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The time to eat mooncake - Mid-Autumn Festival

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China's Mid-Autumn Festival is traditionally celebrated on the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month , which falls into September or October. This year, this festival falls on September 30.The festival is the second most important festival after the Spring Festival to Chinese people. Celebration of the Mid-Autumn festival has a history of over 3,000 years, dating back to the moon worship in ancient times. You may need to read more information about its history and origin.

The festival is a public holiday and people enjoy one day off from their work, and is one of the few reunion holidays for families. On that day, family members stay together, admiring the full moon and eating mooncakes. There are totally 8 days this year for the holiday reason as the national day also fell into the time, plus weekends.

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A banking guide for expatriates who live in Jiangsu

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Many expatriates have met a problem for banking activities when they are in China. We are going to help and try to publish some articles for the issue.

Opening a bank account in China as a foreigner is not as difficult a process as you might first assume. There are various benefits for an expat should they choose to open a bank account at a Chinese bank. As an expat, having an account at a Chinese bank can allow for cheaper banking as well as the ability to purchase certain goods and services online that cannot be purchased with foreign debit and credit cards. If you decide to open an account as an expat at a Chinese bank I believe that you should make sure to do the proper prep work, bring the proper documentation, and make sure you sign up to receive a Union Pay Card. Also, it is important to be aware of several implications to having a bank account in a country like China.

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How do expatriates rent an apartment or a house in China?

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Rending an apartment or a house in China is the same thing like what we experience in West. In my personal opinion the biggest problem is our language capacity is not enough to handle the issue. There are ways to get an flat or a house by using internet, real estate agency, or asking your colleague or friends for help.

Finding an apartment online. Finding an apartment to rent online is not easy in China. There are thousands of apartments on the Internet and it is hard to tell the quality, even if they look very good in the picture. You will have to spend some time at it. If you see a really good one and it is available, contact the landlord or the agency and visit it as soon as possible. After visiting you can ask them to keep the apartment for you, but the landlord won’t hold it long without a deposit. Once other people decide to give a deposit, the flat is gone. Unless you speak Chinese, looking online for your flat is not a really practical solution, but it can give you a rough idea of the market.

Last Updated on Friday, 10 August 2012 04:10 Read more...
 

Gardenning differences between Chinese and West

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In Jiangsu there are many gardens in its cities and some of them are the best ones in China. These gardens use Chinese traditional ways and techniques to design, layout and construct these fabulous gardens, which are different with Western style gardens.

Chinese botanic garden culture and its Western counterpart belong to two different categories. A lot of differences exist such as layouts and techniques of lobby, corridor, waterside kiosk, bridge, pagoda, wall and more. The following is a brief comparison between them and you may feel interesting:

Last Updated on Sunday, 15 July 2012 21:47 Read more...
 

Qingming Festival 2012 in China

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The Qingming Festival (traditional Chinese: 清明節; simplified Chinese: 清明节), meaning Clear Bright Festival, is a traditional Chinese ancestors day. Its calculation is on the 104th day after the winter solstice (or the 15th day from the Spring Equinox), usually occurring around April 5 of the Chinese calender. For 2012, the festival falls on April 4 and this holiday is from April 2 to 4, and is a public holiday. Chinese people treat it as an agriculture festival and a family day to commemorate their ancestors.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 March 2012 16:51 Read more...
 


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