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In the Local Media: December 2014

In the Local Media: December 2014

Porn and Health in One A clinic in Dalingshan reportedly distributed pornography. An informant, Li, told a reporter that pamphlets published by the Xintang Zhaoxiang Clinic were often distributed in the wet market. Providing health and medical information, the magazine used explicitly erotic pictures to attract male readers, Li said. Officials with the Culture Market […]

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Faked CV Found Out

Faked CV Found Out

Launching a great reason to read this month’s Business article, a woman was fired from her company in Houjie Town for faking her resume to gain a senior executive position in a leatherwear company. Fabricating a degree certificate and working experience, the women surnamed Zhong was hired as administrative PR director at the local factory, […]

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International Studies

International Studies

Travelling from Australia last month, 43 students from Victoria Province took part in Victory Young Leaders to China. From November 2 to 29 the group of 14 and 15-year-old kids participated in activities aimed at developing leadership and Chinese cultural awareness. Put together by the experiential education department at Utahloy International School – Zengcheng, the […]

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Holiday Donations

Holiday Donations

Holidays are not the main reason for making donations, but they do serve as a reminder that there are lots of unfortunate people still struggling to survive rather than looking forward to a feast. Donating used items like clothes or toys are the simplest things to do, yet not many people do it. With more […]

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Around Town

Corner of Change and Trouble Street

Corner of Change and Trouble Street

A major Chinese corporation is seeking to make a major change to their corporate culture, recognizing that their international expansion requires them to shift away from the more traditional Chinese style of management. However, as a variety of consulting companies pitch their ideas about how to accomplish this, both senior and middle-level management proves remarkably […]

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Home Made: Christmas Cookies

Home Made: Christmas Cookies

A great thing about life as an expatriate is celebrating twice as many festivals and holidays. However, seeing so many red days on the calendar does seem to lessen the significance of each one. It’s all too easy to hide behind a separation from local culture as an expat and excuse myself from the formalities […]

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Year Round Open Windows

Year Round Open Windows

Expat residents of the Pearl River Delta may notice a detail of the local lifestyle. Cantonese people very much insist on opening a window even in the coldest of winter, as if it is a matter of principle. The regular explanation is that it’s for better air ventilation. To them, air-tight windows create a stuffiness […]

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Italian Kitchen: All the Difference

Italian Kitchen: All the Difference

Machong Town’s Italian Kitchen lies beside the river. Its green façade and red awning is nestled unassumingly amongst the other shop fronts. Inside black and white tiles run along the floor while the original brick walls have been retained. On the ceiling is a replica of that of the Sistine Chapel, albeit one with poorer […]

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Interests

End of the Line: Terminating an Employee in China (Part 1)

End of the Line: Terminating an Employee in China (Part 1)

Heightened pressure in China’s labor market means that employers are commonly required to terminate employees to optimize business operations. Legally speaking, this is by no means easy, especially under the comparatively stringent regulations on terminating employment contracts since 2008. TYPES OF TERMINATION Termination upon expiration When seeking to terminate an employment contract, an employer should […]

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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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B-Ball in Preview: Your Town, Your Teams, Our Season

B-Ball in Preview: Your Town, Your Teams, Our Season

The daily temperatures are dropping, the rain has stopped and it’s the beginning of November, which can only mean one thing: the start of the 2014-15 CBA season. Dongguan is arguably the hotbed of basketball here in China, rivaling Shanghai and Beijing. The Pearl River Delta is home to two of the CBA’s premier teams, […]

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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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Living Here

Model Mandarin: December 2014

Model Mandarin: December 2014

BEAR IN MIND Remember how to speak by saying things you shouldn’t. If you are in a taxi and trying really hard to make the taxi driver understand you, besides “zuǒ zhuǎn” (turn left), “yòu zhuǎn” (turn right), “yì zhí zǒu” (go ahead), here are some useful expression that may help us and make for […]

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Machong

Machong

HISTORY Historically, the town has been associated with the Guangdong opera style of Quyi. Performances are held regularly and many of Guangdong’s top performers have visited over the years. Machong also has a rich tradition of dragon boat racing, which can be seen as you walk around; from the dragons painted along the bridge as […]

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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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Other Recent Posts

Huo Lian Shu Area: Mapping Bar Crawls

Huo Lian Shu Area: Mapping Bar Crawls

| December 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

An idea to crawl out some bar hopping alternatives has been gestating for some time, materializing a journey that began near the corner of Hongfu East Road opposite New Century Villas (No. 18 on the HERE! City Map), and ended about a kilometer away, near the filthy street of the Jinghu Chuntian Garden south gate […]

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Indie Movie Reviews: One Expat Story, One Dongguan Debut

Indie Movie Reviews: One Expat Story, One Dongguan Debut

| December 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

This is Sanlitun (2013) When it came across my desktop, I thought, “Finally, someone has done it.” Bar talk in every expat community, as far as I can tell, is fraught with drink-fueled epiphanies of bringing ‘our’ story to the silver screen. And when I saw the trailer for This Is Sanlitun and its credentials […]

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Test Drive PLA

Test Drive PLA

| December 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

Off road racing on bumpy and rough mountain roads in a military grade or cross kart all-terrain vehicle can be a challenging but exciting experience, and since October, the rugged activity has been available at Dongguan’s Shuilian Mountain. There is one catch. The military vehicles, known as BJ-212’s, or Beijing Jeep 212’s, require a Chinese […]

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New Services from Public Charge Card

New Services from Public Charge Card

| December 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

Developments in services provided by the new public transit card known as the Dongguan Tong are coming to fruition. The chargeable card designed for city buses are now equipped with new functions for public conveniences that were promised earlier in the year when the program was launched. As of November purchasing items such as books, […]

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