Breath Deeper: A Purchasing Guide for Air Purifiers and Dehumidifiers

Dongguan is known to be warm and humid. It’ average temperatures between May and September rarely fall below 30 °C and yearly relative humidity averages 71 percent. This year is

Half the Battle: What to Ask Your Garden about Pesticides

Mosquitoes and cockroaches are a big problem in many areas in China and many residential complexes have pesticide spray schemes to help control insects. While pesticides can be used safely

Model Mandarin: Modern Speak

Top Tip: Quiz Game Learning to read Chinese characters can be scary, but the guys over at Skritter have managed to make it seem more fun than frightening. The software,

Buying Second Hand: A Used Furniture Directory

Spring cleaning; the end of the school year; a deceptively uncomfortable couch. These are all legitimate reasons to yank the amalgamations of particle board, staples and pleather outside to beat

Wish You Were Here: Tips for International Mail

Mailing personal items or gifts across seas or continents can be a disturbing venture if you don’t know the differences in the many parcel mailing services and prohibitions of Chinese

Model Mandarin: Lessons in Love

Top Tip: Don’t Mind the Big Things Tones are important. They can be the difference between buy and sell (mǎi or mài) or between referring to someone’s mother (mā) as

Model Mandarin: Getting a Bargain

TOP TIP: Learn in Chunks Learning Chinese would be a lot easier if you could just take each newly learned Chinese word and swap it for English. Unfortunately, differences in grammar

Model Mandarin: New Year’s Resolution

Top Tip Like making a speech at a wedding, going for your first job interview or moving to a new country to continue your career, things are often much easier

Observe and Report: Civilian Guide to Official Uniforms

China’s broadly assigned law enforcement officers are seen on the street with similar uniforms in green, blue or white, sometimes confusing citizens in need. Lessons have been learned that asking

Model Mandarin: Everywhere, Le, Le

Top Tip Pleco Dictionary is a smart phone app available on both Android and iOS systems. The download is free, but add-ons can be expensive. Luckily, its most useful tool,