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Splash Into Pools Around Dongguan: Summer 2020 Guide

The Dongguan summers are notorious for the high—almost unbearable—temperatures. One step outside and you will quickly find…

Find Out What it Takes to Drive in China

Those who live and work in China have, by now, experienced public transportation. Commutes involving public transportation are not…

The Mighty Moms Of Dongguan

Moms are role models, professionals and care givers who shape generations. When I was a child, both my mom and…

COVID-19: The Impact of a Global Pandemic

Silence echoed through the streets of Dongguan long after the Spring Festival. Workers were scheduled to return to offices and factories, but…

Your Guide to Chinese TikTok

There are two main trends happening to video: the want for shorter videos and the need for more content. Much like the internet transitioned from user-consumed content…

Culture Shock: Reverting to Life Outside of China

What happens when you move away from Dongguan and return to the place you thought was your home? Does…

Dos and Don’ts of Wearing Your Coronavirus Mask

The last of the mask holdouts have finally acquiesced. Seeing that a mask is required…

Currently Crossing From Mainland to Hong Kong

Border crossings between Mainland China and Hong Kong are limited due to…

Surviving the Novel Coronavirus Boredom

As mass fear sets in around the world, events and social activities are severely limited to prevent spreading the novel coronavirus. Those who did not escape China for Chinese New Year are more than likely going out of their minds due to a lack of social stimulation. Do not look at this as a disadvantage but as an opportunity to focus on YOU. Here is a list of things to do while waiting out the outbreak. Start vlogging.  You are in China; the internet will believe anything you say. Work on your fitness.  A healthy body is needed during this time of year. Since being stuck at home is like being in prison, you might as well have the body to go with it. Read a book.  A healthy body should be one with a healthy mind. Now is the chance to crack open a book on your growing reading list. Study the latest outbreak film.  Purely for educational purposes, watch the latest (or a classic) outbreak film and take notes on the do's and do not's that occur. Have a staycation.  Do not be afraid to don your protective mask and go out into the world and relax at a luxury hotel. Rates are low at this time, but be aware that some of the facilities (pool and gym) might not be open. Go for a walk.  Sounds boring at first and you will have to whip out your protective breathing apparatus to brave the streets, but the parks are still open and emptier than usual. This is an opportunity to practice your zombie walk. Study Chinese.  You have been saying you want to learn for years. Now is the chance. If you do not learn now, you never will... Make a DIY mask.  We have seen thrifty people use items from bras to orange peels. Discover how many items in your home can double as a mask and let us know... hmm... "let us," "lettuce?" Make a list of countries you can not go to right now.  On a serious note, there are some countries that are limiting entry to people coming from China at this moment. Why not be prepared and make a list. Have a Corona party.  No, not like a chicken pox party. Invite the few friends you have left in town over for a Corona (beer) and lime party and do numbers 1 to 9 on the list.

Rat’s Story

Many know the Rat marks the start to the 12-year Chinese zodiac cycle, but there is…