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.
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]