I'm keeping an open mind, as I don't really know what is out there. Anyone have any good suggestions, or at least good places to look? I'm a Chinese language student at the intermediate level (meaning I'm ok, but can't read pages and pages of Chinese websites)
posted by wooh on Jul 15, 2016 - 4 answers

Beijing! What's good?

Mr Fig and I will be headed to Beijing in November. The last time we were there was January 2012 for a few days for our honeymoon. The last time before that, I did a semester-long study abroad in 2002. This time, we will be there for roughly a week. What should we do? Are there any good restaurants/bars we should check out? [more inside]
posted by Fig on Jul 6, 2016 - 3 answers

Visiting Shanghai in July

Hi, I'm taking a group of students to Shanghai China and will meet with Chinese business people and university professors while there. 1. What kind of gifts should I bring? 2. What should I buy while visiting? [more inside]
posted by drthom on Jul 1, 2016 - 10 answers

China visa: two blank pages on arrival or application>

I currently have a valid mainland Chinese visa, and the facing page is totally blank. It is the last blank visa page in my passport. Will I be denied entry or refused boarding? [more inside]
posted by Hollywood Upstairs Medical College on Jun 10, 2016 - 7 answers

what fancy beauty products/things do I need from Japan?

Husband flying to Japan and China shortly. I like beauty products and skincare, and asian beauty products are nifty and not always readily available in the states. What do I want him to pick up for me? [more inside]
posted by kumquatmay on Jun 10, 2016 - 19 answers

Chinese Please

Can anyone translate the Chinese characters on this vase? I don't think it's valuable, but maybe it says something other than "Made in China"?
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium on Jun 9, 2016 - 4 answers

What was this SF short?

Trying to track down a short science fiction story involving compromised (in the infosec sense) wireless audio implants. [more inside]
posted by attercoppe on Apr 8, 2016 - 0 answers

Mainland Chinese culture vs. Overseas Chinese - main differences?

I have a fair bit of experience with Chinese culture as it exists in Canada (Vancouver) and Malaysia. I am about to be immersed in the culture of mainland China (Nanjing). What differences should I be aware of? [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb on Apr 3, 2016 - 2 answers

Visiting China without knowing the language

I want to go China towards the end of the year. How far can I get without knowing any Chinese languages? [more inside]
posted by As the space-crow flies on Mar 30, 2016 - 7 answers

How do you make a splendid cup of tea?

As an Englishman, I am familiar with how some of my fellow Anglo-Saxon brethren make a cup of tea. Some make a pot of tea and decant when appropriate, and the rest, for speed, laziness or an unappreciation of our noble drink, use a teabag in a mug. But, apart from a few of our distant cousins, I remain ignorant as to how Americans, Canadians and others across the waters typically make tea (as in the hot drink made from the conjunction of tea leaves and hot water). If applicable, how do you? Are there unique variations in procedure pertaining to your locale? [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Mar 30, 2016 - 92 answers

Going on budget tour and wondering if there were any operators to avoid

I'm planning on traveling to India or China on a budget tour, maybe something like this. Are there any operators that people expressly recommend or advise against? Do people have any tips for traveling/booking budget tours - things that you would have done differently?
posted by hTristan on Mar 20, 2016 - 4 answers

(Good) Websites for Chinese Economic Indicators?

I am looking for good and up to date websites for Chinese economic indicators. GPD, PPI, CES, Import/Export changes, shadow stats, etc. Preferably updated monthly. Does something like the Case Schiller index exists for China?
posted by yoyo_nyc on Mar 13, 2016 - 1 answer

Dating in a Foreign Country While Gay

I've really been enjoying living in China, but I've been wanting to get out of the house and go on dates. I would love advice on dating across language and culture barriers, especially for LGBT people. [more inside]
posted by Trifling on Mar 12, 2016 - 2 answers

Going to China. What should I do when I'm not working?

I will be in China for two weeks, from April 18th to May 5th, for work. Help me plan what to do/see/explore when I'm on my own time. [more inside]
posted by Marinara on Jan 13, 2016 - 5 answers

I want to donate blood. Or plasma. But I have questions...

i live in China and I am AB negative, a bloodtype that is rare here. A while back I required hospitalization and the staff implored me to come back and donate blood once I recovered. My understanding is that it's actually my plasma that is desirable. Is this true? And how much should I, a 6"2 male, agree to give? Is there anything else to watch out for?
posted by krautland on Jan 3, 2016 - 12 answers

Gift Giving in China

I'm planning to give all of my teaching assistants a present for Christmas. Would it be rude to not give a present to the managerial staff? I've also heard that it's rude to give people higher up the same present. Please help me understand appropriate gifting. [more inside]
posted by Trifling on Dec 24, 2015 - 5 answers

Help me get out from under all this china!

