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4 reasons why you should buy a Kindle before you move to China, Shanghai or Beijing. Books are great, so make this purchase before you move.

If you enjoy reading, the Kindle is a must have when you move to China. Ive had my Kindle for over a year and a half, and its an amazing tool and resource, especially if you are living abroad. Maybe youre thinking, But I really like to read books, and hold them in my hand, and go to bookstores, etc. I can see where youre coming from, but below are some reasons why that way of thinking doesnt transfer to China. 1. Limited selection China has massive bookstores filled with books, but guess what, theyre almost all in Chinese, and are useless to most English speakers. Foreign book sections tend to be small, and filled with only the most popular fiction and business books. 2. Cost If you find a book to buy, it will probably be twice as much as its suggested US retail price. I bought a paperback book from a foreign bookstore for over $30. The same book retailed for $14 from Amazon. Note: There are book carts in China which sell pirated books for very affordable prices. But again, youll only find popular series and self-improvement books here. 3. Portability If youre like most expats, you dont really know how long youre going to be in China, and the airlines only allow for 1 or 2 carry on bags these days. The nice thing about...

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Make sure to pack these 3 things when you move to China. Beijing and Shanghai have a lot of amenities, but not everything.

When you pack for China, there are a couple things that you should make sure to bring. While you can get most everything in large Chinese cities, the following 3 items may not exist, or be the brand youre used to. Deodorant / Antiperspirant Most westerners I know use deodorant or antiperspirant every day, and hardly any Chinese do. Maybe its a genetic sweating issue, or maybe a cultural one, but youll be hard pressed to find your favorite brand in the Middle Kingdom. And, trust me, in the 95+ degree heat of the summer, youre gonna need it. 2. Stomach pills These are the pills you take when you have diarrhea, stomach cramps, or the like. In the US, Pepto Bismol and Imodium fall into this category. Being in any new country can play havoc on your stomach, and China is no different. You may find yourself being able to tell how clean a restaurant is solely based upon after affects. So, bring several bottles of varying strengths, and youll be able to conquer any problem faced. 3. Floss So, maybe you dont floss right now, but use your move as an opportunity to start. Flossing prevents gum disease and removes stuff stuck in between your teeth. Also, flossing is important for preventing bad breath, and whats more of a turn off when meeting new people in an...

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