Student Profile: Ben - Chinese Is Not the Easy Way Out

Student Profile: Ben - Chinese Is Not the Easy Way Out

Meet GoEast’s students! Ben started learning Chinese in high school in San Francisco to fulfill a language requirement. His friend asked him to join his class and now, 7 years later, Ben continues to study the language, both in and out of the classroom, developing his language skills “in the wild”.

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Student Profile: Santiago - Building a Friendship Bridge 友谊桥

Student Profile: Santiago - Building a Friendship Bridge 友谊桥

Meet GoEast’s students! Santiago, from Argentina, has been studying Chinese for more than 1 year in order to help his career but also to have meaningful conversations with people. His goal is to help build 友谊桥, a friendship bridge, between China and South America.

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Chinese New Year at YuYuan

Chinese New Year at YuYuan

If you are looking for some 热闹 renao (noise and excitement) then head down to YuYuan this Chinese New Year. Not for the faint hearted, this place becomes so crowded and noisy that you probably won't even be able to find the entrance to the garden itself. These photos were taken during last year's celebration for the year of the monkey, an interesting experience to say the least.

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How to Get Ready for the Chinese Winter

How to Get Ready for the Chinese Winter

Chinese winter is coming, and Chinese winters are cold. In the south, most buildings don’t have central heating .China is divided North-South by the Qinling Mountain-Huaihe River line. Everything north of the line has heating, and everything south of the line doesn’t. Unfortunately my hometown in Sichuan and in Shanghai are south of the Qinling Mountain-Huaihe River line. Since we can't move mountains or rivers, let's just get better prepared for the cold and wet season. How do you keep warm in China

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To All our American Friends ... Come to China!

To All our American Friends ... Come to China!

Recently following the election of the new American president, the Canadian immigration website crashed because of all the new interest to move to Canada. Canada is nice, but it's full of moose and beavers! Why not move to China instead? It's becoming easier to get work visas in China and we have lovely pandas! We at GoEast would love to welcome anyone (especially our American friends) to come to China. First step: get a work visa...

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5 Articles for a Newcomer to China

5 Articles for a Newcomer to China

China can be an intimidating place to start a new life. Believe me, it's definitely not what they've made it out to be in the western media, but there are definitely things that might catch you off guard. Here a few articles that can give you a quick heads up for when you make the big move.

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Essential Tools for the Chinese Chef

Essential Tools for the Chinese Chef

Most people in China won’t ask you how you’re doing. Instead, Chinese people use the phrase 吃了吗 (Chi le ma: Have you eaten yet?). This may give you a hint of the Chinese passion for food. Indeed, there is a saying in Chinese: 民以食为天 (mín yǐ shí wéi tiān: people regard food as the sky). Since food is so important in China, you might wonder…

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One Great Reason to Use Baidu Yun

One Great Reason to Use Baidu Yun

Getting used to life without Facebook or Youtube was easy. However I really missed having a cloud storage service like Dropbox or Google Drive. All I wanted was somewhere convenient to store my photos and important documents, in case something happened to my ancient Mac. 

For this reason, I decided to start using the Chinese version of cloud storage, 百度云 (Baidu ‘Yun’ meaning ‘cloud’). What led me to eventually fall in love with Yun Baidu was not its storage capacity, but its uncanny ability to stream uninterrupted video content, quickly, and without a VPN. Here’s the deal…

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Mobile Phones in China

Mobile Phones in China

When you live in China it shouldn’t take you long to notice that people absolutely love their mobile phones here. Chinese people use every possible moment to watch a few minutes of their favorite TV-show, check when a Taobao package will arrive, or refresh their WeChat moments.

There’s a dark side to this – I would say.

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