Meet Marine, the newest and valued member of the TCB blogging team but with a twist! She is an art historian and all about China! We hope you enjoy! :) Below is an article introducing the work of the female photographer Xiaoxiao Xu (Image credits: @Xiaoxiao xu) In early 2015, the photographer Xiaoxiao Xu (born in Wenzhou, China, [...] Read more

Air pollution alerts during this holiday season have reached their highest ever in Beijing, along with the surrounding areas also being heavily polluted. Today, this is not good for China, it’s dangerously unhealthy and more than a little embarrassing. However, the China government is fully aware of this and is not sitting by idly, but […]

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In the climate change news that I have been following, the most talked about issue is how the U.S. will no longer be a key player in battling climate change, opening the door wide for China to be the world leader in renewable energy sources. There are many reasons to think this. It is no […]

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I’ve had quite a few messages from people worrying that their Chinese hasn’t improved quite as much as they think it should have. I felt exactly the same a few months into my year abroad in Taiwan. It’s frustrating but you’re not alone in feeling this way. So, as you ready yourselves for a Christmas […]

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The climate is changing. The climate is changing. The climate is changing. This fact is so important it deserves to be repeated. This year will be the hottest year on record, just like last year was the hottest year on record, and the year before that. Although we are abound with skeptics, there is enough […]

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Maybe you’re off on your year abroad, maybe you’ve finished with your studies, maybe you’re in your home country. Whatever your situation, teaching English can be a really valuable experience. Here are 5 reasons I would recommend it to anyone. Meet new people If you’re living away from home, it can be really good to […]

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For a country currently ranked 78th in the FIFA World Rankings, shadowed by the likes of Burkina Faso and Guinea-Bissau, China’s ambition to become a world footballing superpower by 2050 is viewed by most as nothing short of a pipe dream. However, stood on the Bund in late 20th century China, people would have called […]

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There’s nothing I love more than late-night street food in China. Whether in Guangzhou where people are famed for eating almost anything, or in Shanghai with a ‘sweeter tooth’, you’re sure to find something that you love and have never tried before. That said, there’s plenty of food in China with the ‘shock factor’ – here’s 5 […]

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Smashed watermelons. Popped balloons. Textbooks thrown from dorm room windows. Those are just a few of the last-minute stress-busting techniques employed by this year’s Gaokao examinees as they marched towards the two or three days of testing that are make or break for any university hopeful in China. The Gaokao has been the centrepiece of […]

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We’ve published some pretty crazy stories about pets in China in the past year, from thumb sized monkeys to genetically engineered mini pigs and extortionate luxury dog funerals. One thing’s for sure, the pet market in China has boomed in recent years and it shows no signs of slowing down. Just take a walk down any street […]

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