Introduction to mysterious and present-day China

Introduction to mysterious and present-day China

These days, it's quite jarring to walk around parts of old Beijing. Although old grannies can still be seen pushing cabbages in rickety wooden carts amidst huddles of men playing chess, it's not uncommon to see them all suddenly scurry to the side to make way for a brand-new BMW luxury sedan squeezing through the narrow hutong (a traditional Beijing alleyway). The same could be said of the longtang-style alleys of Sichuan or a bustling marketplace in Sichuan. Modern China is a land of paradox, and it's becoming increasingly so in this era of unprecedented socioeconomic change.

Relentless change -- seen so clearly in projects like the Yangtze River dam and the relocation of thousands of people -- has been an elemental part of China's modern character. Violent revolutions in the 20th century, burgeoning population growth (China is now the world's most populous country by far) and economic prosperity (brought about by a new openness to the outside world) have almost made that change inevitable. China's cities are being transformed -- Beijing and Shanghai are probably the most dynamic cities in the world right now. And the country's political position in the world is rising: The 2008 Olympics were awarded to Beijing, despite widespread concern about how the government treats its people.
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China has always been one of the most attractive travel destinations in the world, partly because so much history exists alongside the new, partly because it is still so unknown to outsiders. The country and its people remain a mystery. The rice paddies may have sprouted cities and manufacturing centers, and the streets may be clogged with cars and pollution, but the people remain rooted in a rich cultural heritage. They still burn joss sticks for good luck in an enterprise -- even as they iron out the details of that enterprise on a cell phone.


Americans know little about China

Americans know little about China

"Let the world know China and Let China know the world." I can't remember exactly where I have seen this slogan in Beijing and what the context has been. Given the simple fact of the ardor people have for learning foreign languages and the number of people going abroad each year, everyone can tell how hard China and Chinese people are trying to know the world considering. But I didn't know how equally important and urgent it is for the world to know China until I came to the States.

   First let me give you an idea of how little China is known to the Americans with some of the questions I was asked by the GRADUATE students at the department of communication at Purdue University.

   "Where is Beijing? Is it a coastal city?"

   "Why do you carry on the one-child family policy? Don't you know it is a crime?"

   "(I hope you don't mind my asking this question, Tan) Do Chinese people still live in poverty and oppression? "

   "Is it true that anybody who practices religion will be prosecuted in China?"

   The list of surprises I was given by my fellow American graduate students can go on and on,but let me turn to give you some examples of the surprise we gave to them.

   In the self-introduction during our first class in a Ph.D course, when I told them I wanted to finish the degree as soon as I could and then go back to China, The American students looked at me in both surprise and disbelief. Their assumption is that everybody including the Chinese of course, who comes to the States will stay here to seek a better life and that this is the only place where one can find a better life.

   When I asked my officemate for advice about buying a new car, she stared at me, asking me incredibly: "A new car?" Later I found out that her surprise was due to the popular image of Chinese students: either too poor or too economical.

   When an American TA asked me what I told my undergraduate students about my feeling of September11 Attack, I repeated my answer:"I'm very sad and angry. I'm sad because I know what it feels like to lose somebody you love, I have just lost my father-in-law; I'm angry because I know what it feels like when your motherland is attacked. Our Chinese embassy in Yugoslavia was bombed in 1999 by the NATO, that was an attack no different from one against my motherland. " She shook her head in shock and disbelief. I knew what she was thinking: how dare you, a Chinese TA voice such strong opinion especially one which might incur antagonism among your American students? She is just like other Americans who are so used to Chinese student's being silent or reserved.

   When we Chinese students for the first time joined the monthly performance hour of the department and sang some traditional songs and preceded each song with a brief humorous introduction, all the faculty and students present were astonished. To them, Chinese students are so serious, shy or even withdrawing. These traits have been partly responsible for the consequence that Chinese students are sometimes invisible.

   I'm aware that I can't simply use these examples from my own experience to argue for the ignorance of China among the Americans and their bias against Chinese people. But if you consider that the fact that they are either Ph.D or MA students of communication, how more optimistic can you be about the general Americans' understanding China and their image of Chinese people?

   So "let the world know China" should no longer remain an empty slogan. It is something we all should do, home and abroad, and something we should do with confidence and openness.

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Witness to a Tibetan Sky-Burial

Witness to a Tibetan Sky-Burial

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On the steps in front of Drigung Monastery, a dozen monks chant. Before them on

the courtyard flagstones lies a body, wrapped in white cloth, which was carried in

on a stretcher an hour ago. The monks are praying for a spirit that was once

present here, but now is emancipated from its former home. It is the third such

visitor today, for Drigung Gonpa has a profitable but gruesome specialty: disposal

of the dead.

My team and I arrived here last night, after a long day's drive from Lhasa to

Meldor Gungkar County in Central Tibet. Drigung monastery is on a steep hill,

overlooking our camp. Above the religious complex is a site for "sky burial," a

term meaning disposal of a corpse by allowing it to be devoured by birds. The

birds, which are summoned by incense and revered by Tibetans, cast their droppings

on the high peaks. Sky-burial is practiced all over the plateau, but Drigung is

one of the three most famous and auspicious sites.

