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How can I get a wedding dress custom-made in China?

How can I get a wedding dress custom-made in either Beijing or Quinhuangdao, China? I'll be there for a few weeks and I have a few questions about how this might be possible. [more inside]
posted by andreapandrea on Apr 25, 2012 - 3 answers

Longevity Robe?

Robe found in a thrift store with a label that says "Longevity" and "Hangzhou China" along with Chinese characters I cannot translate - Can anyone help me find more information about it? [more inside]
posted by Julnyes on Apr 18, 2012 - 3 answers

Calling from an iPhone on wireless in china

How can I call an american telephone number (landline or cell) from an iPhone that 1. Has only wireless, and 2. Is behind the Chinese firewall? [more inside]
posted by Rinku on Apr 15, 2012 - 5 answers

How do I help my Chinese SO come to USA without a marriage visa?

How do I help my Chinese SO come to USA without a marriage visa? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 24, 2012 - 6 answers

32 years old... should I go back to school or should I get a job?

another thirty-something with only a bachelor's degree uncertain about what to do career-wise. Also uncertain as to what transferable skill(s) to highlight, if any, were I to apply for a job. What should I do with myself? (longgggggggggggg, slightly snowflake-y post ahead) [more inside]
posted by ditto75 on Mar 20, 2012 - 17 answers

Amazon.cn doesn't seem to have an English option...

Is there a China-based Amazon-style shopping website that I use to send a gift to someone in Shanghai? One that I can use from the US and is in English? thanks!!
posted by Bwithh on Mar 12, 2012 - 3 answers

Let 100 Podcasts Contend?

I am really enjoying the History of Rome podcast. I was hoping to find something on Chinese history that was in the same vein (those dynasties are a bit bewildering). The China History podcast is OK, but I am not loving his jumping around. Is there anything else out there?
posted by GenjiandProust on Mar 8, 2012 - 3 answers

Cultural Appropriation for Birthday Celebration

In Chinese culture 88 is considered to be an auspicious number. Are there any special presents, food, or activities that are considered particularly appropriate for an 88th birthday? [more inside]
posted by Jabberwocky on Feb 21, 2012 - 4 answers

Cultural values affecting foreign policy?

To what extent do cultural values affect foreign policy making between U.S. and China? [more inside]
posted by espada0 on Feb 14, 2012 - 11 answers

Mentoring Disabled Young Woman

Ideas for once-a-week meeting with mentally disabled young woman? [more inside]
posted by bearette on Feb 13, 2012 - 14 answers

Electronic cardiovascular doohickey -- yea or nay?

Has anyone used one of those combination ECG/pulse oximeter/electronic stethoscopes that seem to be flooding eBay from various Chinese distributors? [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte on Feb 10, 2012 - 1 answer

Why will China win the 21st century?

Suppose you had to defend the thesis that the 21st Century is going to be the Chinese Century, in the way that the 20th Century is often referred to as the American Century. What arguments would you muster to support that claim? [more inside]
posted by slappy_pinchbottom on Jan 27, 2012 - 11 answers

How much labor in Cloisonné vase?

How many hours of labor do you estimate it takes to produce a high-quality Chinese cloisonne vase, 12 inches tall? A couple of these vases are owned by the school that I teach at, and I would love to be able to tell my students a ballpark figure of how much effort goes into producing these luxury goods--from making the metal base, to adding wire lines, to filling it with enamel, to firing, to final polishing. Our vases are polished to a high gloss, and they have an intricate geometric pattern in the background. There is no area in the background with a gap of more than 2 mm. The foreground consists of well-rendered flowers and foliage. Any thoughts about such objects would be most appreciated.
posted by mortaddams on Jan 25, 2012 - 5 answers

Closed Embassy

How can a Libyan travel to China, with the Chinese embassy in Libya closed? [more inside]
posted by BeaverTerror on Jan 18, 2012 - 3 answers

What are good history books covering Japanese militarism in the first half of the 20th century?

What are good history books covering Japanese militarism in the first half of the 20th century? [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Jan 16, 2012 - 5 answers

Tips for China?

I'm going to China for a year to teach English. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by Rinku on Jan 11, 2012 - 12 answers

Movies about ancient India or China?

Movies about Ancient Chinese or Indian history or culture? [more inside]
posted by dealing away on Jan 2, 2012 - 20 answers

What specifically is wrong / bad about skeletons in Chinese culture?

