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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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Local Youth Meet-Up

Local Youth Meet-Up

On July 12, over 30 young people gathered in a local art gallery to share life experiences. The event was organized by an online community called CAPE, which stands for Collective, Adventure, Practice and Experience. It’s a forum for mainland youth to share overseas study and opportunities. This was the first Dongguan meet-up and founder […]

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Chinese Club, Foreign Bar

Chinese Club, Foreign Bar

German importer Zhiao International Enterprise has made a deal with BB Club, a popular nightclub on Dongcheng Bar Street, to renovate the club’s back room bar in the fashion of a German beer garden serving 1831, an imported beer supplied by the importer. Zhiao owner Antonio Gerhon said that interior designers will take a look […]

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All-Star Recruit

All-Star Recruit

The CBA basketball season doesn’t start for another four months, but that doesn’t mean that local fans don’t have anything to cheer about. Emmanuel Mudiay will forego a NCAA college basketball career in the U.S. to sign with the Guangdong Southern Tigers for RMB 7.4 million. Mudiay, a high profile McDonald’s All-American, was widely considered […]

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Balancing Cultural Perspectives

Balancing Cultural Perspectives

It was 2006, and I was attending one of those “Doing Business in China” conferences in Beijing. It was rather humorous at times, watching the variety of reactions—the newcomers wide-mouthed in amazement, drinking-in every pearl of wisdom; and the experienced veterans, deliberately acting unimpressed, sending off invisible signals that said, “Been there, done that.” The […]

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Home Made: Time Table

Home Made: Time Table

When I came to China, I was sick and tired of routines. I hated the unvarying daily grind of my previous life, sitting in traffic on an interstate twice a day and working a nine-to-five that seemed to suck the soul right out of me with its rigid schedule. All I wanted was adventure and […]

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Road Light: A Yellow Signal

Road Light: A Yellow Signal

The South China Mall in Wanjiang may be famous for all the wrong reasons, but in the past year it has been going through something of a redevelopment. Recently, cafes, restaurants and bars have been opening. One of these is Road Light, a bar that offers imported beer, cocktails and snacks in a small but […]

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Singles: Table For You

Singles: Table For You

The décor of Singles should win a gold star in the ilk of Western-themed restaurants. It’s sparkly, high ceilinged and smacks with enough external stimuli that it could keep a kid with ADHD enthused. Ironically, it pulls it off somehow. The over the top-ness is actually refreshing; it makes for a novel experience for the […]

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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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Run with the Money: Repatriating Cash from China

Run with the Money: Repatriating Cash from China

For foreign companies with subsidiaries in South China, repatriating cash from their China company has always been an important and challenging issue. There are several ways of repatriating cash from China, the most obvious is for a company’s subsidiary to pay dividends directly to its foreign parent company. However, only profits that have undergone annual […]

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From Folly to Volley: The Dongguan Tennis Center Takes Serve

From Folly to Volley: The Dongguan Tennis Center Takes Serve

In 2011, Liu Zhigeng, the Secretary of the Communist Party in Dongguan, announced the development of the Dongguan Tennis Center, a state-of-the-art tennis stadium and facility capable of hosting the world’s best tennis players. The announcement, however, was met with confusion and suspicion by some. Tennis was not popular and the allocation of funding on […]

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Living Here

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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Hengli

Hengli

HISTORY Hengli is famous for its cattle market, which started during the Ming Dynasty, a time around 600 years ago when farmers were unequipped with modern scales and animal weight was determined by sight. Five centuries later, the cattle market is still going and its importance to Guangdong’s history was recognized as a cultural heritage […]

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Wanjiang

Wanjiang

HISTORY Wanjiang started as a village during the Ming Dynasty in 1464. It was initially named Wan Jia Zhou, which means “a delta with 10 thousand houses.” Not until 1797 did the name Wanjiang, or 10 Thousand Rivers, take over because the place was crossed by many rivers. Like any other of China’s river-fertile areas, […]

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Drive-In Theater Opens

Drive-In Theater Opens

| August 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

As the number of automobiles owned by Dongguaners surpasses 1.3 million, it is no surprise to hear that Dongguan’s first drive-in cinema is opening in mid-August. Located at the intersection of Gangkou Ave. and Fukang West Road in Houjie Town, the theater will be located in a large open space with a screen and a […]

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The Village Pub

The Village Pub

| August 5, 2014 | 1 Comment

Hengli Town, more known for its cricket fighting and its beef raising, is now home to its first officially Western bar. Fully foreign owned and operated, the Winners English Sports Bar aims, according to co-owner Jason Salter, “to give customers a U.K. or English experience in China.” After knowing each other for the past seven […]

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Calling All Designers

Calling All Designers

| August 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Dongguan Overseas Scholars Association (DGOSA), a social and community outreach organization, is holding a competition to design a new uniform that will be worn during volunteer activities. The promotion is a chance for young designers to prove skills, and gain an experience for their portfolio as well. Starting from July 11 and lasting until […]

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Free Public Wi-Fi

Free Public Wi-Fi

| August 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

Dongguan public transit passengers have long been less than satisfied with the city’s bus services. Officials hope that installing Wi-Fi will change that sentiment. Currently, 655 buses running throughout the central city have installed the system, according to supplier Shangxia Media. As of July 26, bus lines 2, 3, 6 and 9 had made the […]

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