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How To Beat Golden Week in Beijing // 北京十一黄金周期间活动 

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  Here we are again – another year, another week long break. For some, it is time to wind down from hectic schedules, answering emails, think about work, or simply, celebrate the founding of People’s Republic of China. Surely, plans to travel, visit places with breathtaking sceneries, or kicking back to relax from all hectic schedules have been made. But what …

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Thank You, Beijing – 5 Little Things to Appreciate

Thank You, Beijing

Beijing is a brilliantly fast-paced, intricately complicated, and amazingly diverse city. Beijing has 22 million citizens occupying the streets, the subways, and the apartment buildings. Beijing has extremely upscale malls, and strips of quaint and hipster hutong shops. There is an excitement in Beijing that I can sense every time I step out of my apartment. This city has so …

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All You Need to Know about China’s New Foreign Work Permit

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Foreign Work Permit (外国人工作许可证), is a combination of Alien Employment Permit (Z-Visa) and Foreign Expat Certificate (R-Visa). In other words, foreign applicants only need to apply for a Foreign Work Permit to be legally employed in China. This new pilot program introduced in November 2016 and will become available nationwide by April 1st, 2017. Any foreigner currently holding a regular …

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New Visa Updates for Foreign Graduates in China

Good news! Starting 2017, foreigners who have graduated within the last year with a Master Degree from a Chinese university or a non-Chinese university will have the opportunity to apply for a work visa right after you graduate. A statement outlining these requirements for foreign students to apply for this visa has been published by the Ministry of Human Resources, the …

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Slow Boat Brewery

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Slow Boat has finally opened their long-awaited new storefront in Sanlitun. Walking in, you are greeted by a slick modern interior, with pops of red dominating the colour scheme. To get an idea of how bright and airy Slowboat is, the space was originally a warehouse and took over 5 months to renovate. With a delicious, extensive menu, Slow Boat …

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Switch Off! How to Deal with Work Overload and Stress

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Starting fresh at a new job, relentlessly job seeking or pursuing your professional career is stressful. Office hours turn into late nights and sunrises and it may be hard to switch off from the merciless deadlines, financial plans, co-worker relations and upcoming business conferences which we find our minds wandering towards in the late hours of the evening. Anxiety becoming …

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JingNews Travel Series: Lijiang and Shangri-La City

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Lijiang and Shangri-La City Lijiang is a town in the Southwestern province of Yunnan and is so beautiful that walking around the town makes you feel like you’ve fallen into a fairytale. With breathtaking snowcapped mountains, rivers and streams, clear fresh air and extremely friendly people, this is a place you can’t miss out on. The main ethnic minority found …

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GuCycle

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Beijing’s answer to Soulcycle has appeared in the form of GuCycle, a glossy new spinning studio located near Central Park in Chaoyang. The interior is slick, sleek and modern, with clean lines and an airy, space-age white colour scheme. Booking is handled online. Simply download their app (search: GuCycle) from the app store and sign yourself in for one of …

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Shanghai Eats: MAVI

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If you’re ever in Shanghai, don’t neglect to pass by Mavi and spend awhile enjoying their desserts. Located in Xintiandi, it’s the perfect place to pop by and enjoy something sweet. An artisan chocolate and gourmet patisserie, Mavi specialises in desserts that are at once beautiful and delicious. As visually stunning as they are delightful taste wise, we can guarantee …

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Uncle 表叔茶餐厅

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Walking into Uncle (表叔茶餐厅) is like entering a hidden little cha chain tent off a side street of Hong Kong, albeit one a lot brighter and cleaner, and actually located in the Grand Summit in Liangmaqiao. The wall is decorated with tins of Carnation condensed milk, Vitasoy soy milk and pictures of HK movie stars. The menu offers dishes just …

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GLO Kitchen + Fitness

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A bright airy space located at the front of Guanghua Soho, GLO occupies a split level space with seating areas and a fridge stocked full of delicious, healthy goodies. Think green drinks, raw energy balls made from cacao and dates, and house made fresh nut milk. GLO’s official name is GLO Kitchen + Fitness – the kitchen is situated above …

