Face Payment

Face Payment? This is Happening!

September 12, 2017 • Expat Tips, General, Lifestyle

  Can you imagine that not long time ago, we are used to hearing “by cash or credit card?” when we pay but now is “WeChat or Alipay?” But in the future, you don’t even need your phone anymore, because the era of face payment is coming! Within 10 seconds, the payment is done. ​ […]

Liquor Bar

The Only Chinese Liquor Bar

September 12, 2017 • Explore, Food, General, Lifestyle

  Hidden inside a hutong, called Capital Spirits首都酒坊, is the world’s first bar dedicated to Baijiu and craft liquor. Only has 30 available seats, it is always full with liquor lovers.     The founders Bill Isler and Simon Dang got inspired by the author of Baijiu, The Essential Guide to Chinese Spirits, Derek Sandhaus, and determinate to […]

Fake Money

How to Spot Fake Money in China

September 8, 2017 • Expat Tips, General

In China, as in any country, you should always be on the lookout for counterfeit banknotes.  We’ve even encountered ATMs issuing fake currency, so be vigilant.      One of the most common scams for involves vendors (most instances we’ve heard of involving drivers of unlicensed taxis, or “black cabs,” though this could happen anywhere) […]


How to Purchase Train Tickets in China

September 1, 2017 • Expat Tips, General

Trains are the most convenient way to get around China for an affordable price. Depending on the type of train you get, they are usually clean, convenient, and a fast way to travel from A to B. There are three types of trains based on speed and comfort: •    G / C – Bullet […]

Golden Week Escape Spot 1 – Chengdu

September 1, 2017 • Explore, Food, General, Lifestyle

Speaking of Chengdu, maybe the first impression came up is chili and panda! Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province, located in the west plain in the Sichuan Basin, is a famous historical and cultural city with a history over 3,000 years. It serves as the provincial center for politics, economy, culture, and transportation.        […]


E-Tickets Are Now Available for 8 Beijing Parks

August 25, 2017 • Expat Tips, Explore, General, Lifestyle

Good news people! Now you can now buy tickets to eight major Beijing parks online or by scanning a QR code.  Beihai Park (北海公园), Zhongshan Park (中山公园) and Jingshan Park (景山公园) opened the online ticketing service to visitors, following the Summer Palace (颐和园), Temple of Heaven (天坛公园), Beijing Zoo (北京动物园), Xiangshan Fragrant Hill Park (香山公园) […]


Qixi: Chinese Valentine’s Day

August 25, 2017 • General

  Qixi Festival (七夕) also called as Qiqiao Festival (乞巧节), the seventh day of the 7th month on the lunar calendar, falls on August 28th this year.  It celebrates the annual meeting of the cowherd, Niu Lang(牛郎), and weaver girl, Zhi Nu(织女), in Chinese mythology. That’s why it is called the Chinese Valentine’s Day. As […]

new travel card

Beijing subway launches new travel card

August 22, 2017 • Expat Tips, General, Lifestyle

Beijing subway system launched a trial of its new smartphone travel card on Monday, allowing users to swipe their phones just like a travel card to take the subway. Beijing’s subway card — Yikatong (一卡通) was born in 2006 and can also be used on buses and even in some shops.     And now […]

Chinese Ghost Month

This Month: Chinese Ghost Month

August 22, 2017 • General

Like people all over the world, the Chinese have special customs regarding their ancestors and other spirits that are thousands of years old.  The popular folk religion called Daoism includes days for dealing with errant ghosts in the land. When they visit in the 7th month of the lunar calendar, special precautions and ceremonies are […]

iOS Users,Time to Kiss VPNs Goodbye

August 4, 2017 • Expat Tips, General

VPNs allow users to bypass China’s so-called “Great Firewall” aimed at restricting access to overseas sites.     In January, Beijing passed laws seeking to ban all VPNs that are not approved by state regulators. Approved VPNs must use state network infrastructure. Beijing has shut down dozens of China-based providers and it has been targeting […]

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