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Beijing State of Mind

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Great cover of Jay’z Empire State of Mind. Bring on Beijing State of Mind.

How To Rent An Apartment In Beijing

How To Rent An Apartment In Beijing

I’ve lived in Beijing for over two years now and I think I’ve experienced most situations that one can come across when trying to rent an apartment in Beijing. The first time wasn’t so straightforward because I didn’t do my research but subsequent apartments I lived in were easy and hassle-free.  So I thought it might helpful to provide some tips to those of you considering moving over here or soon to be renters.

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[Videos] Chinese New Year Fireworks

Chinese New Year Fireworks

Sorry for the lack of updates but a Happy Chinese New Year to all. Chinese New Year is the most important public holiday in China where everyone goes back home to spend time with their family and friends, eat and set off lots of fireworks. This year is a little extra special because it’s the year of the dragon, which is considered the luckiest year of the Chinese Zodiac. The year of the dragon is so important that couples are planning their families to arrive specifically for the dragon year. It’s pretty crazy thinking about it so expect many dragon babies being born this year.

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How to get an Employment Z Visa in China

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How to get an Employment Z Visa in China

I recently had to renew my Employment Z Visa that allows you to legally work in the city and it was very straightforward. In fact it took 5 working days to get a renewed working Z visa.

Renewing a Z visa is pretty painless but getting it for the first time can be quite a headache, as you have to prepare and produce many documents.

Most expats will agree that you become somewhat an expert on the visa subject after a while. Anyway I will tell you the steps all foreigners have to go through to get a Z Visa in Beijing that allows you to legally work in the city.

Hopefully my experience will help you and other foreigners going through the same stage.

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China 2012 Holiday Dates

China 2012 Holiday Dates

The days are getting darker and the air is getting colder, which means the year 2011 is coming to an end.

For people living and working in China, the China 2012 holiday dates have been published, which means you get to find out what days you get off, together with the days you have to work for 2012. Here come the dates:

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