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Do You Need To Speak Mandarin To Live in China?

If you’ve been considering studying, interning, au pairing, or teaching, it’s a question you’ve probably asked yourself. But even a quick Google search will give you a seemingly simple answer to the question – No! Plenty of foreigners travel to China without knowing Chinese! This is, on it’s face, a genuine answer. There are lots […]

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Crazy Rich Asians & What You Can Learn About Chinese Culture (Contains Spoilers)

Directed by Jon M. Chu, Crazy Rich Asians is the new, unique Hollywood film featuring an all-Asian or Asian-American cast. The plot follows Rachel Chu, an American-Born-Chinese NYU economics professor who goes to Singapore with her boyfriend Nick Young to attend his best friend’s wedding. In Singapore, Rachel must then face Nick’s Singaporean-born, strict and […]

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Row, Row, Row Your Boat – Duan Wu Festival

Dragon Boat Festival, often known as Duan Wu Jie (端午节 Duān Wǔ Jié), is a traditional holiday originating in China. The holiday occurs on the fifth day of the fifth month on lunar calendar. You can also call it the Double Fifth Festival. For the year of 2017, we are going to celebrate this public […]

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First Impressions Of Beijing From An Intern’s Perspectivefirst Impressions Of Beijing From An Intern’s Perspective

Beijing impressions

My expectations of Beijing before arriving was that of an over-populated, heavily polluted city where every native was out to take advantage, in one way or another, of my “foreigness”. I’m fully aware this sounds reminiscent of a Hollywood setting for a dystopian future, but for some time this is honestly what I thought. During […]

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10 Tips For Responsible Travel During Public Holidays

With the pending holiday coming up for National Week (dubbed Golden Week) ImmerQi’s CSR Team want you to use this opportunity to not only experience this miraculous country but also share and practice responsible and eco-friendly travel! Pack bio-degradable toiletries. The ground water you may be contaminating is not your own. Reuse your water bottles […]

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Don’t Lose Your Face Or Your Guanxi Will Fail Too

Guanxi in China

Every country has those aspects that effect the way things are done and make them different from everyone else. In china those aspects are Mianzi (face) and Guanxi (friendship/relationship), and they make some things in China completely different from elsewhere. Face is very important to a Chinese person, if you make someone “lose face,” you […]

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The Importance Of Numbers In Chinese Culture

China lucky number 8

China and lucky numbers: Every culture had different superstitions and beliefs surrounding numbers. China does too and there are interesting reasons behind what makes a number lucky or unlucky… As numbers have always played an important role in China, we would like to introduce you to these numbers. The number 8 is famously lucky in China […]

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First 24 Hours…

Almost everyone has arrived, has settled into their hotels and is starting to get to know each other. With the time difference in China and after a long flight, the participants would undoubtedly be tired and so today is a rest day. At breakfast, temperature checks were done followed by photos being taken for their […]

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