Model Mandarin: Invite Corrections

Top Tip: Tones are important. They are also difficult, and take hours of listening and trying to mimic native speakers. But don’t let this worry you, if you are still

DG Ink: Time of the Tattoo

  Tattoo artists are following the trends of a blossoming Chinese Counter Culture, and their human canvases have never been so plentiful. Covering The renaissance of ink, HERE! Dongguan talks

Uncommon Sense: A Farewell

After three years and thirty-eight columns, Uncommon Sense is coming to an end. You would be forgiven for assuming it is because I am leaving the country. While this is

Adjustment Period

There are few foods I dislike. As my palate has matured over the years, I’ve added more things to my “like” or “will tolerate” columns than I have to my

What’s the Deal with Food Safety Grades?

Whether you have noticed or not, restaurant patrons are increasingly being greeted by colorful faces. Signs indicating food safety and safety levels are marked with three different expressions. It is

Therefore, I Am

Thinking Bar This is one of those local hangouts that by definition is not much different than most locally owned bars. It is not too big. The entertainment consists of

It’s-a Good-a

Buonasera Set in a nice clean and comfortable environment, the Buonasera Italian Restaurant makes you feel at home in classic Italian trattoria style. Greeted by friendly and helpful English speaking

Ink Stories

Who: Daniel Spencer, Chile, 80s generation Where: Wrist Why: Sometimes no matter how up you are, you can always be alone in your soul. I guess many of us pass

Factory Phoenix

Rebirth of Dongguan’s Old Buildings to Creative Nests Over the past decade, as China’s urban revitalization rocketed alongside its economy, aged, vacant factories have been getting refurbished and converted into

Import and Export: China’s Licensing Framework

As China continues to grow, development is creating improved infrastructure and increased efficiencies that benefit suppliers, while higher disposable incomes across the country represent a potential boon for those targeting