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China Expats and Culture Blog

6 Chinese Essential Etiquette and Manners to Be Aware of Before Coming to China

Pierre Cerchiaro | April 10, 2019

There are many rules of politeness in China, and it can happen to anyone to make mistakes even after years living in the country. Social etiquette in China are not only about how you express yourself, but also about how you behave in different situations. In this article, we will teach you the most important rules to know in order to help you immerse yourself in the Chinese culture. 

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The best city for expats: Taipei

Pierre Cerchiaro | April 02, 2019

2018, Taipei ranked 1st city in the InterNations Expat City Ranking, becoming the world's favorite city for expats. The Expat Insider 2018 survey took into account factors such as the quality of urban living, getting settled, the urban work life, as well as finance and housing.  

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8 Chinese dishes foreigners don’t dare to eat

Pierre Cerchiaro | March 26, 2019

Food plays an important role in Chinese culture. As a result, traditional Chinese cuisine offers a wide range of foods and dishes that can sometimes be considered very strange by Western people. 

In order to stay aligned with lucky numbers, in this article we will introduce 8 Chinese dishes that may seem weird for foreigners, but actually taste really good. 

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China’s Lantern Festival, an important celebration in the Chinese calendar

Pierre Cerchiaro | February 15, 2019

The lantern festival 元宵节 (Yuánxiāo jié), also known as the "Yuanxiao festival", is a traditional Chinese festival celebrated on the 15th day of the 1st lunar month, during the first full moon of the year. This year, the lantern festival will start on February 19th, since Chinese New Year started on February 4th. 

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Chinese New Year: a celebration full of customs and traditions

Pierre Cerchiaro | February 02, 2019

Chinese New Year, also called Spring Festival, is China’s the most important celebration of the year. All Chinese people come back to their hometown for days in order to gather with their family and enjoy delicious traditional food. In this article, you will learn a lot of new things about the Chinese New Year: what people do, and what they avoid to do, in order to bring luck, happiness, money, health, and success into their life.    

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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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