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Aunties Dance for Sex Workers’ Reputation

Aunties Dance for Sex Workers’ Reputation

Airing on Yunnan Satellite TV’s popular talent show, Big Town Dance, captured 2,000 of Dongguan’s square-dancing “aunties.” On August 17 in Nancheng’s Central Square, a mass of ladies gathered at 7 a.m. under the sun to follow nine instructors in bright red shirts. A banner at the site read, “Console [the] City’s Scar, Ignite [the] […]

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Dongguan’s Forrest Gump

Dongguan’s Forrest Gump

Running April through August, Chang’an resident Xie Zhanjun spent nearly four months on National Highway 318, jogging from Shanghai to Tibet. On August 17, Xie met and shared stories with 40 fans at the Chang’an Library. On the 5,476-kilometer-long journey, Xie wore out 11 pairs of sneakers and eventually made it down to Nepal’s capital, […]

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CCTV Returns, this Time No Tricks

CCTV Returns, this Time No Tricks

Ding Junhui, the Chinese national ranked No. 3 on the World Snooker Tour, trained in Dongguan for almost 10 years. His fame has helped to make the city one of the birthplaces for the sport in China. From August 17 to 20, a CCTV crew shot a two-episode documentary called Become Ding Junhui, following the […]

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Expat Tied, Robbed at Home

Expat Tied, Robbed at Home

At 8 a.m. in the morning of August 9, a resident at New World Garden, a popular residential garden for Dongguan expats, received an intercom call from a man claiming to be a parcel carrier. Upon opening his door, the resident, known only as David in the local news report, was tied up at knife […]

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Given to Change

Given to Change

When I first came to China, the apparent lack of Chinese interest in supporting charitable work was quite shocking. When asked for donations, many Chinese would respond simply that, “It isn’t my business,” or “I’ll do something later, when I have more money.” In 2005, I faced this situation even more directly, when I co-founded […]

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Home Made: Shellfish

Home Made: Shellfish

When is the last time you tried something new? Not just a new style of chicken sandwich—something really new, to you? I mean a whole new experience you’ve only been thinking about or haven’t even considered yet. On that note, are you even aware of all the new experiences to be had around you? Are […]

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Moon Cake Trends

Moon Cake Trends

Whether you buy them, eat them, give them away or just want nothing to do with them, as the Mid-Autumn Festival approaches, there’s no escaping the billboard and bus stop ads pitching moon cakes. The traditionally bland (compared to Western deserts) and odd textured pastries are widely considered an acquired taste, but pay a little […]

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The In-Between: Live House

The In-Between: Live House

Livehouse, in most ways, is your typical Chinese bar. About the size of a KFC, primary colors and spinning lasers dart all around as a house singer wails “nothin’s gonna change my love for you, you oughtta know by now how much I love you!” He kind of killed it! I was touched. The menu […]

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Rising Manufacturing Costs: Challenges and Opportunities

Rising Manufacturing Costs: Challenges and Opportunities

The recent decades of China’s export-driven economic growth has come at the cost of severe pollution to the environment, which has in turn posed a threat to the health of its inhabitants. The downturn in the global economy also led China to realize the vulnerability of its economic model due to its dependence on the […]

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China’s Orlando: Can It Pass the Full Family Test?

China’s Orlando: Can It Pass the Full Family Test?

If you’re an expat with young kids, and you hear of a supposed “world-class, super large, integrated theme, tourist resort” opening merely two hours away, it is rude not to go. Right? That is exactly how I felt when planning our family trip to Chime Long Ocean Kingdom in neighboring Zhuhai. Honestly, travelling within China […]

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Chinese Logistics: Where It’s Going, How It’s Getting There

Chinese Logistics: Where It’s Going, How It’s Getting There

China, the world’s second largest economy and third largest country by area, is experiencing insatiable demand for transportation and logistics services. Dedicated service providers are struggling to keep up, causing some of China’s biggest retailers to strike out on their own with in-house logistics arms. It is estimated that US$2.5 trillion will need to be […]

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Plan Ahead: Holiday Resort, City of the Future

Plan Ahead: Holiday Resort, City of the Future

Complain if you will about the subtropical heat of the Pearl River Delta. The good thing is, for all the suffering brought by the heat, when the long October holiday arrives and many of us get a long vacation to celebrate the Golden Week, the weather is still ready for the beach. If you’re looking […]

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Model Mandarin: September

Model Mandarin: September

BEAR IN MIND Remember how to speak by saying things you shouldn’t. All languages have homophones (words of identical pronunciation, with different meanings), but in Chinese practically all of them are. To make it wilder, even the same word can have several meanings. A prime example is yì si (意思). yǒu yì si (有 意 […]

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Qishi

Qishi

HISTORY Qishi, with its literal translation meaning “standing on a rock,” first got its name in the Ming Dynasty. According to the Guangdong Town Chronicles, more than 600 years ago, a village came into being in the presence of a pond. Alongside the pond, there was a big rock, and so the village was called […]

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Model Mandarin: August

Model Mandarin: August

BEAR IN MIND Remember how to speak by saying things you shouldn’t. One of the most difficult things to handle in learning Mandarin is the tones, but then again even if you know how to pronounce the right tones you could still be wrong. Different characters can have the same pronunciation and the same tone, […]

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Wangniudun

Wangniudun

HISTORY Wangniudun, with its literal meaning “a mound for watching the cows” in Chinese, was a mudflat by Baishi Lake about 800 years ago. According to Wangniudun Town Chronicles, in Ming Dynasty, a village was gradually formed and named Baishi village because it was close to Baishi Lake. And at that time, there was a […]

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Seasoned Profile: H Bistro

Seasoned Profile: H Bistro

| September 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

H Bistro is trying to be serious. It has a serious looking kitchen, serious looking staff and a seriously dim interior for serious diners who don’t mind dropping a decent portion of dough. It’s a hybrid of Batou’s boutique panache with its random knickknacks adorning empty wall space and cubbyholes in a bourgeois restaurant, skimming […]

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Beginning of a Movie Empire

Beginning of a Movie Empire

| September 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Local film studios and film makers in Dongguan formed the Dongguan City Film Culture Promotion Association, which will develop film and TV production in the city. The association was founded in February this year, and on August 28, the association’s 24 member groups, including HERE! Dongguan and Here Design, the studio that produces HERE!DG Plus, […]

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Design Competition Looking for Contestants

Design Competition Looking for Contestants

| September 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

It’s time for industrial designers to gear up. The Dongguan Cup: International Industrial Design Competition, one of China’s leading competitions of the sort, has been held annually since 2005. Since June, cup officials have been calling for participation in the 10th annual event. The competition says it has attracted over 15,000 universities, colleges and design […]

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Dongguan’s Voice is Heard

Dongguan’s Voice is Heard

| September 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

On August 15, “Voice” launched online. The music video featuring Dongguan’s culture, history and the talent of its people, generated over a million online hits within two days. Sung partly in Cantonese, Mandarin and English, the song’s producer, songwriter and composer are all Dongguaners. “It captures the feeling of Dongguan 100 percent,” said a netizen […]

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