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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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Split Crotch Pants: China’s Environmentally Friendly Non-Diaper

Chinese have been practicing a wholesome, down to earth style of potty training for as long as anyone can remember. The key component of Chinese potty training? Split Crotch Pants.

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How I Built My Chengdu Compound

Renovating an apartment is usually reserved for rich people, but I rented out a cheap shell and marshaled my forces to create the compound I have always dreamt of. Or a version of it at least.

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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 Fortune Global Forum

The Benefits of Chengdu’s Fortune Global Forum

The 2013 Fortune Global Forum has come and gone, and aside from a few sunny days, it doesn’t seem like anything even happened. What’s going on here?

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Chengdu unsavory elements

Unsavory Elements in Chengdu

A collection of stories written by expats living in China is hitting the shelves soon. The stories are filled with humanity, witty observations, and self-reflection – essential qualities for any work that wants to bridge the gap between East and West.

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Marijuana in China

Marijuana in China

You could always count on a passive indifference to marijuana smoking in China from the authorities, but that attitude may be changing. Internet dealers have come to the attention of the Chinese media.

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Zhuyeqing tea

How to Buy Tea in Chengdu

Everyone hears about Chengdu’s teahouses, but nobody talks about buying tea in Chengdu. Here’s all the information you need on buying tea in the city or from the north side tea market.

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Inky Matuszak

Raising a Child in China: Learning Languages

Raising children of mixed heritage usually means learning another language, and my kids are working on English and Chinese simultaneously. Here’s what I’ve learned.

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Chengdu construction

Li Chuncheng’s Fall Threatens Chengdu’s Rise

China’s development into a major world power is based on the achievements of a corrupt system that creates both massive infrastructure projects and fabulously wealthy individuals. When one of these individuals is taken down, the whole system shivers.

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