Things Chinese People Would Say No To
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Things Chinese People Would Say No To

Every culture has its unique features, and people from different cultural backgrounds have different understandings of etiquette and manners. Nevertheless, the nuances in the understanding of etiquette and manners often have a direct impact on people’s daily life, which means people from different countries have their own definition of something being “acceptable” or “unacceptable”. Today...

September 13, 2018September 13, 2018by
Numbers in Chinese Culture: Good & Bad
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Numbers in Chinese Culture: Good & Bad

In any culture, there is always a part – big or small – that has something to do with superstitions. Chinese culture is of no exception. Chinese people are extremely superstitious about many things. An area that, perhaps, strikes out the most is numbers and dates. People are very superstitious about dates, especially when it comes to planning important events, such as weddings. You...

August 29, 2018September 12, 2018by
Why do Chinese People do that?
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Why do Chinese People do that?

Every country has its own culture, and China is of no exception here. Many foreigners, after living in China for several years, have noticed some drastic differences between the western culture and the Chinese culture. They’re also baffled by some Chinese people’s habits that can be observed in their daily life. In this article, we’re...

August 6, 2018August 6, 2018by
How do Chinese People View Money?
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How do Chinese People View Money?

Money is a delicate topic in the western culture. Western people tend to be very careful when talking about money-related issues like their salary. Borrowing or lending money is even considered unacceptable in some western countries. However, everything is completely different in China. Money is nothing sensitive and you don’t need to feel awkward at...

July 30, 2018July 30, 2018by
Chinese Style of Parenting
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Chinese Style of Parenting

Chinese people clearly understand the importance of education. Therefore, how to educate children has always been a topic which leads to heated discussions. However, Chinese parents’ attitude towards their kids is quite different from the western stereotype. In this article we’re going to find out how parents in China deal with their kids in terms...

July 25, 2018July 25, 2018by
Top 5 Things Young Chinese People Like
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Top 5 Things Young Chinese People Like

China’s economy is growing rapidly and it offers numerous job opportunities to young people. However, as a result of the rapid economic growth, Chinese people are faced with big work pressure and often don’t have much time left for themselves apart from weekends. It’s interesting to know what young people in China like to do...

July 18, 2018July 18, 2018by
What to Expect at a Chinese Wedding
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What to Expect at a Chinese Wedding

An unforgettable wedding is what every girl is longing for because presumably you’ll have it only once in your life. The concept of “family” is highly valued in the Chinese culture, and that’s probably why Chinese people are willing to spend fortunes of money on holding an extraordinary wedding. If you have a Chinese friend...

July 9, 2018July 9, 2018by
5 Things to Observe When Visiting a Chinese Home
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5 Things to Observe When Visiting a Chinese Home

Chinese people are famous for their hospitality and they are always excited to show foreigners about the Chinese culture. They’re also curious about people from different cultural backgrounds. Therefore, if you’re a foreigner living in China, don’t feel surprised if your Chinese friends invite you to their places for a visit, even if you’re not...

July 4, 2018July 25, 2018by
Important Chinese Table Manners You Must Know
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Important Chinese Table Manners You Must Know

China pays great attention to courtesy, even when it comes to food culture. Dining etiquette is deep-rooted in the Chinese history, table manners and distinctive courtesies are two indispensable parts of an enjoyable dining experience. In this article we will offer you a few advice on what you need to pay attention to when eating...

June 26, 2018June 26, 2018by
What Is Traditional Chinese Clothing
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What Is Traditional Chinese Clothing

Traditional clothing plays a vital role in any country’s history and life. The features of traditional clothing vary with different geographic areas and different periods of time in history. The design of traditional Chinese clothing also has its unique characteristics in different time periods. Therefore, it’s difficult to generalize the idea of traditional Chinese clothing...

January 8, 2018July 25, 2018by
Bizarre Food Event Recap
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Bizarre Food Event Recap

Every month at That’s Mandarin we organize a few cultural activities and events for our students and their friends. Everyone who is interested in learning about the Chinese culture or just wants to have fun is welcome to our events. This month, one of the events was the Bizarre Food Event, where we brought multiple...

November 30, 2017July 25, 2018by
Dating in China: Then and Now
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Dating in China: Then and Now

This article just covered the tip of the iceberg at how dating is done in Ancient and modern China. Learning some basic Chinese phrases could help you score a date too. There is still a lot be learned. Dating is fun and exciting, just be yourself and have fun. Though you might hit or miss...

November 15, 2017April 4, 2018by
How to Haggle with Tough Chinese Salespeople
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How to Haggle with Tough Chinese Salespeople

Here is something about you might not want to hear if you’ve been paying full prices for things you bought in China: you’ve been ripped off! In China, paying full price is almost unheard of. Goods that have no price tags bear an invisible invitation to haggle. And haggling is a habit, a custom, and...

October 26, 2017March 6, 2018by
The 12 Chinese Zodiac Animals
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The 12 Chinese Zodiac Animals

The Chinese zodiac has been around for thousands of years and used to be the main astrological belief that Chinese people based their actions and predictions on. It is believed that the animals in the zodiac represents the characters of the people born under each zodiac sign. We will explore the following: What is Chinese...

July 3, 2017April 27, 2018by
Top Things to Do in Shanghai This Summer
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Top Things to Do in Shanghai This Summer

Shanghai has long been renowned as one of the must-visit places in the world. With a population of over 24 million residents made up of Chinese nationals and expats, this metropolis has evolved into a sophisticated blend of modern and traditional Chinese cultures. In this big metropolitan city, there is something for everyone. You can...

June 20, 2017July 25, 2018by
5 Ways To Enhance Your Life In China
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5 Ways To Enhance Your Life In China

Living in a foreign country always starts off exciting, especially with the amount of new sights and experiences around. When the novelty has worn off and the adrenaline is running out, do you have enough support in your new life to keep you from breaking down in loneliness? Do you have the resources to live...

May 16, 2017April 27, 2018by
Health Insurance in China Q&A
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Health Insurance in China Q&A

If you choose to come to China to study or work, one of the most important things you need to do at the first place is to purchase an affordable, but meanwhile also reliable health insurance. From this perspective, without purchasing a health insurance, living in China is obviously more “risky” than living in your...

3 Typical Chinese Souvenirs
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3 Typical Chinese Souvenirs

If you are a foreigner working or living in Shanghai, it would be a good idea to buy some traditional Chinese souvenirs for your family and friends, no matter whether you are going back home for holiday or permanently. China is a paradise for souvenirs, there are so many things to choose from when you...

February 23, 2017May 17, 2017by
Chinese Work Visa – What you need to know
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Chinese Work Visa – What you need to know

Currently, if you want to work in China, of course you will need a Chinese work visa. there are two types of work permits you can apply for: an employment license for foreigners from the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security. Or a foreign expert work permit from the State Administration of Foreign Experts...

January 18, 2017June 21, 2017by
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