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Cacha Cacha

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Cacha Cacha is a new Thai food joint opened up in the swanky Taikoo Li North. Specialising in Northern Thai food, it boasts a chef from second-generation chef from Chiang Mai whose grandfather used to cook for the Thai royal family. The restaurant itself is fun and kitschy, with neon lights and metal. The design is reminiscent of a food …

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JingNews Travel Series: Kunming

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Kunming 昆明 Kunming is the capital city of Southwestern Yunnan. Yunnan’s landscape is extremely diverse, with snow capped mountains and deep gorges in Lijiang and huge lakes and spectacular eroded stones in Kunming. There are tropical plants  animals in Xishuangbanna and grasslands in Zhong Dian (also known as Shangri-La.) China has 55 ethnic minorities, and Yunnan is home to 51 of those- the most diverse of any province in China. Kunming is known as the ‘spring city’, as there isn’t a clear distinction between spring, summer, autumn or winter, so it’s a popular destination for tourists to escape the cold winters or the hot summers! Jiuxiang Caves Jiuxiang Caves are located around 2 hours from downtown Kunming and are one of the best things to go visit outside of the city centre. There are around 100 caves in this area, along with rivers, valleys, waterfalls and natural bridges. The caves are split into 4 smaller clusters. Each have their own different features, from huge stalactites and stalagmites, to waterfalls and rice terrace formations filled with fresh water. The caves are easily accessible by bus. You need to take a taxi,which will cost around 30 yuan from downtown Kunming to the central bus station. Then take two buses that cost 70 yuan in total. The ticket price is 120 yuan per person and the caves are open from 08.00 till 18.00. Shilin Stone Park Forest Also very easily accessible from the bus station in downtown Kunming is the Shilin Stone Park Forest. The bus takes around 1 hour and costs 34 yuan. They say if you visit Kunming and don’t visit the Stone Park Forest then you have wasted your time. With an area of more then 500 square kilometres, the park boasts hundreds, if not thousands of rocks that form all kinds of fascinating shapes. The park is broken down into three different parts, Major Stone Forest, Minor Stone Forest and Naigu Stone Forest. Many rocks have been given names due to the way they have formed. The Major Stone Forest can be extremely busy so try and head further into the rocks and you’ll come to a big open grassland with fantastic views of the stones and spend at least 4 to 6 hours here roaming around! The park costs 175 yuan and is open from 08.00 till 18.00. Green Lake Located in central Kunming is Green Lake and it’s well worth spending a couple of hours walking around. You can enjoy the local people singing songs about Chairman Mao, and the founding of China or even join in with the local dancing. During the winter months seagulls flock here and it’s a great chance to feed them with some bread or bird feed sold by the vendors and even get a photo with one on your head if you’re lucky enough… There are plenty of buses that read Green Lake or take a taxi from pretty much anywhere from downtown costing no more then 20 yuan. The lake is also free to enter and explore! Yunnan is a huge and diverse place…it’s said if you plan to spend 4 days here double it and if you plan to spend a week here double it as there is so much to offer and so much to see! From Kunming you can either fly or take buses to many other cities such as Lijiang, Zhong Dian or Dali to experience some more of the local culture. Yunnan is not a place to be missed whilst in China! by Cameron Hack Hey, my name is Cameron and I have lived in Beijing now for around a year and a half. I am originally from the South …

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Diao Ye Niu Nan 雕爷牛腩

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Stepping into Diao Ye Niu Nan 雕爷牛腩 is almost like stepping into another dimension. It’s hard to believe that nestled into the corner of a bustling, cosmopolitan mall is an avant-garde, high-end Chinese restaurant. First of all, the decor is positively futuristic. Steps rise out of the grounds and waiters clad in black with cloth masks on their heads weave …

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Soul Bowls at the Hatchery

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Soul Bowls is back and better than ever. After a brief stint at the Bookworm late last year, the tasty bowls are available at culinary incubator the Hatchery. The revamped menu has something for every palate, from ultra-healthy smoothie bowls to an indulgent brioche burger. Soul Bowls is the perfect place to eat if you are health conscious or have …

