What are some good books about the history of China, up to say the Qing dynasty? I am particularly interested in the Warring States period up to the first empire. Extra credit for discussions of the spread of Buddhism.
I'm thinking about getting an M.A. in Chinese studies. How useful a job qualification would it be if I didn't go on to get a Ph.D.? [more inside]
I have a friend attending school in China (studying traditional Tibetan medicine) who needs something to do in mid-December to mid-February when the campus shuts down. He can't work in China, but he would like to earn money somewhere, somehow. But how? and where? [more inside]
Asking for my sister-in-law: is the swine flu vaccine formulation given to people in China (Shanghai) the same as the US version? [more inside]
Cosmetic manufacturing in China. I've noted that certain regions of China specialize in different types of consumer goods manufacturing. Which city or region is ground zero for cosmetics manufacturing in China? [more inside]
How can I get this website to think that I'm living in China ? [more inside]
JetLagFilter: Traveled from Beijing to New York 3 days ago, and I'm pretty sure my jet lag symptoms are getting worse, not better. How do I stop messing myself up and start improving things? [more inside]
A coworker brought us two boxes of sweet-ish treats from China. She doesn't know what they are either. [more inside]
Why have my proxies (Privoxy and GAppProxy) suddenly quit working? I'm using an up-to-date Vista installation. [more inside]
Can you suggest more sites like lovelyshoes.net? Rainbow totes, $7! I want to receive parcels of entertaining, extremely cheap goods. I don't mind reasonable minimums but I'm not a reseller. [more inside]
Deng Xiaoping 1992: “There is oil in the Middle East there is rare earth in China.” Where? Why? When? Anybody have a good reference? [more inside]
How to get cheap flights within Asia, specifically between China and Vietnam? [more inside]
I have to produce a report on the Chinese nuclear power industry. Are there any good resources online to get me started? The focus is mainly on links between the state and business, and risk assessment for interested parties. I can read Mandarin.
Anybody in Chongqing? How is the expansion of the metro going? Especially to the Tiandi development? [more inside]
Help me find punk rock in Beijing. [more inside]
Single female traveling alone and staying in a youth hostel in Shanghai: fun adventure or catastrophically bad idea?
Single female traveling alone and staying in a youth hostel in Shanghai: fun adventure or catastrophically bad idea? [more inside]
Possible passport problem while catching a connecting flight in Shanghai [more inside]
We are talking small beans here, but it's my beans, so please hear me out... I'm an ESL teacher/tutor with 3 undergrad degrees, certification through Oxford and 5 years experience. I have been offered a job in Shanghai. [more inside]
Looking for advice regarding Chinese imports. Importing products into New Zealand from a number of suppliers - is there a service that would act as an intermediary for me? [more inside]
Where in Beijing can I buy music instruments? [more inside]
ChinaFilter: I'm interested in learning more about the corporate structure and environment inside China's state-owned energy enterprises. What should I look at/for? [more inside]
What are the best places to talk about China online in English? [more inside]
I've got a six week sabbatical break from my job coming up, beginning in mid September. My plan is to fly to Hong Kong, and then spend some time travelling around Yunnan and Sichuan. I will be in China during the National Week holiday, which I gather is kind of a big deal in terms of hotels, planes, trains etc. Does anyone have any advice/tips on how to deal with it? Is it even going to be a problem, or will I just notice touristy places getting a little busier?
TravelFilter: I have 36 hours in Beijing. What should I see (serious amateur photog) and where should I eat (dim-sum preferable.) Bonus: Good hotels with Internet access. Any help or suggestions appreciated!
Look at GoogleMaps over Beijing. About a quarter of the buildings have rooftops that are red or blue. And the color is really strong in comparison to everything else. Has the image been colored, or are they just painted? Either way... Why?
I'm from the United States, and have an expatriation package to work and live in China. Should I be paid in the local currency, RMB, or with the US dollar? The Chinese people are saying I should be paid in RMB because the US dollar is "unstable".... [more inside]
How do I get my company website unblocked in China? We are a water quality manufacturer and have no idea why we are being blocked? [more inside]
Why/How did I get mystery software from China? Also applicable: Who/What/When/Where. [more inside]
A friend of mine is a teacher, living in China. How difficult would it be for her to get NYC teaching certificate? [more inside]
I am contemplating an offer to work and live in Shanghai. From where I'm standing now, the job looks fantastic and the whole situation looks like a long and deep wish come true. This question is basically about the cost of living in Shanghai for a family with two kids. [more inside]
What is this? My sister in law was in China and received it as a gift at a dinner. [more inside]
Does glass get more brittle as time goes on, especially if not used? [more inside]
A friend is going to China on Thursday and has offered to bring us back something. What cool things should we ask for? [more inside]
Next thursday, I have a trip to China planned. Will the Chinese give us trouble out of swine flu fears? [more inside]
Why aren't most google services working for me and why do the error pages look identical in firefox, chrome, and IE8? [more inside]
I will be in Shanghai and Beijing for 2 weeks. What are the best places to look for and buy original chinese art? [more inside]
Things to do/see/eat/avoid/meet in these countries, on my first RTW trip? Finally heading out on a very unplanned RTW trip with one of those Star Alliance tickets. These are the flight routes I have set at the moment (three weeks before heading out, so still malleable) [more inside]
I have a U.S. passport. Same-day and rush processing for Chinese visas in the U.S. has been suspended as of 4 May 2009, likely because of swine flu fears, leaving everyone with a 6-business-day wait. But I leave sooner than that. [more inside]
US Citizen traveling to China for business - how do I get my wife an appropriate visa? [more inside]
I'd love to get tips/resources for 1) learning more about the Chinese language and culture for work travel, 2) doing graphic design for a Chinese audience and 3) learning more about working with Chinese writing (this was helpful, for example).* Thoughts? *Bonus points if anyone can tell me if there are any Chinese typefaces I could access that have a particularly whimsical, fun, or child-like feel. [more inside]
After many other ideas have fallen through, I think I'll be going to China about 7 days in May. But it's so big! Inner Mongolia sounds cool; is it worth traveling around Hohhot? I could go surfing in Hainan, but how is the beach compared to Ha Long Bay, or Copacabana, or Playas del Este...? [more inside]
My girlfriend of six years is getting an expat position in Beijing for 2+ years. Her company originally said they would help me find a job, but with the economy going down it seems they are less optimistic about me being able to find a expat position. How can I optimize my chances of getting a job in a foreign country? We are from the United States. [more inside]
How can I overcome bad Skype quality when calling into China? [more inside]
Apropos of the recent MeFi front-page post concerning Grass-Mud Horses: could the Mandarin-speakers in the audience help me locate a place on the Web to buy a t-shirt featuring said animal? [more inside]
I like keeping up with the local news and issues where ever I live. It's not been a problem in the US, Europe or A/NZ. Now that I'm close to moving to China after 18 months of business travel in the country, I'm looking for good local news sources and how best to view them. [more inside]
Anybody have recommendations for good historical fiction/nonfiction books set in China or Southeast Asia? [more inside]
Good books about Chinese history during the Three Kingdoms period? I'm getting lost trying to read about it in Wikipedia entries. Something with excellent writing that really captures the scope and complexity like Judt's Postwar does for post-WWII Europe.
Who paid for the bailout during the Great Depression? [more inside]