This guide is a collection of resources and practical advice for living in Shanghai. Here are the subjects that we will cover:
If you’re reading this article then perhaps you already know that in recent years, opening a business bank account in Hong Kong for your company has become complicated.
The time has passed when you could just show up at any branch and open a business bank account in one day.
But all is not lost. These days there are three ways for handling payments for your company in Hong Kong:
- Open a “traditional” bank account in Hong Kong (this as I already mentioned has become complicated, as I will explain in detail later in this article);
- Open an off-shore bank account: this could be simpler but is more expensive, and would also make it very hard to accept payments through Paypal or credit cards via Stripe or Braintree (the companies used by the majority);
- Open an “alternative” account with Neat, one of the first startups to offer business bank accounts in Hong Kong that can be opened for free, giving you access to international payments, allows you to accept payments through Paypal or credit cards, and even gives you the right to a prepaid MasterCard.
In this article I will describe these three options. I’ll start with Neat, since it’s the simplest. [Read more…]
We’ve received and published this article written by Camilla Fatticcioni, author of the blog “Per Quel Che Ne So Io“.
The history behind how Buddhism came to the region of Gansu
I’ve always been fascinated by the stories of “Il Milione” by Marco Polo, about his adventures along the historic Silk Road that crosses all of Asia all the way to China, a country which at that time was so far off and unknown to Westerners that only a few legends were known about it. Never in my life would I have believed that I would be living in this place that represented the main destination along this long road that merchants have been traveling for centuries, often risking their lives.
I lived for a year in the city of Lanzhou, chief city of the Gansu region, and presently a growing metropolis: today skyscrapers sprout like mushrooms along the banks of the Yellow River, the main river of northern China that a long time ago was the mythical site of those legendary stories that were told along the Silk Road.
Marco Polo passed through Lanzhou, also stopping in Zhangye and Dunhuang, another two large cities in this arid Chinese region in the northwest. [Read more…]
Once used as a military outpost during the Dutch East Indies colonial era, Magelang still maintains the legacy of its military past by being home to the only National Military Academy in Indonesia. However, it never ceases to amaze tourists with its beautiful scenery, the hospitality of its locals and its tranquility, cool air, and delicious food.
It is probably the only city in Indonesia that has a mountain right downtown, called Mount Tidar. In addition, Magelang is also surrounded by seven mountains: Mount Merapi, Mount Merbabu, Mount Sumbing, Mount Sindoro, Mount Andong, Mount Telomoyo, and Mount Gilipetung, making it a perfect destination for people who love hiking!
How to get to Magelang
There are several options for getting to Magelang. Since there are no direct flights to Magelang, you will need to switch over in Yogyakarta, the nearest transportation hub.
You can fly either from Jakarta, Singapore, or Malaysia to Yogyakarta Adisucipto International Airport (JOG). From Yogyakarta Adisucipto International Airport, take the Damri Bus available at airport, which will take you to Magelang. The bus is available from 7 am to 8 pm and leaves every hour. The Damri Bus costs around 35,000 IDR per person. You will arrive in Magelang in 1 to 2 hours, depending on the traffic. Because the Damri Bus serves various destinations, you need to ask the driver if the bus is going to Magelang. [Read more…]
Do you have to send money to China, perhaps a travel agency, a Chinese school, or your supplier, but your bank asks for absurd commissions and tells you that it will take more than 5 working days?
Keep reading this guide to understand how to save time and money by using TransferWise!
What service should I use to save money on bank commissions?
At the moment we can’t help but recommend TranserWise, since we’ve been using it for years – with savings we never thought possible, – both for our own private international expenses as well as for our business.
In few words, Transferwise allows you to send money abroad (not just to China), using the official currency transfer rate and having you pay only a percentage (which is more than reasonable) of the amount sent. [Read more…]
This is a complete guide to rent an apartment, or just a room in a shared flat, in Shanghai. You will learn:
- The best websites to rent an apartment in Shanghai (both in English and Chinese language).
- The pros and cons of looking for a room or an apartment on the internet.
- A nice trick to get a better price if you are looking for a room in a shared flat.
- The pros and cons of using an agency, how to spot an honest agency.
- What are the expenses beside the monthly rent (security deposit, agency fee, electricity and so on).
- Why you must ask for a regular contract.
- The most common scams while renting an apartment in China.
- Which is the best zone to live in Shanghai if you want to have a social life without spending hours in a cab.
This article is a step-by-step guide on opening a company in Hong Kong. I founded a company there in 2013 (and still manage it, as I am the sole Director), so all the information that you’ll find on this page comes from personal experience.
Here what you’ll learn on this page (you can click on any link to jump directly to the section that interests you the most):
- How to spot an honest agency and avoid scammers while opening your company (you need a licensed agency if you don’t want to handle all the paperwork yourself and/or you don’t want live and rent an office there).
We receive and publish this interesting article written by Lavrentiy Klimov
China has become not just an economic, but also a Sports superpower. According to Daxue Consulting, China is a huge sport market. Some Chinese athletes like Yao Min (姚明), Li Na (李娜) o Lin Dan (林丹) are popular around the globe and represent different sports brands. Also, sports in China receive great support from the government.
According to the Telegraph, China wants to complete a transition from a big country to a strong nation in sports. The purpose is to have one third of population (or 435 million people) to do physical exercises by 2020. Obviously, it is a very ambitious purpose. But have you ever thought what sports do Chinese people like? Let’s have a closer look at most popular sports in China!
Table tennis and badminton are top China’s national sports
Table tennis once considered as a “cheap” sport with no need for spacious facilities, has been declared by Chairman Mao as a Chinese national sport. It is also a national pride: 6 gold medals were won at London Olympics (2012) and a total sweep was completed by Chinese national team in Rio de Janeiro (2016). In China you can see tables for ping-pong in university campuses, local parks and yards. This sport does not require expensive equipment or to be very athletic. Come to China and give it a try to play with locals!
Another national sport is Badminton (国球, guoqiu). It is one of the most favorite sports in China. People are playing badminton in the streets both in the cities and in the villages. Many locals play it before work, during their lunch time or in the evening. Chinese dominance on the international level is unprecedented. One of the reasons is the Chinese unique training system, and a huge pool of talents, who are willing to sacrifice a lot to become champions. [Read more…]
The building, which is often described as “the fairy-tale house”, mimics the form of a tree and contains “natural” decorative elements such as animals, mushrooms, spiderwebs and caverns.
To alleviate the costs during construction of the house, from 1990 Đặng Việt Nga opened the house to tourists. Not only is it possible to visit the house (as I did), but you can also sleep there (there are 10 bedrooms).
The price for a visit is about 40,000 VND (about two Dollars!), while the price of rooms vary from 30 to 60 Dollars a night.
The Crazy House is open to visitors every day from 8:30 in the morning to 7 in the evening. The address is: 03 Huynh Thuc Khang St, Ward 4, Da Lat, Vietnam.
If you’re passing through Da Lat, I recommend you visit it!
Here are photos of Crazy House: [Read more…]
What is Skritter?
Skritter is, in my opinion, the best way to learn how to write Chinese characters.
I used it ten minutes per day for about one year and I managed to learn how to write more than 1,000 characters (all the charactares on the HK4 list, to be precise). Also, I learned the meaning and pronunciation of those characters.
Why do you need a software to write characters?
If you watched the video at the beginning of this post you already know that the software is pretty cool.
But the real reason for using Skritter is the algorithm behind the software, which allows you to remember more than the 90% of the characters that you are studying (in the photo below you can see that in 30 days I was able to remember the 92.9% of the characters that I studied, [Read more…]