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Buying a scooter in China can be a big decision. Before you go to buy a scooter in China, read these 5 things to look for in your purchase.

Buying a scooter in China is a decision that many people weigh in their minds during their time in the country. For the negative aspects, a scooter is a financial investment costing anywhere from 2000-4000 RMB by the time you buy the scooter, bike locks, helmet, and any other accessories. Also, there is always the possibility of the scooter getting stolen, which while rare, does happen. On the other hand, having a scooter in China will bring all sorts of conveniences to your life. You can commute to work or school faster, long walks to the grocery store are turned into a quick ride, and generally, your area and mobility are greatly increased. The 5 things you NEED to consider when buying a scooter in China: 1. Battery type This is the most important factor, because it will determine what types of scooters you can buy. It shouldnt come as a surprise that, because scooters are electric, they need to be recharged after a certain number of uses. The batteries will either be removable or they will be built-in (built into the bike body). To charge built-in batteries, you will have to park your scooter near an electrical outlet and run the supplied cord from your bike directly to the outlet. For removable batteries, you will take the batteries out of the bike, carry them to your apartment, and...

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China bus signs can be hard to understand. Check out this visual guide to deciphering China bus signs. Bus route, current stop, start/stop times

Of all the transportation options in Chinese cities, the bus system is the hardest to learn, but the most rewarding once you learn the ropes. China bus stops are easily identifiable. Many stops will have glass enclosure and benches to sit on. Others will only have a post (like in the picture). The bus legend will either be on the post or attached to the bus stop enclosure. Bus Route – This is the big number at the top of the placard. Oftentimes, this number will be followed by 路, the Chinese word for “road.” Here it would mean “bus route.” Bus Stops – Each stop the bus makes will be listed on most signs. In the example bus stop sign, the current stop is highlighted using red font. As you can see, this stop is the second stop for #23 bus. The previous stop is in grey (meaning it’s already been past) and the upcoming stops are in black. The red arrow on the left side indicates that stops progress from top to bottom. Bus Times – On the top right corner of the sign will be two times (written in the 24 hour military clock). 前班车 is the time of the first bus, and 未班车 is the time of the last bus. Occasionally, there will be times listed near the bottom of the green section. This indicates...

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What do you do when you arrive in China? Find out the forms to fill out, customs procedures, and how to get a taxi in China

m switching it up a bit this post, and have some video for you. Its all about Arrival in China today. From the form you have to fill out on the plane, going through customs, picking up your bags, getting a taxi, and communicating with the taxi driver, I cover it all. Youtube link as soon as I overcome a mountain of technical difficulties The entry form mentioned in the video can be found on the Forms section of China Life Tools Tagged with → arrival • policy • tips •...

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Why you need to have health insurance before you move to China. Also, a discussion on Western hospitals in Shanghai, Beijing & direct billing

A serious post here, about health insurance in China. Without mincing word too much, you need to have health insurance when you arrive in China, and if you dont have it when your plane lands, you should get it soon after. Ive found that medical problems can be unexpected in China, and healthcare costs at Western hospitals is very expensive. First, do some research on the hospitals in your city. One great Western hospital that has branches in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Tianjin is United Family Hospital. In Shanghai, there are also ParkwayHealth Clinics. Browse around the hospital websites, and locate their health insurance section. Once there, go to the individual insurance companies websites, and decide which insurance provider is best for you. If youre already in China, you can contact a insurance brokerage firm like Pacific Prime, which may have some good deals for you. One thing to take notice of is direct billing. If your financial situation isnt super secure, Id highly recommend getting insurance that direct bills with your hospital of choice. If you’re not familiar with direct billing, this means that the hospital charges your insurance company, without you having to pay for any costs up front (apart from copay or not covered items). If you have insurance which doesn’t direct bill, you have to pay the balance to the hospital first, and then mail...

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These questions are essential for finding a great roommate or flatmate in China. From language to behavior, make sure to touch on these.

When considering a specific shared apartment in Shanghai, Beijing, or another Chinese city, the most important thing to focus on is your fellow roommates. Youll be living with these people for a while, and youve got to make sure that you can at least tolerate each other, and have somewhat similar ways of thinking. Deciding to live in a shared apartment isnt without risk, but it also can be extremely rewarding. I lived over 2 years in shared apartments, with a total of 7 different people. Luckily, I had two, 1 year periods living with the same people and got to know them extremely well and become very good friends. Below are some things to consider, and you should definitely touch on these when visiting an apartment. These questions work for those visiting places, and also for those finding a tenant to rent a room in their current apartment. Language skills. Language is the primary way we communicate, so if you cant understand what your potential roommates are saying, it might not be a good fit. My roommate and I were interviewing potential tenants, and we had a pretty nice French guy come and visit, but after chatting a bit, it was clear that he wasnt understanding our jokes, and not really even following our conversations. Im sure he was a great guy, but probably wouldnt have been a...

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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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