Skeletons wrong / bad / taboo in Chinese culture? [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb on Dec 30, 2011 - 7 answers

How to Buy American ebooks in China for the nook?

How can you buy books and apps for a Nook in China through a VPN? [more inside]
posted by clockworkjoe on Dec 28, 2011 - 8 answers

Chinese artists working for change?

Information about art and activism in China? [more inside]
posted by Cuke on Dec 20, 2011 - 2 answers

Man from China. Painted mural. Maybe in Minneapolis.

A question about a mural supposedly painted by a man from China at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. [more inside]
posted by typewriter on Dec 13, 2011 - 7 answers

Why does the Chinese government make it so hard to visit?

Canadian getting China travel visa abroad? [more inside]
posted by grak88 on Dec 13, 2011 - 7 answers

Help me plan a great night out in Hong Kong

You're in Hong Kong on 12/13 January. You want to take someone out for a fun night. Where do you go and what do you do? Definitions of fun and budget are inside. [more inside]
posted by girlgenius on Nov 30, 2011 - 11 answers

Five days in Shenzhen

I'm going to be in Shenzhen for five days week after next, Monday-Friday. Travelling with my husband who will be working on the Wednesday and Thursday. What should we see and do, and what tips do you have for a culturally ignorant foreign female exploring Shenzhen solo?
posted by tracicle on Nov 23, 2011 - 4 answers

Books about the world of the Dream of the Red Chamber (The Story of the Stone)

I'd like to re-read the Chinese classical novel Dream of the Red Chamber (The Story of the Stone), but I'd like to know more about the world it's set in first. What are some recommendations for books about daily life and clothing during the Qing dynasty, particularly during the 1700s? [more inside]
posted by shirobara on Nov 16, 2011 - 4 answers

Backpacking trip planning advice.

Help with planning a backpacking trip covering Asia->SE Asia. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by melizabeth on Nov 15, 2011 - 10 answers

Poor (but pretty) in pastel

Does anyone remember a big pink-, blue-, and white-striped shopping bag popular in developing countries in the '80s/'90s? It felt like waxed straw, or something Tyvek-y. It had handles, and was often big enough to cover a whole suitcase. [more inside]
posted by taramosalata on Nov 2, 2011 - 23 answers

Is China Valves Technology a legitimate company?

China Valves Technology (ticker: CVVT) has plummeted this year largely due to suspicion of fraudulent activity and reporting practices. I have read generic accusations on various websites, but have not seen anything specific. Then I ran across this article supposedly "redeeming" them. http://seekingalpha.com/article/294624-china-valves-technology-online-due-diligence-indicates-legitimate-structure?source=marketwatch So I thought I would ask the metafilter community if they had any knowledge involving this company. Do you believe that this is a legitimate investment or is it just another Chinese fraud? Thank you for your time and expertise. Have a great day.
posted by gibbsjd77 on Oct 30, 2011 - 11 answers

Your Favorite Spots in Shanghai

Shanghai'd - Heading back to China and want hear about your fav spots. [more inside]
posted by Dr.James.Orin.Incandenza on Oct 28, 2011 - 4 answers

Video chat US/China?

What is the best US/China video chat option? [more inside]
posted by skbw on Oct 21, 2011 - 9 answers

Buying/Importing from China & India

I want to buy products from Chinese and Indian suppliers to sell on my popular web site. I don’t have any buying experience and I’ve been trying to learn as much as I can. But so far I haven’t been able to find anyone with actual experience who is willing to advise me (and I have tried SCORE). And the advice I’ve found on the net has been too general and often not very credible. I also want to buy merchandise that is a little unusual, like stepper motors and CNC controllers. I’ve used services like DHgate and IndiaMart to identify potential vendors but I have no clue about what to ask and how to word my inquires so I don’t sound completely clueless. At this point I just want to find out if I can buy products at prices that will make selling them worthwhile. And if I do go ahead I want to start with some small orders. Will most manufacturers accept $500 to $1000 orders for items that cost $20-$50? Do you have any other advice you can give me?
posted by someonesomewhere on Oct 14, 2011 - 4 answers

How to get the wood smell out of a chinese thermos stopper?

I have a traditional chinese thermos like this one with a wooden stopper. How do I get the smell out? My water tastes like wood.
posted by joshwa on Oct 6, 2011 - 4 answers

Therapists in Beijing

English-speaking, good, therapists/counsellors in Beijing? [more inside]
posted by smoke on Oct 3, 2011 - 2 answers

DC area ok for Chinese students?