After the chanting is over, we walk up a well-trodden path to a high ridge,

keeping a respectful distance behind the funeral party, which has come all the way

from Lhasa to discharge this final duty to their departed friend. The charnel

ground, or durtro, consists of a large fenced meadow with a couple of temples and

a large stone circle of stones at one end where the ceremony takes place. Prayer

flags hang from numerous chortens, and scent of smoldering juniper purifies the

air. Vultures circle overhead, and many more are clustered on the grass, a few

meters from the funeral bier.

Tibetans practice several forms of disposal of the dead, but sky burial is the

most common method and indeed a very practical one in a land where fuel is scarce

and the earth is often too hard to dig. For me, this is an extraordinary

opportunity, for these days not one visitor in five hundred is privileged to

witness the ceremony I'm about to see. But I am apprehensive, too, wondering how I

will stomach the sight of death.

Men in long white aprons come out, and unwrap the corpse, which is naked, stiff,

and swollen. The men hold huge cleavers, which are in a few strokes whetted to

razor sharpness on nearby rocks. The bright sun and clear blue sky diffuse

somewhat my ominous feeling. The coroners themselves, are not heavy or ceremonial,

but completely businesslike as they chat amongst themselves, and prepare to start.

Tibetans believe that, more important than the body, is the spirit of the

deceased. Following death, the body should not be touched for three days, except

possibly at the crown of the head, through which the consciousness, or namshe,

exits. Lamas guide the spirit in a series of prayers that last for seven weeks, as

the person makes their way through the bardo--intermediate states that precede

rebirth.

As the first cut is made, the vultures crowd closer; but three men with long

sticks wave them away. Within a few minutes the dead man's organs are removed and

set aside for later, separate disposal. The vultures try to move in and are

prevented by waving sticks and shouts. Then, the cutters give a signal and the men

all simultaneously fall back. The flock rushes in, covering the body completely,

their heads disappearing as they bend down to tear away bits of flesh. They are

enormous birds, with wings spanning more than 2 meters, top-feathers of dirty

white, and huge gray-brown backs. Their heads are virtually featherless, so as not

to impede the bird when reaching into a body to feed.

For thirteen minutes the vultures are in a feeding frenzy. The only sound is

tearing flesh and chittering as they compete for the best bits. The birds are

gradually sated, and some take to the air, their huge wings sounding like steam

locomotives as they flap overhead. Now the men pull out what remains of the

corpse--only a bloody skeleton--and shoo away the remaining birds. They take out

huge mallets, and set to work pounding the bones. The men talk while they work,

even laughing sometimes, for according to Tibetan belief the mortal remains are

merely an empty vessel. The dead man's spirit is gone, its fate to be decided by

karma accumulated through all past lives.

The bones are soon reduced to splinters, mixed with barley flour and then thrown

to crows and hawks, who have been waiting their turn. Remaining vultures grab

slabs of softened gristle and greedily devour them. Half an hour later, the body

has completely disappeared. The men leave also, their day's work finished. Soon,

the hilltop is restored to serenity. I think of the man whose flesh is now soaring

over the mountains, and decide that, if I happen to die on the high plateau, I

wouldn't mind following him.

 

a mysterious Tibet

a good travel destination

Thanks SC

Thats quite a bit of information to digest. Sounds like China is a wonderful place. I may have a chance to get to see it soon (biz trip).

Andre

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Chinese Wedding Receptions

 Chinese Wedding Receptions

Chinese wedding banquets are known for their extravagance and splendor. Learn more about traditional foods and customs that accompany the wedding reception.

The reception is by far the most important part of the Chinese wedding day. The wedding banquet is a significant way for the groom's family to show off for family and friends by thowing a generous party.

1.Many times there are tables of mah jong (a Chinese tile game), set up for guests to play before the festivities begin.

2.There is usually an emcee to "host" the evening and alert the guests to important announcements.

3.Traditionally, banquet tables are round, and seating charts are manipulated so guests who do not know one another are seated together.

4.Since the wedding banquet holds such esteem in Chinese culture, the menu is usually made up of Chinese delicacies - the best that money can buy. These include lobster, abalone, roast suckling pig, dessert and fresh fruit.

5.Between courses, the emcee entertains the guests while the wedding party takes turns playing tricks on the couple (mostly on the groom). Like when the groom picked up the bride from her home that morning, the bridesmaids play funny games on the groom to make him show his love for the bride.

6.The opposite of Western tradition's receiving line, at the end of the banquet the bride and groom stand at the door, and speak to everyone as they leave.

7.Rather than gifts, guests usually give money tucked in red envelopes.

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Kung Fu King Bruce Lee

Kung Fu King Bruce Lee

Lee Jun Fan was born November 27, 1940 (the Year of the Dragon according to the Chinese calendar). Since he was born in San Francisco, his parents wanted to also give him an "American" name. It would be this name by which Fan would become known worldwide -- Bruce Lee. The Lee family soon moved back to their native Hong Kong, where the young Bruce began appearing in films.
As a teenager, Lee began to seriously study the martial arts, mostly as a way to impress women. Even at a young age, Lee was quite the ladies' man. He was charming, intelligent and a good dancer, even winning a few dance championships. But he also had a great ego and would not take "no" for an answer. If he saw a girl he liked who happened to be accompanied by a boyfriend, Bruce would not hesitate to put his fists to use. Rumors about Lee at this time have him beating up whole groups of Triads and US Navy members just to impress one girl. At any rate, the constant fighting and carousing was worrying Lee's parents, so they sent him back to America with only a few hundred dollars (the Lee family's life savings) to his name.

