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Expatriate Life in China: How to Get Driver’s License
Legal Related

 

To drive or not to drive? That is the question for many expatriates living in China. Most visitors find they have enough trouble surviving Chinese traffic without actually taking the wheel. If you don’t want to give up the convenience of driving by yourself in mainland China, the information below will be quite helpful.

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Bringing a first aid kit with you to China
Health

China Living TipsBringing a first aid kit with you to China will save you a headache - literally and figuratively. Many medications, or their equivalents, are available in China but you don't want to be navigating your way through a Chinese pharmacy or sitting in the ER when all you need is some diarrhea meds to help you with that spicy Sichuan food you ate yesterday.

Here's a list of things you should have with you...just in case.
 
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Planning your trip to China
Travelling

China Living Tips

1. Decide Where to Go in China
China is an enormous country with diverse options for travel. You can be as adventurous or "safe" as you want - in other words you can get pretty far off the Western Tourist Travel Trail or you can stay right on it. There may be certain things you absolutely feel you must see, or other places you didn't even know were in China. 

 
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Western Horoscope vs Chinese Zodiac
Communication & Others

Western Horoscope refers to the twelve zones of celestial longitude during one cycle of the earth's orbiting the sun. It is actually a way of dividing months in a year. 

The twelve zones are addressed by twelve constellation names: 

Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces.
 
The so called "Chinese Zodiac" is actually a different concept from the Zodiac in western horoscope. Maybe because both of them have twelve items and many of the items are named after animals, the original interpreter connected them together.
 
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Employment Contracts for English Teachers Working in China
Work & Business

China Living TipsTeaching contracts in China vary widely depending on the school, the city in which it is located, the demand for English teachers, and the credentials of the teachers.

 This lack of an established system can either work for you or against you. The things you can count on being included in your contract are clauses regarding housing and medical care, and a clear statement of your wages and classroom duties, but if you are a savvy negotiator you might come out of the deal with considerably more. If possible, you should ask for references from former employees and people whom might be familiar with the institution and you should talk with teachers who are currently employed at the school. Be sure to have any contract that is written in Chinese translated independently before you sign it.
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