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Top Ten Places to Visit in Beijing

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1. The Great Wall You’re thinking “duh” right? But we’re not suggesting the most popular section, Badaling. Try scenic Mutianyu or take the cheap train to Jinshanling then sleep overnight in the nearby village and get up at 3am to walk up the wall and watch the sunrise. Or just spend the night on top of the wall!     2. Summer Palace Ok, so Summer Palace isn’t exactly a hidden place in Beijing . Everyone including tourists have been several times but it is one of the best places to go during a hot summer day. Rent a boat and relax out on the lake. There’s a cool breeze from the water and in the middle of the lake it’s quite peaceful and serene. Money saving tip: If you’re planning to stay in Beijing for over a year, you can get a very cheap year-round ticket from the middle...
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Biking in China

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Biking is the best way to avoid traffic jams and get around town for free, but is it safe? That depends on your skill level! Biking  alongside millions of people in large Chinese cities such as Beijing or Shanghai can be a bit crazy and will definitely raise your heartbeat. While there are designated bike lanes, cars will use them at will to park or drive in and there are also pedestrians and motorbikes which will use them. Despite the danger of biking in cities where anything goes, we love getting some exercise while enjoying the hopefully fresh air and sunshine. So brush the dust off your secondhand bike and stay safe with the following tips: 1. Take it slow Slow and steady wins the race or in this case, keeps you alive. Until you become an expert at weaving in an out of traffic and people, biking at a...
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Great article and tips!
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Shanghai Intern Joe from Canada

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Joe F. recently landed in China, let's see what he thinks about his new internship adventure! I am from Vancouver but I also grew up in Calgary, Canada. Vancouver possesses an allencompassing geography ranging from mountainous terrain to sandy beaches thus providing an enriching active lifestyle. Growing up in Calgary was fantastic due to the huge amount of snowfall you get during a prolonged winter season and good old quality Alberta beef! I am 25 years young turning 26 end of this year. Something interesting I’ve done so far is being fortunate enough to have traveled to various places in North America and China such as: Seattle, L.A., Chicago, Toronto, Shanghai , Nanjing, and more. I still intend to tackle Europe in the coming years. I studied at Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Arts in the Faculty of Communications, Arts & Technology. (FCAT). I chose to study Communications...
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Prashanth From Mumbai Now Interning In China

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Well-travelled Prashanth tells us the story about how he chose China to do his internship. Check it out! "I come from Mumbai (Bombay), west coast of India, one of the busiest cities in the world. It is a diverse and colorful city which welcomes everyone with open hands and makes one feel comfortable and accommodating. I am 22 years old and I have travelled to a lot of places like Ireland, Dubai, Switzerland, France, Turkey, The Netherlands, Belgium and so on. I am a travel freak! I have done my Bachelor’s degree from University of Mumbai and completed my MSc International Business and Management from University of Manchester, UK. I am interested in the field of trade and international business, that’s the reason to choose that area. I will be interning as a Business Development  Intern with CSCEE which is located in Beijing. I will be assisting in developing new...
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Jared, a former U.S. Marine Now Interning in China

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Jared, a former U.S. Marine, shares insight into his background and why he's moving to China to do his internship . "I am from a small town in Eastern Washington in the USA. Although other places in the country do the same, we are unique because we grow wheat, which has been marketed to the entire world. Its primary use is for noodles, I believe. I am in my mid-thirties, and I would say I’ve had many interesting experiences. One that’s worth sharing is when I went skydiving, a dozen years ago. I had to sign a bunch of forms and releases that said the company was not responsible, no matter what happened. I went tandem with an instructor, and we jumped from 15,000 ft. We lost 10,000 feet of altitude in 70 seconds (the worst part was the initial drop), then another 5-10 minutes for the remaining 5,000 feet....
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Hary Brun’s Shanghai Internship Experience

Hary Bruns recently finished up his Shanghai internship  with Gi2C Group  and talked with us during an exit interview of his experience. Hi Hary, we're excited to hear how your time in China went! Let's jump right in. What were your job responsibilities during your internship? I was in charge of the marketing and sales procedures for the German market. I established business relations to new customers. I communicated with existing customers as well and monitored their orders. What surprised you about your work? I actually had no surprise about my work as I knew that once you are in a sales and marketing department, you are mostly expected to deal with customers, making sales and all of any possible related duties. Overall, what did you learn during your internship? I learned to adapt myself to the local culture. I needed to understand how different people think and act based...
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Top 7 ways to fast track your career in China

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Just starting out in China and wondering how to be seriously considered as an applicant and respected by local companies? This article is for you. 1. Develop a skill that is greatly needed in China Show China that, as a foreigner, you can do more than teach English. China needs skilled workers, particularly in technical areas such as IT, construction, pharmaceutical R&D, engineering, and geology (oil exploration). 2. Learn Chinese The only way you'll ever get far in China is to learn the language  and understand how to do business like a Chinese person. Tip: learn idioms & slang and perfect your pronunciation to especially "wow" your audience. 3. Don't stop studying Beyond language and culture, learn China's history and geography. The more you become a Sino-expert, the more opportunities you will have. Know current movie stars or singers to impress the younger crowd and icons or business leaders to...
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Learning Mandarin in China

