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In the Local Media: April 2015

In the Local Media: April 2015

Wild Life Tragedy On March 3, a raid on a country-style restaurant hidden in Dalang’s Songmushan Village uncovered almost 200 wild animals from the national list of protected animals, most of them had already been preserved as tonics. The massive restaurant, taking up three, three-storied houses, reportedly attracted nightly customers from Guangzhou and Shenzhen. Next […]

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Gallery Brings Latin Art

Gallery Brings Latin Art

Since the beginning of 2015, a small but noticeable art gallery has opened its doors to the public and to a handful of talented Mexican artists. Dilio Gallery co-owner Jackie You, hails from Taiwan, but he is joining his family who does business here in Dongguan in industrial design and is hoping the gallery, which […]

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Reality Film

Reality Film

If you walked into a cinema to find your common-day life on screen, would you then notice the little things slipping between rushing footsteps? Would you notice that the window’s reflection of twilight is beautiful? From March 18, to June 18, a concept art installation is designed to connect the public with the experience every […]

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Novelty Pet

Novelty Pet

To some, they are ugly, creepy even. To local Liaobu businessman, Zhong Zhiming, spiders are his favorite and “easiest to care for” pet. Newly popular in China and regulated from import, Zhong has slowly built and bred his collection of tarantulas over the last five years from the few that decorated his pharmacies to hundreds […]

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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

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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Who Would Know with Hillview’s Luc Li

Who Would Know with Hillview’s Luc Li

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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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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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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Other Recent Posts

DG Hotels Turn Off for Earth Hour

DG Hotels Turn Off for Earth Hour

| April 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

While conserving energy by one hour alone will not change the world, the World Wildlife Fund has promoted Earth Hour bringing together organizations and businesses around the world to raise awareness for energy conservationism. Dongguan’s international hotels joined the world on March 28 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. by turning off non-essential lights. “I have […]

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Changsheng Xilu: Japanese-Korean Town (Chang’An)

Changsheng Xilu: Japanese-Korean Town (Chang’An)

| April 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

At the foot of the hulking Daling Mountain lays Chang’an, a satellite city of Dongguan which negates much of the sameness you see from town to town. It’s less perturbed by construction along main thoroughfares, has preserved much of its green space, and pound for pound, may cater to the foreigner’s tastes even more than […]

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World Champs in DG

World Champs in DG

| April 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

It’s one of top three most prestigious international badminton competitions. It matches the world’s top men and women mixed teams, and it’s kicking off in the Dongguan Basketball Center in Liaobu from May 10 to 17. This is the 14th Sudirman Cup, a biennial tournament on par with the Thomas and Uber Cups for Men […]

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DG Sweeps PRC Tourney

DG Sweeps PRC Tourney

| April 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

Last month , the Pearl River Conference, an athletic conference of international schools from Guangzhou to Macau, held their middle school, Division II Girl’s Volleyball Tournament at Shenzhen’s QSI Shekou. The eight-team tournament included TLC, QSI and ISD from right here in Dongguan. All three, along with Shekou International School (SIS), entered the semi-finals competing […]

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