What’s the Deal with Chinese Leap Month

Ever wondered why certain Chinese traditional holidays such as Spring Festival, Dragon Boat Festival, and the Mid-Autumn Day, fall on a different date every year? While you may think this

What’s the Deal with Infinite Numerals?

Walking the streets of Dongguan, cell phone numbers can be seen pasted or painted everywhere—the ground, a bus stop, a pole, a wall, a public toilet, a tree, a statue

What’s the Deal with Fake Liquor?

Knockoffs, or shanzhai products, exist at almost every level in China, leading to a lack of surprise to hear that RMB 1,000 bottle of Hennessy VSOP sold at night clubs

What’s the Deal with Muslim Noodle Shops?

Their green signs scripted with Arabic lettering, and pictures of open pasture, cows and sheep, comfort many Chinese-illiterate foreigners with consistency and suitable nourishment. The similar interior and menus of

What’s the Deal with Land Use Rights?

In the PRC, it is known that land is owned by the state or collectivities. It was not until the 1980s under Deng Xiaoping’s guidance that the land ownership and

What’s the Deal with an IV a Day?

Walk into a Chinese hospital or clinic’s IV zone and a forest of bottles and tubes will meet you, hooked up at every corner of the room pouring fluids into

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

What’s the Deal with Dongguan Dialect

The Dongguan dialect, articulated from the lower part of throat with a strong bouncy cadence, is intelligible to Cantonese speakers who use higher pitches, but easily differentiated. The two share