Get the information you need before you come about what life in China is really like. These articles focus on daily life issues and topics such as how to ride the train in China and what actions might be ok in your country but are considered rude in China. Read general Life in China articles or specify by city. If you are doing your internship in S...hanghai, the Life in Shanghai section is just for you. Likewise, if you will be interning in Beijing, the Life in Beijing section will be of special interest for you. More
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Packing for your China Internship

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China is a shopper’s paradise in terms of cheap pricing overall, but some basic necessities that you use back home may be unnecessarily expensive or impossible to find in the Middle Kingdom. If you’re on your way to China in the near future, don’t forget these items: 1. First aid Pack prescriptions and basic medicine such as aspirin, stomach medicine, anti-histamines, vitamins and other over-the-counter remedies. There are lots of pharmacies in China but almost none of them carry products in English or have staff who speak English. Stores like Watsons might have some vitamins and other imported items, but they’ll be super expensive.   2. Contact lenses, solution and extra eyeglasses You should be able to find these items in China eventually, but the product details may be unreadable in Chinese and you don’t want to take any chances of damaging the window to your soul.   3. Hair...
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How many mooncakes are too many?

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Happy Mid-Autumn Festival! This very brief holiday occurs during the fall and a full moon marks its arrival. And just what is the best part of this holiday besides getting the day off from work? Mooncakes! Mooncakes  come in all different flavors and if you can’t read the Chinese on the package, it’s an exciting surprise to bite into one and see which kind you received! Below are just a few of the common flavors you might find in any given store during this time of year:   1. Red bean paste – the original flavor, slightly sweet   2. Five kernel and roast pork – mixed nuts such as almonds, sesame seeds, and pumpkin seeds with pork   3. Lotus seed paste – sometimes includes kidney bean paste and/or duck eggs   4. Seafood – salty seaweed and fish   5. Durian – smelly but flavorful   6. Snow...
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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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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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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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Drinking in China

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Despite media portrayals of China as "conservative," the country is quite liberal when it comes to alcohol, more so than most Western countries. Furthermore, alcohol consumption isn't relegated to the indoors like a bar or club and can be consumed almost anywhere. Tsingtao is the country's signature beer - and it isn't a bad one either! So if you're doing an internship in China  and like to drink, you're in the right place.   The legal drinking age in China is 18, suitable because you must be 18-years-old to do an internship in Beijing  or an internship in Shanghai . Alcohol is ubiquitous in Beijing and Shanghai , and China is hardly Puritan when it comes to the stuff. You can buy alcohol at the corner store, at the supermarkets and at the abundant liquor and cigarette shops. Beer is cheap . A 600ml (the standard size in China )...
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Day trip from Beijing

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In a previous post here, we talked about three short-haul trips from Beijing . However, there are quite a few more possibilities and today we’ll be talking about how to get to another great location when you have a free weekend. As an intern in Beijing , you will most likely want to not only explore the city but also other cool places in the near vicinity. Shidu Located about 80km to the SW of Beijing , Shidu literally means “tenth crossing” because you need to cross the Juma River ten times in order to get to the town. The best time to visit is between March and October. What to do in Shidu ? Bamboo rafting down the river is a very fun and relaxing activity in Shidu. The cost is RMB 30 for one hour. Bungee jumping is also available for around RMB 200. If you’re going with...
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Getting Your Fill

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China is a great place to eat. Period. And Getin2China offers internships in Beijing and internships in Shanghai , which just so happen to be the best cities in China to let your palate run wild! In both cities, you'll get a strong mix of local and international cuisine. Because Chinese from all over the country flock to Beijing and Shanghai to live and work, the local food scene is varied, whether from the northeast to the southwest and all points in-between. Furthermore, Beijing and Shanghai - as the Middle Kingdom's respective political and financial capitals - are home to hundreds of thousands of expatriates from Asia to Europe to North America and elsewhere, which means an international food scene that beckons. Exciting food opportunities await you as an intern in China . Here's what you need to know about eating out. No tipping, no tax . There is absolutely...
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Flying in China

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In a previous post here on the Getin2China blog, we looked at the joys of taking the high-speed rail to satisfy any travel urges during your internship in China . This post will look at flying in the Middle Kingdom – when it’s a good idea, when it isn’t and what you need to know.   Gi2C will place you on the mainland at either an internship in Beijing or an internship in Shanghai – the country’s two most globally connected cities. They’re also of course two of the most domestically connected cities as well. If you’ve got travel on your mind as an intern in China (in addition to kicking butt during your China internship program ), Shanghai and Beijing are the best cities to base yourself.   Websites . The best English-language (and multi-language) website to check flights and prices is the user-friendly Ctrip . The site has...
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High-speed trains in China

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China is a massive country, one of the world's largest. But exploring this vast land isn't as difficult as it looks. The Middle Kingdom is in the midst of rapidly expanding its transport infrastructure. New flight and high-speed rail routes are opening up all the time. There's never been an exciting time to travel within China than now! Whether you're doing an internship in Beijing or an internship in Shanghai , you're in luck: Both cities - one the political capital, the other the financial one - are two of China's premier transport hubs. Getting where you want to be is cake. Below is some information about the country's high-speed trains to help you as an intern in China get your travel plans off the ground. In a later post, we'll look at travel by air. High-Speed Trains . One of the best ways to travel in China is no...
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Local China News Sites

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At Gi2C , we want you to get the most out of your internship and stay in the Middle Kingdom. We encourage you to learn the language - even if only the basics – through our Mandarin Chinese program , and we arrange a number of social, cultural and business events to help build upon your experience and strengthen your ties to China. Knowledge is power. And the more you know about China, the better. Below, we've listed some of the top English-language local news media covering China. Many of these sites also have French, Spanish, Russian and other language sections. Regardless of your opinion of Chinese state-run media, local news sources are an excellent way to understand China from a Chinese perspective. Chinese people follow news in their country closely, and you'll certainly impress your colleagues if you can site some of the major news stories coming out of...
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