Living in Changchun
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Living in Changchun
If you are living in China or thinking about it, this collection of articles will help with day to day life. Focussed around Changchun, where Perfect English School is located, here are some practical tips to help you get by.
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This website has been setup to help those teachers and staff that work for Perfect English in Changchun, China. There are a lot of resources on the Internet about China and about teaching English. I hope I can bring together some of the better resources to help you.

 

If you've bumped into this website and are looking for a teaching job in China, please get in touch. This is a just a small sample of the support we will provide to make your time in China as smooth as possible.

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China travel guide

China travel guide | Living in Changchun | Scoop.it
In this guide on how to travel within china, learn how to choose where to travel to and how to get there, whether by flight or train.
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Cold weather gear

Cold weather gear | Living in Changchun | Scoop.it

Yes, it gets cold here. Some people will be so bold as to say there is no such thing as inappropriate weather, only inappropriate dress. Here are some websites providing high quality gear that will help you survive an Arctic winter.


http://www.natureshop.com
http://www.landsend.co.uk
http://www.needlesports.com

 

It is worth taking a look at Ice Breaker thermals, the 270s are toasty warm. Keene thermal boots, H-H or Berghaus polartec fleeces, Berg windstopper trousers, mitts, Northface thinsulate gloves are all worth checking out.

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Changchun residents most satisfied with quality of life

Changchun residents most satisfied with quality of life | Living in Changchun | Scoop.it
Residents of Changchun, in the northeastern province of Jilin, are the citizens most satisfied with their lives, according to research carried out by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences...
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Food Safety

Food Safety | Living in Changchun | Scoop.it
Food safety is such a big issue in China that it deserves its own category. Here are all articles regarding this topic.
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No Facebook?

No Facebook? | Living in Changchun | Scoop.it

In order to maintain harmony in the middle kingdom, the government undertakes varying levels of Internet censorship. That means websites with a focus on freedom of expression like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter are all not accessable from within China. There are also a bunch of keyword filters that if triggered can result in your Internet connection being cut-off for 20 seconds.

 

Don't worry if that happens to you; it isn't illegal to use those keywords nor is it illegal to access Facebook. However, it is illegal to cause disruption to society, and hence Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are required to provide preventative/protective measures.

 

There are a few simple techiniques to get around this censorship, often called the Great Firewall of China. You can use a simple web proxy site like https://www.vtunnel.com That works great for simple websites like blogspot. The next step up is to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN). VPNs encrypt all of your Internet traffic, which means the Chinese government is unable to censor you. The other result is that you can appear to be in another country, for example the UK or the USA. This can be great for accessing services like BBC TV or Hulu, where you have to be a resident to access those services.

 

There are two popular free VPNs: Hotspot Shield and FreeGate. And many paid VPNs of which here are two: https://www.astrill.com and http://chinavpn.net However, a simple Google search will turn up many options. 

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Middle Kingdom Life

Middle Kingdom Life | Living in Changchun | Scoop.it
Middle Kingdom Life is the premier award-winning website for foreign teachers and Western expats in China.
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Tourism

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Whilst Changchun isn't really on the tourist map, there are still quite a few places worth going to see. You use these websites to get startes: 

 

 

>> Two Days in Changchun <<

http://www.theworldofchinese.com/article/two-days-in-changchun/


>>  Changchun World Sculpture Park <<

http://www.cnngo.com/shanghai/life/coolest-sculpture-park-youve-never-heard-921969

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Harvard University Courses

Harvard University Courses | Living in Changchun | Scoop.it

There are two excellent Harvard Universtiry courses you can access online that cover China. The first is a selection of videos and audio taken from different courses run by Professor Roderick MacFarquhar. The second is a year long course on the history of China and how it relates to the China of today.

  

>> Perspectives on China <<

http://athome.harvard.edu/programs/macfarquhar/index.html

Harvard Professor explores the history, politics and future of China through video caputred during public presentations and audio from course lectures.

 

>> HIST E-1825 China: Traditions and Transformations <<

http://cdn.dce.harvard.edu/openlearning/hist1825

Modern China presents a dual image: a society transforming itself through economic development and social revolution; and the world’s largest and oldest bureaucratic state, coping with longstanding problems of economic and political management. Both images bear the indelible imprint of China’s historical experience, of its patterns of philosophy and religion, and of its social and political thought. These themes are discussed in order to understand China in the modern world and as a great world civilization that developed along lines different from those of the Mediterranean.

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Instant Messaging

Instant Messaging | Living in Changchun | Scoop.it

Getting in touch with friends and family who are not in China isn't always easy. One of the most popular methods is to use an online instant messaging service.

 

The two most popular systems outside of China are Skype and Windows Live Messenger (formerly MSN Messenger). Within China Skype is censored and controlled by a company called TOM, so I suggest you use the following link to download a copy directly from outside China.