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JingNews Travel Series: Nanjing

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Nanjing 南京 Nanjing is the capital city of China’s eastern province, Jiangsu and lies on the south bank of the Yangtze river. Nanjing is a very popular holiday destination for both Chinese and Western tourists due to its rich history and long cultural heritage. Did you know that Nanjing was the capital of China for 10 dynasties? Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall This has to be one of the most interesting things, yet also one of the saddest things you’ll see on your trip to Nanjing. After a well prepared and planned war of aggression, the Japanese finally arrived in Nanjing on December 13th 1937 and stayed for around six weeks. During these six weeks, no less then 300,000 Chinese were brutally killed by either beheading, burying alive, burning alive or by being shot. No one was spared, not even the young and the old. It was impossible to escape the brutality of the soldiers and generals who occupied the city. Over 20,000 women were raped then subsequently killed, shops were looted and ransacked and bodies of the dead lined the streets or floated down the river. The Memorial Hall was built in 1985 by the Municipal Government and later extended in 1995. It’s located in a part of town called Jiangdongmen which was one of the main mass execution and burial sites. There are 3 parts to the Memorial and the photos displayed on the walls of the atrocities and the open graves of the deceased Chinese are quite graphic. The Memorial itself is in no way distasteful and it’s there to spread love and peace and to educate people about the horrors of war. When visiting as a foreigner you should take your passport and show it to the security officer at the gate, sign your name and write down what country you come from. The Memorial is closed on Mondays but open from 08.30 till 16.30 from Tuesday to Sunday. To reach the Memorial take the subway to Jiangdongmen station. Nanjing City Wall Nanjing City Wall was built during the Ming Dynasty and is 22 miles long, and anywhere between 14 and 21 meters high. The City Wall is made up of 4 different sections. There is the Outer City Wall, Inner City Wall, Imperial City Wall and The Palace City Wall. Originally The Outer City Wall was 112 miles long and was diamond in shape but it now no longer exists. The wall we can climb on today is mainly The Inner City Wall. An estimated 400 million bricks were used to build the wall. The wall is open in summer from 08.00 till 18.00 and in spring, autumn and winter from 08.30 till 17.00. The admission fee differs for different parts ranging from 20 RMB to 50 RMB. Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum Sun Yat-sen, along with Mao Zedong and Chiang Kai-shek, was one of the leading figures in China’s reform from 1900 to 1979. Completed in 1929 the Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum is his final resting place. The Mausoleum is closed on Mondays, but from Tuesday to Sunday it …

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Dark Chocolate Covered Popcorn with Sea Salt from Finger Licking Fit

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First time I made this I was jumping around my tiny Beijing kitchen like an excited little monkey. The magical wonders of chemistry: boring corn kernels go into a pan which will be covered with a lid, there’s the sound of great fireworks and, tada, the pan is filled to the brim with warm and fresh popcorn. One cup of plain popcorn …

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Bear Kung-Fu Noodles 熊样儿功夫面

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Stepping into Bear Kung-Fu Noodles (my own shoddy translation), or 熊样儿功夫面,  is a bit like walking into a Sanrio, a chain of Japanese stores that sell cutesy stuffed toys and everything Hello Kitty. The decor is kitschy, and yellow and black are predominant in their bold colour scheme. The dining area is relatively small, and the motif of a black bear …

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Bites Around Beijing: Hatsune and Napa Edition

Bites Around Beijing: Hatsune and Napa Edition

The Egg-plosion salad (58 RMB) at Hatsune is a relatively new addition to their menu, and not only is it delicious, it is also Paleo-friendly, if that’s your thing. A mess of crisp, fresh arugula leaves strewn with juicy, salty salmon roe and tobiko roe, it is completed by the perfectly poached, very runny egg placed in the middle of …

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JingNews Travel Series: Sanya

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Sanya 三亚 If you’re tired of the cold and looking for short break somewhere warm, then head down to Sanya! Described as the Hawaii of China, Sanya is situated on the southern end of Hainan island. The island has no winter and is warm all year round and attracts many tourists from colder parts of China, such as Heilongjiang or Beijing. …

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