My sisters and I inherited our grandmother's old china. We believe it dates to the early 1920s, and has the Fraureuth name and logo on the bottom. Sadly, while it's lovely china and a very extensive set, none of us want it. Rather, we'd prefer to sell it. It was appraised some years ago for around $4K, but we're more interested in minimizing muss and fuss than maximizing the sale price. My question is: Where do we stand the best chance of selling it? (If it matters, the china is currently in Northern Virginia.)
posted by DrGail on Dec 15, 2015 - 7 answers

Help identify this set of dishes

We bought this 70s looking stoneware set and are kind of obsessed with it...can you help me find out more about it? [more inside]
posted by kelseyq on Dec 12, 2015 - 11 answers

How can I buy a set of Italian china mostly marketed to restaurants?

I fell in love with some hotel china while in Italy made by Schönhuber Franchi. Since coming back to the U.S. I've emailed their contact form (no response) and called them on the phone (language barrier - they couldn't understand my very poor italian) but their website suggests they primarily sell to restaurants. I'm at a loss: how can I manage to purchase a set of this china?
posted by arnicae on Nov 24, 2015 - 9 answers

What's a free photo site that can be viewed in China?

What's a photo hosting (like Google Photos) site that's free and accessible in China? [more inside]
posted by princeoftheair on Nov 17, 2015 - 2 answers

Should I worry about vertigo while travelling?

A few days ago I started getting vertigo, though I don't seem to have any other symptoms (nausea, dizziness) that people have asked about before. Why is this happening? Is this something to worry about? YANAD, YANMD - but right now, I have no doctor! More details inside. [more inside]
posted by thebots on Nov 15, 2015 - 13 answers

Did Chinese President Xi Jinping refer to "sword of Damocles" in speech?

In the translation I've found of Xi Jinping's speech at the recent military parade, he says: "War is the sword of Damocles that still hangs over mankind." Does he refer to the Damocles myth in the original Chinese or is an equivalent Chinese reference transposed into Western culture? If he does refer to the actual sword of Damocles, is it a common reference in China? And if so, did it enter common Chinese parlance through the writings of Marx?
posted by Kattullus on Sep 20, 2015 - 3 answers

Do we do NYE in HK with kids? And where do I stay in Guangzhou?

We're flying home to Sydney from HK on 1st January. Is NYE fun for families in HK? We're also supposed to be seeing family in Guangzhou, can you help me narrow down what area to stay in? [more inside]
posted by stellathon on Sep 15, 2015 - 4 answers

Quit my job for an other job? the expat coming home edition

I have been working as an architect for an international company in China for 14 months now. My previous boss has just asked me to come back to my home country to give me back my job. Should I accept? [more inside]
posted by thegirlwiththehat on Jul 7, 2015 - 7 answers

Taxis in Chengdu

How are the taxis in Chengdu, China? [more inside]
posted by molla on Jun 26, 2015 - 3 answers

Ordering tea directly from China: safe?

I've tried a bunch of different loose leaf green teas, and my favorite comes from an online tea store based in China. However, by ordering directly from them, I'm bypassing European and British consumer safety regulations. If you can read Chinese -- or you know something about food safety in China -- you can help me figure out whether this is a risky purchase. [more inside]
posted by yankeefog on Jun 12, 2015 - 5 answers

Hotel in Chengdu

Looking for a nice hotel in Chengdu, China, within walking distance to Southwestern University of Finance and Economics. We need a place where the staff speak English or Korean. On Tripadvisor it seems like all the international hotels are downtown, are there any hidden gems closer to the University?
posted by molla on Jun 10, 2015 - 4 answers

Travel China with a baby

We want to see the parts that showcase China's natural beauty, what we couldn't see anywhere else, what will likely be gone by the time we return next time. But we are limited by traveling with a super flexible 2 year old, and we don't have a ton of time. What do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by tslugmo on May 1, 2015 - 0 answers

Advice for a work trip to Ningxia

Work has me travelling to Zhongwei city in the Ningxia province of China in about a month. Exciting! It's my first time to China, and I've got some questions. [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon on Apr 24, 2015 - 5 answers

Why are random Chinese people following me on Flickr?