Lee worked odd jobs for family members, mostly as a cook or dishwasher in restaurants.   Though he was still getting into trouble with the ladies, Bruce began to calm down somewhat and began to study all sorts of martial arts and philosophy. Seeing that without a formal education, he would never rise above the menial jobs he was doing, Lee eventually moved to Seattle to attend college. To pay for tuition, Lee began teaching a few students kung-fu. Eventually, word spread around campus and he had enough students to open his own school, where he developed his own style of fighting, Jeet Kune Do ("the way of the intercepting fist").

To promote his school, Lee traveled around giving demonstrations of Jeet Kune Do and his considerable physical skills, such as being able to do two-fingered push-ups. Lee also showcased his (now) famous "one-inch punch," where he could punch someone from only one inch away, yet still have enough force to send them back several feet. The demonstrations were often filmed, and one of these films found its way to a television producer named William Dozier, who hired Lee for the TV show The Green Hornet as Kato. Even though he was cast as the sidekick, Lee was the real star of the show. He would often improvise his own stunts and fight sequences, some of which would move so fast that the directors would tell Bruce to slow down. Lee's reputation got to be so much that when he fought Burt Ward (Robin) during a Batman tie-in episode, people were worried that Ward might be seriously hurt. As outstanding as Lee was, The Green Hornet lasted only one season.
  William Dozier, seeing that Lee had incredible potential, started to develop a new series with the budding star -- Kung Fu. However, network executives thought Lee looked too "oriental" to star in a series and thus gave the lead to a white actor (David Carradine, who is still milking the role to this day). Disgusted with Hollywood (and wanting to spend more time with his newborn son, Brandon) Lee returned to Seattle to concentrate on his school.

While The Green Hornet failed in America, it became a huge hit in Hong Kong. Movie producers began to contact Lee to star in movies, but it was Raymond Chow (the head of the upstart Golden Harvest studio) that convinced Lee to come back to Hong Kong. Lee's first Golden Harvest movie The Big Boss (aka Fists of Fury) was a huge hit, and his next, Fist of Fury (aka The Chinese Connection), was even bigger. In about a year, Bruce Lee became Asia's biggest draw. Lee was shrewd financially; he knew if his movies were making a lot of money, he should be making a lot of money too. So he created his own production company, Concord Productions. While not unusual for America, this was a major step for Asian stars, as most studios still operated under the classic "Hollywood system" (where key actors and directors were kept under contracts to one studio, only receiving a small -- if any -- part of the profit their movies made). Not only was Lee becoming a legend in front of the camera, he was also breaking new ground behind it as well.

His next film, The Way of the Dragon, was another runaway hit in Asia. By this time,   western movie studios (who beforehand had considered kung-fu movies "unintelligible" to western audiences) began to notice the huge amount of money Lee's movies were making. While working on Game of Death (which would become his final film, completed using a stunt double after Lee's death), Lee was contacted by the Warner Brothers studio to star in Enter the Dragon. Sporting a large budget and a talented international cast, Enter the Dragon was a smash hit worldwide, made Lee an international star and would set the standard for martial arts films for years to come.

Unfortunately, Lee never saw any of this. On July 20, 1973 -- shortly before Enter the Dragon's premiere -- Lee died suddenly of a brain aneurysm. Rumors circulated wildly about the circumstances of Lee's death. Some said he overdosed on hashish, while others suspected other martial arts masters who were angry at Lee for teaching kung fu to westerners. The most reasonable explanation is that Lee has an allergic reaction to a pain pill given to him by an actress. Whatever the reason, Lee's death sent shockwaves through the Hong Kong movie industry. Almost overnight, dozens of imitators popped up, sporting names like Bruce Li, Bruce Lie and Bruce Lay. Audiences weren't fooled -- none of the Lee pretenders' movies did well.

Some 25 years after his death, Bruce Lee still holds a magical fascination with moviegoers. Even though he produced only a handful of movies, Lee's legacy lives on in the hearts and minds of martial arts fans all around the world.
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Bruce Lee's filmography:
Game of Death (1973)

Enter the Dragon (1973)

Return of the Dragon (1973)

The Chinese Connection (1972)

Fists of Fury (1971)

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How to make Moon Cake?

How to make Moon Cake?

As every Chinese holiday is accompanied by some sort of special food, on the Moon Festival, people eat moon cakes, a kind of cookie with fillings of sugar, fat, sesame, walnut, lotus seeds, the yoke of preserved eggs, ham, dried flower petals or other material. The surface of the food is patterned with clouds, the moon, the rabbit. Some cakes will be sent to absent ones or saved at home for them. In Chinese fairy tales, there live on the moon the fairy Chang E, a wood cutter named Wu Gang and a jade rabbit which is Chang E's pet. In the old days, people paid respect to the fairy Chang E and her pet the jade rabbit.