(Passed on from an ESL teacher friend of mine, who got the question from one of her students...) A group of Chinese businessmen will be coming to DC to study at Georgetown. Their company is arranging accommodation on Michigan Ave. NE, and they're 1) worried about safety, and 2) wondering what the area is like. [more inside]
posted by theatro on Sep 28, 2011 - 13 answers

Did China ever actually send prisoners' families a bill for the bullet?

I've read that in the past, the family of an executed prisoner in China later received a bill for the cost of the bullet used in the execution. Is this true? [more inside]
posted by EnormousTalkingOnion on Sep 22, 2011 - 7 answers

Are steroids legal in China?

Are steroids legal in China? [more inside]
posted by Patrick Leo on Sep 22, 2011 - 1 answer

High speed train between Shanghai and Beijing?

How do I buy train tickets for the new high speed train between Shanghai and Beijing? Have you taken the train? Tips? [more inside]
posted by meerkatty on Sep 21, 2011 - 4 answers

The Devil Wears Prada

I'm working on a project in China at the moment aimed at getting luxury European and North American brands to install themselves at a new five-star hotel and luxury shopping plaza in one of China's many rapidly growing second-tier cities. The location is excellent and the nimiety of demand and feasibility studies we have conducted show this clearly. We need to convince key decision makers not only in Paris, Milan, London and New York but also here in Shanghai. But how to contact the right people? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 20, 2011 - 3 answers

Are bald girls in Russia okay?

My friend is planning on shaving her head before travelling for a year through Russia/China/Eastern Europe. Will she run into cultural difficulties because of this? [more inside]
posted by Silentgoldfish on Sep 18, 2011 - 15 answers

Hi, I am a nice Canadian, let me see your country.

Visasfilter: for which countries can I obtain a visa for while traveling, as opposed to in my own country? Difficulty: Canadian. [more inside]
posted by StoneSpace on Sep 9, 2011 - 3 answers

"I read《花花公子》for the articles! Honest!"

What's the absolute best Chinese periodical around? (Wrinkle: 简体字.) [more inside]
posted by jweed on Aug 30, 2011 - 4 answers

China / law filter:

Has anyone attended the Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference in Beijing? I'm not a lawyer or an academic, but I am interested in learning more about property rights in China. Should I attend?
posted by quidividi on Aug 17, 2011 - 2 answers

Help Us Leave Stuff At Home

My husband and I are taking this trip in China and Hong Kong (with some extra days on our own in advance in Beijing, and some more afterward in Hong Kong) in October. We're aiming to pack light but I'm starting to plan just what that means, in terms of both clothing and electronics. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by bearwife on Aug 12, 2011 - 11 answers

International phone help!

International phone recommendation, looking to buy an unlocked phone in the US before leaving, what should I look for and what works best? [more inside]
posted by melizabeth on Aug 9, 2011 - 6 answers

China's economic foreign policy in Africa?

Can you suggest the best, most recent articles that give an overview of China's economic foreign policy in Africa?
posted by paradoxflow on Jul 31, 2011 - 7 answers

Etiquette for China?

What cultural differences from the U.S. that should I be aware of and practice while living in China for a year? [more inside]
posted by melizabeth on Jul 30, 2011 - 12 answers

How does international shipping work?

I'd like to learn a lot more about shipping things. For instance, manufactured goods from China to the US. What is the process? How is the freight billed? How do you take possession of the goods once they arrive? Who insures the freight being shipped? Is there a good reference for this kind of thing that doesn't pre-suppose familiarity?
posted by mulligan on Jul 28, 2011 - 6 answers

Mailing Items to China

What is the best way to ship an iPhone from the US to China? [more inside]
posted by jef on Jul 26, 2011 - 7 answers

How to sell this stuff?

My mom has a lot of stuff to sell, and she doesn't want the hassle of a do-it-yourself approach. What kind of people should we involve? We're thinking maybe an ebay broker for the small stuff and an estate person for the big stuff. (Or else maybe a place like Sotheby's?) Know any good ones who serve Westchester, NY? How would we find good people? [more inside]
posted by daisyace on Jul 24, 2011 - 9 answers

Obtaining a Z Visa for China

Applying for a z-visa to teach English in China, what should I know/be aware of as I go through the process? [more inside]
posted by melizabeth on Jul 22, 2011 - 2 answers

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