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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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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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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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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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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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Our Pick of the Best Private Mandarin Schools in Chaoyang

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That’s Mandarin For professional, personalised classes taught by dedicated, passionate teachers, look no further than That’s Mandarin. With branches in Beijing, Shanghai and other major cities, they also have an online school. That’s Mandarin tailors their classes for their students and offer two kinds of classes – one on one private classes, and group classes with a maximum of five …

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Meal Prep Hacks from Finger Licking Fit

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Meal prep hacks for effortless healthy cooking Eating consistently healthy is a challenge, especially in Beijing where life is all about instant gratification. When hunger strikes the countless restaurants and delivery options are ready to make life easier, but not necessarily healthier. By cooking your own meals you know exactly what’s in your food, and because of this you’re also …

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JingNews Travel Series: Chengdu and Leshan

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Chengdu 成都 and Leshan 乐山

 Spring Festival is fast approaching and everyone is frantically panicking about what to do, where to go and how to get there. I thought I could give you a couple of ideas for things to see and do whilst you enjoy Chinese New Year! During Spring Festival 2015, I travelled to Leshan and Chengdu – …

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JingNews Travel Series: Xi’an

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 Xi’an 西安 The ancient capital city of China, Xi’an, is located in the central northwest of China’s Shaanxi province. The ancient city of Xi’An is more than 3,000 years old and was previously called Chang An for 13 of dynasties and was ruled over by 73 emperors. Xi’An was the main eastern terminus of the ancient Silk Road that helped …

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JingNews Travel Series: Datong

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Datong 大同 Datong大同 is a small town in Shanxi 山西 province. The capital of the city is Taiyuan 太原and it’s roughly 5 hours away from Beijing by either bus or train. An inexpensive and convenient way to get to Taiyuan is to fly from any airport in Beijing. I took a bus from Beijing, Liuliqiao bus station 六里桥起始站 which can …

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Aerial Silks at Crossfit Slash

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Normally when people say they’re going to start getting fit and exercising, they envision going to a gym and churning out endless miles running on a treadmill, or lifting a few weights – however, now there are many fun options to get fit. Crossfit Slash Studio located on Gongti North Road offers many different classes apart from the requisite Crossfit. …

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JingNews Travel Series: Zhangjiajie

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Zhangjiajie  张家界 Zhangjiajie is a city in the northwest of Hunan province (湖南省). If anyone has ever seen the film Avatar then you will know what I mean when I say the Avatar Mountain. This is in Zhangjaijie, and it’s called Wulingyuan Scenic Area 武陵源风景名胜区. Wulingyuan Scenic Area is one of the 40 most famous scenic spots in China. It was …

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How to Achieve a Healthy Work-Life Balance by Living BIGG

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How to Achieve a Healthy Work-Life Balance by Living BIGG Here is Episode 10 in our Ximalaya Podcast Series about career advice and about working in China. Click here to listen to our newest guest speaker Garry Wang, Founder of Living BIGG. About Living BIGG: Living BIGG has been created to empower individuals and build communities through healthier eating and …

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JingNews Travel Series: Tantalising Tianjin

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Tantalising Tianjin (天津) Just half an hour from Beijing by train lays one of China’s four municipalities called Tianjin. Tianjin was a county town in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) and became a municipality in 1928. Through the city runs the Haihe River (海河) which flows down through Beijing before emptying into the Yellow sea. To the north of Tianjin also lies the Bohai Sea. Tianjin is one of …

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Shanghai Bloggers: What Makes the Shanghai Summer?

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It’s summer in the City and in order to get some insider tips and perspectives, JingJobs have teamed up with the new Shanghai Bloggers (a platform collecting all expat bloggers in Shanghai and connecting them with readers through the free Shanghai Bloggers App) to hear what the bloggers in the city have to say about summer in Shanghai. We asked …

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JingNews Travel Series: Yangshuo

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Yangshuo (阳朔) If you’re coming to China to either travel or work, Yangshuo must be on your list of places to visit. Yangshou is situated in Guangxi (广西) province, southern China and is a hot spot for both Chinese and foreign tourists. The hustle and bustle of West Street which is thriving with restaurants, shops and bars, along with traditional …

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Factory Fresh

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Prepare to have eating healthy made a whole lot easier! The creative minds behind Factory by Salt have created Factory Fresh. Factory Fresh creates healthy, beautifully presented, and above all, delicious meals and snacks that are waiting to be delivered to your door. Their menus feature modern, healthy cuisine masterminded by Executive Chef Camila Betin. Factory Fresh’s bespoke meal delivering …

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5 Ways to Get Fit in Beijing

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As summer creeps around the corner, you may find yourself starting to panic. The long Beijing winters are the perfect opportunity to overindulge and lie around on the sofa. Now that Beijing is beginning to swelter, take a look at 5 ways to get fit and get your beach body ready. 1. CrossFit Slash CrossFit Slash, previously known as Middle …

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