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In the Local Media: May 2015

In the Local Media: May 2015

Student Sits on Teacher A fourth grade student in Zhangmutou sent his teacher to the hospital after attacking her in class and reinjuring a wound. Known for acts of violence, students, as well as teachers, often took precaution to stay away from the student. The incident occurred on March 20 as Mrs. Chen collected drawings […]

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A Gala to Remember

A Gala to Remember

After eight years at the Sofitel Dongguan Royal Lagoon, the Dongcheng-area hotel renamed recently as Dongguan Tangla, the Brazilian Women’s Association (AMBD) is changing venues for its annual charity gala/fundraiser to the Wanda Vista Hotel. Partnering again this year with Treasures of Hope charity store, the event invites the community to enjoy an evening themed […]

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Family Retraces Steps

Family Retraces Steps

Seven years ago, an orphan from Dongguan who had been dumped at birth was adopted by an American couple, and recently, the family brought their adopted son to visit his hometown. Liang Xuji, the policeman who handled the case met the family in the Wanjiang Police Station and introduced to them Chen Wangdi, the social […]

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Free Trade Zone

Free Trade Zone

The Guangdong Free Trade Zone was officially launched on April 21, flagging construction projects across the province. The same will happen with zones in Tianjin and Fujian, which will service transaction between Beijing and Taiwan respectively. There are still many details to be worked out for changes that will affect investment and business in the […]

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Around Town

Follow Up

Follow Up

As local talent pools increase and companies begin hiring management from their ranks, working within and understanding cultural divides becomes ever more critical. This month—Flattery is a part of life, for some it is phony, for others it’s just a part of life. Which are you? Last month’s article generated unprecedented feedback, and also led […]

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Home Made: Give Me Crust

Home Made: Give Me Crust

There is a time to hold on to what’s dear to you, and there is a time to adapt. We can do both with a little homemade cooking. Have you ever missed something so intensely only to realize later on that at some point in time you’d suddenly stopped missing it at all? Or generally […]

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Parking Tickets

Parking Tickets

The first concern for a new driver in China is rarely where to park, but as car ownership increases, finding a legal spot can be a headache. Especially, considering that there are no meters, and signage can be vague. In urban areas, most Chinese drivers know to park only in marked spots, however tough to […]

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New Bar: Dalang’s Oldest

New Bar: Dalang’s Oldest

Last year saw a number of new bar openings in Dalang, but that shouldn’t overshadow the township’s longest standing hangout spot, New Bar. Located near area landmarks, opposite the RT-Mart and 100 meters away from McDonald’s, it is unlike most other similar venues in China. It’s a place where you can drink and still talk […]

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Interests

Summer League Quick List

Summer League Quick List

Organized sport is a must for raising well-rounded kids, if you don’t have the first clue; we’ve organized a list of leagues for you. Ice Hockey (Ages: 6-15) Where: One Mall Ice Rink, Nanchang When: Wednesday and Thursday 8-9:30 p.m., Friday 7-9 p.m., Sunday 8-10 a.m. Cost: RMB 130 per session / bulk discounts Contact: […]

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Who Would Know with Wanda Vista Dongguan’s Adnan Yucel

Who Would Know with Wanda Vista Dongguan’s Adnan Yucel

A Day in the Life Adnan Yucel’s resume reads like an adolescent’s diary, jumping from one place to another seemingly every day. He is general manager to Wanda’s new Vista Hotel, and it is as you’ll learn chatting with the affable, laid-back leader, the norm for hoteliers and their industry. Though he will tell you […]

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The Keeper of the Chop

The Keeper of the Chop

We all need a little help sometimes. This month the professionals at Dezan Shira & Associates share advice on delegating in your China business. In any business, one person delegates power to another to look after his/her interest. But how to ensure the latter doesn’t abuse this power for his/her own benefit is a classic […]

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One Day in Central Square

One Day in Central Square

Have 16 hours of free time? Follow these easy, step-by-step directions for a full day of discovering the better and lesser known neighborhoods of Dongguan. Breakfast Up Start the day at Ally’s Café, which opens at 8 a.m., for friendly service, free wi-fi and that all important cup of joe, or keep it mellow with […]

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Living Here

Model Mandarin April 2015

Model Mandarin April 2015

BEAR IN MIND Remember how to speak by saying things you shouldn’t. While learning Mandarin, pay special attention to the retroflex finals. That’s the “r” sound at the end of some words, a famed part of the Beijing accent. In parts of China even the local people cannot pronounce them properly, but they are still […]

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Dalang

Dalang

HISTORY Dalang was first spotted on the map as a central part of a county more than 1,600 years ago. It had been a political, economic and cultural center for 200 years at its time. About its name origins, there was a kind of grass that was widely grown named lang grass, so locals named […]

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Hashtag Dongguan Brands

Hashtag Dongguan Brands

These six local brands sprouted up to make some rich, some proud, and some nationally recognized. they put all of us on the map. You know Nestlé. If you’re Swiss, it might make you homesick. You may not know Bojangles. If you’re from the American South, it evokes a craving for biscuits. If you’re British, […]

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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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Brazilian Events on Rise

Brazilian Events on Rise

South Brazilian culture can already be considered strong in Dongguan, and celebrating their traditions publicly is becoming increasingly common. On the afternoon of April 19, almost 200 people joined together at the Designer Hotel in Dongcheng to drink their famous chimarrão tea, eat traditional foods, and dance. The event was organized by the PTG, an […]

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DG Skyscraper News

DG Skyscraper News

As crews busied themselves capping the roof at the TBA Tower, the Taiwan Business Association headquarters that currently stands as the city’s tallest building, rumors began that local businessmen would build their own club even bigger and taller, right across the street. It turns out these rumors weren’t groundless. The project started in 2012 and […]

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Chang’an Bar Scene Grows

Chang’an Bar Scene Grows

Dongguan’s Chang’an Countyship, next to  the districts of Dongcheng and Nancheng, is the city’s most dense in terms of foreign population. Catering to the demographic, new watering holes have been opening to join veteran establishments Hollywood Baby Chang’an and Jim’s Roadhouse. On May 8 starting at 8 p.m. the town connects the two with newer […]

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Students Prescribed Football

Students Prescribed Football

The Dongguan Education Bureau issued a formal plan in April that will make playing football mandatory for the city’s students. Primary and secondary schools will be required, starting September this year, to add football to the curriculum as part of a national “football reform plan” championed in March by China’s first fan, Xi Jinping, who […]

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