Make Your Own Mooncakes
Syrup for mooncake
Ingredients:
1200g sugar
lkg water
1 lime - cut into 4 pieces, squeeze in the juice and put in the skin as well.
3 tbsp maltose
Method:
1.Put ingredients into a pot and bring to a boil till sugar has dissolved. Lower heat and continue to simmer till thick and syrupy.
2.Switch off the fire and add the maltose. Stir well to dissolve. Leave to cool and keep for use as syrup for the dough (skin).
Mooncake Pastry
Ingredients:
400g golden syrup
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 1/2 tbsp lye water (kan sui)
100ml peanut oil
550g flour
Method:
Pour golden syrup, bicarbonate of soda and oil into a mixing bowl. Add in lye water and mix with a wooden spoon. Fold in flour gradually and stir to form a firm dough. Let dough rest for five hours.
Lotus Paste Filling
Ingredients:
500g lotus seeds (seong lin)
1 1/2 tbsp lye water (kan sui)
340ml peanut oil
450g sugar
1 tbsp maltose
1 tbsp kao fun (cooked glutinous rice flour)
Method:
1.Add lye water into lotus seeds, mix well and leave aside for 20 minutes. Pour in boiling water and cover up for 20-30 minutes. Strain and wash the lotus seeds to remove the skin.
2.Boil lotus seeds till soft. Put them into a blender with some water and blend into a thick paste.
3.Heat wok with a quarter portion of oil and a quarter portion of sugar. When sugar turns light brown, put in blended lotus paste and the remaining sugar. Stir constantly until paste is smooth and thick in consistency. Add in the rest of the oil gradually. Keep stirring the paste until thick. Lastly, stir in maltose and stir well to blend.
4.Sieve in 1 tbsp kao fun for a thicker and firmer consistency in the paste. Leave overnight before use.
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Study Chinese in China Information & Tips

Study Chinese in China  Information & Tips

More and more foreigners are showing interest in learning Chinese as China increases exchanges with the outside world. More than 9,600 foreign students from 113 countries came to Shanghai to learn Chinese in 2004. It is estimated that the number of foreigners coming to China to learn the language over the last few years has maintained an average annual growth rate of 35 percent.

When you're not in China, and even if you are, it is sometimes difficult to find the information you are looking for. Digging up the different options of where you can study Chinese is pretty difficult when you are hundreds of miles away.

Universities welcome Western students for the extra revenue they bring. Courses usually cost about US$1000 a semester. Accommodation costs around US$10 a day.

In Shanghai, there are more than 10 universities offering Chinese language courses. So, the problem for many foreigners is to select one between all these universities.

Students are usually given a placement test before the course starts and administered an HSK upon completing the course. Classes are generally in the morning Monday through Friday, 8:30-12:30. Intensive classes have an additional 2 hours a day from 2-4. Optional classes are available, including tai-chi, calligraphy, HSK prep, etc.

Students are predominantly Korean (60-85%), Japanese (15-35%), Thai or Indonesian. Westerners are a definite minority. There is no official interaction or activities between short term students and chinese students on campus.

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Where to Study Chinese

There are 3 different ways to learn the language:

University

Pros

Best way to socialise with others foreign or Chinese students and experience the student life and know more of the Chinese culture.

Solid and experienced teaching (most of the time).

A more structured environment (with tests), official Certificates, diplomas after completing a course.

Cons

Expensive (compared to private schools)

Large numbers of students per class (from 20-25 per class)

Private School

Pros

Cheaper than university (in most cases).

Flexible - for a short period (as short as two weeks), variable hours as little as one class a day (or as much as you want).

Cons

Teaching quality - some say it's inferior, you better check classrooms and teaching methods before enrolling.

Environment is isolated.

Minimal contact with local Chinese.

Private Teacher

Pros

Many chinese students willing to teach the language or even do some language exchange with foreigners.

Even cheaper than private schools, from 30rmb / hour.

Very flexible, can teach you Chinese during your spare time at home or wherever you like

Cons

It's just a matter of finding the best one and most suitable for you.

No contact with others students.

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A Typical Chinese Course

A Typical Chinese Course

 

Tea (jasmine green tea or woo-long black tea)

Appetizer (usually cold seasoned meat)

Main dishes (as many as ten, usually four dishes plus one soup)

Dessert.

China is a country diverse in climate, ethnicity and subcultures. Not surprisingly

therefore, there are many distinctive styles of cuisine. Following are examples of the

major culinary styles. Click the highlighted entry, you will get a short description of the

specific style, as well as typical dishes and pictures.

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Consolidated

I have consolidated most of your posts into less threads. Please do not just copy and paste from your website.

TT

A Brief Intro to the Tourist Visa(to Tibet)

There are two documents required for foreign tourists who want to travel in Tibet. One is the Chinese Visa, which you can apply for in Chinese Embassy in your place. Another is the Alien's Travel Permit issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau.

Non-Chinese passport holders (including those of Taiwan, Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR and other countries) must have an Alien's Travel Permit as well as a valid passport and a visa (Travelers from countries having visa exemption agreement with Hong Kong do not need a visa) to visit Tibet. Visa can be obtained from the local China consulate in your country. Since the government encourages group tours to Tibet the permit is issued only to tour groups traveling with a Chinese tour operator. Your travel agency will represent you to facilitate the application process. A Tibet permit usually costs around 200 Rmb.

Permit for Entrance in Tibet

For the Tibet Tour we'll obtain a permit. It'll take us 3 - 7 days. The following details of the travelers are required for the processing of the visa: name, nationality, passport number, sex, date of birth and occupation.

