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The Art of Giving Gifts

The Art of Giving Gifts | Au Pair Shanghai | Scoop.it
Properly giving gifts must be learned. If the wrong item is given as a gift, this can easily be misunderstood. The context and the related rituals differ from some western customs. Chinese modern culture is still influenced by ancient Confucianism. Based on the main Confucian principles rituals, relationships and respect giving gifts serves to maintain…
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4 Great Skills You Will Get In China

4 Great Skills You Will Get In China | Au Pair Shanghai | Scoop.it
China is country where everything moves and changes really fast. This can be a challenge for many people but at the same living in China can be a great opportunity to learn or develop new skills. Here are 4 great skills that you can get: Communication  It might sounds obvious that communication is one skill…
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Mastering the Art of Chinese Dining

Mastering the Art of Chinese Dining | Au Pair Shanghai | Scoop.it
Being invited to a Chinese dinner either at the restaurant or at someone’s home is a great experience and is usually loads of fun. However knowing Chinese table manners and etiquette is necessary to avoid cultural faux pas and general awkwardness. Of course as a foreigner you should be forgiven fairly quickly for any mistakes…
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8 Interesting Facts about Chinese Students

8 Interesting Facts about Chinese Students | Au Pair Shanghai | Scoop.it
1. Studies show that Chinese kids spend more time on homework than French, Japanese and Korean kids. On average Chinese students spend 9.2 hours per day doing schoolwork. Considering that they start at kindergarten when they are 4 years old and they graduate from the university when they are around 23 years old, it means…
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Are You a Chopstick Master?

Are You a Chopstick Master? | Au Pair Shanghai | Scoop.it
When you say China, things that usually come to your mind are Great Wall, pandas and chopsticks. Chopsticks have always been here, used by millions of people but do you know anything about its origin? There are 3 legends connected to the history of chopsticks : 11th century BC a master (Jiang Ziya), who assisted…
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The Legend of the Dragon Boat Festival

The Legend of the Dragon Boat Festival | Au Pair Shanghai | Scoop.it
Are you ready for the Dragon Boat Festival? The festival is coming soon again (in 2016 it's on June the 9th), and we are looking forward for that! More than some time off from work, you can experience one of the most popular festivals in China, with traditional food (zonzi, sticky rice dumplings wrapped in…
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What do Au Pairs Do in Their Free Time?

What do Au Pairs Do in Their  Free Time? | Au Pair Shanghai | Scoop.it
One of the benefits of Au Pair program in China is exploring new places and getting to know Chinese culture. Last Friday we organized a day trip for our au pairs, visited few nice places and ate a lot of strawberries! 1.stop ------ STRAWBERRY FARM   2.stop ------ ZHUJIAJIAO Zhujiajiao is one of 4 water…
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Why Don’t Foreigners Trust Chinese People?

Why Don’t Foreigners Trust Chinese People? | Au Pair Shanghai | Scoop.it
The more foreigners experience China (and Chinese people travel out of their home country) the more they have to deal with Chinese behavior. Yes, Chinese behavior towards foreigners is slightly different from the one you may expect from a country with thousands years of history. Chinese people are not the kind, patient, peaceful and hard-working…
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“All Cultures Should Learn from Each Other” – Lynn, Au Pair Shanghai

“All Cultures Should Learn from Each Other” – Lynn, Au Pair Shanghai | Au Pair Shanghai | Scoop.it
We brought you few interviews with our  Au Pairs about life in China and their view on cultural difference between China and their countries. Now it is time for our Chinese colleague Lynn to express her opinion on this topic. Have fun reading! Have you ever been abroad? How did you feel about being in…
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Chinese Travels Part 3: South of China

Chinese Travels Part 3: South of China | Au Pair Shanghai | Scoop.it
  China is not only huge and over-populated metropolis, factories and pollution. China is one of the most interesting places in the world due to ethnic and culture varieties and wonderful nature. Chinese natural landscapes are attraction to tourists and photographers from all over the world. Southern China is appealing to crowds of tourists. Why?…
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Chinese Travels Part 2: West of China

Chinese Travels Part 2: West of China | Au Pair Shanghai | Scoop.it
Xinjiang is an autonomous region of China in the northwest of the country. Xinjiang borders the countries of Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Tibet and the provinces of Gansu and Qinghai. The region has a unique landscape which is called 'three mountains surrounding two basins'. These features are, from North to South,…
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The 7 Weirdest Dishes in China

The 7 Weirdest Dishes in China | Au Pair Shanghai | Scoop.it
China is a paradise for food lovers: there are so many different kind of food that you can't imagine, but there are some common Chinese dishes that really make some foreigners feel weird. Duck feet These morsels of skin and bones are a unique combination of textures--the wrinkled, puffed skin on the surface and the…
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These Strange Chinese Habits...

