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Expat Profile: Mallory Spadaro


Name: Mallory Spadaro Age: 24 Job: Teacher Hi Mallory! Can you tell us a bit about your background and what made you decide to move to Beijing? I was born in Seattle, Washington and grew up in a suburb north of the city. At university I studied poetry and Chinese—the latter on a bit of a whim. About two years …

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Expat Profile: Brick O'Neal

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  Name: Brick O’Neal Job: Founder of TROUBLE BAR imports Hi Brick! Can you tell us a bit about your background and what made you decide to move to Beijing? Let’s rewind back to when I graduated from Sullivan University in Louisville Kentucky back in 2002 and went on to do an apprenticeship at 610 Magnolia (610 Magnolia St Louisville …

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A Guide to Chinese Visas


For almost all of the world’s citizens, some sort of visa is required for entry into the Mainland. Unfortunately, there is no escaping an often-tedious task of finding the right visa, getting approved and then eventually making it to China. Don’t worry though; because the effort is definitely worth it once you arrive into whatever vibrant metropolis you’ve decided to …

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Expat Profile: Sophie D'Agostino


Name: Sophie D’Agostino Age: 25 Job: Graphic Designer Hi Sophie! Can you tell us a bit about your background and what made you decide to move to Beijing? I was just about to graduate from art college in Scotland, when my boyfriend, who was working in Scotland at the time, was contacted out of the blue about a job opportunity in …

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Spring Balls and Networking

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April 17th Thursday, 19.30-22.30. FC Club (Beijing) Expats, Overseas Returnees and Professionals Networking Evening. Are you an expat from America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK, Germany, France, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia etc.? Or you are oversea returnees who have worked or studied in one of the cities? Or you are working a foreign enterprise? Join us on the 17th April at …

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Ericsson Company Visit and Crash Course to the Forbidden City, May 8th-23rd


May 8th, Thursday, 19:00-21:00. Ericsson Company Visit. This Ericsson Company visit is a rare opportunity not to be missed by! The visit provides a chance to network with Ericsson employees and other young professionals. You can expect a range of interesting topics to be covered in this visit, such as: -Strategic reasons and decisions to engage in China -Global leverage …

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Expat Profile: Tommi Hew


Name: Tommi Hew Age: 31 Job: General Manager, B Active Fitness Hi Tommi! Can you tell us a bit about your background and what made you decide to move to Beijing? My family migrated to Perth, Australia from Malaysia when I was 8.  I spent my formative years studying and working in Australia with the latter years as National Project …

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10 Things People Do In China That Outsiders Find Crazy from Business Insider

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For most people who come to China, they experience something of a culture shock (to put it mildly). Chances are, you’ve probably heard your fair share of stories over dinner with friends, and now BusinessInsider has compiled a list of things that are acceptable in China but nowhere else that will definitely ring true to anyone who has lived here. …

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Capital Spirits : I had baijiu… and I liked it.

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Located near Dongzhimen, Capital Spirits is easy to miss. Located down a dark hutong street and in a simple building, it requires some navigational skills to locate. We went there on a Thursday evening, around eleven-thirty. Despite the space being quite small and crowded, Capital Spirits had a very warm and inviting atmosphere. The music and chatter inside means that …

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Expat Profile: Robynne Tindall

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Name: Robynne Tindall Job: Dining Editor, The Beijinger Hi Robynne! Can you tell us a bit about your background and what made you decide to move to Beijing? I have always been a languages person, but when it came to choosing my degree I wanted to do something other than the usual French/Spanish/German language degrees offered in UK universities. Having …

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Expat Profile: Colin Friedman


Name: Colin Friedman Job: CEO – Beijing Ai Fu Shi Consulting Ltd (aka FCGroup) Hi Colin! Can you tell us a bit about your background and what made you decide to move to Beijing? By trade I am an irrigation engineer (MSc) and I am a UK Chartered Environmentalist. I started working in China in 1998 at the request (insistence) …

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Hong Kong Eats: Fu Lu Shou

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Hong Kong Eats: Fu Lu Shou   Having never been to Hong Kong before, I was beyond excited to check out a city I had heard so much about. With just three days to explore the sights and take in the hustle and bustle, I hit the ground running straight off the plane. But like any good tourist I had …

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Social Networking Events and Shanghai Job Fair, July 16 – September 20

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Social Networking in Beijing and Shanghai Job Fair, July 16 – September 20 This week we’ve included notable networking events and job fairs in both Shanghai and Beijing. July 16th, Wednesday. 15:30-17:30.  Employee Retention: Retaining and Keeping happy Local Talent. The European Chamber of Commerce is pleased to invite you to attend the second edition of People Matters series of …

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Making the most of your Study Abroad in China (Part 1)


Making the most of your Study Abroad in China   China is gaining increasing popularity as a location for overseas students to study abroad. This is hardly surprising considering China’s recent and continuing economic boom and the fact that Mandarin is now one of the languages most widely spoken around the world. Being able to speak Mandarin is an asset …

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Dumpling Making Class at the Hutong Beijing

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Remember our post on Baoyuan Jiaozi Wu a while back? Well, I recently got to make colourful dumplings of my own. The Hutong Beijing offers a range of cooking classes, from Sichuan dishes to local Beijing street food. We arrived early, and sat ourselves on the tall stools and helped ourselves to plum juice and cucumber water. As soon as everyone …

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Company Profile: Big Bear Baked Goods

Muddy Snow cookies -Soft buttery cookies with shaved Belgian chocolate and a center of Ghanaian dark chocolate with coarse sea salt.

Name: Jon Ellis Job: Founder of Big Bear Baked Goods What inspired your move to China? I had been doing a lot of jobs in Chicago before. I was a carpenter, I had worked on restorative properties in the suburbs, I was a barista and I worked at a gym and I just had a lot of jobs that just …

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Expat Profile: Claire


Name: Claire Isabella Hackett Age: 22 Job: Student Hi Claire! Can you tell us a bit about your background and what made you decide to move to Qingdao? I’m from a mixed background – Vietnamese/English/Dutch and I was born and raised in Hong Kong. I went to German Swiss International School and went to university at McGill in Montreal (A …

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