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China Expats and Culture Blog

Chinese New Year: Master the most famous greetings in Mandarin

Pierre Cerchiaro | January 23, 2019

Chinese New Year 2019 is coming soon! The year of the pig will start on February 4th and will last 16 days, until February 19th (though most Chinese people will only take a one-week vacation). Lunar New Year is the most important holiday in China. Hundreds of millions of Chinese people go back to their hometown to celebrate it with their family, which makes it the world’s largest annual human migration. Spring Festival is an opportunity for Chinese people to gather with family and friends, give red envelops (with money inside), and wish each other a happy Chinese New Year. 

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6 amazing Chinese Breakfast You Must Try

Pierre Cerchiaro | January 08, 2019

Breakfast (早餐 zǎo cān) is a meal to take seriously in China. China is a huge country, thus, if you have the chance to live or travel there, you will realize that the composition of breakfast dishes has significant differences from one region to another. Through this article, you’ll discover 6 famous and delicious Chinese breakfasts from different regions. (Avoid reading this article if you have not eaten and are hungry!)

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6 Interesting Facts about Chinese Karaoke

Pierre Cerchiaro | December 13, 2018

If you are in China and want to live an authentic Chinese life with local people, KTV is one of the places to be. Karaoke is a really famous activity among Chinese people, and experiencing it with locals can help you to get closer with them and enjoy parties that are totally different from western culture. 

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What is the difference between studying Chinese in mainland China and Taiwan?

Pierre Cerchiaro | November 06, 2018

The number of people studying Mandarin is increasing year after year and has already reached 100 million learners in the world, including 60 million overseas Chinese and 40 million foreigners. [Source] In 2017, 489,200 international students were studying in China [Source], and 110,000 in Taiwan [Source].

However, the experience can be quite different depending whether you decide to choose mainland China or Taiwan. If you are still hesitating, here are some things important to know:


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What Is A Qipao?

Sara Lynn Hua | May 05, 2018

Recently, a Caucasian high school student in Utah stirred up controversy for wearing a qipao to prom, sparking another debate on cultural appreciation vs. cultural appropriation. While we’ll let you draw your own conclusions on that, we’d love to shed some light on what a qipao is, and what history it has. 

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Was The Great Wall of China Actually Effective?

Sara Lynn Hua | March 26, 2018

The Great Wall of China is a historic landmark, one that every traveler should add to their bucket list. It made our list of “8 Places in China That Will Take Your Breath Away” and continues to be popular tourist destination, especially in Beijing. With border walls being a hot topic of discussion in today's political climate, we decided to take a closer look at the effectiveness of the Great Wall.

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