Author: english-learner

What advice would you like to give to newcomers to China?   [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2014-5-29 03:57:19 |Display all floors
Ratfink Post time: 2014-5-29 00:32
The hotpot there is delicious!

I had better not comment on the women

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Post time 2014-5-29 17:40:04 |Display all floors
Knowing people, knowing the culture.

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Post time 2014-5-30 08:47:48 |Display all floors
MisterPanda Post time: 2014-5-28 18:13
Get back in the plane

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Post time 2014-6-7 07:41:34 |Display all floors
Look 4 ways before you cross the street... On second thought, don't chance it...   

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Post time 2014-6-7 08:01:51 |Display all floors
Get back in the plane

I'm just here for the money

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Post time 2014-6-12 17:49:22 |Display all floors
How to navigate the city by bus or subway. There is nothing more disheartening than to be stuck on campus with no way to go out and get to know the area. (Also: how to buy a bus card and recharge it)
Where 'foreigner' stores are like Metro, Carrefour and Walmart, or where to buy foreigner goods. Even though we expats mostly sink into local cuisine, sometimes it is nice to have a taste of 'home'.
Prepare for weather extremes. Not everyone has heat or air conditioning in their home, and sometimes buses, restaurants and stores are not climate controlled.  
Helpful internet sites: bus/train schedules, social media sites, news and weather. A lot of expats do not have a VPN and it is frustrating to try finding transit information or a way to connect socially.
Information about social groups, clubs and activities for expats. Libraries... hopefully with books in (at least) English.
Get a Hepatitis A shot. Most likely newcomers will be entranced by street food and it might not agree with them.
Learn basic Chinese: how to get to a major landmark (maybe the train station?) in order to find your way home. How to direct a cab driver. How to grocery shop. See Bookfever's bog entry about that: http://blog.chinadaily.com.cn/blog-1368474-19856.html
That's all I can think of right now...
The journey IS the destination!

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Post time 2014-6-13 11:05:34 |Display all floors
Read CD Forum for a month before you come.

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