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Gi2C Review of the Best Five Restaurants around the East Third Ring of Beijing

b2ap3_thumbnail_quanjude-6.jpg Beijing is one of the greatest places to live if you’re into food. The authentic Chinese food in Beijing is delicious and extremely diverse, and you also have a multitude of international restaurants to choose from as well!  If you’ve just arrived in Beijing for your Gi2C internship and live relatively close to the second and third ring roads on the east side of downtown Beijing, you will want to experience the following five eateries for yourself:   1. Makye Ame Tibetan Restaurant 玛吉阿米 - 团结湖 Makye Ame has excellent Tibetan food as well as dinner entertainment.  The restaurant is very hard to find so make sure you find it on a map first and have the address in Chinese with you to show local residents if you get lost. Dinner for two is not cheap at around 500rmb (US$80) for four dishes but the Tibetan dancing and singing, which...
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Packing for your China Internship

b2ap3_thumbnail_travel-luggage-packing-tips-03HSS.jpg 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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Life in Shanghai - Urban Planning Museum Outing

b2ap3_thumbnail_image001_20140515-063906_1.jpgOur 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 over time, and...
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Exploring The Ancient Water Town Of Zhujiajiao With Gi2C

b2ap3_thumbnail_image001_20140425-045343_1.jpgSome 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 China at all....
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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
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Where are the Doritos?

b2ap3_thumbnail_image007_20140408-065428_1.png 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, you won’t be able to...
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Drinking in China

b2ap3_thumbnail_image003_20140319-063459_1.jpgDespite 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) bottle of Beijing's local beer Yanjing costs...
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Baijiu is the worst! You will be hammered within minutes of taking a few shots. I've been to too many business dinners where every... Read More
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Three things to know about Beijing before you arrive

GET in2 China CCTVBeijing is a vast cosmopolitan city constantly reinventing itself. For the short-term traveler or the long-term resident, the city is one that never grows tired. If you plan on doing an internship in Beijing, China’s capital, below are three things you should know before you arrive.  Hutongs. Located in the center of the city, or what is widely considered old Beijing, are charming lanes and alleyways known as hutongs. There used to be more than present, but the vast majority were wiped away in the name of development. But don’t fret. More than enough remain for you to explore as an intern in China. After having visited Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace and the city’s major temples, the hutongs remain. Because they cover a vast area of Beijing, you’ll likely only scratch the surface during your time in China. You’ll never grow bored exploring them, no matter how...
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China Internship Testimonial: Bradley Coushman

Bradley Coushman - Gi2C InternBradley Coushman hails from “fantastic” San Francisco, CA, USA. “It’s home to Facebook, Twitter, Google, Apple, IBM, Intel, Chevron, Visa, and Virgin America”, he told us making it a fantastic place to be from indeed! Bradley is 29 and studied Fashion Design/Business for his bachelors and is studying Luxury Brand Management for his masters. For his internship program in China, he will be working with a marketing and events team to organize PR and trade shows. Bradley hopes to get a lot out of his time in China and is “looking forward to getting an international business perspective, and diversify my work experience. I hope to create good professional contacts around the world to help facilitate growth for myself, my career, and my peers.” We were curious, why did Bradley choose China? “I decided to take an internship in China for a few reasons. China is one of the fastest growing economies in...
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China Internship Testimonial: Joost van Opstal

JoostWe recently interviewed Joost a few days before his arrival in China and look forward to hearing an update from him now that he's arrived! Joost, please tell us a bit about yourself. I am from Breda, Netherlands.  I am 27 years old.  I majored in International Tourism Management. Which company will you be interning at?  I'll be interning at a five star hotel in Beijing. What do you know so far about the kind of work you’ll be doing? I'll most likely be working in different departments within Rooms Division like Front Office and Guest Services, ensuring guests have a care free and memorable stay! What are you hoping to get out of your internship? I'm actually taking a step back by conducting this internship. I worked as a Guest Service Manager in the Netherlands, but due to the crisis in Europe there are few spaces left for personal growth...
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China Intern Update: Julia Nikolaychuk