 

Skype:

http://download.skype.com/SkypeSetupFull.exe

http://download-akm.skype.com/SkypeSetupFull.exe ;

 

Windows Live Messenger:

http://explore.live.com/messenger

 

The most popular system inside China, and acutally in the world, is called QQ. There is now an English version called QQ International, and you can get it here:

http://www.imqq.com

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Top 10 attractions in Changchun, China - China.org.cn

Top 10 attractions in Changchun, China - China.org.cn | Living in Changchun | Scoop.it

Changchun is the capital of Jilin Province and the former capital of the Japanese puppet state of Manchukuo. It is a major city in northeast China, famous for its film and automotive industries.

The Puppet Manchurian Palace Museum, one of the three remaining great imperial palaces in China, is a must-see when in Changchun.

To learn about the history of the city's film industry in a playful way, you should visit the Changchun Film Theme Park, the first park of its kind in China that integrates film entertainment and tourism.

The national forest park, skiing resorts, historical buildings, a number of other parks and scenic spots are also worth a look.

The following are the top 10 attractions in Changchun, China.

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Did Someone Say Peanut?

Did Someone Say Peanut? | Living in Changchun | Scoop.it

An article on coping with food allergies in Beijing. Equally useful here in Changhcun. For families with children who have food allergies, life in China can be frightening and difficult to navigate.

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Free Chinese Lessons

Free Chinese Lessons | Living in Changchun | Scoop.it
Experience the best way to learn Chinese with GraspChinese.com. We provide 10 free lessons, 100+ free exercises and there is no signup required!
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Taobao Field Guide

Taobao Field Guide | Living in Changchun | Scoop.it
Taobao Field Guide helps English-speakers buy from China's Taobao.com, or find a good Taobao Agent.

 

You are always more than welcome to use PE's Operations Team to help you with your Taobao purchases. For those of you keen to go it alone, use this website to find out how to use Taobao, advanced strategies on finding what you want, negotiating, and what he heck all those small icons mean anyway.

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Tools for your computer / phone

Tools for your computer / phone | Living in Changchun | Scoop.it

Having problems reading/writing Chinese characters on your computer? Pinyin Joe has advice on getting Western language computers and smartphones to play ball with Mandarin.

http://pinyinjoe.com

 

Worried about the air quality in China? This handy iPhone and Android app will let you know whether you should go outside or not today...

http://air.fresh-ideas.cc/en

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About China

About China | Living in Changchun | Scoop.it

There's a lot of stuff out there on the web and in the news about China. This page isn't about providing up to the minute news on current events, but rather indepth analysis after the events.

 

Quite a few of our staff read a lot, and this is an attempt to bring together some of the more errudite editorial pieces that we've come across. 

 

Hopefully they are enlightening and interesting.

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China through the screen

China through the screen | Living in Changchun | Scoop.it

This collection of movies and short clips have been chosen to help people understand China. Some are available on online (youku, tudou), others will require a trip to the local DVD shop (get someone to write the title in Chinese for you).

 

The most easily accessable DVD shops are on Xikang Hutong 西康胡同. Head east from Tongzhi Jie 同志街, less than 100m. There are two shops, seperated by a furniture/homewares store. The ground floor is music, but head up the rickety stairs to the DVD section. You will find they have an incredible array of DVDs from all around the world, and the price is usually around 10 RMB.

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ESL Websites

ESL Websites | Living in Changchun | Scoop.it

This collection of web sites have been chosen to help with teaching in the classroom. You will find worksheets, games, songs and acitivities you can use in the classroom. There are also some links featuring teacher training.

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Where are the expats?

Where are the expats? | Living in Changchun | Scoop.it

There is a reasonably active and supportive expat community in Changchun who often hold a number of events. Best to check out their websites to find out more yourself:

 

Changchun Friends - a great way to get involved

http://richardroman.ning.com

 

Changchun Live - Changchun's premier expat online English language lifestyle guide

http://changchunlive.com

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Podcasts about China and Mandarin

Podcasts about China and Mandarin | Living in Changchun | Scoop.it

Here are two popular podcast feeds that are a great place to start learning about China and Chinese:

 

>> ChinesePod <<

http://chinesepod.com

The ChinesePod free feed contains three podcasts

# Beijing Standard Time

Delve into the social norms, traditions, pop culture, and the personal experiences of people who live in China in an attempt to better understand this nation and life here in China.

# Newbies

For those just starting out on learning Mandarin.

# Qingwen

Answers your questions about speaking Chinese, dealing with everything from grammar points and sentence patterns to common usage questions.

http://chinesepod.com/lessons/feed

 

>> Popup Chinese <<

http://popupchinese.com

You can register on their website for free Chinese lesson podcasts. But they also have an excellent podcast series called Sinica which provides indepth analysis of current affairs in China often with famous guests.

http://popupchinese.com/feeds/custom/sinica

http://popupchinese.com/lessons/sinica

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