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  • Traveling to China? You will need a visa

    September 20, 2010 | Posted by Chris

    A visa to China, above, is necessary to travel to China, but is generally easy to obtain.

    Like many countries, visitors to China require a valid passport and visa. Visas are easy to arrange: they can be handled through an intermediary travel agency or by going directly to one's Chinese consulate. If you do go to the consulate, please be sure to get there early! The Chinese consulate in New York, for example, is only open about 4 hours a day and the line often snakes outside.

    However, there are exceptions: you generally do not need a visa for traveling to Hong Kong and Ma ...

  • Welcome to Zhongguancun, China's Silicon Valley

    September 16, 2010 | Posted by Chris

    Shopping in one of the electronics markets in Zhongguancun in Beijing, which is often regarded as "China's Silicon Valley."

    Known as "China's Silicon Valley," Zhongguancun is an abbreviation for an aggregate of many close-by computers markets, where a great mix of legitimte and pirated software, gray market imports, refurbished and do-it-yourself products can be easily purchased.


    Zhongguancun has existed since the 1950s but only became a household name in China in the early 1980s. The first person who envisioned the future for Zhongguancun was Chen Chunxian, a member of the Chinese ...

  • The Four Great Inventions of Ancient China

    September 12, 2010 | Posted by Chris

    China is widely credited with inventing the compass. An ancient Chinese compass, above.

    With a country with over five thousand years of history, Chinese are proud of their splendid culture and achievements in literature, music, art and so on. Among them, the so-called Four Great Inventions are perhaps the most well-known. The Four Great Inventions are the compass, gunpowder, papermaking, and printing. These four discoveries played a significant role in the development of Chinese civilization.

    The Compass

    During the Warring States period, a device called a ...

  • The legend behind China's Lantern Festival

    September 08, 2010 | Posted by Chris

    The Lantern Festival in China, celebrated above, signifies the end of the Spring Festival.

    Falling on the 15th day of the first lunar month, the Lantern Festival is one of China's major holidays, as it marks the end of Spring Festival. Always taking place under a full moon, the Lantern Festival has been celebrated in China for thousands of years, and there is an important legend about its origin. Tang Yuan and Yuan Xiao, types of glutinous rice balls, are also traditional foods for this festival.

    Lantern Festival: Tradition and Origin

    The Lantern Festival d ...

  • China's luxury car market is on fire, literally

    September 04, 2010 | Posted by Chris

    A Ferrari 458 Italia on fire in France, above. Of the 5 to catch fire this past month, 2 were in China.

    When Ferrari announced earlier this week that it was recalling all 458 Italia models made this year after 5 had caught fire due to poor adhesion of internal heat shields, it revealed an anecdote of the times in the luxury car market: two of the fi ...

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