Let's say, theoretically, I am trying to provide a large quantity of children's books to a school in rural China. Is there a reputable retailer / way of purchasing a large quantity of cheap/used children's books, written in the English language, within mainland China? Or would it be more feasible/cheaper to deliver such books over from another country? In the "other country" scenario, we can can think about either (1) where the books themselves have been donated, and so we are primarily worried about shipping, or (2) where we still have to purchase the books. [more inside]
ChinaFilter: How to best get from Shanghai to Wuhan by train and is it a good idea to travel around China during first week of May? [more inside]
Hi Mefis, This is an open-ended question about taking a long trip to China. My boyfriend and I will be spending about six weeks traveling throughout China from early March through mid April... [more inside]
I'm looking for the name of a book I read back in the late 60's or early 70's. It was an illustrated, I'd almost say sequential art (that'd be comics to you and me...) book all about the Chinese Communist revolution. [more inside]
Is there a good overview or history of China to read? Or a few books together to read on the various eras of Chinese history? It's one of the areas of the world that I know surprisingly little about but really should. Ideally, I would love to find some books that are available for Kindle. This prior AskMefi question targeted Early Chinese History. I'd also like some suggestions on 19th and 20th century Chinese history and the Communist revolution, in particular, too.
Another gift-filter: our friend is moving back to China! [more inside]
I take Clenil Modulite (Beclometasone dipropionate, a daily steroid) and Ventolin (Salbutamol, as needed) for my asthma, in inhaler form. I'm visiting Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Japan, Russia and Mongolia in the course of a backpacking trip starting next month. I want to take these medicines with me, but am finding it hard to find info about restricted drugs in these countries. Can you help? [more inside]
What are ways I can make sure I don't gain weight while not going to gym over a 2-week period? [more inside]
How do I buy shares of a public company on the Hong Kong stock market? [more inside]
Recommend places to shop for cheap import electronics in Seattle. Think knockoff ipads, android tablets, unlocked smartphones, and other geeky gadgets straight off the boat from China...The kinda stuff you can get at sites like www.chinavasion.com
I am going to China for 4 weeks. How to access Facebook while there? [more inside]
I'm having dinner with some friends tonight, one of whom is convinced China is the next great evil superpower. However, he is open to debate so what are some concrete arguments I can use to shut him down? [more inside]
What kind of nuts are these? [more inside]
Where can I find information regarding property and purchasing within White Horse Village - Wuxi county in China? [more inside]
What books should I read to start becoming educated about China's gulags, keeping in mind my hazy goal of "doing something about it" someday?
Do my visa plans for Asia make sense? Thoughts and advice greatly appreciated. [more inside]
What touristy things can be done in Shanghai and Beijing in January? [more inside]
Help me find the name of a noodle dish I had in China [more inside]
Help me identify this style of chinese tea. [more inside]
I'm setting up a website with WordPress. I'd like to offer site visitors the chance to pay for premium content. The site is aimed mainly at people in East Asia (mainly China). Do you know any systems which would accept payments in Chinese currency? Also, any thoughts on how accepting Chinese internet users would be to the idea of paying for digital content online?
what does this mean - its a flight from ewr (newark) to pek (beijing). I'lll be taking this flight in a few weeks and want to know where I"m going. GREKI V419 JUDDS CAM PLB YUL 5000N 07400W 5500N 07200W YAS 6500N 06800W 7000N 06500W 7500N 06200W 8000N 05600W 8500N 04300W ABERI B934 BINTA B934 UNILA OKONI UREPA B934 SERNA M520 POLHO G218 TMR B458 TZH A596 KM OB
I have 8 hours in Beijing. What should I do? [more inside]
I have a set of enamel/china tea cups, the sort you see in Chinese restaurants. I want to paint them gold (or make them gold in some way). What sort of paint/covering/etc would I use?
While reading about how people tend to care less about deaths that do not directly impact them, I came across a quote that I'm hoping someone here would recognize. I can only remember the basic idea of the quote. It is presented to a European audience, I think sometimes in the last century or two, but not in our recent era, as follows: If all of China were swallowed up whole, Europeans would go on with life without much change. This is all I can remember.
We're now on our China trip (thanks for the tips in our last question,), and are looking for specific suggestions on things to do in the Guilin area that weren't covered there. Extra points for off-the-beaten-path suggestions. We're definitely interested in beginner to intermediate hikes, bike rides, and boating. We also would love to see more rural sites, and the most spectacular scenery possible, but have been having trouble finding specific info on the area.
