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.
I have a specific question regarding airline frequent flier miles. When an airline changes alliances (ex: from SkyTeam to Star Alliance), how do they manage your miles? Is there such thing as a one time one shot transfer? [more inside]
We don't even have a child yet but I'm strongly advocating we ask all our friends and relatives to, please, never ever buy our kid toys from China. One, is this overreacting? Two, how can I explain it to avoid hurt feelings? [more inside]
Where does this anecdote about China come from? [more inside]
Oh, hive mind. I am very soon going to go join my boyfriend in Macau, China for an indefinite amount of time. I am an insulin-dependent diabetic. I am quitting my job and therefore, losing my insurance... is this going to cause problems? [more inside]
Another ChinaTravelFilter: Help this backpacking newbie becomes a pro. [more inside]
Why is the internet in China so excruciatingly slow? [more inside]
TravelFilter: I will be traveling to China for the first time this December. Given that it will be fairly cold in well-known cities like Beijing and Shanghai, where do you suggest that we go? [more inside]
My significant other is returning to the US after six months of teaching English in China, her first major trip abroad. How can I help her re-assimilation be as smooth as possible?
Herodotus, Thucydides, Plutarch, Tacitus, and the rest of those familiar names are inextricably tied with the historical canon of classical "western" civilization. But who are the "eastern" equivalents? [more inside]
Looking for recent feedback and tips on living in Shekou, China. We're transferring there with my company, they'll take care of the relocation, visas etc. so more general feedback on living conditions and things you wish you'd known/taken with you before arriving. I've seen the 2 Ask MeFi questions on Shekou & Shenzhen, does anyone have more up to date information? [more inside]
Why are Chinese spoons shaped like that? [more inside]
Looking for a movie . Location: China / Time: Not sure, maybe around 2nd World War / Topic: A westerner and a Chinese guy live in China and try to run a whiskey business. [more inside]
Why do academic/business people in certain countries use personal email addresses for work purposes?
Why do I see people from emerging or developing countries use personal email addresses rather than official addresses for work-related correspondence? [more inside]
Some years ago I bought a pair of Chinese t-shirts from a charity shop. Plain white short sleeved with a slightly scooped neck. The neck and sleeves where sewn (felled) rather than knitted and the fabric was thinner than the usual western t-shirt. The small label was woven and stated something like Two Chickens Brand. They were ubiquitous in the Mao cap era of China but, try as I may, I cannot trace an internet supplier or a bricks and mortar in the UK/London.
How much more would computers cost if they were manufactured entirely in developed countries? [more inside]
How many times has the Chinese video "War of Internet Addiction", 网瘾战争, been viewed on Chinese video web sites since its released in January 2010? [more inside]
Just wondering what the major book publishers are in Shanghai. I'm especially interested in presses that focus on literature, history, politics, serious non-fiction... I've been doing some research but was hoping someone more familiar with the media scene in China might be able to clue me in on the major or up-and-coming houses. Thanks.
I might possibly be going to Nanjing in July of this year and would love to stay with a family instead of a hotel. I will be there for two weeks and would be fine with paying or trading a service (perhaps teaching English or Spanish) for the stay. Does a site exist that might have listings like this or is there another way to seek this out? [more inside]
Is there an Asian practice of placing dots in the corner of paintings to show imperfection / humility? [more inside]
Should I give up my Chinese citizenship for a US one? If so, any tips or advice on going about it? Details and background inside. [more inside]
What are the chances of buying grass fed meat and fat (beef or lamb) regularly in China? [more inside]
What e-mail provider should I use while in China, if my school e-mail (run through google) and gmail address won't be available? [more inside]
The grass isn't greener on the other side. How can I be happy with what I have? [more inside]
What are my best options for a temporary (3 week), prepaid cell phone with text messaging while on a trip to Beijing and Xi'an? [more inside]
What are some good Chinese/Indian/etc. image websites? [more inside]
Asking for a friend: Financial considerations of moving to China and being paid in renminbi? (originally from Britain) [more inside]
How can I send an executable file, namely, the Skydur VPN software, to a friend in China (I am also in China)? Gmail does not allow this, and her options for alternatives are rather limited. As is my knowledge about these things... [more inside]
I'm looking for books to read during a Los Angeles - Beijing flight. I have a guidebook and an abridged copy of Journey to the West, and I would really like to read something more contemporary. Any suggestions? [more inside]
We're visiting China (Shanghai, Beijing and Tai Shan) for a couple of weeks at the start of April. Any suggestions for things to do? [more inside]
I'm currently in Hong Kong and I've been offered a job working for a Brazilian company in Beijing. The work permit information they have sent me is so badly written as to be incomprehensible and the internet hasn't yield much better. Please help! My main question is: I'm British and, like all foreign nationals, I am required to submit a medical report stating that I'm in good health. What do I do? [more inside]
Help me get my girlfriend a student visa to the US (she's Chinese) [more inside]
I'm an American who is thinking about moving abroad. Most likely to Mainland China, although Taiwan and Singapore are potential options. What's the best way to go about doing some research for a move overseas? [more inside]
Where do I find a full-time telecommute/remote programming job? [more inside]
Can someone recommend a travel agent in Seattle for a trip to China? [more inside]
"Google said it would stop censoring its search results in China – a move it has yet to take as it continues discussions with Chinese officials about how it can continue to operate in the country." http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/news/google-working-with-nsa-to-investigate-cyber-attack/story-e6frg90x-1225826960052 Is this true? [more inside]
A friend has just moved from mainland China to Vancouver, BC. Her English is pretty good, but not perfect (she speaks Mandarin). Her only work experience is in teaching. I'm at the other end of the country, in Ontario, and want to do what I can to help her integrate and find work, but am hindered by my location and complete lack of immigration experience/knowledge. What helpful advice, tips, and resources can you share with her?
I was in Shanghai in February 2006 and encountered a food stand in some side street off the eastern half of Fuzhou Lu that sold freshly baked crusty things vaguely similar to pizza bread. What was it? [more inside]
Is Xinjiang, China a safe place for unsupported bicycle touring right now? [more inside]
Where should I spend Chinese New Year? [more inside]
If you were almost 26 and got an interesting job in china... [more inside]
Lumps discovered in both breasts (asking for a friend). Difficulty factor: expat volunteer living in China with limited health insurance.
Lumps discovered in both breasts (asking for a friend). Difficulty factor: expat volunteer living in China with limited health insurance. Yeah, YANAD, or at least not her D. [more inside]
I want to spend a while (1-4 months?) wandering around China-- specifically, central/western China.. I speak Mandarin, and I've lived in Beijing before. Where should I go? [more inside]
I'm waiting to receive a used computer I bought from China (where it was made) and it is now "Inbound into Customs." This worries me as I was under the impression laptop fell under code 8471, and were import tax exempt. Is this right? If not what are the customs officials going to ask for? Also if duty is charged, will the value be based on the declared value or...?
What do you wish you knew about Mainland Chinese dating and relationships that would have made your relationship easier? What are some common sources of misunderstanding between Westerners and people from China? [more inside]