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As an intern in China , opportunities to discover a rich culture along with exciting travel opportunities await. You also have the chance to study Mandarin Chinese , the language widely spoken in China . Whether you do an internship in Shanghai  or an internship in Beijing , Getin2China can arrange Mandarin classes through our Chinese Language Program . Mandarin is growing in popularity worldwide, with students from the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia scrambling to learn a language spoken in the world's second largest economy.   Understand Mandarin is spoken on mainland China . Most provinces have their own dialect(s), and so Mandarin allows the diverse people of this vast land to communicate with one another. Mandarin is the official language of the Chinese central government and is spoken in newscasts like on CCTV. Mandarin is callled putonghua, or common language. Beijingers like to boost that biaozhun putonghua, or...
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Anton Auerbach’s Internship in Shanghai

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Anton was born in Frankfurt, Germany, but now lives in Naperville, Illinois in the United States. He's 21 and no stranger to adventure. Anton backpacked and rode a camel through the Gobi Desert this spring and also worked a summer in Germany. 

Anton is a Finance and Peace Studies double major. He told us, "I chose Finance because I thought it was the most applicable to my career goals and I chose Peace Studies in order to study about micro-finance, economic development and poverty reduction, which are some of my passions." 
 Having just arrived in Shanghai , Anton will begin his internship in the Private Equity and Hospitality industries where he will be working on various tasks which include financial analysis, marketing, strategic development as well as anything else the team gives him. Anton hopes to learn more about the hospitality industry from an investment side as well as...
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Alena Kozina’s Internship Program Review

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Alena Kozina has finished her 3-month internship in Beijing  and recently gave us some insight into her experience. Due to the fact that she was the only foreigner in her company, she didn't have very many responsibilities in the first two months of her Beijing internship. There will always a learning curve from both sides as it takes time to truly understand different cultures and working styles. How much time it will take to work out a good communication style is different for each company and intern. Alena was surprised that almost no one in the company spoke English. Many Chinese companies hire foreigners with the hope of changing their business language over to English but this is a slow and sometimes painful process. One big difference Alena noticed about Chinese culture was the fact that her colleagues did not directly communicate with her. They wouldn’t get right to the...
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Dragon Boat Festival

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Get your boats ready to race and grab 21 of your closest friends!  China’s dragon boat festival  has arrived. You may have a three day weekend but don’t make the mistake of staying at home relaxing during this public holiday. Why? You’ll regret missing out on stuffing your face with the many different types of zongzi (mini pyramid shaped sticky rice) and taking part in the festivities. Ideally, you’ll want to travel to one of China’s main cities that are near water. Hong Kong has the most professional races and was the first to start international dragon boat races which have now spread around the world. While you’re watching the races, grab a wide variety of zongzi to sample. This sticky rice wrapped in bamboo leaves may have several different fillings including pork, bean paste, dried dates, red beans, egg or chicken so check to see what’s inside before you...
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Shanghai interns’ Huangpu outing: Tianzi Fang on Taikang Lu

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Tianzi Fang  is a walking and shopping area filled with edgy marketing and design studios, gorgeous fashion and interior outlets and established artists of all varieties. There are also some great restaurants, cafes and bars to sustain this hungry creative bunch and the curious who walk around this local Shanghai hangout. The area was originally a residential and factory zone and is now home to Shanghai’s trendsetters. The architecture is breathtaking, the shops filled with novelties, the food is delicious and the people you’ll find out and about are as diverse as the shops within. It’s a great place to spend a few hours and enjoy the mix of old with new. Our Shanghai interns found it to be “a very interesting place to visit filled with character”. Most likely they’ll be back on their own to spend some more time in this eclectic part of town.
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Gi2C China Intern's Story: Pierre-Joseph Pastorelli

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"I am 24 years old and grew up in Villers-Perwin, Belgium. Arthur Grumiaux (a famous violinist) was born in my city. I studied Public Relations at HELHa in Fleurus and will be interning in Shanghai . From what I've heard, my job will be to build up a large network here with high level company managers and establish good relationships with entrepreneurs in the local communities. I will understand the filtration industry more and know how to help with improving the quality of air and water. I chose China to do my internship because China is one of the most powerful countries in the world. The Chinese people are at the center of the business world today. So it's the perfect place to do an internship abroad . I travel a lot so I wasn't afraid to start a new adventure in a new place. My family didn't believe me...
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Life in Shanghai - Urban Planning Museum Outing

