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China Expats and Culture Blog

5 Ways to Grow Your Business Prospects Using Chinese Translation Services

Missy Broun | October 26, 2020

Expanding into another market can help grow your business prospects as you reach new demographics and new regions. Learning Chinese or using Chinese translation services, for example, can help you grow your business by engaging new customers in Chinese-speaking locations. Professional Chinese translation can help with marketing, internal communication and legal purposes. Learning about the language and culture can also help you to tackle localization, just as using a professional Chinese translation service can.

All of these facets of communication are integral in making sure your business is operating smoothly in a new region. Read on to learn how learning Chinese or using a translation service can help grow your business in a new market.

Using Chinese Translation Services and Your Own Cultural Knowledge for Localization

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8 Reasons Why Life In China Is So Great

Alexander Tumbler | October 04, 2020

Are you planning to move to China? Perhaps you’ve secured a well-paying job, want to start or expand your business there, or you just want to explore various attractions in this great Asian country. No matter your reason for moving to China, living in this country offers an amazing intercultural experience. You’ll have a chance to tour the countryside such as the deltas of two key rivers in China, the Yangtze and Huang He, experience the sensational Qingming Festival, and try different Chinese cuisines. In this guide, you’ll discover 8 convincing reasons why life in China is so amazing.

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Best Places to Visit in Taipei

Missy Broun | September 24, 2020

For Chinese expats and tourists, Taipei an exciting city that has something to offer for everyone, and you’ll be surprised how Taipei's convenient transportation system makes it easy for individuals to get around. With friendly locals, making friends is effortless even if you’re new to the city. Whether it’s day or night, you’ll definitely be able to find something new to see or do.

Elephant Mountain

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TutorMing Family Cheers for Wuhan!

TutorMing | February 19, 2020

We've been receiving blessings to China from teachers and students around the world recently. They gave us face-to-face encouragement and warmth selflessly even though we are thousand miles apart.

近日,我们收到许多来自全国老师和学生对中国的祝福,他们和我们远隔万里,却能面对面给予我们鼓励和温暖!

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Why Chinese New Year Is The Best Holiday Ever.

Sara Lynn Hua | January 21, 2020

Chinese New Year can be referred to as 农历新年 (nóng lì xīn nián) or "Agricultural New Year", or more commonly 春节 (chūn jié) or "Spring Festival." It’s bigger than Mardi Gras. It’s bigger than the 9.3 billion-dollar Chinese holiday, Singles Day. It’s even bigger than Christmas in the U.S.

Because instead of presents, you get money.

Yes, you read that right.

红包 (hóng bāo), literally “Red Envelopes,” are ostentatiously decorated envelopes filled with money, often presented to children or single relatives by married couples. The amount inside can vary, but many may choose to incorporate the lucky number 8. For example, 288 yuan. Amounts never contain the number 4 due to the phonetic similarity of the word to 死, or “to die.”

Related: Lucky and Unlucky Numbers in China

拜年 (bài nián) is the term “to wish [someone] a happy new year.” Many younger children will be taught to “磕头 (kē tóu) ”, or bow before elders as a sign of respect. 磕头 specifically refers to “touching the head,” which means the children will often touch their forehead to the ground in front of their elders. After doing so, they may receive their 红包.

A child demonstrating "磕头" for a red envelope.

 Chinese New Year is about more than receiving “红包”, however. This 5,000-year-old celebration is a time for families to reunite, eat, drink and make merry. Common traditions include setting firecrackers and hanging red decorations.

These traditions have their roots in mythology. It was believed that “Nian” (the word for Year) was a giant monster that would devour livestock, crops and even children. The villagers soon learned that Nian was afraid of the color red, and of loud noises. To protect themselves, they hung red paper cutouts on the houses and lit firecrackers to scare it away.

Check out some of the current traditions below:

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Chinese Education System VS. U.S Education System

Angela Fang | December 21, 2019

Education may be one of the most influential forces in society today. A good education that nurtures intellect and curiosity can impact children as soon as they step into the classroom. With the world’s largest population, China provides its citizens a diverse school system: public schools for students of all ages, specialized schools for the disabled, private schools and vocational schools among the many other institutions for education.

However, since it’s created under the influence of a fundamentally different culture, some structural aspects of China’s education system may seem strange to outsiders.

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