Introduction Dragon Boat Festival or ‘Duanwu Jie’ in Mandarin Chinese (Tuen Ng in Cantonese) has a rich history in China and its origins have long been debated. The most popular and accepted tale is that it was derived to celebrate the life of the great patriotic poet Qu Yuan, who was loyal to the state […]

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China’s new wave of bike sharing companies, with their brightly coloured bicycles and ‘dockless’ operating models have flooded Chinese streets in the past 12 months. But theft, vandalism, freeloaders (who’d have guessed) and parking problems have meant that it has been far from plain riding as tech startups battle in a Didi Kuaidi and Uber-style […]

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No matter where we are, whether we are riding buses, watching TV, checking our emails or going to the supermarket, we are constantly having our attention vied for by advertisements. Advertisements are often useful and informative; they can help us discover useful apps or promotional discounts, and yet now and then they are simply bizarre […]

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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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