I want to buy a Macbook from the Apple website in the US. However, I now live in China. How can I avoid any import/custom fees and taxes when it is shipped... such as by having it shipped to my parents address in the US, then have them ship it to me in my address in China? [more inside]
What are some good books on Chinese economic development? Especially how it's beginning to transition from a low cost low skill manufacturing to more technology intensive commodities. [more inside]
Transferring a large sum of money from China to the US: Why would it make sense for my account to be a proxy? [more inside]
This-is-a-long-shot-filter: I'm just beginning to do a study of Muslims in China, a subject I find extremely interesting. Specifically, I'm looking at the Hui minority, histories of violence among Muslims in China, current ethnic tensions between the Hui and other ethnic identities, and conflict between the Hui and the Chinese government. Looking for personal accounts, opinions, and thoughts that can lead me further into research. [more inside]
I own a company in Wisconsin that manufactures items in China. Another company here in Wisconsin has been telling my Chinese vendors not to work with me, via emails and instant messenger chats. [more inside]
My friend (American) is in Changsha, China, and will be for about a year. She found out that a male expat in the city recently raped a Chinese woman. What can she do? She really needs some China-specific advice. [more inside]
My boyfriend and I will be visiting my dad in China for two weeks at the end of October, beginning of November. I've been twice before (my dad has lived there for the past 12 years), but this will be my boyfriend's first time. We'd like a good mix of city and rural areas, and are tentatively planning four days in Shanghai, four in Beijing, four in Guilin, and four in Yunnan. However, we're open to other suggestions, so what do you think? Too much time in one place, not enough in another? Is there another must-see area? What should we do while we're in those places? Any ideas are welcome!
I want to learn about ancestor worship, particularly as practiced in China and by Buddhists. [more inside]
Asking Chinese Nationals: What is the best bank/broker for buying A-shares in China? [more inside]
Where to buy yarn in Shanghai and Beijing? I'm a new knitter, but would love to take advantage of what I heard are great prices for yarn in China. I'm looking for store suggestions, or advice about specific types of yarn that would be a good buy. [more inside]
I'm interested in hearing experiences from others that have worked with "Fixers" when setting up or actually out on a shoot. I'm usually a loner when taking pictures, but there are so many situations that having someone around that could help with literal and figurative interpretations and setting things up that I'm thinking I need the extra eyes and local knowledge. [more inside]
What sales figures for books are needed to constitute "bestseller" status in Mainland China? [more inside]
I'm considering buying a spice mill/grinder from an Chinese/Asian B2B website. They have an "escrow" service, but what do I need to know to avoid being scammed, receiving totally crappy goods, etc...? [more inside]
My friend is in a tough situation. They are moving to China to teach English but have been beset by issues that crop up constantly. The latest major issue, with a flight only three days away is the loss of their passport by Same Day Passports. Advice desperately needed! More inside... [more inside]
I'd like to know how the Chinese political system works. [more inside]
Where should I travel in Asia and the wider world between February and August 2011? Should I travel there and then at all? I'm trying to plan a round-the-world trip and am finding it very difficult. Apologies for my rambling question - I could really do with your help. [more inside]
Boyfriend and I are flying out to Shanghai from New York City sometime late September or October. Kayak's cheapest flights are on: China Eastern Airlines, Air China, Delta, and on occasion, Continental. Reviews for all seem pretty bleak. :( It's a good 14-20 hour flight; please help: Which airline is the best of the worst? [more inside]
Dream job abroad- should be an easy decision; why is it inducing such anxiety? [more inside]
Is borrowing money early in a relationship out of line? How do I set boundaries and determine if I am definitely being taken advantage of? [more inside]
I'm studying abroad in Beijing in a month! What do I need to bring, and what do I need to know? (I've never even left the US before!) [more inside]
My son wants me to ride trains and hike with him, starting this weekend, all over China. He says he wants to leave Beijing (I arrive exhausted on Thursday night) on Sunday and go, over the next 17 days, to visit Xuchang, Xi'an, Chengdu, Jiuzhaigou, Kunming, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Guilin, Yangshou, Suzhou, and FengHuang; then back to Beijing so I can go home. Can we do it? We have no itinerary. Shouldn't this be pared down? Where should we go? What travel websites can I use on my iPhone or at internet cafes? How can I find cheap airfare within China, with no advance reservations, and do it on the fly? This post is as "quick and dirty" as is my planning. Now, I have to get back to packing ultralight for monsoon territory. I'm too old for this, but am excited! [more inside]
What's the best way to set up a proxy for surfing from China? We'll be moving next month to China and Mrs. arcticseal is concerned that she won't be able to satisfy her Facebook and Google addiction if they're blocked. [more inside]
My husband and I really want to go to China, this fall or next fall. All of our Chinese friends strongly recommend that we take a tour, rather than just do it on our own as we normally do. But -- which tour company should we use? Who is reputable, affordable, and won't pack us in with a mob of 40-50?
How to stop a workplace bully and repair matters? [with added foreigner in China complications] [more inside]
I recently went to China and was so excited to drink corn juice! They also had corn ice cream available on a stick. Now I'm home in Chicago and I'm craving those flavors. Do you know of a place I can buy them? I tried Chinatown but didn't have any luck.