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Weather fools Dongguan public, skyscraper NOT on fire

Weather fools Dongguan public, skyscraper NOT on fire

In downtown Dongguan, a manufacturing hub in southern China’s Guangdong Province, the Internet caught fire with chatter after images appeared to show the city’s tallest building engulfed in flames. On the foggy March 4 evening, at least two pictures taken nearby in the city’s new central business district show the upper half of the TBA Tower […]

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Thriving Music Scene

Thriving Music Scene

When the Brown Sugar Jar, a first for alternative live music venues in Dongguan, opened in August 2013 under the 17th century Jin’Ao pagoda in Wanjiang, the nightlife scene was thought to have entered a new era. A year and a half later, the scene is expanding. With its soft opening last Christmas Eve, the […]

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Wanda Slow Down

Wanda Slow Down

In January, news that stated Wanda Plaza Chang’an is closing its department stores in a change of its strategy went viral in Dongguan. On January 6, reporters from Southern Metropolis Daily talked to a few business owners who were having clearance sales. They were ordered to leave by the end of February. Opened for less […]

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Nokia Ends an Era

Nokia Ends an Era

Built in 1995, the Nokia mobile phone factory was once Dongguan’s No.1 exporter. This factory was an important production center for the company as well as an icon of the city’s manufacturing industry. However, in 2015, after two decades of operation, Microsoft, who purchased the company in 2013, announced, according to Beijing Youth Daily, it […]

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Around Town

Why Do They Do That?

Why Do They Do That?

This month we’re taking a different direction as we look at common problems or mistakes that Chinese make in building relationships or making friends with those expats from Western cultures. Handshakes Ask many expats in China how they feel about shaking hands with Chinese, and they’ll tell you, too often, they get weak, “dead fish” […]

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A Smooth New You

A Smooth New You

Since the first day of this year, I’ve been unintentionally keeping to a resolution: bring balance and more nutrients to my diet. It’s been unintentional because I never once thought, “Hey girl, let’s work on eating better this year.” In fact, since the beginning of this column—this month marks my 30th article—I’d say I’ve been […]

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PRD Megacity

PRD Megacity

Perhaps many still remember the reports that went viral in 2011 claiming nine cities in the Pearl River Delta including Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Dongguan and Foshan would merge into the world’s biggest city. Although it was debunked two days later by the provincial party committee, the differences in infrastructure and public services are steadily dwindling. As […]

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El Caliente: Find the Time

El Caliente: Find the Time

When El Caliente opened over a year ago there was a lot of excitement for the city’s first authentic Mexican restaurant. It is fair to say that at first it divided opinion. Many loved the Margarita during happy hours while others were surprised by some of the dishes. Over the past year the restaurant has […]

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Interests

Who Would Know

Who Would Know

A Day in the Life The general manager at Hillview Golf Course is noticeably young for his position. At 29-years-old Li is a prime example of a surge in internationally educated and more socially prepared business leaders from the so-called 80’s generation. Living with his grandmother in Oakland, California, placed there by his university employed […]

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Paying Foreign Employees: Individual Income Tax

Paying Foreign Employees: Individual Income Tax

For foreigners working in China, determining the applicability of individual income tax to one’s situation involves decoding a set of intersecting criteria and rules. Following this, you will need to calculate your precise liability and any applicable deductions. Lastly, consulting with a China taxation specialist can help optimize one’s overall income to achieve the most […]

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Tigers Knock Out Leopards, Will Hall of Fame Coach Return?

Tigers Knock Out Leopards, Will Hall of Fame Coach Return?

  Both of Dongguan’s basketball clubs, the Guangdong Southern Tigers and the Dongguan Leopards opened the 2014-15 CBA Playoffs against each other in a No. 1 versus No. 8 quarter final matchup on Friday, February 6 and completed the series within a week of when it began. The Dongguan Leopards played as hard as they […]

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Learning from Experience: The Hows and Whens of Hiring Interns in China

Learning from Experience: The Hows and Whens of Hiring Interns in China

SHANGHAI – Just like in any other country, companies in China often offer internships to young people looking to enter the job market. Typically, this is a win-win situation: the intern gets valuable work experience and the company is able to shift the work-load of its permanent staff to lower paid interns. But in actuality, […]

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Living Here

Model Mandarin March 2015

Model Mandarin March 2015

BEAR IN MIND Remember how to speak by saying things you shouldn’t. Often non-native Chinese speakers can be overheard around retail closing hours asking, “shāngdiàn guānmén le ma.” While it is a polite inquiry to find out if “the shop is closed,” it is not proper. That’s because “guānmén (关门)” has two meanings: 1. The […]

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Dongkeng

Dongkeng

HISTORY Dongkeng Town was originally a village founded by the Lu family from Nanxiong (in Shaoguan City today) back in the Southern Song Dynasty. Since the village resided to the east of a puddle, it was named Dongkeng, or East Puddle Village. The village prospered and gradually other new villages formed around it. A town […]

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Model Mandarin: February 2015

Model Mandarin: February 2015

BEAR IN MIND Remember how to speak by saying things you shouldn’t. Throughout China, there are plenty of regional variants of Chinese New Year customs. In some, it is considered inauspicious to get a haircut before the second day of the lunar year (That’s February 20 this year), especially for the guys. Keeping the longer […]

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Zhongtang

Zhongtang

HISTORY Zhongtang was established as a village more than 1,000 years ago dating back to the Song Dynasty. Thanks to its watery geography, inhabitants cultivated crops with great success, mainly rice. With the males out in the fields, village women, mostly housewives, toiled away de-husking with wooden mortars. The sound of rice husking and pounding […]

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Torn Art

Torn Art

| March 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

Her first time in the Mainland, Hong Kong-based textile artist, Sandra Chung, took three pieces of her art to Dongguan and for an exhibit at the Aloft Dongguan Songshan Lake. On February 9, she came to the hotel with a demonstration using rice paper and ink, and explained her art to the hotel’s VIP clients. […]

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It’s a Hobby for Many

It’s a Hobby for Many

| March 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

Dongguan’s newest social club is breaking down another stereotype in China. William Davis Jr., a Chicago-area man affectionately known as Charlie Waffles, hopes to install his hobby into the social scene, matching a group that he started in Busan, South Korea, which hosted up to 50 people meeting weekly to play board games and socialize. […]

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Spiritual Healing

Spiritual Healing

| March 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

While Dongguaners can find a Reiki massage table at a local factory, and Chinese traditional medicine is widespread, alternative healers are not. However, now that Megan Murray from Melbourne, Australia is in town, the city has its first certified Reiki therapist and holistic counselor. The ancient Japanese technique, used to channel energy for healing and […]

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Defacing HK Permits Goes Viral

Defacing HK Permits Goes Viral

| March 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

The latest brush fire in the dispute between Guangdong and their Hong Kong neighbors inspired a trend of document slashing, some using copy and paste, while others made more permanent cuts. It is the latest step since mainlanders were accosted in a Shatin District shopping center. Two weeks later, around February 26, reactionary Weibo and […]

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