Visa Obtained in Katmandu

Visa for Tibet can be obtained from the Chinese Embassy in Katmandu. Application has got to be made a minimum of 7 days before the commencement of the trip. Visa can be obtained by paying a surcharge up to 3 days before the trip departure date. Original passports are required for application of visa. The following details of the travelers are required to be submitted to the Chinese Embassy for the processing of the visa: name, nationality, passport number, sex, date of birth and profession along with one passport size photograph. Please note that visa for Tibet obtained elsewhere has still got to be endorsed by the Chinese Embassy in Katmandu. Regular visas for China are not valid for travel into Tibet from Nepal.

Surcharge: A surcharge of US $ 40.00 on Tibet visa is applicable for British, Canadian, Belgian, Cameroon, Brazilian, Irish, French and Dutch Nationals

China Travel Information & Tips

The People’s Republic of China is the third largest country in the world in terms of area, but some have said it isn’t even a country – it’s a different world.

Geographically, it is situated in eastern Asia on the western shore of the Pacific Ocean, with an area of 9.6 million square kilometres. China's continental coastline extends for about 18,000 kilometres, and its vast sea surface is studded with more than 5,000 islands, of which Taiwan and Hainan are the largest. China has shared borders for centuries with Korea, the formerly Soviet Union, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan, Burma, Laos and Vietnam.

China today offers shop-till-you-drop metropolises, big city attractions, but yet retains its heritage, historical and cultural value through the epic grasslands of Inner Mongolia - with deserts, sacred peaks, astounding caves, imperial ruins, terracotta warriors and so much more.

It will take a lifetime to uncover even a fraction of China, but it certainly is a destination that has long captured the imagination of tourists worldwide.

Airport Taxes
RMBY90. Children under 12 are exempt.

Electrical Appliances
220V

Airport Transfers
Beijing/Peking airport (Capital International Central) is 28km northeast of the city, about 30-40 minutes by bus and taxi to town.

Guangzhou/Canton airport (Baiyun) is 7km from the city, about 20 minutes away.

Shanghai Hongqiao (SHA) airport is 15km southwest of the city with a travel time of about 25-40 minutes).

Shanghai Pudong (PVG) airport, in the new eastern financial district is 30km from the city centre. It takes about 30-40 minutes.

Currency Matters
1 Renminbi Yuan (RMBY) = 10 chiao/jiao or 100 fen. Notes are in denominations of RMBY100, 50, 10, 5, 2 and 1, and 5, 2 and 1 chiao/jiao. Coins are in denominations of RMBY1, 1.5 chiao/jiao and 5, 2 and 1 fen.

RMBY is not traded outside China. Foreign banknotes and tavellers cheques can be exchanged at branches of The Bank of China. In hotels and Friendship Stores for tourists, imported luxury items such as spirits may be bought with Western currency.

Special Prohibited Items
Arms, ammunition, censored (photographs in mainstream Western magazines may be regarded as censored), radio transmitters/receivers, exposed but undeveloped film, fruit and certain vegetables, political and religious pamphlets (a moderate quantity of religious material for personal use is acceptable). Any printed matter directed against the public order and the morality of China.

Special Health Regulations
A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from all travellers if arriving from infected areas. Following WHO guidelines issued in 1973, a cholera vaccination certificate is not a condition of entry to China. However, cholera is a slight risk in this country and precautions could be considered. Up-to-date advice should be sought before deciding whether these precautions should include vaccination as medical opinion is divided over its effectiveness. A strain of Bengal cholera has been reported in western areas. Poliovirus transmission has been shown by reliable data to be completely interrupted since 1994 through eradication programmes. Malaria risk exists throughout the country below 1500m except in Heilongjiang, Jilin, Inner Mongolia, Gansu, Beijing, Shanxi, Ningxia, Qinghai, Xinjiang (except in the Yili River Valley) and Tibet (Xizang, except in the Zangbo River Valley in the extreme southeast). North of 33°N, the risk lasts from July to November, between 33°N and 25°N from May to December, and south of 25°N throughout the year. The disease occurs primarily in the benign vivax form but the malignant falciparum form is also present and has been reported to be multidrug-resistant. The recommended prophylaxis in risk areas is chloroquine, or mefloquine in Hainan and Yunnan.

Drinking Water
Outside main centres all water used for drinking, brushing teeth or freezing should have first been boiled or otherwise sterilised.

Dress Code
Casual clothes are acceptable everywhere, although smarter clothes can gain more respect. Revealing clothes should be avoided.

Travel Wisdom
Serious crime against foreigners is rare. However, crime does occur in both Chinese cities and in the countryside. Do not trek alone in isolated or sparsely populated areas, including those that follow parts of the Great Wall. If you do so, you should leave your itinerary and expected time of return at your hotel/hostel or with a third party. Extra care should be taken when moving around street markets and when visiting popular expatriate bars after dark. Major tourist sites also attract thieves and pickpockets. If you resist a robbery attempt it could lead to serious violence (knives are fairly common).

Areas bordering on Siberia, Pakistan, Vietnam, Laos and Burma are poorly policed. In Yunnan, drug smuggling and related crimes are on the increase. There is also a risk of attack from armed bandits in the more remote areas of China, such as those on the Gansu/Sichuan border. Trans-Siberian express trains are noted for smuggling. Search your compartment and secure the cabin door before departure. Petty theft from overnight trains and buses is common.

