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Life in Beijing

Retired and Learning Chinese in Beijing

Retired and Learning Chinese in Beijing

Recently I retired, and suddenly with so much time on my hands, was wondering what to do with myself. I really love travel and China is my favourite destination. I have been before and always regretted not being able to communicate with people. I feel you miss out on so much by not being to communicate with the local people….read more →

What’s it like to be gay in China?

What’s it like to be gay in China?

When I first came to Beijing I was a little nervous. I’d done the research and it all seemed to suggest that, although gay unions weren’t recognised in China, I’d have no problems living as a gay woman. It definitely wasn’t illegal and most people had a ‘if it’s not my business, I don’t care’ attitude. There wasn’t a wealth…read more →

How to use Uber in China

How to use Uber in China

Uber and it’s Chinese rival DidiDache are currently locked in a ferocious battle for market share in China, which means incredibly low prices for consumers. According to Uber, they lost 1 billion USD in China last year alone as they charge very low fares while paying their drivers substantial bonuses out of their own pocket to make sure they have…read more →

Studying Chinese while working in Beijing

Studying Chinese while working in Beijing

Some foreign expats come to China for their jobs but with the hope of picking up some of the local lingo. Many other foreigners will come to China specifically to learn Chinese. Whichever category you fall into, learning Chinese is inevitable regardless of your main motives. When living in China, even the most simple of tasks can be made challenging…read more →

What does the yuan devaluation mean for Foreigners in China?

What does the yuan devaluation mean for Foreigners in China?

China’s decision to devalue its currency last August made the headlines of newspapers around the globe. Much has been covered, ranging from the impact of the yuan depreciation on the global economy, to the decrease of Chinese tourists’ purchasing power abroad. Just as the yuan depreciation would have an impact on Chinese spending power abroad, it also affects (slightly) the…read more →

My 5 favourite things about Beijing

My 5 favourite things about Beijing

To summarise my overall experience in China would take up the best part of an entire evening, let alone a single A4 page. Nevertheless, below are my 5 favourite things about Beijing: The history It goes without saying that China’s history is one of the most rich, interesting and historically important in the entire world. From the Great Wall, to…read more →