Julia nikolaychuk and her internship in ShanghaiJulia is well into her China internship program at the Shanghai Metal Corporation. “Currently I work as a trade marketing assistant. I communicate and negotiate with potential customers, do social networking with Western countries, participate in business meetings as an interpreter and complete market research.” Julia says that she has learned some of the ins and outs of marketing and trade, how to reach out to customers, specifics about the metal industry and also the key elements of the company’s organizational structure. But a work place cultural difference between the West and China was something she noticed immediately. “Surprisingly, in the 21st century the trade and process is done by internet research. Whereas in the West, ‘business mixers’ are popular where buyers and sellers negotiate face to face – it’s very common in Russia and Central European countries." Julia added that she was surprised some of her co-workers went to sleep during their lunch hour. In China, the noontime nap – usually done at the...
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Intern Update: Selman Haxhiu

Selman Haxhiu's internship in China, getin2china Selman Haxhiu has just finished his internship in Shanghai and he’s got this advice: “Try and learn some basic Chinese, as it will help you a lot.” Selman, from Birmingham in the UK, did his internship in China at Star (Shanghai) Accounting & Consulting Co., Ltd., where he was tasked with ensuring all VAT invoices were collected on time, checking the account receivables, and doing daily related bookkeeping using accounting software. “I did learn how to be more independent while working in a busy environment. I also gained valuable accounting skills that could help me in the future,” says Selman. “The Chinese working environment is very different to that of (England) as they are more work focused, which is good.” His biggest challenge in China was language. “Some of the accounting documents and descriptions were in Chinese, so it was hard to understand, but my co-workers were very helpful when I asked questions.” In Shanghai, China’s financial capital and...
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Day trip from Beijing: Qinhuangdao

Head out for a day trip from Beijing to ShanhaiguanFor those doing an internship in Beijing, believe it or not: There is a beach not too far away (especially if you're traveling at 150 km/hr on a bullet train). While it may not be Boracay in the Philippines, Phuket in Thailand or even up to par with some of China's other beaches, the beach at Beidaihe in the city of Qinghuangdao is worth the day trip to escape the concrete jungle that is Beijing. And, Qinghuangdao has other sites worth exploring. So, add a bit of travel outside Beijing during your China internship program. Qinhuangdao awaits! (For other short-haul trips from Beijing, click here) Understand Qinhuangdao is divided into three districts: Beidaihe to the west, Qinhuangdao proper in the center and Shanhaiguan to the east. It takes an hour by bus or taxi to travel from Beidaihe to Shanhaiguan, so depending on what you wish to see and do, you'll need to...
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Intern Testimonial: Alex Roberts

Alex Roberts and his China internship program with Getin2ChinaFor Alex Roberts, he decided to do an internship in China for one reason: “To do something outside the box.” “Not being able to find a job I enjoyed in London after graduation I decided to go for it. Also having never lived abroad I wanted to experience a different environment. And Beijing certainly is that!” Beijing, he says, certainly didn’t fit the notion he previously had of the city. “I was sort of expecting to see squatting toilets and run down old buildings everywhere, true communist style. Yet Beijing is the opposite, in many ways more modern than what I was used to in London.” If you follow our blog regularly, you’ll recall that Alex in July debated with the deputy chairman of the People’s Bank of China over the country’s currency, the Renminbi. “I learned about one of the key issues affecting China and the global financial markets,” says Alex of...
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Intern Testimonial: Lionel Spencer Chow

China Internship Program: Lionel Spencer ChowIf there’s one word Lionel Spencer Chow believes sums up Shanghai, it’s “captivating.” “I wanted to experience Shanghai,” said Lionel, a Malaysia native from Kota Kinabalu, who completed his China internship program at the Shanghai United Family Hospital & Clinics. “It is the largest city by population in the People's Republic of China. Besides, it is a global city, with various cultures and technology. From this, I wanted to seek a business opportunity in Shanghai for the future.” Indeed, Shanghai is a city to watch. China has big plans for this metropolis and free-wheeling city to join the ranks of global financial capitals like Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, London and New York. Already, over two hundred thousand expatriates from around the world call Shanghai home, and that number is only set to swell as the city continues to make its mark on the world stage. And with websites like the Shanghaiist and iDeal Shanghai, you’ll always be...
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Great Wall Trip

