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Living in Shanghai with teenage kids

Seasoned parents will tell you that raising teenagers anywhere in the world requires, above all else, building trust, establishing expectations and setting limits through clear two-way communication. It’s no different in Shanghai, but the...

Family Impact on Becoming an Shanghai Expat

Shanghai is a critical destination for many expat assignments. The business interests of a significant number of businesses of all sizes from all over the world are tied to what they make or sell...

My Life of an Expat Wife in Shanghai

Coming to Shanghai because of my husband’s job was a daunting prospect. He went off to work and straight away had a cluster of new people to meet. Whereas I on the other hand,...

Teaching English in Shanghai: A job-hunting guide for foreigners in China

Foreigners who have been around China for a while (and are ostensibly in the know) will tell you that there are lots of "opportunities" here now -- and what with the WTO and all,...

Shanghai Jews: The Jewish Immigrant Legacy in Shanghai

Shanghai is a city populated with the ghosts of history. Its mostly well-preserved architecture belies a mélange of international and local cultures, woven into a unique metropolis. The hulking powerhouses of the Bund tell...
Teach yourself Chinese

How to Teach Yourself Chinese

Learning Chinese isn't as hard as it looks. Get started with this handy guide. With all the resources available on and offline, it’s easy to teach yourself one of the world’s most feared languages. A teacher...

4 Reasons Not to Learn Mandarin

Everyone talks about learning Mandarin, but who can really be bothered? A far more essential skill is defending yourself when people ask, how’s your Chinese? To help you gain fluency in excuses, here are...

Where to get an STD Check in Shanghai ?

Three convenient clinics where you can get an STD check in Shanghai There are plenty of local clinics and hospitals to get an STD check in Shanghai. But if you're new here and haven't been...

Fighting Food Poisoning in Shanghai

Fight Food Poisoning in Shanghai In Shanghai during the winter season, cases of food poisoning rocket. There are more germs whizzing around than traffic on the Yan'an elevated highway. You are more suceptible to getting...

5 Easy Ways to Stay Healthy in China

It can be hard to stay healthy in Shanghai, so we might obsess over expensive gym memberships or fancy vitamin cocktails to stay in shape. The devil's in the details, though, and the little...