7 Tips for Surviving the Chinese Workplace

So, you’re new to China; new language, new air, new food and especially, new people. On your first day here you might well feel like you’ve landed on a completely different planet. But don’t worry, you’re still on Earth and Chinese people are definitely human, just like you (which, at the end of the day is the most important thing to remember). The big difference is that China is what sociologists call a "high-context" culture, which means people are about building and restoring relationships with others, as opposed to individualism. They also, arguably, prize things like harmony and hierarchy over efficiency and profit. Here is a list of things that may be different working in a high-context culture.

1. Work Place Etiquette

In the west, the biggest concern at work is the bottom line. It doesn’t matter how the job gets done, as long as it does... Read More>>

How to Travel to Lhasa by Train or Airplane from Major Cities in China

Lhasa is perched 3650 meters above sea level on the southern part of the Tibetan high plateau and is surrounded by snow-capped mountain peaks that stretch 5300 meters into the sky. For almost a thousand years, Lhasa has been an important cultural and administrative center, serving as the capital of the Dalai Lama’s government from the seventeenth century onwards and later as the capital of the Tibetan Autonomous Region under Chinese rule.

Lhasa continues to fascinate and attract the intrepid traveler. However, getting to Lhasa is no easy or cheap feat. Borders are shut to foreigners at least once a year, a ... Read More>>

A Guide to Common Phrases in the ESL Classroom

The first rule of English class is that students are forbidden from speaking Chinese. This is fair enough, but until they have the ability to confidently switch between both languages, they’ll rely on their mother tongue to get their point across in class.

Teachers need to keep enforcing the ‘English only’ rule and remind... Read More>>

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