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China's new public washroom standarts

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Want a job on your resume that'll raise eyebrows? Apply to become a "stink assessor" for China's notoriously noxious public washrooms.

Applicants for such a position should be younger than 30, have no history of nasal disease and avoid tobacco, pungent food and drink before and during the assessment, the country's ministry of health announced this week.

The new rules - issued Thursday for public feedback before they are revised and enforced later this year - also specify the number of flies permitted: three per square meter in a stand-alone bathroom and just one per square meter in a bathroom inside another building. As for maggots - zero tolerance.

Last Updated on Friday, 08 March 2013 17:38

Don't forget your St. Valentine's Day

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Chinese Valentine's DayFebruary 14 is approaching and don't forget to prepare your Valentine's Day flowers or gifts for your lover/lovers!

In Jiangsu's cities, Valentine's Day is celebrated by people, including expatriates and many younger Chinese locals. You will see a lot of celebrations in different locations in public or private. The cities with a big expat community like Nanjing, Suzhou, Wuxi, Changzhou, Nantong and Yangzhou will see increased crowd in gift shops or other stores. Wish you and your loved ones a wonderful Valentine's Day!!!

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 February 2013 15:15

China's air pollution at danger levels

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Air pollution smog

Cold weather, lack of wind and a dearth of environmental regulations have lately created a storm of toxic smog in northern China including Beijing, the capital of the country. Air pollution levels have shrouded Beijing in smog for the second time in about two weeks, forcing airlines to cancel and residents have been warned staying indoors as much as possible as the pollution was "very bad".

The outlines of buildings in Beijing receded into a white mist as pedestrians donned face masks to guard against the thick, caustic air. The US embassy reported a level of PM2.5, one of the worst pollutants, at 526 micrograms per cubic metre, or "beyond index", and more than 20 times higher than World Health Organization safety levels over a 24-hour period.


Celebrate Chinese New Year of 2013

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Tomorrow will be the Eve of China's Spring Festival of 2013! The first day of this new year is on Feb. 10 and the new year's symbol for 2013 is Snake, Year of Snake.

Find your favorite restaurant for a celebration and relaxing! If you work for a Chinese employer you will have a week of holiday this year or even longer. If you are going to travel just keep in mind to book your ticket earlier. Every year, the traveling situation around the time is chaotic and the bad traffic may delay your trip at any moment. Have a safe trip!

Last Updated on Monday, 11 February 2013 04:29

China’s coldest winter in 28 years

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This year's winter is China’s coldest one in 28 years and the weather has damaged crops in some top producing regions of the country, state media and traders said, as fears of another cold front push local futures to a five-month high.

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 January 2013 00:00

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