In China, for many years, travelling abroad was not a feasible option for ordinary Chinese people; it was a luxury that was reserved for only a select few who a) could afford it and b) had permission from the Chinese government. However, nowadays, Chinese holidaymakers form a significant percentage of international tourists; the European and […]

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Learning a foreign language is arguably one of the most rewarding things a person can undertake; be it English, Spanish, Chinese or any of the hundreds of languages spoken across the world. Being able to interact with a variety of cultures and communicate with citizens of countries different from your own, is something that should […]

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Here at TCB we are so excited about this three-day beach-side music festival, so we’ve put together this guide to help you on your way. Where is it? Spring Scream is 8km beyond Kenting, on the very southern tip of Taiwan. The campsite is surrounded by woodland, the lighthouse is visible from the festival ground […]

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Who knew a small plastic disc, which is often mistaken for just a dog toy, could be the catalyst to a life of cultural integration, intense competitions and being part of the most accessible community of international players across the globe. Ultimate Frisbee is a competitive 7-a-side team sport that emerged out of America in […]

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…and it looks like it’s going well. The factory has reported a whopping 250% increase in productivity and an 80% drop in defects. The Changying Precision Technology Company factory in Dongguan, China, replaced almost all of its workers with robots, leaving only 60 people working at the factory. There are now 60 robot arms which […]

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What’s left of photographic archives depicting important events in Chinese history? Many voices would agree: not much. China experienced a dramatic loss of artefacts because of over a hundred years of political and social turmoil. The successive wars in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries – cumulated with the decade of the Great Proletarian […]

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If China’s middle class were to become its own country, it would have the third highest population in the world by 2022, if figures by global consulting firm McKinsey & Company are to prove correct. In the report, middle class is defined as urban households that earn between US$9,000 and US$34,000 per year. Although not […]

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First of all, let’s address the elephant in the room, I know you’re all thinking it: “But it’s not Chinese Valentine’s Day!” You’re right, it’s not, but here at TCB we’ll never pass up an opportunity to spread a bit of love – especially when we can learn a little Mandarin in the process! Anyway, more […]

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People in China often say “茄子(qiézi!)” [eggplant] instead of “Cheese!” to get the perfect smile in photos, but can you imagine the noise of 500 members of the Ren family all saying it in unison? This special photo of 500 of the Ren family was taken at their family reunion at Shishe village in China’s eastern province of […]

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China has some absolutely stunning forests. Anyone who has been lucky enough to have travelled through China will be happy to learn that China is on course to have 25% forest coverage by 2020. This pledge was made during the 13th Five Year Plan and is part of a move to create a human civilisation […]

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