I have an utterly unremarkable Flickr profile. I have no one image that has attracted any large amount of attention. I do, however, have followers in China. I get a new one every week or two. I cannot figure out why. [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs on Apr 21, 2015 - 4 answers

A bone china tea set with no name, but very pretty

A full tea set, cups, pot, creamer, sugar bowl but no country of origin. Any help with identity would be appreciated. The set, the bottom, marks in lids. [more inside]
posted by ptm on Apr 20, 2015 - 3 answers

Made in China

Can you help me ID the stoneware manufacturer whose mark is shown here? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Apr 14, 2015 - 1 answer

Jobs in China for seasoned, experienced sales/marketing guy?

I will be in southern China (HK, Shenzhen, Guangzhou area) for the next 2 years with a spouse and would like to land a job myself. I want to combine my interest in exporting from China with my 20+ years in international sales/marketing with IBM, Lotus, and other IT companies. Would my sales and marketing stripes be attractive to a trading company who needed an older, polished, confident male to interface with English-speaking prospects or clients? Willing to be employee or freelance. Thanks.
posted by lometogo on Apr 14, 2015 - 4 answers

Zen retreat in Japan

This summer I would like to do something interesting. I would like to go to a place in Japan or China or somewhere in the East to meditate and perhaps live a bit like how a monk lives. Zen fascinates me. And I think might be more inclined towards the Rinzai school but since I am a novice I prefer not to make sharp judgments about things I do not know. [more inside]
posted by iliketothinknu on Mar 24, 2015 - 10 answers

Peasant Magic

During the final battle in Big Trouble in Little China, one of the Storms is killed, and the lightning Storm enables the escape of another. When the lightning Storm flies away, Egg Shen says something in Chinese; a curse perhaps. What does Egg Shen say?
posted by Brocktoon on Mar 14, 2015 - 5 answers

How can I find someone in Beijing to interview remotely (in English)?

I'm trying to find someone who uses public transit in Beijing to interview about a new service offered on the subway there. I'm writing a short article about the service. Do you have any suggestions as to how I could find someone who speaks both Chinese and English to talk to, either via email or a phone interview? I'm in the U.S. Just to be clear, this isn't something I could pay for, but the interview would probably take 10 minutes or less or someone's time, so I'm hoping someone would be willing.
posted by three_red_balloons on Mar 2, 2015 - 4 answers

What does a China Air Post postal packet look like?

Need to fill out a request with the USPS to find a missing package and need a description, but I have no idea what a "China Air Post Postal Packet" looks like and my friend isn't really sure either. [more inside]
posted by princeoftheair on Jan 26, 2015 - 3 answers

Returning merchandise to China, navigating shipping and customs

I ordered something from China, and now I need to return it. If you've done this, do you have any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by mhz on Jan 18, 2015 - 4 answers

How to determine the value and sell a set of mid-century Rosenthal china

I have a pretty substantial set of vintage Rosenthal china that I think was part of Raymond Loewy's design work there in the 1950s. I bought it probably 15 years ago on eBay and I don't know the exact pattern but I'm thinking about selling it. Pics inside. [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Jan 4, 2015 - 7 answers

Gmail-like interface on my own domain, without using their servers?

I would like to use the gmail interface for my own domain. Is this possible without relying on google servers, which are blocked in China? (details inside) [more inside]
posted by krautland on Dec 29, 2014 - 8 answers

Need image reference for Chinese business/office interior

I'm in need of some image reference for Chinese business interiors, with an emphasis on decor vs. architecture. [more inside]
posted by Jack Karaoke on Dec 15, 2014 - 3 answers

How can I lock an extension cord into another extension cord?

I want to lock these two (white to yellow) extension cords together so that nobody can unplug them unless they have a key. [more inside]
posted by sarae on Dec 5, 2014 - 14 answers

Solvents on china?

Can you help me get burnt plastic off fine china? [more inside]
posted by pdb on Dec 5, 2014 - 7 answers

Going to Shanghai for a week! Excited! But a little nervous.

I’m going with my friend who is doing stuff for her PhD. She will be at the university all day and I will be on my own. I need some reassurance about a few things. [more inside]
posted by stellathon on Nov 30, 2014 - 10 answers

Shanghai and Seoul in December

This December I'm going to Shanghai and possibly Seoul. I'd love your tips for museums, restaurants, hotels, and more! [more inside]
posted by smorgasbord on Oct 28, 2014 - 6 answers

Help Me Identify This Pakistani Counterterrorism Expert

I'm looking for the identity of this Pakistani counterterrorism expert. In this [YT] documentary, the Chinese transliteration of his name appears as 古尼‧伊纳亚特‧欧拉‧罕‧尼亚文. Any ideas?
posted by klue on Oct 14, 2014 - 4 answers

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