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In the Local Media: November 2014

In the Local Media: November 2014

Patience, and Obstinance, are Virtues A local Foshan man waited in a parking space for two hours as he waited for family members to arrive driving their car. In a residential garden, the man sat crouched playing with a mobile phone, breaking only to shoo off drivers looking to move in on his territory. This […]

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Mobster Becomes Artist

Mobster Becomes Artist

Former mafia tough guy, Li Yueyang, spent eight years in prison. The Chang’an local has now converted what was once violent energy into art in order to express his feelings from time spent in prison. His personal exhibition, Time Spent, is on display from October 5 to November 25 in Beijing’s Arrow Factory Art Gallery. […]

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DG Hits Asiad Record

DG Hits Asiad Record

Four years ago during this time, Guangzhou was in full “go mode” with a few last days to prepare for the Asian Games, which, if you don’t know, is a multi-sport event matching top athletes from 45 Asian nations. As a part of those games, Dongguan hosted events in weightlifting as co-host. This year, Incheon, […]

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5-Year Indian Festival

5-Year Indian Festival

Beginning with a short prayer ceremony known as Puja, and lighting of the Diya lamps, the Diwali Festival has been celebrated collectively by Dongguan’s Indian community for the past five years. The holiday was originally a Hindu festival, but has been widely accepted by India as a whole. “In Dongguan we cannot do much fire […]

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Around Town

My Way, Then The Highway

My Way, Then The Highway

One of the more common complaints that I get from foreign managers in China is that their Chinese staff are resistant to change. They face that dreaded situation where they tell their employees to do something, the employees nod their heads, say, “yes,” and then just do things however they want to do them, essentially […]

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Home Made: Dynamic Palate Syndrome

Home Made: Dynamic Palate Syndrome

Before I came to China, I didn’t care much for most Asian cuisines, and I especially disliked Chinese food. As an American, the bland or over-salted recreations made to suit my countrymen’s palates never appealed to me. Coming to China opened my eyes to a world of various sub-cuisines within the massive umbrella that is […]

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Detecting Bogus Businesses

Detecting Bogus Businesses

Recognizing the difference between a legitimate enterprise and a scam waiting for a sucker can be difficult. Because after all, anyone can build a beautiful website, and it’s easy around here to open a fancy storefront. As of October 1, when the new Enterprise Credit Information Publicity System (ECIPS) launched province-wide, it seems there is […]

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Thirty Bar: Double the Trend

Thirty Bar: Double the Trend

In theory Dongcheng’s Walking Street would be a hopping destination for bar hopping. Close your eyes and imagine a figurative spice rack of bars lining two sides of the hallway. The area is full of small drinking holes, and some are now even cleaned daily, which is an improvement. Unfortunately most are little more than […]

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Interests

Golden Years: The Coming Investment Boom in China’s Elderly Care Industry

Golden Years: The Coming Investment Boom in China’s Elderly Care Industry

Today, there are more than 200 million senior citizens in China. Fifty percent of them are “empty-nesters” living alone in rural areas, and more than 30 million are disabled. Meanwhile, the number of beds in nursing homes throughout the country was only 3.9 million in 2012. It is estimated that by 2050, the elderly population […]

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Trade Fairs Before, During, After: Protect Your Intellectual Property

Trade Fairs Before, During, After: Protect Your Intellectual Property

Trade fairs are an excellent opportunity for a business to showcase new products and scout business partners for manufacturing, promotion, and distribution. Unfortunately, in China these exhibitions are commonly a prowling ground for infringers, so it is of utmost importance to ensure all intellectual property precautions are undertaken. It is not sufficient to merely gain […]

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Clearing the Path: An Expert Weighs in on E-Mail

Clearing the Path: An Expert Weighs in on E-Mail

One head-scratcher inescapable while living and working in China, is a limited access to foreign websites and servers. Under the influence of the powerful Chinese firewall, foreign e-mail services such as Gmail have more often been unstable, especially since May 29 when Google, normally controlled through 90-second shut downs when sensitive issues are searched, was […]

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Xiamen Guide: Last Minute Plans for the Golden Week

Xiamen Guide: Last Minute Plans for the Golden Week

Last year, the 502-kilometer Xiamen-Shenzhen high-speed railway was put into use. One of its stations—the Humen Baisha Station, the only high-speed railway station in this city—connects Dongguan with cities in Guangdong such as Shenzhen, Jieyang and Shantou to cities in Fujian such as Zhangzhou and Xiamen at ever faster speeds. Whizzing down the tracks at […]

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Living Here

Model Mandarin: November

Model Mandarin: November

BEAR IN MIND Remember how to speak by saying things you shouldn’t. Most of the Chinese people don’t like to say “no” in a direct way in daily life; here are some ways of expression to make your ‘no’ clear and acceptable. bú yòng, xièxie. 不 用 , 谢 谢。 No, thanks. xià yí cì […]

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Chang’an

Chang’an

HISTORY Chang’an has been a famous place throughout China’s history. Unfortunately, that Chang’an is the ancient city now known as Xi’an. Dongguan’s Chang’an history is only remarkable in how unremarkable it seemingly is, though it does boast a historical connection to one of Guangdong’s favored sons, Sun Yat-sen. The beloved doctor, famed for founding the […]

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Model Mandarin: October

Model Mandarin: October

BEAR IN MIND Remember how to speak by saying things you shouldn’t. It’s never too much to praise another person and give others positive reinforcement. In fact if you can’t say anything else, these phrases can still make a situation right. Pay attention to the pronunciation to keep your meaning clear. Here are some examples: […]

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Daojiao

Daojiao

HISTORY Daojiao Town was first founded as a village in 1342 A.D. in the Yuan Dynasty. Its name originally did not use the “dao” it uses today, which means paths or rules in Chinese, but with its homophone “dao,” meaning “arriving at.” In some dialects, “jiao” means river conjunction. Water goes backwards at the river […]

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The Lobsterman: Almost Full

The Lobsterman: Almost Full

| November 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

A classic American tavern-style restaurant set in dark wood and vintage lights. The Lobsterman restaurant emits an open and relaxed ambience that momentarily made me feel I was not in China anymore. With oldies music playing in the background, and passing by what looks like a well-organized open kitchen, we were led to a Victorian-style […]

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Free Vegetarian Food

Free Vegetarian Food

| November 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

On a side street of Nancheng’s Yingfeng Road, a snake of seniors can be seen standing outside of a yellow-signed restaurant at around 11:30 a.m. They are waiting for their daily free lunch. This vegetarian restaurant has been giving out one free meal for three months, attracting about 150 diners every day. “I’m a vegetarian,” […]

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Yangshuo in about Two Hours

Yangshuo in about Two Hours

| November 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

China, hoping to lead the world with high-speed railway connectivity, has made another step toward its goal. Networks that, as of the end of the year, will have covered almost half of the country’s territory adds stops in picturesque Southwest China with the opening of the Guiyang-Guangzhou line which opens on December 20. The journey […]

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Old Guancheng Remains Old

Old Guancheng Remains Old

| November 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

The latest protection in Dongguan’s Historic and Cultural Protection Plan, issued in October, has become a blessing for the local architecture style known as Qilou. The style, known as Sotto Portico in the West, is designed for streetside businesses throughout the Pearl River Delta and was built extinsively in Dongguan in the early 20th Century. […]

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