Weblinks To Visit

www.sortchina.com
China.Guide is an English portal website directory and search about China for the people who are interested in China.It provides up-to-date information and news including Chinese Life, Chinese Economy, Chinese Culture, Chinese Sports, Chinese Health, Chinese Science-techonology and Chinese Society etc., such as BBS, BLOG, CHAT, B2B, yellowpages. ChinaGuide has the most authoritative and comprehensive English website navigation about China.

www.chinats.com
Maintained by an Internet service provider, this site is clean and clear in its presentation and affords visitors good and useful information including geography, economic and physical conditions, and other tourist type information. It even provides a comprehensive list of good restaurants for various types of cuisine. However, accommodation listing is missing, although it does provide a contact point for further information. A useful starting point for first time visitors.

www.cnto.org
This is the official China National Tourism Organisation site. As such, it doesn’t provide any commercial propositions – it is only for information – most of which are provided. Visas, climate, geography, history, and tourist attractions. Good guide book to the country, but do not expect any help with hotels and other tourism products.

www.chinatour.com
A US-based tour operator, Access China Tour, which specialises in arranging tours to China and its neighbouring regions, runs this site. Hence, the tours are ex-US, but the site contains good information on the country and possible ideas of educational and cultural tours that can be organised within China.
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Finding a job in China (FAQ, information & tips)

Finding a job in China (FAQ, information & tips)

 

MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I find a job
How much can I expect to earn
How and where should I start my job search
How should I prepare before I come
What are key issues when coming
What’s important in the job search
What types of jobs are out there
What are key elements of a package
What’s your final advice
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DETAILED INFORMATION

CAN I FIND A JOB Yes. You will need to be resourceful, a bit lucky (all jobs are like that), and you may have to bite the bullet by sleeping on the floor of many apartments and eating fang bian mian (instant noodles) for several months, but it can be done. The key is being persistent, patient and lucky. More important is that you first set your own goals and parameters what field do you want to be in, what salary do you expect, how long can you live without a salary, what is your ultimate goal in coming to China, etc.

 

HOW MUCH CAN I EARN If money is most important to you, you had best look first for a China job in the States or from Hong Kong. Any company that sends you overseas will most likely give you a full package plus great benefits. The downside is that these jobs are harder to find, especially if you have limited relevant experience; it also generally means workingtraining in the States for 1-2 years before heading over, but not necessarily. Even if money is not important to you, before you leave the States you ought to do a heavy job search on that end. If you find a job in China (see details below on compensation levels), they will most likely pay you less, although you can live well and still save money on a decent salary. See details on compensation below.

 

HOW AND WHERE SHOULD I LOOK FOR A JOB Many people come and then look for a job. It's probably the true China person who chooses this riskier strategy. We do advise you to first look in the States, though, or in Hong Kong, before packing your bags. Hong Kong can be a prime job market, but unless you have a friend there, it is very expensive to stay and hang out. Who knows also Maybe you get a good job in Hong Kong and they send you into Mainland China. Don't come here without first trying your luck in the US andor HK. First try the web sites we recommend above, mailing out lots of resumes and using any network(s) you may have.

HOW SHOULD I PREPARE BEFORE I COMEWHAT SHOULD I BE PREPARED FOR Be flexible prepare all sorts of resumes, with different slants. Be prepared to be patient and not find a job for several months. At the very minimum, before coming prepare at least one resume with the teacher slant, as this is a sure backup to make money.

Also, if you arrive without a job, be prepared to spend 3 months getting settled, brushing up on your Mandarin, making connections and finally landing a job. Hopefully you won't need that long. Have at least enough money in your pocket to cover your expenses for this period. Figure about 1000 USD a month should cover you no problem, but that's if you are resourceful. The big chunk of that is housing, so if you find a dorm or crash with a friend, you can live on less. Many of us can live on 200 USD a month, outside of housing, in fact. Eat cheaply, not much western food, don't party a lot, take public transport or ride a bike, and live in a dorm, crash on someone's floor, or find a cheap hotel. Be creative. Housing and visas will be your main concern (see below), and oftentimes it's advisable to come first and study or work as a teacher, just to get your feet solidly on the ground and have housing and visa problems resolved right off the bat..

WHAT IS IMPORTANT IN THE JOB SEARCH Get to know people network, network and network. Send out resumes; reach as many people as possible. (But don't bombard us with e-mail). Many people who come as students also intern at companies or for the US embassy commercial section, or U.S. companies. The internships in the commercial sections can often lead to good job offers. Unpaid, but you are working for your future right If you work in a certain sector of the commercial section, you'll be able to somewhat become an expert on it, and you can impress all those US companies in that sector who come through the embassy wanting to know about China. Latching on to a big multinational from the China side, save having incredible working experience or a top degree, is extremely difficult. However, local and many small western companies can offer interesting opportunities. Likwise, another advantage of coming on a study program first, particularly the better ones, is that they will help place you in an internship. This internship sometimes can turn into a job.

If you come to Beijing without a job, it is obviously better if you have some work experience or great Chinese. Best is both. You have an advantage if you can push one of these when job seeking. Take the position of the company you are interviewing with why would they want to hire you A Chinese person who is experienced and already knows the environment here earns probably 110 to 12 of the salary that you might command. Or a company could hire an experienced expat who knows their company and send them to China. Your chances improve if you have relevant US job industry experience or great Chinese. Gone are the days where good Chinese will get you by, or so I have been told. Many companies are also rethinking their China strategies and cutting back, and in the wake of the the rest of Asia's economic woes, the next year or so may be a period of retrenchment. But maybe you are just lucky. Remember, for as many local expats who say it's hard to find a job here, almost 90% of them, when asked how they found their job in China (and most got their foot in the door with little work experience behind them), will say, Oh, I just got lucky.

