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Meet the Gods of Chinese New Year

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People of many cultures call upon a God or gods for guidance and protection in their daily lives, and the Chinese are no exception. Let’s meet three traditional deities who…

3 Words to Avoid in China if you want people to take you seriously

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Want to put your best foot forward and create better impressions while working and living in modern China? Here are three seemingly harmless words that, when used in certain contexts,...
China Simplified: Learn Chinese - "Dying" to sound more casual in Chinese

“Dying” to Sound More Casually Chinese

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Modern Chinese have developed the habit of using the character 死 sǐ (die) to spice up their colloquial expressions. Let’s take a closer look to see what we can learn from these...

I wish a book like this existed when I moved to China.

Dan WashburnChief Content Officer, Asia Society

Those who want to understand China can now do it with ease.

Jesse WuInternational Vice President, Johnson & Johnson

This book should be required reading for every foreigner before getting on plane to China.

Miao Junformer HR Director, Asia Pacific, Milliken, Inc.

Both informative and fun; a masterstroke!

Bruno LannesPartner at a well-known consulting company in China

Chinese Language

China Simplified: Will We All Be Speaking Chinese In The Future?

Will We All Be Speaking Chinese In The Future?

Yes, learning characters and mastering tones is a major challenge. That said, it’s far too early to discount the future potential of Mandarin.

China Simplified: Chinese Idioms About Relationships

Living Happily Ever After Through Chinese Idioms

Can anyone love someone forever? Or does selfish human nature eventually reassert itself? Either way, we’ve got you covered in this week’s post exploring relationships through Chinese chéngyǔ (idioms).

China Simplified: Never Use The F-Word

Never Use The F-Word

No, not that F-word. The claim of being ‘fluent’ in Chinese. Here are 3 Key Milestones to know when you’re nearly there.

3 Terrible Gifts in China
Chinese Language & Cultural Superstitions

The China Simplified team explores Chinese gifting taboos and the tragic (albeit slightly exaggerated) consequences of a guy giving his combustible girlfriend the wrong presents.

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The Mercedes Bends 
Chinese Lucky Numbers & Superstitions

The China Simplified team shows what can happen when a naive foreigner turns what should be a “big face” gift into a complete disaster.

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Gross Emergency
Chinese Language Speaking Ambiguities

The China Simplified team plays around with possible misunderstandings of the common Chinese term 应该没问题 yīnggāi méiwèntí meaning “should be no problem.” This ambiguous term can be interpreted in a variety of ways depending on how its pronounced.

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Killing The Panda
Mandarin Chinese Tone Mistakes

The China Simplified team acts out a short comedy showing what might happen if you use the wrong tones for the word xíongmāo (panda).

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Leaving Home For Good
Mandarin Chinese Speaking Mistakes

The China Simplified team plays with the story of a foreigner messing up the phrase “let’s go out” with surreal consequences.

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Chinese History

China Simplified: Chinese Eunuchs of China

Chinese Eunuchs – How They Became “Unnatural Men”

The excruciating surgery featured in this post falls outside “normal” medical procedures. Yet it’s far from rare. China’s Ming Dynasty alone produced over 100,000 eunuchs!

China Simplified: The Foreigner Who Most Influenced China

The Foreigner Who Most Influenced China

Karl Marx? Marco Polo? Kublai Khan? Bill Gates? The list is endless. But if you think about it, one man’s legacy has by far had the biggest and longest lasting impact on the Middle Kingdom.

China Simplified: Kongzi 孔子 (Confucius) Self-Help Guru

Kongzi 孔子 (Confucius) Self-Help Guru

China’s Zi Crew personified the Hundred Schools of Thought (诸子百家, zhūzǐ bǎijiā) era of fertile intellectual expansion.

Chinese Business

China Simplified: Zheng He: The Floating CEO

Zheng He: The Floating CEO

Imagine the supreme challenge of motivating 27,400 people in an enormous floating corporation, waves buffeting your 240 separate offices with limited channels of communication, managing the uncertainty of landing…

China Simplified: Mao's Little Red Book

Viral Marketing: Mao’s Little Red Book as a Case Study

Ever wondered how the Quotations from Chairman Mao started as an internal military handbook and became a blockbuster advice guide with total copies in print rivaling the Bible?

China Simplified: Red Packets - Understanding When & How Much to Give

Red Packets – Understanding When & How Much To Give

Most people are aware of the tradition of giving red packets (红包 hóngbāo) in Chinese culture as gestures of appreciation during big life events.

Chinese Culture

China Simplified: Finding Yin Yang Balance In Your Food Choices

Finding Yin Yang Balance In Your Food Choices

Duck is cooling, chicken is heaty. Green tea is cooling, black tea is heaty. Crabs are cooling, shrimp are heaty. What’s a hungry human to do?

China Simplified: Foot reflexology

Fall in love with your feet! Healing through foot massage, acupressure and reflexology

Chinese isn’t the only culture that believes in healing through foot manipulation. Similar practices have been found among ancient Egyptians, Native Americans and Australian aborigines.

A Daoist Master on Conflict Resolution

The Daoist/Taoist philosophers were known for their unforced approach to life, serving as a welcome relief to stultifying Confucian perfectionism.