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Our Gi2C Group Shanghai interns  checked out the Urban Planning Museum last week. It’s not your typical museum as it allows you to have a Godzilla perspective of a mini-sized Shanghai! The model shows not only existing structures but also future buildings. Shanghai has changed so much in the past 20 years, it’s ridiculous, and seeing where the city is headed is even more exciting! We hope our interns will stick around and work in China  long-term to be apart of and contribute to this rapidly developing city and country. "Undoubtedly, the Urban Planning Exhibition Center, both outside and inside, is what one refers to as splendor of the mind. I had the chance of joyfully observing the scale model of Shanghai, a delightful garden of steel and concrete, so immense and diverse for the eye to capture at once. Also, I found visual fascination in how Shanghai has evolved...
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Gi2C Internship Experience: (John)

John has recently arrived in Beijing  to begin his one-month internship . Let's learn more about him and his new adventure. "I was born in the Netherlands. In Leeuwarden to be specific, a small city in the north of the country. People there still have their own language. It is really tiny and since I am a career oriented city person, I am very happy that I don't live there anymore. I've lived in Amsterdam for the last 4 years now. I am 22 years old and obtained a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Finance at the University of Amsterdam, during which I went on exchange to Hofstra University, NY for one semester. In July of this year I will have finished my MSc Business Economics. I will be interning at an investment bank in Beijing, where I will have the title of Financial Analyst Intern . I have taken...
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Exploring The Ancient Water Town Of Zhujiajiao With Gi2C

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Some of our newly arrived Shanghai interns recently had the opportunity to explore to the ancient water town of Zhujiajiao which is just outside of Shanghai . This village has over 30 pedestrian bridges, which are the perfect place to stop and take a photo. Going under the bridges on a riverboat cruise is also a great way to experience Zhujiajiao. Let’s see what our Gi2C Group  interns had to say about it. This Chinese little old town is a very interesting one. It is the Venice of Shanghai and if you are interested in experiencing its beauty, you need to go to Zhujiajiao to explore it yourself. I felt privileged to have had the opportunity to visit this town that has so much historical value. I loved to see the Chinese landscapes and architectures. One thing I have learned from the tour was that Shanghai is not representative of...
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Hello Yuri, Your interns seem in awe of that ancient town. Their feelings are reflected in the beautiful photos and heart-felt co... Read More
Sunday, 27 April 2014 06:23
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My Gi2C Internship Experience: Laura Catarrasa

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Laura Catarrasa grew up on a well-known island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily. More specifically, Piazza Armerina, Sicily, Italy. She told us Sicily is something really unique and a place that everyone should visit. Laura is 26 and studied political science at university. She holds a bachelor's degree in international relations and a master's in global politics and Euro-Mediterranean relations.  She will be interning in the metals and steel industry in Shanghai and working as a trading assistant, which requires specific but also general skills. Laura said "I can't wait to put my education into practice in such a challenging context. The job description really makes me curious about what the internship will really be like. I am enthusiastically jumping into this new experience."  Laura is looking forward to learning how the international world outside of her home country actually works. She said " When accepting this internship placement in...
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Gi2C China Intern Testimonial: Matt Wills

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Ah, don't we all wish our hometowns were famous for beaches! Take a look at what new Gi2C intern, Matt Wills is looking forward to when he begins his internship in Beijing .   Tell us a little about your background. I was born in Australia, but grew up mostly in Auckland, New Zealand. It is a very multi-cultural city with a large Chinese population and is famous for its beaches and harbor. I'm currently 35 years old and studied Psychology and Philosophy at uni, and then later Graphic Design  at an online college. What do you know about your internship? It will be in the design department of a Beijing -based company. So far, I don't know what I'll be doing exactly. I was not given a very clear list of duties and have had very little contact with the company itself. I was given some basic info from...
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Where are the Doritos?

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For our first few weeks in China , we are amazed and excited by all the different types of delicious Chinese food  that we can find on every corner. Some of these new foods delight us while other foods may disgust us, but all are equally interesting to taste or smell. However, after a while, some homesickness sets in. We crave grilled cheese, decadent chocolate or a good old bowl of cereal. Luckily, if you live in a big city like Beijing or Shanghai , you will be able to find these treasures albeit at a higher cost than you would pay for them at home. In Beijing , you’ll want to keep an eye out for two stores: Jenny Lou’s and April Gourmet. Jenny Lou’s  has a bright green and yellow banana sign and currently has ten locations. However, if you don’t live on the east side of Beijing,...
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The Gi2C “China Unfiltered” Photo Contest Announcement

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Everyone’s on Instagram these days. Are you? If you’re already there, follow us! If you’re not on Instagram yet but have been thinking about signing up for a while, now is the time. Gi2C Group  is holding it’s first ever Instagram photo contest with a great prize: A set of 6 Great Wall Chinese Mandarin learning DVDs .   Here’s how you can win. It's easy as 1, 2, 3: First, follow us on Instagram  @getin2china. Second , post your favorite China photo taken during 2014. It can be of interesting Chinese food, people, places… anything that shows the real China. The Instagram public will guide our decision so the more likes your photo gets the more likely it is that you will be chosen. Third , don't forget the 3 tags: #chinaunfiltered #gi2c and your city ( #shanghai , #beijing or whatever China city you are currently in!). The...
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