WHAT ARE THE KEY ISSUES TO CONSIDER WHEN I GET OFF THE PLANE Your immediate problems will be your visa and housing. Come to China on a tourist visa and you will most likely have to leave to change it's status or to extend the visa eventually, which may mean taking an expensive trip to Hong Kong. Because of the visa problem many people come and teach (resolves both visa and housing issues right off the bat) or come as a student (also resolves both issues). This allows you to get your feet on the ground and build up connections and language skills. If you come and then look for English teaching, they will seldom give you a visa. If you take the studentteaching path, you will usually have to be locked in for 6-12 months, but that's alright. Not cool to skip out on a teaching job.

WHAT TYPE OF JOBSOPTIONS ARE THERE

Teaching English
Being a student
Interning in the U.S. embassya western company.
Translating services
Legal assistant
Journalism
Business
Odd jobs for local Chinese companies
Be creative - think outside the conventional job box
Start something on your own - be an entrepreneur

WHAT SHOULD A PACKAGE INCLUDE There are several issues here to consider, which I elaborate on below salary, housing allowance, healthcare, vacationplane ticket, visa, taxes, other issues.

Your package will depend if you are hired as an expat from abroad or a local hire. Obviously if you are brought in from overseas, you can expect big bucks and a full range of benefits. Salaries range in the industry, but if you are sent here, figure you will get $25-100K, hardship posting pay, standard bonuses, housing allowance of at least $1500-6000 a month, 3-5 weeks paid vacation, and round trip air ticket once a year (and perhaps more for R&R leave time), full US standard healthcare, evacuation insurance through AEA, SOS, or MEDEX, tax coverage, shipping fees covered; and all other reimbursable expenses and training that would accrue to you as an employee. Sometimes language lessons are paid for as well. If you are high enough up or the position requires it, you will get a car andor driver, a mobile phone, or at least have travel to and from work reimbursed.

If you are hired locally, the story is drastically different, and you should have no illusions about landing the above. Your compensation of course varies on the company, your background, the industry, and your position. Nevertheless, here's what you can expect, as an expatriate local hire

SALARY As a journalist or clipper, you might get $500-1500 a month and up; As a translator or legal assistant $15K - 30K; In business typical salaries are between $15-50K, but can be higher if you have experience in the industry or get lucky enough to latch on to a big company. As a teacher, you can earn $5-20 an hour, but work can be patchy. Remember that your salary is only as valuable as the rest of the package housing allowance, tax coverage, health insurance, etc. can tilt the balance.

HOUSING ALLOWANCE Housing in Beijing is the biggest ma fan (nuisance) for expats. Living in a _legal_ apartment can run $1200 at the cheapest, and up to $2000 for something reasonably located. Don't expect much for housing allowance, but figure the cheapest non-legal apartments will run about $300-600 per month. Lots of local expats live in these apartments. Some expat packages don't include housing; others will give you perhaps $1500 a month at most. Few local hire expat jobs will provide you an apartment - you'll have to find one on your own. If you choose to live in local housing, you can save money, but you will always live with the fear of the gong an ju (PSB) knocking on your door. (Yes, I've been booted from my apartment more than once, but that is another topic - see separate section - seeking local housing). The good news amid all of this is that housing prices are coming down in Beijing; overdevelopment has changed the real estate scene from a seller to buyer's market (though legal housing still ain't cheap), and the government has gotten a little more lax with living in local housing.

HEALTHCARE Ideally you should get a US healthcare package or evacuation service through SOS or AEA, the two biggest providers in Beijing. Figure the US healthcare package to be worth $200 per month in your salary. If you get evacuation insurance (your parents would want you to have this), it will run the company $300 per year, but doesn't mean as much if you don't have health coverage also. (A visit at Beijing United Family Hospital is around $80). In Beijing, aside from Beijing United Family Hospital, you might check out AEA and IMC for western healthcare. Cheaper but OK are the Sino-German Health clinic or the Hong Kong Medical Clinic. Otherwise, if you go to a Chinese hospital, you'll pay less and still get decent treatment at Peking Union or The Sino-Japanese Hospital. There is a difference is the healthcare provision, though; I didn't spend three years setting up Beijing United for no reason at all! For inquires about Beijing United plans, send them an e-mail

