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China Expat: When You Know It’s Time to Make a Change

Due to circumstances beyond my control i.e. instinct and interest, I have been forced to overhaul the content of this blog. I have always been a music journalist, and I suppose that I love music too much to merely write a few bog standard reviews and article references to record labels and artists in China… Continue reading China Expat: When You Know It’s Time to Make a Change

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China Expat: Chinese National Day

This year some 700 million Chinese are expected to travel during Golden Week - the week long holiday enjoyed during and after the Chinese National Day at the start of October. With such a mass of human movement, it can be quite a disconcerting challenge to travel during this time, especially by car or by… Continue reading China Expat: Chinese National Day

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China Expat: Musical Expat – 中南海

This song is by a band called Car Sick Cars from Beijing. Their sound is of an alternative, punky, don't give a fuck type.  It is called Zhong Nanhai which literally means Middle South-Sea, but which is also the name of a famous brand of cheap cigarettes in China.  Undoubtedly it is a powerful youth… Continue reading China Expat: Musical Expat – 中南海

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Chinese Banning More and More Imported Foods

As reported by Sixth Tone, Chinese officials have stated that imported brands of milk powder are not up to the countries standards. What does this mean for businesses and expatriates alike who make their living off importing, exporting in China. And does this mean that the government is starting to ramp up its focus on… Continue reading Chinese Banning More and More Imported Foods

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An Expat’s Guide to Chinese Drinks

As a young Irishman I struggle daily with alcoholic urges. Whether that is the urge to go on a night-long binge and trawl through pubs and clubs, or merely the urge to crack open a couple of cans before bed. In China, these tendencies of mine, and of my countrymen, are only exacerbated by the… Continue reading An Expat’s Guide to Chinese Drinks