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Earthquakes and Natural Disasters in China

SamSam Fowler
November 26, 2014
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Sichuan Province was again struck by an earthquake on the 26th of November. Although the death toll and injuries are likely to be minimal, it is another warning sign for the area. Having been hit by earthquakes, floods and typhoons in recent years, the Chinese government has steadily been revising its emergency plans for natural disaster rescue across the country. The 2008 Sichuan earthquake resulted in nearly 70,000 deaths with 4.8 million people left homeless. Tremors were felt as far as Hong Kong, Thailand and Russia. The rescue efforts were also criticised as being too slow to reach the most rural areas. These events caused the government to re-evaluate its emergency relief plan and tighten building codes that govern the quality and safety of construction.

Earthquakes and natural disasters in China

Residents in Sichuan seek cover in the open

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Advice and Tips | Travel

Transport in Wuhan: Then and Now

Omindo Willice WasongaOmindo Willice Wasonga
November 26, 2014
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wuhan subway

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Perhaps one of the silent important factor to consider while choosing a school to study in or a city to reside in is that city mode of transport. Now, maybe you may think that this is not that important and you can easily adapt to any but I guarantee that after going through this blog you’ll know exactly what am talking about. Remember, here you are dealing with the country with the largest population in the world and to make it even worse, almost everybody like to move up and down. Maybe you can start feeling a sense in what am saying but before you fully get there, lets me take you to a quick review of mode of transport that are common in china.

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Campus Life | Learning Resources | Tsinghua University

UN Resident Coordinator to China Visits SPPM

Larissa PaschynLarissa Paschyn
November 24, 2014
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Alain W. NOUDEHOU, UN Resident Coordinator at SPPM Photo by SPPM

Alain W. NOUDEHOU, UN Resident Coordinator at SPPM
Photo by SPPM

Last week, Mr. Alain W. NOUDEHOU, UN Resident Coordinator, UNDP Resident Representative to China visited the School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University. Mr. Alain W. NOUDEHOU spoke on “The role of social protection in addressing equality and promoting sustainable development in China”.

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Chinese Culture | Dining

Food in China: A Diet High in Meat

SamSam Fowler
November 24, 2014
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National Geographic recently released an interactive visualisation based on the study of global food consumption in the year 2011. It reveals, as you might expect, that we consume much more than we did 50 years ago – rising by 28%. In China, this has doubled since 1961. With the ‘Great Leap Forward’ well in its past, the typical diet of many Chinese people reportedly contains more meat than the average American diet.

Food in Chia: A diet High in Meat

Average meat consumption in China is higher than the USA in terms of calories http://www.nationalgeographic.com/what-the-world-eats/

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News | Travel

China among the best expat destination

Baudin PierreBaudin Pierre
November 24, 2014
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Credit: blog.uchinatravel.com

The famous Hong Kong bank released late October its annual rankings of the best places for expats claiming to show China is the third most popular destination following Switzerland and Singapore.

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Chinese Culture | Event | Leisure | Travel

Litang horse festival

Baudin PierreBaudin Pierre
November 24, 2014
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Credit: whizztrip.com

Credit: whizztrip.com

Are you a fan of horse race and awesome festival? You might be interested to see this one… Every summer people gather in the far western reaches of Sichuan to watch the Litang horse festivals (理塘赛马节). Steeped in tradition, the horse festivals are an event where nomadic Tibetan families gather for a bit of friendly competition and bonding.

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Advice and Tips

The Dont’s For Surviving a Chinese Winter

Sreerag PrasadSreerag Prasad
November 24, 2014
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Two school going children in Wuhan

Two school going children in Wuhan

The cold and dry winters are always exciting when compared to hot and humid summers. Well, at least that’s what people say about winter season during summers. But winters actually are as harsh as summers, if not worse, since our bodies are not designed to cope up with low temperatures. And since, being students, it’s a well-known secret that we spend the harshest of the winter days in our rooms (probably in bed). So, here are some tips that might help us to better survive through the winter.  

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Advice and Tips

The Do’s For Surviving a Chinese Winter

Sreerag PrasadSreerag Prasad
November 24, 2014
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A photo taken in the midst of a Chinese Winter

A photo taken in the midst of a Chinese Winter

Breathing in clean air sounds like a very basic right, but unfortunately it is not something we can take for granted living in China’s smoggy metropolises. With China’s air pollution frequently surpassing international standards and even partially shooting off all existing air pollution charts, as well as the drastic rise of respiratory illnesses in recent years, there has never been a greater need for tips on how to make your living experience in China that much healthier. While our individual actions for combating the air pollution outside may seem small, there are a number of measures you can take for significantly improving your living environment at home. Here are four essential do’s for surviving the Chinese Winters.

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Advice and Tips

Some Problems That You Might Encounter in China: Part 2

Sreerag PrasadSreerag Prasad
November 24, 2014
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Intercultural marriages are getting common in China

Intercultural marriages are getting common in China

Language is one is a killer! Mandarin is one of the hardest languages to learn, and with thousands of convoluted characters, ear ringing tones and enough homophones and homonyms to turn a simple greeting into a burst of profanity, it’s easy to see why. For those living outside of major cities like Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Wuhan and Shanghai, the fear of using Chinese is even greater since not many people will have a solid (or any) grasp on the English language.

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Advice and Tips

Some Problems That You Might Encounter in China: Part 1

Sreerag PrasadSreerag Prasad
November 24, 2014
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The heavy smog in Beijing

The heavy smog in Beijing

China is a place that has a wide variety of cultural differences from our home, at least for some of us. Living in a place has never been more difficult when the cultural shock, language barriers and ideologies are the exact same opposite when compared to our homes. Hearing all this, an average person will definitely shake in his/her boots.

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