VACATIONPLANE TICKET Standard for an expat who signs on for 1-3 years is 3-4 weeks of paid vacation, and one roundtrip ticket back to the States per year. But sometimes you won't even get this.
VISA Your company should handle this. If you are lucky, maybe they send you to Hong Kong every 3-6 months to get a new visa. This works out well (go buy some new clothes and get a needed rest from Beijing), and also helps you avoid taxes in China. Visas are a major tou teng (headache) if your company refuses to handle this for you. Insist on your company handling your visa and all related work permits.
TAXES Big companies will handles your taxes for you (meaning what they quote you as your salary is after tax). Smaller ones probably will deduct taxes from your pay; others will not report it and leave it up to you. If everything is done in accordance to China and U.S. law, however, you can expect the following Around 8% of your salary should be deducted for Social Security and FICA by your company (if it is a US company). If you earn less than $72,000 year (and if you don't, I'll trade jobs with you), you are totally exempt from US personal income taxes if you spend more than 330 days of the year outside the U.S. Just make sure you file (you get an automatic extension until June 1, by the way) the 1040 form as well as the 2555-EZ form available in the States or at the US embassy. If your company follows Chinese law (not all do), you pay a graded tax (meaning you pay x% on income from 0-3000 RMBmonth; y% for the amount from 3000-5000 RMBmonth; z% for the amount from 5000-7000 RMBmonth, etc. - note figures not accurate). Whatever you earn, figure China taxes are less than your equivalent grade in the States. For example, if you earn 25,000, you might pay on average 20% income tax in the States (correct me if I'm wrong - I've never worked there!); in China, the level is closer to 13%. In short, if you are thoroughly confused if you work in China, make a real salary, and follow all US and China laws, you pay less taxes than if you worked in the States for the same salary -- but not THAT much lower. If you can find ways to get the company to cover taxes, all the better. If you don't pay China taxes, the burden should be on your company.
Other issues It's always good to get perks on the job e-mail, mobile phone, pager, computer, reimbursed rides to and from work. Standard bonuses are a month salary or less, or if you are in sales, commissions. Throw these jobs in to sweeten the deal. Standard raises vary from year to year, but are between 3-15%.

FINAL ADVICE No matter what job you land and what compensation you get, know there will always be someone who earns more than you. The grass will always be greener on the other side, as they say. Pick a job that you are interested in, and offers you a chance to develop. If you want to know China and speak Chinese, pay attention to the company culture will you speak Chinese Who are the expats What life do they lead At the same time, remember that you have to negotiate your contract. Look out for yourself, as no one else will; that's why we've written this and put it in public access cyberspace.

[Please keep in mind too this is written based on our experience, which is all in Beijing. We hear Shanghai is a good market, if not better than Beijing, and the terms may all be different. Also I haven't updated this; if China's rapid changes are any indication of change in the job market, maybe all this will be different tomorrow.]

FINALLY, will you be able to find a job Of course. It may not be easy and it might not be what you like right off the bat, but there are jobs out there. Know what your goals are and also know how long you can stay without real employment (read income). Worse comes to worse, you work on your Chinese and travel and witness first-hand the greatest economic and social revolution of all time. That's not so bad, now is it The longer you stay and dedicated you are, the better your chances become of finding something interesting (and interesting jobs there are). Also remember that once you work, and if the job is demanding, you won't have time to bum around and see the craziness of BeijingChina. If you can't find a good job, use the time to study Chinese -- trust me, you'll never regret it.

 

Study (X) Visa of China

(X )Visa is issued to an alien who comes to China for study, advanced studies or intern practice for a period of more than six months.

An alien who comes to China to study, short-term advanced studies or intern practice for a period of no more than six months shall apply for a (F) Visa.

How to apply

1. You must come to the visa office of the Embassy or Consulate -General in the consular jurisdiction where you live to submit the application; or

2. If you cannot come personally, you may entrust someone else or a travel/visa agent to come to the visa office of the Embassy or Consulate -General in the consular jurisdiction where you live for application process.

Mail applications are not acceptable and will be refused. Mail back service is available (make sure you read INSTRUCTIONS FOR APPLICATION MAIL SERVICE).
No appointment is required.
Documents to be included with application:
1. Your valid & actual passport. The passport must have at least six (6) months validity left before expiration and at least one blank page left in it.

2. One completed Visa Application Form (Q1) with one additional passport photo (black & white or color is acceptable).

3. An approved Foreign Student Visa Application Form (JW201 or JW202) issued by the authorized Chinese unit, and an enrollment letter from the Chinese school.

4. The applicant who will study in China for more than one year shall also provide a Physical Examination Certificate for Foreign Citizen.

5. An applicant born in China who applies for a Chinese visa with a new foreign passport is required to submit his/her Chinese passport or last foreign passport with a Chinese visa.

If the visa application form is not filled out completely, correctly and legibly, this can cause a delay in processing or the refusal of the requested visa.
Visa fee and processing time

$50 for American, and $30 for citizens of other countries.

The regular processing time is 4 working days. For express service, additional fees of $30 for 1 working day processing (applications presented before 11:30 am may be picked up between 2:30 pm-3:00 pm on the same day), or $20 for 2-3 working days processing will be charged.
Please pay by Visa, MasterCard, Money Order, Cashier's Check, Company Check or Cash. Personal checks are not acceptable. Please make the check or money order payable to Chinese Embassy.
Additional information

Generally, (X) visa is valid for one entry, three months. American citizens may apply multiple entry ( X ) visas valid for 12 months, and the application fee is $150. The holder of a (X) visa must go through residential formalities in the local public security department within thirty days of entry into China.
Any person suffering from mental disorder, leprosy, AIDS, venereal diseases, contagious tuberculosis or other such infectious diseases shall not be permitted to enter China.

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.There were a large number of inventions in Sung Dynasty (Song Dynasty) of Chinese history. As everyone knows, three of four great inventions of ancient china were born in Sung Dynasty; they are compass, gunpowder and typography. These three great inventions had changed the process of the whole world civilization.

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China is wonderful

China is wonderful destination. It is a whole new world for most travelers.