Renting in China

5 Steps to Renting an Apartment in China

Finding a good apartment in China is vital to your happiness. The search can often be frustrating, but in this five-step guide, we show you how it can be done.

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Open Data

Opening Data in Chengdu For All

I came to Chengdu where I worked on Open Data for a major American city. I hope to continue my work in Chengdu – here’s why.

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Lost in Thailand

The Profound Subtext of China’s Record-Breaking Hit Movie, Lost in Thailand

Lost in Thailand broke records when it came to Chinese theaters, but surprisingly, it includes a deep and meaningful message for Chinese society.

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Chengdu construction

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly in Chengdu

Chengdu has had an eventful summer so far. First a new BRT system on the Second Ring, then the Fortune Global Forum, and now the grand opening of the World’s Largest Building. Is it time to celebrate, or will summer storms rain on the parade?

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Chengdu Living Podcast: Pollution, Life in China & Uber

A new podcast is up! Herein we discuss pollution in Chengdu, the recent ban of ride sharing service Uber, and whether or not life in China is real.

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Returning to the US: An Immigrant in My Own Land

It’s winter in Minneapolis, and I am thinking about hot pot and Sichuan, but only very briefly. It’s good to be back in the US, and here are some reasons why.

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The Paradox of China’s Renewable Revolution

China is both the world’s largest polluter and the biggest spender on renewable energy, but the effects may be beginning to pay off.

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Kung fu

“New Masters” Documentary Explores Modern Kung Fu

Hear the inside take on The New Masters, a documentary on Kung Fu and Chinese MMA currently in production, and the Kickstarter campaign to fund it.

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Evolution of the Chengdu Riverside

A look at the riverside garden community which I’ve been taking photos of for the last year. It has remained a great place to throw rocks, chase butterflies and run through rows of cabbages with my sons.

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Suit Republic

Western Entrepreneur Brings Eastern Tailors to South Chengdu

Entrepreneurialism is growing palpably in Chengdu, and spreading beyond the usual expat territories. Like the newly-opened Suit Republic.

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Why I Can't Leave Chengdu

Why I Can’t Leave Chengdu

Now that the Chengdu compound is finished, it’s time to set sights on an even greater prize: compounds across the world!

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SamoAir

Measuring PM2.5 for 200rmb: the SamoAir Review

Can a digital particle measuring device available for less than 200rmb really be worth your time? For the price, this thing is pretty amazing.

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Polite Lie

China’s Social Institution of the Polite Lie

Why does China as a society so often rely on polite lies to avoid the discomfort of being direct?

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How to Wirelessly Control Your Air Filter Remotely for 99 rmb

Combined with a Smart Air filter, you can have a fully automated wirelessly-controllable air filtration setup for less than 300 rmb. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how.

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