These Strange Chinese Habits... | Au Pair Shanghai | Scoop.it
   After you arrive in China, it will take you few seconds to realize that some things are different and no matter how hard you try, you just can't find any reasonable explanation. Here are some ex...
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Do you want to see these habits on your own? Come to China as an au pair and you will be immersed with Chinese culture on daily basis! Visit our website for more information about our au pair programs all over China - goo.gl/es6JdE

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Chinese Color and Number Symbolism

Chinese Color and Number Symbolism | Au Pair Shanghai | Scoop.it
  The Chinese color understanding differs significantly from the Western in more than one respect. Several thousand years before Christ, even before the Xia Dynasty, Chinese associated very specific colors with the seasons, directions, and many other things. It is not four, but five elements which determine the colors in the Chinese color scheme: wood,…
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Being an Au Pair in China : Chris’s Testimonial

Being an Au Pair in China : Chris’s Testimonial | Au Pair Shanghai | Scoop.it
  Please introduce yourself.  Hey, my name is Chris, and I'm an Au Pair for the company. I'm originally from Austin, Texas in the United States and plan to live in Shanghai for a long time. I'm the kind of guy who loves doing something different constantly and there's always something exciting happening in Shanghai.…
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Fun interview of an Au Pair in China, great life experience.
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Top 5 of the Chinese Apps You Can’t Live without!

Top 5 of the Chinese Apps You Can’t Live without! | Au Pair Shanghai | Scoop.it
Chinese people are pretty famous for always being on their cell phone. Why? Simply because they are busy using those amazing apps they just can't live without! From online shopping, taxi services to ordering food online, here are the top 5 Chinese apps that will help you blend in with the locals. Alipay 支付宝 Alipay…
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Find Your Love at the Marriage Market in Shanghai

Find Your Love at the Marriage Market in Shanghai | Au Pair Shanghai | Scoop.it
In the very city center of Shanghai there is the famous People’s Square Park. Why is this park so famous? Well, every big Chinese city has nice parks and gardens, but People's Square Park is absolutely one of the most interesting. But not because it's more beautiful than other parks in Shanghai. People's Square Park is…
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Too Creative or too Crazy?

Too Creative or too Crazy? | Au Pair Shanghai | Scoop.it
We all know that Chinese people can have crazy ideas... Or maybe creative ideas? Let´s take a look at some Chinese animal trends nowadays. It's going to be surprising. Is that a tiger or a dog? The craziest dog's trend in China: Chinese people dyeing their pets to look like other animals. It was not enough…
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Chinese Weddings – Traditional vs. Modern

Chinese Weddings – Traditional vs. Modern | Au Pair Shanghai | Scoop.it
Have you ever attended a Chinese wedding? It is experience you must have while staying or living in China! Clothes :                                                      TRADITIONAL                                    MODERN   Food : TRADITIONAL AND MODERN Fun : TRADITIONAL MODERN Gifts : TRADITIONAL The wedding gifts usually included cash (silver), jewelry, cakes and sacrificial articles. MODERN Although nowadays Chinese…
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Ready to Expand Your Comfort Zone?

Ready to Expand Your Comfort Zone? | Au Pair Shanghai | Scoop.it
First at all, what is the comfort zone? This is the environment that you can control and that involves all kind of activities, places and people that make you feel safe and make you feel comfortable. Although it is felt as a safe place, this zone doesn’t make your heart beat faster or raise your…
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Is Chinese Humour Your Cup of Coffee?

Is Chinese Humour Your Cup of Coffee? | Au Pair Shanghai | Scoop.it
Not everybody in this world has the same idea of what is funny and what is not. Maybe there have been moments in your life when you did not get a joke and felt little bit lost while everybody burst in a crazy laughter and you were standing there just stupidly smiling. Well, humour in…
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A Freezing Paradise

A Freezing Paradise | Au Pair Shanghai | Scoop.it
Have you ever been so cold that you didn't feel your body but you were very happy anyway? Have you ever queued for 20 minutes for a Popsicle when there was -27 degrees outside? Harbin, a city in northeast China, will always have a special place in my heart. Northeast of China is well-known for…
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Have you ever thought about coming to China? Au Pair Shanghai can help you to find a host family and you might travel and see many beautiful places as Harbin is. Visit our website for more information - goo.gl/es6JdE

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Chinese New Year in Foreigners' Eyes

Chinese New Year in Foreigners' Eyes | Au Pair Shanghai | Scoop.it
You have probably heard or read a bit about Chinese New Year, customs, Chinese zodiac, that year 2016 is going to be a year of Monkey, but what one of the biggest festivals in China mean or bring to foreigners? Here are some things what I have noticed and experienced. 1.Big cities are empty As…
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If you are not familiar with Chinese New Year celebrations it is time to come to China to become a part of it. Read our blog and learn more interesting things about this beautiful country.

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Chinese Travels Part 1 - East China

Chinese Travels Part 1 - East China | Au Pair Shanghai | Scoop.it
People who love traveling can't skip as beautiful country as China is. There are so many amazing national parks, mountains, historical monuments, cultural performances  worth to see that it makes China one of the most interesting countries to visit. So let's start with the Eastern part of China. Where to go? SHANGHAI   Shanghai (上海)…
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Traveling in China can be easy if you apply for one the au pair programs with us! Living with a host family will give you a chance to explore this beautiful country. Visit our website for more information - goo.gl/es6JdE
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Christmas in China - Apples and Shopping?

Christmas in China - Apples and Shopping? | Au Pair Shanghai | Scoop.it
One of the most beautiful and peaceful time of the year is coming soon. People are nicer to each other, smiling and patiently waiting in crowds to buy some gifts for their loved ones, you can find lovely decorations everywhere. It feels just so good...Yes, I am talking about Christmas and yes, there is Christmas…
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Experience Christmas in China and see it on your own. Au Pair Shanghai is here to help you and guide you through our au pair programs in China. Don't hesitate and have a look at our website - goo.gl/es6JdE
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