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 Shanghai, 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.

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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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How many mooncakes are too many?

b2ap3_thumbnail_image001_20140909-131953_1.png 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 skin...
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Biking in China

b2ap3_thumbnail_image001_20140703-081423_1.jpgBiking 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 leisurely pace...
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Great article and tips!
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 22:27
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Dragon Boat Festival

b2ap3_thumbnail_image001_20140603-055053_1.png 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 buy. If...
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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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