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Dongguan Bird Flu Patient in Critical Condition

Dongguan Bird Flu Patient in Critical Condition

On January 6, Dongguan’s second case of human avian influenza virus (H7N9) was confirmed, following the first infection of this flu season on November 28 in Changping Town. The patient, a 36-year-old man surnamed Dai, lives in Tangxia Town and is currently under critical condition at the Dongguan People’s Hospital in Wanjiang. It is the […]

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In the Local Media: January 2015

In the Local Media: January 2015

Retired Life A 60-year-old man was found living under the Xiangyang Road bridge on the Dongguan Canal for the last four years. With few belongings, a dirty bed linen and a simple brick stove, he catches fish and buys staples by recycling litter. He says he lost his right fingers in a factory and has […]

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Robots are Winning

Robots are Winning

An annual international robotics contest, the Asia-Pacific Robotics Championship 2014, along with an International Youth Robotics Innovation Seminar was held in the Guangdong International Exhibition Center in Houjie Town. It attracted nearly 1,200 people and 240 teams from countries and regions like Singapore, Hawaii, Hong Kong and Taiwan to attend, the most participants on record. […]

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DG Star Gazers

DG Star Gazers

Now that China has successfully sent humans into space and expeditions to the Moon, astronomy is gaining popularity in Dongguan. On December 13, over 40 students, teachers and staff from the Dongguan Science Museum went to a village in Guangzhou’s Conghua District to observe one of the most prominent meteor showers of the year, the […]

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Around Town

Banquet Drinking for Dummies

Banquet Drinking for Dummies

You’re at a Chinese business dinner—seven of them, and one of you. They all want to drink a toast with you, meaning that you’re drinking seven glasses to their one. On top of that, even though you’ve already drank quite a bit, they’re still constantly pressing for more. Unless you are a gold-medal grade drinker, […]

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Stealing is Sharing

Stealing is Sharing

I’m a perfectionist, a personality trait insisting things fit neatly on black and white labels. I want to understand them clearly, know my boundaries, and master them with graceful ease. But as most of us know, life isn’t usually so cut-and-dry. It’s pretty gray most of the time, and rather damp. And, my locale only […]

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Spring Migration

Spring Migration

After finishing the universal holiday season, here comes Chinese holiday spirit. For some, it’s a pretty joyful time with family, if, that is, they are lucky enough to get tickets home. The world’s biggest travel rush, the so called chunyun, has been described as the world’s largest annual migration by BBC News. It usually kicks […]

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Hostaria Wine Bar: A Good Sit

Hostaria Wine Bar: A Good Sit

Hostaria is one of those places that even the bar wearied veterans of Dongguan’s drinking scene could sit down in and say, “I want to be here.” Regardless of eating or imbibing arrangements, it’s just downright cozy with a dark and leathery, well-worn feeling. It’s the pair of shoes unbearable to toss. Chic music accentuates […]

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Interests

Breaking Up is Hard to Do: Terminating an Employee in China (Part 2)

Breaking Up is Hard to Do: Terminating an Employee in China (Part 2)

Heightened pressure in China’s labor market means that employers are commonly required to terminate employees to optimize their business operations. Legally speaking, however, this is by no means an easy thing to do, especially under the comparatively stringent regulations on terminating employment contracts since 2008. In Part 2 of this two-part article, we detail the […]

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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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The DGRC Pro Club: And the World’s Smallest International Airport

The DGRC Pro Club: And the World’s Smallest International Airport

With a sun visor on his head and a bulky remote controller in his hands, Beck coaxed his airplane as it zipped across the afternoon sky. Starting back in his home in Taiwan, the veteran pilot has been flying RC airplanes for 17 years. In Dongguan, he and his flight crew are synching into formation […]

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This Oval Has Corners: Dongguan’s Newest Club Sport

This Oval Has Corners: Dongguan’s Newest Club Sport

When last year’s inaugural GD-AFL season ended, the Dongguan Nan Hua Giants limped away beaten and bruised in last place. That’s because Aussie rules football, or footy, is a new sport to China, but Guangdong and its new league, is hoping to one day take an oval foothold in the region. The Giants, as they […]

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Living Here

Model Mandarin: January 2015

Model Mandarin: January 2015

BEAR IN MIND Remember how to speak by saying things you shouldn’t. In daily communication between girls and boys, it’s always good to know how to express something in a nice way to make a happy conversation. Let’s try these sentences out next time. tīngshuō jīntiān wǎn shang de diànyǐng bú cuò, yǒu kōng yìqǐ […]

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Qiaotou

Qiaotou

HISTORY Quite a few towns in Dongguan get their names from geographical features, like rivers, fields or hills. Likewise, Qiaotou named after a bridge. As early as the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), there was a small fair in what is today Li Wu Village in Qiaotou. Locals liked to gather there and spend the day. That […]

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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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Other Recent Posts

The Crab House: In the Storm

The Crab House: In the Storm

| January 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

Among the new crop of restaurants and food shops lining Dongcheng’s Bar Street is a Louisiana-themed seafood dining experience. From the bayou to South China, the Crab House guar-rohn-tees an assortment of seafood you won’t find at any other single restaurant. Benny, the owner, a friendly and surprisingly young man, explained it is a copy […]

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Local Charity Changes

Local Charity Changes

| January 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

Haven of Hope (HOH), an organization that cares for and finds “forever families” for special needs orphans, has undergone two major changes. After two and a half years, HOH was forced to move when the landlord wouldn’t renew the lease. Luckily, what could have been a problem became a blessing. Another apartment in the complex […]

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Local TED Talk Returns

Local TED Talk Returns

| January 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

In the May issue of HERE! Dongguan, we reported the first in a series similar to the internationally popular TED Talks whose motto is “Ideas worth spreading.” Organized by four Dongguan University of Technology students, if took place six months ago. Half a year later, this group of young minds has grown, have left the […]

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Lucky Holidays Ahead

Lucky Holidays Ahead

| January 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

The 2015 public holiday schedule was released on December 16, setting down the detailed arrangement of all 11 public holidays for the year’s National festivals and memorial holidays. Looking at the schedule, there seems to be much fewer annoyances in the way of weekends worked in compensation for a day off. Let’s go through them […]

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