chairOn a calm but slightly foggy Saturday morning, a group of 15 interns and Getin2China staff gathered outside the company’s office. It was roughly 7 a.m. and a few of us were groggy from going out the night before. But excitement was soon stirred because we were about to visit one of China’s – and the world’s – most impressive sights: The Great Wall. There is a saying in Chinese: "If you haven't climbed the Great Wall, you are not a brave person" (不到长城非好汉). The saying is often used to stress the need to reach one’s goals. After a two-hour bus journey, we finally reached Mutianyu, roughly 70 km from central Beijing, and stood before a portion of the majestic Wall. After a brief discussion as to how we were going to climb and descend the Wall (there are numerous options for each), we decided on using a chairlift to go...
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Get Inspired! Zhang Xin Interview on 60 Minutes


zhang-xin-001On our Get in2 China Internship Blog, we talk a lot about China's historic, and miraculous, rise to economic prosperity. Just 30 years ago, China was almost completely shut off to the outside world, and consequently, outside investment. Now China has the world's second largest economy. We like to talk about how China possesses a magical blend of the new and the old. We have learned about the leaders who have shaped China's recent past - the likes of Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping. But what about China's new generation of leaders? What about the individuals who are leading the way in terms of China's embrace of capitalism? Who are Beijing's biggest movers and shakers? Zhang Xin is one of them. Zhang Xin The world's youngest self-made billionaire woman sat down with 60 Minutes on CBS News in the United States and discussed her past as well as her thoughts on...
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"Go East, Young Man"

goeastyoungmanChina Daily, an English language newspaper in China, recently featured an article from Erik Nilsson and Thomas Hale titled, "Go Easy, Young Man." China Daily - "Go East, Young Man" The article, published nearly one year after  the New York Times published an identically titled article, discusses the growing trend of young Westerners heading to China for adventure and opportunity. As the article quips, "They come for the adventure. They stay for the jobs." Human Resource professionals agree that gaining work experience in China is a smart tactic for Westerners. Professional work experience in China may prove not only meaningful but also marketable when you return home. The China Daily article featured stories from a handful of young professionals living and working in China, lured to the East by a promising economic environment and a sense of mysticism. This is certainly not the first time in history that young people have been drawn to economically prosperous regions, in-fact it happens...
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Life in Beijing: 5 Favorite Chinese Food Experiences

Chuan'r in SanLiTunLike Steve Jobs, we tell our interns to "stay hungry." We know that all of our interns come to China seeking personal and professional development. Most of the young people we host come for their internship in Beijing motivated, with a huge appetite for newness and opportunity. They also come to China with a huge appetite for all of the delicious Chinese food that can be found all-over Beijing and Shanghai. From street-side noodles to five-star fine dining, China has an amazingly rich and diverse culinary scene. Previously we featured a post - Life in Beijing: 5 Must-Visit Restaurants for New Interns Though this post is similar in focus, we have expanded the scope a bit to cover what we consider to be our 5 favorite "Chinese food experiences." There are times when food transcends its role of being simply sustenance and becomes something more. Those situations are what we call food experiences....
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Life in Beijing: Laowai Style


Psy - Laowai StyleHey Interns! Starting to feel comfortable in Beijing? Would you say that your living, "laowai style?" Check out this hilarious viral video about Beijing:   Cheers,   Get in2 China Team
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China Launches World's Longest High-Speed Rail Line


Picture of G80 Train Ticket (Taken from South China Morning Post)It used to take more than 22 hours, almost an entire day, to get from Beijing to Guangzhou by train. But beginning on Wednesday, December 26, that same journey can be completed in only 8 hours. Traveling through five provinces and more than twenty eight cities, the newest addition to China's high-speed rail lines covers a distance of 2,300 kilometers - 1,428 miles for all you Americans out there. The trains seat 1,028 passengers in 16 different carriages including: first-class, second-class, and business class. One-way ticket prices are as follows: 865 RMB for Second-Class 1,383 RMB for First-Class 2,972 RMB for VIP Lounge Picture of G80 Train Ticket (Taken from South China Morning Post) The line has been completed after seven years of construction. It is impressive that the government in Beijing was able to complete such a large-scale development project amid layers of corruption and extended delays. After a bullet train...
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